Oklahoma Casualties Database

World War II

CLAPHAM JR, DUANE

First Lieutenant, U. S. Army Air Corps. Home address: Norman, Cleveland County. Mrs. J. C. Clapham, Mother, 490 Elm Ave., Norman. Born January 23, 1916. Enlisted August 12, 1939. Decoration: Meritorious Medal of the Army, Navy and Air forces, First Grade, A Class, :received posthumously from Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek of China for distinguished service. Graduated 1938, University of Oklahoma; Second Lieutenant in Reserve Officers Training Corps. Active duty at Fort Sill ; entered U. S. Army Air Corps, and received wings at Kelly Field, May, 1940; selected in January , 1941, to attend high stratospheric flying school, Dayton, Ohio, and was one of five best in this school ; sent to England for observation work in April, 1942; returned to the United States and continued to serve the U. S. Air Corps until December, 1941; released by the Army to work for an aviation company as test pilot ;sent to India to supervise the assembling of planes, to test and deliver them to the Chinese government. Died April 17, 1942, in airplane crash landing Karachi India.

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