Bruce, Samuel Martin, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1943-1944, M 1055, 79th Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Seattle, Washington
Last Address
Capodichino Airfield, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 27, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park - Seattle, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Veterans Memorial Cemetery Belleau Woods Section

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Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Tuskegee Airmen
  1944, Tuskegee Airmen [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School99th Fighter Squadron33rd Fighter Group324th Fighter Group
79th Fighter Group
  1942-1942, M 1055, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1944, M 1055, 99th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1943, M 1055, 33rd Fighter Group
  1943-1943, M 1055, 324th Fighter Group
  1943-1943, M 1055, 33rd Fighter Group
  1943-1944, M 1055, 79th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-17 Kaydet  BT-13 Valiant  AT-6 Texan  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
  1942-1942, PT-17 Kaydet
  1942-1942, BT-13 Valiant
  1942-1942, AT-6 Texan
  1942-1944, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Samuel Bruce ,KIA 1-27-44 was also reported "last seen chasing two Fw-190s." Tuskegee Airmen-C. Francis.

In "Black Knights" (Homan/Reilly) it has this information :
"Lieutenant Samuel Bruce died in action when his P-40 crashlanded on the Nettuno Beach area."
 
The only account that has Samuel Bruce being killed by a South African AF Spitfire is in "Red Tails Black Wings" (Holway). This acccount lists the SAAF Spitfire strafing as the reason for Lt. Bruce's death.
 
It's altogether possible, but I would tend to believe Lt. Bruce was killed by Fw-190s. The 99th FS was involved in a battle with FW-190s and claimed three FW-190s, so its very possible that the FW-190 unit (Probably SG-4) was responsible for his demise. Also, one account has him crash landing in the Nettuno areas, in which case he couldn't have been killed hanging on his parachute.
   
Comments/Citation
Sources:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22270464
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=6465
Book: "Red Tails, Black Wings", The Men of America's Black Air Force, by John B. Holway, Yucca Tree Press, 1997.
Book: "A-Train", Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman, by Lt. Col. Charles W. Dryden (USAF Ret.), The University of Alabama Press, 1997.


 
   
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