|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1916|
Rhode Island, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1942, Myanmar (Burma)|
His parents were Sylva and Philomene (Collard) Duquette
Duquette attended High School for two years, before entering service on February 2, 1938. On April 18, 1942 he participated in the Doolittle Raid, the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese Home Islands during World War II. His B-25 successfully bombed it targets in Yokohama, as well as strafed and sank a Japanese weather boat. They continued on to China where they safely bailed out, although Duquette broke his foot upon landing. They were taken in by Chinese villagers until rescue by the Americans.
Duquette later served as the bombardier of a B-25C bomber assigned to the 11th Bombardment Squadron. On June 3, 1942 he took part in a flight of six B-25s from Dinjan, India to attack Lashio, Burma and then proceed over the Himalayas to a base in Kunming, China. The raid on Lashio was successful and the flight withdrew on course to Kunming at 10,000 feet in a thick overcast. Suddenly, Duquette's and two other planes crashed into the side of a mountain. The others barely missed hitting the ground after pulling up sharply.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.
Because his body was never recovered, Duquette is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: Russ Jacobs
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56782140
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