A member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Aircraftman 1st Class Duff (#1721871) was one of the Commonwealth War Dead. He served as a war correspondent to the British South East Asia Command newspaper. He was flying as an observer on B-24J #44-40811, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a twelve plane formation that departed Madhaiganj, India to knock out the Geang Luang bridge in Burma. Right after bombing the target from about 300 feet the plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the left wing, which caught fire. The plane drifted to the left, lost altitude and crashed 25 miles southwest of Bhre, Thailand, All aboard were killed.
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