Bruce, Dominic

Date of birth:
June 7th, 1915 (Hebburn-County Durham/England, Great Britain)
Date of death:
February 12th, 2000 (Richmond-Surrey/England, Great Britain)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Bevorderingen:
?: Acting Flight Sergeant;
20th January 1941: Pilot Officer on probation (seniority 8th January 1941);
20th January 1942: Pilot Officer;
20th January 1942: Flying Officer (War subs. seniority 8th January 1942);
20th Jauary 1943: Flight Lieutenant (War subs., seniority 8th January 1943).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
9 Squadron RAF
Awarded on:
October 8th, 1946
Action:
Citation:
"Flight Lieutenant Bruce was shot down over Zeebrugge in June, 1941, and picked up by a German vessel. After an unsuccessful tunnel attempt in July, 1942, Flight Lieutenant Bruce and two
companions made a very clever escape from Spangenburg in September, 1942, disguised as a German civilian commission and officer escort.
They reached Cassel aerodrome hoping to find a Junkers 52 - the only German aircraft they knew how to fly - and, finding none of this type on the field, they decided to make for France but were caught several days later near Frankenberg. After this attempt, Flight Lieutenant Bruce was transferred to Warburg. From there he made several attempts to escape, the most successful being in January, 1942, when three men masqueraded as a German guard escorting a party of British orderlies.
For this, Flight Lieutenant Bruce received three months in cells from which he attempted to escape with the aid of a dummy key, but was prevented by the bad weather. In September, 1942, he escaped from Colditz in an empty crate and made for Danzig. He was captured ten days later at Frankfurt-on-Oder, but escaped while awaiting interrogation.
He reached Danzig and was arrested trying to board a troop ship. Flight Lieutenant Bruce continued to try every possible means of
escape, with varying degrees of success, throughout his captivity making about seventeen attempts in all. He was liberated from Colditz in April 1945."
Military Cross (MC)

Sources

  • Photo 1: Bruce Family
  • Photo: Bruce Family
  • - The London Gazette of 7th March 1941, Issue 35097
    - The London Gazette of 21st April 1942, Issue 35531
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13th April 1943, Issue 35981, dated 16th April 1943
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 4th October 1946, Issue 37750, dated 8th October 1946