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Papers of John V. Stuart Duncan

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-2002

Content Description

This fonds consists of students records, correspondence, diaries, photographs, and training books formerly belonging to Flying Officer John V. Stuart Duncan RAFVR, killed aged 20 on active service in Weston Zoyland, Somerset, on 30 May 1943.

Contents include:

  1. School and University records;
  2. Diaries (one marked vol. 2, one small diary);
  3. Letters during his time in the UK; while training in Florida; and back in the UK (including one from 1940 that relates to the Battle of Britain);
  4. Photographs from UK and Florida training;
  5. Two portrait photos;
  6. University Air Squadron aircraft recognition books with exam passes;
  7. Telegram relating to his death;
  8. Letters of condolence and newspaper cuttings.


  • Creation: c 1920s-c 1940s


Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Biographical / Historical

John V. Stuart Duncan was born in Edinburgh and was educated at Melville College and at George Watson's College. He later went to the University of Edinburgh, where he was very active in the University Air Squadron. During the Second World War, he went from there directly into the Royal Air Force, who posted him to Florida for fighter pilot training. He was killed aged 20 in an aircraft accident while on active duty, in Weston Zoyland, Somerset, on 30 May 1943.


2 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Library in September 2020. Accession no. SC-Acc-2020-0077.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in June 2021, using information provided by the donor.

Papers of John V. Stuart Duncan, 1920s-1940s
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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