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The Personal Papers of Lee Francis Duncan SDASM.SC.0020
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Lee Francis Duncan Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.0020
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet 1 manuscript box
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1953
    Abstract: Lee Francis Duncan was a member of the early U.S. air mail crews. He also flew for United Airlines and was a member of the Army during World War II.
    Language of Materials note: English
    creator: Duncan, Lee Francis, 1906-

    Biographical/Historical note

    Lee Francis Duncan was born in 1906 in Rome, Kansas. After graduating high school in Braman, Oklahoma, he began flying cadet training in 1925 in San Antonio. He was a pilot for United Airlines and in the Air Corp. Reserve. In 1941 he transferred to the War Department Reserve Pool. He flew as a noncombatant as a United Air Lines Pilot for Army Transport in the Pacific between 1943 and 1945. In 1928, Duncan flew Executive Mail during a presidential trip to Wisconsin. He was later part of the crew that made the first airmail stop in Grand Island, Nebraska.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Unknown; acquired by the San Diego Air & Space Museum after 1978.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Item], [Collection], Archive, San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection contains material related to Lee Francis Duncan’s career as a pilot with United Airlines and the Air Corp. Reserve.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Related SDASM Resources: Army Air Corp. Air Mail Accidents Feb – April 1934
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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Air Mail Service--United States--1930-1940
    United Airlines