Duane Gibbons Brandt

T/Sgt    39193489    612th
1920 - 1944

Radio Operator aboard 42-31511 (Fool's Luck III)

Madingley cemetery, Camebridge, England.
Wall of missing
1920 - 1943


                                                      Kearney Cemetery, Nebraska, USA.
                                                      The date on his marker is wrong, it should be Apr 10, 1944

     Duane was born Nov 10, 1920, Miller, Buffalo, Nebraska.
     In Oct 28, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His last mission, Apr 10, 1944, Target: Brussels, belgium, the plane went down in the English Channel.
     6 crewmembers got in to their dingy but drifted all the way back to France within four and one-half hours.

     It is believed that Duane was wounded and didn't get into the life boat.
     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when Duane died on the age of 23 he left behind his family :

         His father, Max F Brandt, age 59
         His mother, Marie L Brandt, age 51
         His brother, Darrell F Brandt, age 30
         His sister, Geraldine M Brandt, age 18

Back Row: ( L to R ) Gerald Blaise, - Leonard Mendelson, - Gaston Fox, - Darrell Wilson.
Front Row: Jerome Sabel, - DUANE BRANDT, - Charles Sierra, - Allen Brown, - Cecil Estes, - Joseph Gallas.

Mission to Brussels, Belgium, after being hit by flak, the plane went down in the English Channel
but the wind blew them back to the French coast, where the crew were taken prisoner.

B-17G " Fool's Luck III "   42-31511    612th
10 April 1944   Mission # 48   Target: Brussels , Belgium

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