Lt Edward J. Bruni, Alconbury, 31 July 1943.
Official USAAF photo dated 31 July 1943, Alconbury, England. Original caption : “Captain Parker and crew of the 92nd Bomb Group beside a Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress”. England, 31 July 1943.”
Standing Left to right : Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt E. McIntosh (not related to Lt Harry McIntosh); Waist Gunner Sgt Stanley R. Schmigle; Tail Gunner Sgt Marvin E. Dyer Jr; Bombardier Lt Edward J. Bruni; Co-Pilot Harry C. McIntosh; Pilot Capt. Donald G. Parker; Navigator Lt Lohnas H. Knapp; Radio Operator S/Sgt Roy W. Wheelis; Waist Gunner Sgt Fred Champion; Engineer T/Sgt Paul Taylor/Tailor ?.
Front, left to right : unknown; Crew Chief Sgt McLaughlin; ACC Sgt Claude Hargis. [ NOTE : This photo was reproduced in the 92nd BG Association Newsletter in December 1994, with (some of) the correct names given in the March 1995 issue by Harry McIntosh. Additional research on the names by Ed Reniere, November 2016].
Edward Bruni graduated from St. Mary of the Mount High School in 1934. He was a winning football coach of the high school from 1937-39, together with Eppie Graner, and coached three champion teams and one co-champion team in the Catholic League.
Entering the service in December, 1941, he trained as a bombardier. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He flew 25 missions over France and Germany from 1943 to March or April 1944. He was slightly wounded during the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover with Pilots Lt. Col. William E. Buck Jr and Capt. Donald G. Parker on "Flagship"# 42-29996. After the war, Ed Bruni moved from Pittsburgh to Kansas City, Missouri. His brother, 2nd Lt. Lawrence A. Bruni (O-706975), also a bombardier, was killed in action on 26 August 1944 flying over the Ploesti oil fields in B-17 # 41-28862 of the 455th Bomb Goup/743rd Bomb Squadron. Lawrence is buried at the Florence American Cemetery in Italy.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander, Deputy Group Commander, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
*Commander 325th bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group
* Group Operations, unk - 1 May 1943
*Deputy Commanding Officer - 384th Bomb Group
*Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group Headquarters Detachment on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #111 dated 5 October 1943.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier; Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
Fred Champion was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was serving as Waist Gunner on board B-17 #42-29996 on the 17 July 1943 mission to Stuttgart, with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. Badly damaged by enemy fighters, the...
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
Laurence Dennis graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in September 1941, he trained as a Radio Operator at Scott Field. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
A 1940 graduate of Cornell University, Lohnas Knapp enlisted in the Air Corps in November 1941 and trained as a Navigator on B-17s. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron. Slightly wounded on his 23rd mission during...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
A graduate of Suffern High School, Harry McIntosh enlisted in the Air Corps in 1941. After receiving his Pilot wings, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron. His son reports that he had been a pilot of another B...
Units served with
The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 23 March 1943; Dow Field 10 April 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Was flown by Captain Donald G. Parker on the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany. Hit by Unteroffizier Ernst Breton of JG11, it was...
17 July 1943
The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...
Military site : airfield
Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...
||9 November 1915
the son of Antonio (Anthony) and Mary (Maria) Bruni
||Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
||New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
||9 December 1941
as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps
||Mount St Mary’s Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
||Parkville, Platte County, Missouri, United States
||24 August 1997