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John P Bruce

Military

Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. Prisoner of War (POW). 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out of the doomed Fortress. The fighters curved around and fired into the canopies. Five men were slaughtered as they hung helplessly in their harnesses and a sixth, navigator Robert Duggan, had his chute riddled. He plunged down and hit a cottage roof, smashed through it and fatally struck his head on a beam. Two survivors: Pilot 2nd Lt. Keene McCammon landed in the river Waal and Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. John P. Bruce landed nearby. The plane crashed to earth near the village of Opijen, Holland and it was here that the bodies of the eight crewmen were buried. These graves remained there as a result of persuasion by the villagers, their white marble headstones regularly tended and honored by the local people. [from PLANE NAMES & FANCY NOSES]

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Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24399 Man O' War

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Bangor 13/7/42; with Earl Shaefer force landed Olmstead, PA 20/8/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-V] Bassingbourn 23/9/42; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Keene McCammon, Co-pilot: John Bruce (2 Prisoner of War), Navigator: Bob Duggan,...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 30 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 148 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, MACR 148

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