;Bruce was born on December 28, 1920 at Beachville, Ontario.
He attended Woodstock Collegiate in 1939 and then spent 1yr. 40mm Shell Production - Ingersoll, Ontario.
Bruce enlisted in the RCAF at London, Ont. on July 8, 1941.
#1 Manning Depot, Toronto; Fingal, Holding Unit; #6 ITS, Toronto; #12 EFTS, Goderich; Toronto (holding unit); #1 SFTS, Camp Borden; #1 CTS, Trenton; #9 AOS, St.Jean, Que.; St. Anne De Bellevieu hospital; #9 AOS St.Jean Que. He received his Navigator wing in December 1942.
“Y”Depot, Halifax then posted overseas to #3 PRC, Bournemouth.
Trained at: AFU, Dumphries; OTU, Chipping Warden; Feltwell, RAF Regiment; OTU, Edgehill (satellite); HCU, Woolfox Lodge (Stirlings); HCF, Feltwell (Lancaster).
Bruce was posted to #622 Squadron, RAF, 3 Group Bomber Command (Stirlings) at Midenhall.
PILOT - S.James RAAF - Missing on “2nd dickie trip” I was spare navigator after Stan James went missing.
Crew consisted of;PILOT - F/Sgt. Hugh Craig; NAV - Sgt. Bruce Sutherland RCAF; WOP - Bert Dineen RAF;
FE - Dennis Dart RAF; RG - Frank Aldred RAF; MUG - Frank Flowers RAF; AG - Godfrey Sproule RCAF;
Our Navigation Officer F/L McKay considered ma a jinx because although I was briefed every night with a differen crew, we never flew. On Jan 27/44 he said if I didn’t fly that night, I would be grounded.
Dulag Luft, Frankfurt; #6 Stalag Luft, Heydekrug; Stalag 20A, Thorn in Poland; Stalag 357, Falling Bostel.
Bruce was demobbed at Toronto on September 1945.
Bruce was employed in the Customer Service at Stelco, Hamilton.
Bruce met his wife Frances while in the hospital at St. Anne De Belleview in July 1942.
Frances and Bruce were married November 26, 1945 in St.Andrews, N.B. while she was still a Nursing Sister in the RCAMC. We have one son James - unmarried, February 5, 2002
Dec. 1942 Bruce and Nephew