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Douglas Earl Bruce

In memory of:

Flying Officer Douglas Earl Bruce

April 19, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/7005

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

417 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

June 6, 1920
Nelson, British Columbia

Enlistment:

December 18, 1940
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of Douglas and Florence Bruce (nee Waters) of Smithers, British Columbia. Brother of Vernon Randolph and Athlyn Eleonor Bruce.

Commemorated on Page 141 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ALAMEIN MEMORIAL
Egypt

Grave Reference:

Column 271.

Location:

Alamein is a village which is bypassed by the main coast road approximately 130 kilometres west of Alexandria on the way to Mersa Matruh. The first Commission road direction sign is located just beyond the Alamein police checkpoint and all cemetery visitors should turn off from the main road onto the old coast road, which is parallel to the former. The cemetery and the ALAMEIN MEMORIAL both lie beyond the ridge. Road direction signs are in place approximately 25 metres before the low metal gates and stone wing walls which are situated centrally at the road edge at the head of the access path which leads down through the memorial building and into the cemetery. The Cross of Sacrifice feature may be seen from the road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Group Photo– 3 December 1942 417 Canadian Squadron, A group of pilots in the Middle East are shown aboard a river steamer on the River Nile. Left to right, front row: Flight Lieutenant Bill Pontland, Calgary; F/Sgt. K. Pate, Vancouver; Pilot Officer J.E. Maurice, Toronto; F/Sgt. J.S. Bushe, Montreal; F/Sgt. T.M. Percival, Edmonton; F/Sgt. H.G. Conn, Weyburn, Sask.; F/Sgt. K.H. Clark, Reston, Man.; F/Sgt. N.W. Bokkum, Edmonton; F/Sgt. R.B. Henderson, Toronto, Ontario. Back row: Pilot Officer L.L. Grant, Regina; Flying Officer D.E. Bruce, Penticton, B.C, Pilot Officer A.E. Pourbaix, Woodley, Sask.; Flight Lieutenant F.B. Foster, Montreal; Pilot Officer N.M.B. Sutton, Courtenay, B.C; Pilot Officer R.L. Paterson, Saskatoon; F/Sgt. J.A.W. Trist, Winnipeg; Pilot Officer J.M. Riley, Charlottetown; Pilot Officer R.L. Hazel, Ottawa; Missing from picture, Squadron Leader Paul Pitcher, Montreal; Pilot Officer E.W. Mitchell, New Westminster, B.C. Pilot Officer Reg. Brookes, Moncton, N.B.; Sgt. Dick Little, Norwood, Manitoba; Sgt. D. Miller, Drummondville, Quebec.
  • Group Photo– 11 September 1942 Canadian pilots in the Middle East, 417 Sqn. While P/0 D. E. Bruce (left) of Penticton, B. C. mops his brow, P/0 J. M. Gibson of Kingsville and Windsor, Ont., appropriately croons "Sand in my Shoes" as they sit on a sand embankment and swelter under the burning Middle East sun.

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