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Duncan, Andrew

Date of birth:
May 16th, 1920 (Government House/Pretoria, South Africa)
Date of death:
May 31st, 1942
Service number:
103203
Nationality:
South African (1910-1961, Union)

Biography

Andrew Duncan was shot down by Oberleutnant Otto Schultz on May 31st, 1942. His remains were never found. During his career he was credited with shooting down four enemy planes.

Promotions:
December 1939: Second Lieutenant (SAAF);
1940: Lieutenant;
February 1941: Captain;
May 1942: Major.

Career:
?: Active Citizen Force;
May 1940: No. 1 Squadron, SAAF;
June 25th, 1941: Flight Commander, No. 5 Squadron, SAAF;
May 1942: Commanding Officer No. 5 Squadron, SAAF.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 1 Squadron, South African Air Force
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1941
Citation:
"One day in February, 1941, this officer was detailed to carry out an offensive reconnaissance accompanied by another aircraft.
On alighting at an advanced landing ground to refuel, his aircraft was damaged and rendered unserviceable. He immediately took
off in the other aircraft and flew on, alone, for more than 100 miles to his objective, where he machine gunned the aerodrome, set fire to a large mail plane and blew up its hangar. A few days earlier, during an attack on an enemy aerodrome, his commanding officer's aircraft was attacked from behind by an enemy fighter. Lieutenant Duncan went to his aid and shot down the attacker.
He has displayed the greatest keenness to engage the enemy at all times."

LG 35124/1903.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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