[George C. Duncan and John R. Strane oral history interview]
Fighter aces George C. Duncan and John R. Strane are interviewed about their military service with the United States Navy during World War II. They describe their wartime experiences as fighter pilots and their time in the Pacific Theater with Fighting Squadron 15 (VF-15). Duncan also touches briefly on memorable incidents from his postwar Navy career. Topics discussed include the service history of VF-15 aboard the USS Essex (CV-9) and various combat missions in the South and Central Pacific and Japan.
The interview is conducted by fellow fighter ace Eugene A. Valencia.
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John R. Strane was born on October 8, 1920 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania and grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. He joined the United States Navy in April 1941 and graduated from flight training in November of that year. He served as a flight instructor at Naval Air Station Pensacola until August 1943, when he joined Fighting Squadron 15 (VF-15) aboard the USS Essex (CV-9). During his tour, he flew missions in the Northern Mariana Islands, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and many other locations in the Pacific Theater. Strane remained in the military after World War II and went on to command Fighter Squadron 113 (VF-113) during the Korean War. He also served as Air Officer aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) and as commander of the Utility Wing, Pacific Fleet. He retired as a captain in 1972.
Biographical information courtesy of: Boyce, Ward J., ed., American fighter aces album. Mesa, Ariz: American Fighter Aces Association, 1996.