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William Laurens Bruce




  • Edward Manzie

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | Dorsal Gunner | 47th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 47th Bomb Group
  • 97th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Westminster, South Carolina 23 August 1919
Lived in Anderson, South Carolina 16 October 1940

404 Evans Street

Worked for Daniel Construction Company

Enlisted Fort Jackson, South Carolina 5 November 1941
Died near Carpinone, Italy 1 November 1943

Bruce was KIA when his A-20B 41-3333 was hit by flak near the target, blowing off the right wing and causing the a/c to explode. Bruce was found near the aircraft crash.

Buried Anderson, South Carolina 1949

Silver Brook Cemetery
Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA


Date Contributor Update
18 January 2021 04:32:02 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations