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Janel Duncan Hamilton


Jan was born on August 10, 1912, to George S. and Winifred Hamilton. He had a brother named Jack. He had a paper route when he was 12-13years old. His father died early. His mother was a very charming woman who everybody called "Mom".

Entered Army Air Force on 14 March 1942. He had schooling in airplane mechanic (Amarillo, TX) and flexible gunnery (Las Vegas, NV)

During World War II Jan served as a top gunner in a B-17. He signed up for a second time. One of the planes he was in was shot down and landed in France. It was later restored and he was sent pictures of it.

Awards include: Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, European Theater Medal with three stars
Rank: Technical Sergeant

Discharge date: 17 October 1945

After WWII, he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for 45 years and received a pension from that. He lived in Oakland, California, all his life. He was a hard working man and was very private, therefore, he did not talk much about his time in the war.

He was married twice but his first wife's name is not known, at this time. His second wife's name is Iva Bernice Hewitt Hamilton and they were married in 1950, at a Methodist Church, in Lafayette, California. They spent the rest of their lives together. Jan passed at age 73 of emphysema in Oakland, California, in 1985.



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Event Location Date
Born Oakland California 10 August 1912


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25 July 2021 19:43:06 Kevin Fullerton Changes to biography

Teddy Wilson, niece

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25 July 2021 19:38:11 Kevin Fullerton Changes to biography

Teddy Wilson, niece

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25 July 2021 19:17:42 Kevin Fullerton Changes to service number, role and biography

07-25-2021, Separation from service Record dated 17 October 1945

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25 July 2021 18:29:58 Kevin Fullerton Changes to highest rank and biography


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24 May 2021 00:47:27 Kevin Fullerton Changes to highest rank and awards

I have his medals in my possession, I have the citations (general orders) for the air medal and 4 oak leaf clusters

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24 May 2021 00:39:26 Kevin Fullerton Changes to mission associations

mission log from navigator, sent in letter to all crew on 10-15-1947

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24 May 2021 00:30:01 Kevin Fullerton Changes to nickname

Notes from BIll C. Husey sent to each of the crew........dated October 15, 1947

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24 May 2021 00:28:14 Kevin Fullerton Changes to person associations

Movement Orders, Heavy Bombardment Crew, Number FB-555-BJ 82, to overseas destination.

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23 May 2021 02:15:01 Kevin Fullerton Changes to middlename, biography and events

Source of information is a niece. And documents saved by the family. I have in my possession multiple photographs of him, missions and other documents and medals.

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27 September 2014 18:15:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /