669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. John Dallas Dugan Jr.

Gunner,  19047925

Evaded Capture

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 31-Aug-1921, Cottage Grove, Lane County, Oregon

Entered Military Service: Date: 6-Apr-1943 At: Sheppard Field, Witchita Falls, TX
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 19047925

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 8-Aug-1944
Evaded Capture for 1 month until Liberated by Allies
Return Date: 5-Sep-1944

Died: 25-Jul-2006, Cottage Grove, Lane County, Oregon

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry


John Dugan Jr.

COTTAGE GROVE - A memorial gathering will be held today, July 28, at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove for John Dallas Dugan Jr. of Cottage Grove, who died July 25 of age-related causes. He was 84.

He was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Cottage Grove to John and Margaret Anderson Dugan. He married Patricia Hunter on Jan. 26, 1952, in Reno, Nev. She died April 9, 1995.

Dugan served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. He was a lumberman.

Survivors include a son, John III of Lebanon; a daughter, Linda Arnold of Yoncalla; two brothers, Larry and Robert, both of Cottage Grove; and three grandsons.

Burial will be at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove. Remembrances to the American Cancer Society.

Register-Guard, The (Eugene, OR) July 28, 2006, John Dugan Jr. Obituary, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/1133AE988D137920-1133AE988D137920 [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)

Extracts from Dugan, John (SGT.) Escape & Evasion Report EE-1743 (Original NARA Report)

MIS-X Report Number: EE-1743  /  IS9 Report Number: I.S.9(WEA)/1/161/991
Interviewed by I.S.9 (WEA): 5 Sep 44
Date missing in action: 8/7/44
Date arrived in UK: Sept. 8, 1944

Appendix "B"
(Observed Military Information)

The only movement I saw was them moving all their Ack Ack and search lights out about two weeks before Allies arrived. This was done all by horses but they didn't seemed to be in a hurry.

Of the Enemies morale I heard that they know the war was lost and a lot of soldiers would trade their uniforms and guns for civilian clothes.

The French peoples morale was very high in my district as they were pretty certain that the Germanys were leaving.

The reason for not knowing any more is I didn't move over two miles from where I lit.

Narrative (Appendix "C")

Sgt. John D. Dugan - "C" Report 1743, 9 Sept

I was member of an A-20 crew shot down near MARCHEVILLE, SOMME on 7 August 44. I hid in the woods for 3 days. On the 3rd day I was helped by a local farmer from the village of CANCHY. He was about 5' 8", had a red moustache, was missing the thumb of his left (?) hand. He had a large family, including a son of about 20 yrs who spoke some english. Another better helper of CANCHY was about 35 or 40 yrs old, 5' 9", had bad teeth, brown hair, clean shaven face. Always wore blue sweater. He was married. He usually rode a bicylce. He owned a team of horses. He was known to the first keeper described. His work was very good.

These people kept me for 18 days, and then I went on to the following people who housed and fed me for 8 days, until the Canadian Army arrived, at which time I joined them and was subsequently sent to the UK, from landing strip "B-15". Name of these last helpers follow:


Narrative 2


A-20 crew member shot down Marcheville, Somme. Hid in woods 3 days. Helped on 3rd day by local farmer from village of Canchy. About 5' 8" had large family - son about 20 who could speak some English Had red moustache. Had thumb of left (?) hand cut off. Other man also from Caucy, gave better help. About 5' 9", bad teeth, clean shaven, about 35 or 40 years. Brown hair. Married. Rode bicycle, had team of horses. Known to first man. Always wore blue sweater. Very good.

They took care of him for 18 days. Then picked up by three people named below, who housed & fed him until Canadian Army arrived, 8 days later:

M. et Mme Anicet Ple, Marcheville
M. Victor Gaffet, same address
M. Roger Cointe, " "

Sent to Canadian Army IO, thence B-15, where he left for England.

French Helpers listed in Escape & Evasion Report EE-1743:

    Name Unknown, local farmer from the village of CANCHY
    Name Unknown, helper from CANCHY

See E&E Reports for general information.

MACR 7799 Details

Hit by flak over target area, fell out of formation with right engine feathered and smoking badly, went off to left toward Abbeville Drucat, Airdrome. No parachutes reported.

Lt. Norman V. Shainberg's plane was hit by flak and was last seen heading toward our lines, losing altitude. One or two crews reported seeing it crash. No chutes were seen to emerge. Lt. Shainberg and his two gunners, Sgt. J.D. Dugan and Sgt. L.B. Curtis, are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 117

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