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Bruce Nicholson


Shot down 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-24510 'Snoozy II' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Attacked by fighters which killed pilot Olsen and copilot Cox. Assigned target Lille I/A, France. Plane crashed near Nechin, Belgium. 6KIA 1POW 2EVD MACR 6706


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24510 Snoozy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; to Thurleigh 27-Sep-42; Missing in Action Lille 9-Oct-42 shot down by hptm Priller (III/JG26), crashed railway line Tournai, near Nechin (Menen), Belgium; (first aircraft loss of group) MACR 6706. SNOOZY II....

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born Duluth, Minnesota
Died 9 October 1942
Buried Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska

Originally buried in the Southern Cemetery of Lille, France along with the 5 other KIAs of this crew and 6 others from B-24 41-23678 93BG/330BS. After the war his remains along with those of CP 2Lt. Gates, and WG SSgt Wilder and those of N Lt. Garrett and B Lt. Marsh of B-24 41-23678 were repatriated to the United States for Group Burial at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.


Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 22:31:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. eliminated mission connection

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 18:51:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Reconciling for duplicate entry.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 19:24:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6706. Burial information :Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6706, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p.37,