Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945


Evader chart: E0495
SGLO Date crash Aircraft
T3685 22-05-44 Lancaster
MilRank First Name(s) Name
W/O. Bruce Hamilton Davis
Milregnr. Nationality Born
AUS416563 Australian Hamilton, SA, Australia, 22 Feb 1918
Returned Y/N Evader Fate Date Captured/Liberated Place Captured/Liberated Escape Line
No EVD-POW Jul 44 Lutterzandweg -
Evader Story
						W/O. Bruce Hamilton Davis was the bomb aimer of Lancaster ME722 that was hit by flak near Kleve. The pilot then decided to return but was shot down by a German night fighter and crashed north of Zwolle. Davis was wounded by shrapnel in one eye but bailed out after the plane was hit by flak and landed in Het Aamsveen to the east of Enschede. Together with fellow crewmember W/O II ‘Ted’ Moran (E0497), they got in touch with the local resistance who hid them with the Bosscher family at the Rijksweg 14 in Glanerbrug. The same day they were joined here by American S/Sgt. Anslow (E0473) who already left for Tilburg the next day. From Glanerburg, Davis and Moran moved to an address in Oldenzaal and then on to an address at the Lutterzandweg in De Lutte. The hiding place near Oldenzaal was probably the house of Johannes H. Racer Palthe at Volthe. He housed the two (according to himself) for six days at his home. Early in July 1944, they were arrested at the Lutterzandweg by the Germans. Davis was imprisoned in Stalag Luft VII Bankau and experienced a nervous breakdown there. Early in 1945 he was released in a PoW exchange arranged by the Red Cross and repatriated to Australia.

Bruce Davis was discharged from military service in June 1946. He passed away on 6 February 1987 at the age of 68.						
* Oliver Clutton-Brock and Raymond Crompton, The Long Road: Trials and Tribulations of Airmen Prisoners from Stalag Luft, page 155-156
* H.B. van Helden, De lijst van Haeck. Een overzicht van de hulpverlening aan geallieerde bemanningsleden en ontsnapte krijgsgevangenen tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog (Hardenberg 2017), page 189 and 286
* National Archives, Washington, NAID: 286682184