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Ralph Bruce

Military

Shot down on 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Bruce managed to evade capture with the help of the French Resistance. He was first hidden by Frenchman Lucian Barbillon, his wife and son Gabriel, in Lucian Barbillon's house in Trilbardou, France. Bruce eventually made his way into Spain, where he rejoined Allied forces in Gibraltar on 19 February 1944. He was returned to the USA shortly after.

Service

People

  • Hedley Cassidy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Mike Fleszar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Regis McDonell

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Simeon McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Simeon McGuire was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-29725, shot down 3 September 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Sabron McQueen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Robert Muir

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Robert Muir was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-29725 "Hi-Lo Jack", shot down over France on the 3 September 1943 mission to Romilly-Sur-Seine (Paris). Robert managed to evade capture with the help of many French citizens and members of the Résistance,...

  • David Prosser

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded. He arrived back in England 18 Dec 1943.

  • Milton Seldin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bertram Theiss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Bertram Theiss was Bombardier on board B-17 #42-29725, shot down 3 September 1943 over France. Evaded.

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    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...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29725 Hi-Lo Jack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-G] Bassingbourn 10/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-U] Alconbury 30/7/43...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Evaded Capture France 3 September 1943 – 19 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2019 09:16:07 Emily Changes to service number, biography, events and person associations
Sources

Information including a page of Bruce's Escape & Evasion report provided by Tom Theiss, son of Bertram Theiss, Bombardier on Bruce's Aircraft.

MACR via Fold 3

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 659 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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