DUFFEY, WILLIAM MARION, First Lieutenant, # 0-729828, USAAF
William M. Duffey was born on 30 June 1916 in Santa Monica, California, to Sidney Francis Duffey (1881-1955) (Canada) and Alberta M. (Wilcox) Duffey (1886-1970) (MT). Siblings included Leslie Joseph Duffey (1912-1944), and Thomas Wilcox Duffey (1915-1958). He attended two years of college. His father was a published writer in 1930 and an attorney.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 1099 Cragmont Ave., Berkeley, California, employed by Union Paving Co., and described himself as 5’11”, 159 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 3 February 1941. He enlisted in the USAAF and completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas. A C-46A, # 44-7331, was lost on 14 July 1945 during a mission from Chengkung, China, to the airfield at Misamari, India. The pilot was 1stLt William M. Duffey, # 0-729828, the co-pilot was 2ndLt Kenneth E. Thomson, # 0-771157, and the radio operator was Sgt Thomas J. French, # 19082216. Last radio contact was with Jorhat, India, at 0504 Zulu, when 10 minutes East of Manpur Road airfield, India. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother, Thomas W. Duffey, born 10 January 1915, served in the U.S. Navy, CCS, # 6630290, from 28 June 1942 to 12 March 1946. He died 1 December 1958 and is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California (Sec. S, Grave 1857).