Duffy, Francis B., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 319th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Orleans
Last Address
Nadzab, New Guinea

Casualty Date
Mar 23, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Papua New Guinea
World War II
Location of Interment
Garden Of Memories - Metairie, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)US Air Force90th Bombardment Group, Heavy319th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1943, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 90th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 319th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
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Last Known Activity
Francis Barlow Duffy was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 25, 1916, the son of Frank Christopher and Rowena Julie Barlow Duffy. His NARA enlistment record states he enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps on March 25, 1942. It also states he had completed 4 years of high school, was single, and had worked as a general office clerk.

After basic training, he qualified for flight duty, and was sent to Navigator School. He graduated from that course of instruction in 1943 and was assigned to the newly-activated 90th Bomb Group for operational training and combat crew selection. He was assigned to a crew headed by Lt. James S. Riley.

After training at Pocotello, Idaho and Long Beach, California, the crew flew their aircraft to Iron Range, Australia in November 1943, and commenced combat operations against the Japanese. They were assigned to the 319th Bomb Squadron and sent to the forward base at Nadzab, New Guinea.

On Mar 3, 1944, they were tasked for a weather recon mission preceding a strke on the Japanese base at Wewak, New Guinea. Approximately 17 miles from base, the aircraft hit a mountain. The plane crashed in flames and all the crew were killed.

The bodies were recovered and buried in a temporary military cemetery. Lt Duffy was laer returned to the U.S. and buried in Garden of Memories in Metairie, Louisiana.

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Lt Francis B. Duffy was the navigator on B-24J # 42-7279, nicknamed "Naughty Blue Eyes," assigned to the 319th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 15107 and 90th Bomb Group records show the crew was composed of:

1 Lt James S. Riley     p
2 Lt Robert J. Carpenter    c-p*
2 Lt Francis B. Duffy    nav
2 Lt Ormond K. Siron    bomb
TSgt Jack L. Sheats     flt eng
Sgt Dale A. Edge    r/o
SSgt Ralph E. Grau    asst flt eng
SSgt John F. Simpson    nose gunner
SSgt Franklin K. Higgins    gunner
SSgt George W. Webb    gunner
SSgt Everett N. Dietrich   weather observer*
SSgt Charlie L. Landrum, Jr   photographer*
SSgt Arthur G. Clark   gunner*

* Lt Carpenter was a substitute for Lt Anderson, the regulat co-pilot, who was ill. SSgt Clark was not a member of the regular crew, andd SSgts Dietrich and Landrum were assigned to make the weather recon.

In the crew photo, Duffy is in back, third from left.

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