General Duncan Reported Missing
He became a brigadier general in February of 1942 after having served as
executive officer at the March Field Air
Base from 1936 to 1939 and as chief of
the personnel division in the office of
chief of the Air Corps. He was made chief
RIGADIER GENERAL Asa North
Duncan, Auburn '13, chief of air
staff in the European theater, has been
forced down at sea and is missing in
action." These were the cryptic and distressing words issued by the War Department on November 24 announcing
the loss of an illustrious Phi, the fourth
American General to be listed as a casualty in World War II.
The announcement of the War Department disclosed that General Duncan
was forced down while flying from England to North Africa on November 17.
His plane went into the sea off the
northern coast of France. No information, the Department said, has been received as to whether any of the personnel
in the plane survived.
However, there is a strong possibility
that they have been rescued, even though
it has been two months since the accident. Mrs. Duncan, the former Almedia
Sadler, says she has reason to believe
that he will yet be found and returned.
Certainly every one of his 50,000 brothers
in A are hoping with her that he
General Duncan was initiated by Alabama Beta on October 11, 1911. At Auburn he was a member of the Glee club
and Mandolin club and an officer in both
General Duncan was born at Leigh ton,
Alabama, on March 30, 1892, and was
known widely throughout his native state
where he resided until 1926. His first
military service was as an enlisted man
with the Alabama National Guard on
duty at the Mexican border in 1917. He
was commissioned in the National Guard
that year, and served throughout World
War I in the ground forces.
Learning to fly after the War, he became a first lieutenant in the Air Corps
in 1920. As Captain Duncan, he was
stationed in Birmingham, Alabama, from
1922 to 1926 as the army officer in charge
of the io6th Observation Squadron of the
Alabama National Guard.
ASA NORTH DUNCAN, Auburn
Missing at sea in flight to the African front
(Official photograph, U. S. Army Air Corps).
of air staff in the European theater in
July after having distinguished himself
as an outstanding command pilot and
Duncan is the second general of the
Army Air Forces listed as missing in
actioiL Major General Clarence L. Tinker has been missing since he flew out
to bomb the Japanese fleet approaching
Midway Island last June. Two others,
Major General Herbert A. Dargue and
Brigadier General Harold H. George,
have been killed in airplane accidents
since the War started.
Mrs. Duncan resides at 10 Morreland
Road, Montgomery, Alabama. All of his
brothers in A extend to her profound
sympathy in her long vigil for news of
this gallant and outstanding American
and brother Phi.