Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Francis Bruce
Service Number
Crew Position
Posting In
Posted in 9/41 and out 6/42


Flew 9 operations with 49Sqn. On his 1st flight, on the 7th February 1942, flying Hampden L4125 he hit a large snow-bank and crashed.
He flew a further five Hampden operations in April 1942 and then three trips as "Second Dickie" in the Avro Manchester.
His final trip was on the 30th May 1942 when, as part of P/O Farrington's crew, he took part in the first '1000 Bomber Raid' against Cologne.

We believe he was then transferred to the Aircrew Reception Wing in Brighton prior to returning to a RNZAF squadon.

We have received information from Graham Bould (son of Navigator, P/O Roy Bould) that F/Sgt Bruce (later promoted to P/O) was eventually posted to fly the Ventura with 9 RNZAF Squadron in the Pacific campaign. It was reported that P/O Reid was never entirely happy during take-offs.........memories of his earlier accident.

A selection of the 9Sqn Nominal Roll

A Ventura of 9 Squadron RNZAF

A typical page from P/O Bould's logbook showing the pilot P/O Reid (later F/O)
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All images are courtesy of Graham Bould (son of P/O Roy Bould) and via Ashley Hales