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James Burn Duncan

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  • Service number
    • Vietnam 79144 AWMM
    • Vietnam B79144 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • J. B. Duncan AWMM
    • Jim AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Burn AWMM
  • Surname
    Duncan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • J. B. Duncan AWMM
    • Jim AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 79144 AWMM
    • Vietnam B79144 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 November 1940 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 79144 AWMM
    • Vietnam B79144 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    British Empire Medal (BEM) (Military) AWMM
    NZ Gazette – Number not established. (QB Honours June 1973) CITATION (edited) Corporal Duncan joined the RNZAF in 1958 and served mainly at Base Te Rapa prior to his posting to 41 Squadron, Singapore in April 1971. Cpl Duncan’s general performance during his tour in Singapore has been outstanding. He has displayed a sense of responsibility appropriate to one of much more senior rank and has exhibited a willingness to work long hours voluntarily on many occasions. He particularly distinguished himself during the move of his Squadron from Changi to Tengah. During the recent difficult period of operations in South Vietnam from November 1971 to June 1972, Cpl Duncan has also been called on to act as Movements NCO on the Bristol Freighter aircraft flights to and from Vietnam in support of the New Zealand ground forces in that theatre. The Squadron aircrews have all been quite unstinting in their praise of his discharge of his duties often effected in quite trying circumstances. In this area as in all other aspects of his work, Cpl Duncan has set an example of dedication and sense of responsibility over and beyond the normal call of duty. Notes to Citation: Born Otahuhu 29 Nov 1940. Served with RNZAF from 15 Jan 1958 to 13 Apr 1987. Retired as Warrant Officer. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Read citation for BEM. Flew into Vietnam 11 times.Including 10.5.1972; 4.12.1972; 12.12.1972. See log books for Watson and Helem.

    Ground Crew - See Unit History 4/4/72, 5/6/72, 17/7/72, 14/8/72, 11/9/72, 25/9/72, 9/10/72, 31/10/72, See also Watson F/O/Flight Log 4/12/72, 10/5/72 and Helem F/O/Flight log 12/12/72 AWMM

Death

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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

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