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Duncan Biographies and Genealogy, Clan Duncan Society - Scotland
Glenn E. Duncan
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353rd Fighter Group (aérodrome de Raydon) : Colonel Glenn E. Duncan
Glenn E. Duncan Colonel O-6, U.S. Air Force
Glenn E. Duncan
Glenn Duncan was born on May 19, 1918, in Bering, Texas.
He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps on February 9, 1940, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Kelly Field, Texas, on October 5, 1940.
Duncan served as an instructor pilot for a year and then served in Panama from December 1941 to January 1943, before completing P-47 Thunderbolt training and being assigned first to the 361st Fighter Group, and then to the 353rd Fighter Group in England in March 1943.
Col Duncan was credited with destroying 19.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 probable and 7 damaged, as well as 9 on the ground while strafing enemy airfields, before ditching his
aircraft in Germany in July 1944.
escaped on foot to Holland and joined the Dutch underground until he
was liberated in April 1945.
then rejoined the 353rd Fighter Group
as its commanding officer, serving until October 1945, when he
returned to the U.S.
He then returned to Germany and served on occupation duty from January to August 1946, before serving as an instructor with the Air National Guard until June 1949, when he became a White House Liaison Officer.
Col Duncan served at the White House and with Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon until May 1953, when he was transferred to Japan to serve as Deputy Commander of the 39th Air Division from August 1953 to July 1956.
His next assignment was as Commander of the 1st Fighter Wing at Selfridge AFB, Michigan, from September 1956 to August 1959, before attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces from August 1959 to July 1960.
Col Duncan next served on the staff of Headquarters Air Defense Command at Ent AFB, Colorado, from July 1960 to September 1965, followed by service as Deputy Commander of the 314th Air Division at Osan AB
, Korea, from September 1965 to June 1966.
He served as Base Commander of Stewart AFB, New York, from August 1966 to August 1969, and then as Special Assistant to the Vice Commander of 1st Air Force at Stewart AFB, from August 1969 until his retirement from the Air Force on February 1, 1970.
Glenn Duncan died on July 14, 1998, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Distinguished Service Cross Citation reads:
Lieutenant Colonel Glenn E. Duncan (then Major), Air Corps, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action over enemy occupied Europe while leading a group of fighter aircraft on 11 November 1943.
As a result of leading a squadron of his group against a large number of enemy aircraft, Lieutenant Colonel Duncan became separated from his group.
He observed enemy aircraft attacking bombers and, through at an unfavorable altitude and in the face of overwhelming odds, Lieutenant Colonel Duncan vigorously attacked the enemy aircraft, destroying one and dispersing the remainder.
While proceeding to his
home base, he
observed four enemy aircraft attacking a straggling fortress.
gas supply was dangerously low, he
engaged the enemy and dispersed them, thereby saving the fortress and its crew.
The action of Lieutenant Colonel Duncan reflect the highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Col Glenn E. Duncan Pilot Ace - Clan Duncan Society
Glenn Duncan was leading his Group, the 353rd, on a diversion from the bombers.
As he roared over the airfield, German flak gunners aimed their deadly 88mm anti-aircraft guns at his P-47 Thunderbolt.
They found the range and hit his plane in an oil line, a certainly crippling wound to the big fighter, as its Pratt & Whitney radial would soon overheat.
knew that he
wouldn't get far, but fought for altitude, so that he
could get as far West as possible, hopefully out of Germany.
didn't make it.
Other pilots of the Group followed him and saw him belly in near Nienburg.
walked away from the plane, he
tossed an incendiary grenade into it, denying the Germans their prize.
kept walking towards Holland.
Glenn Duncan, born in 1918, was one of relatively few experienced Army pilots who joined the 353rd Fighter Group when it was formed in late 1942.
At this point, Duncan
was the Group Exec.
flew a few missions with the 78th that summer.
On September 23, 1943, he
first victory, an FW-190 over Nantes.
Flying frequent escort missions, he
claimed two German fighters on Nov. 11, and became an ace, with his
fifth victory, on Dec. 20.
He made full Colonel in November, and took over command of the 353rd.
One day in early 1944 - He
was leading the Group, escorting heavy bombers near Ans, Germany.
flew with the lead squadron at 22,000 ft.; the second flew high cover at 33,000; and the third was at 25,000 as a bouncing squadron.
At 1215 recall was given and he
began to descend, heading below some cirrus clouds.
They must have been very poor gunners because Duncan
fire until he
pulled up to about 250 or 300 yards then gave him a good long squeeze. (He found later that he
had picked up one .303 slug in the right side of his
engine from this gunner.) The Me-110 immediately burst into flames and pieces flew everywhere.
By June 7, 1944, he
had accumulated 15.5 kills; on the 12th, he
knocked down three Bf-109's.
last on July 5, and two days later flew the ill-fated mission described in the opening paragraphs.
After being shot down, he
did evade the Germans, and hooked up with the Dutch Resistance.
When the Americans liberated Holland in April, 1945, he
He stayed in the Air Force after the war, among other assignments serving as White House liaison, NORAD, and with air divisions in Korea and Japan.
He retired as a Colonel.
decorations include a DSC, Silver Star, DFC with 7 OLC's, Air Medal with 3 OLC's, the French Croix de Guerre, and the British DFC