DAVIS, BRUCE QUINCEY, Private First Class, # 39835537, USAAF

 

Bruce Q. Davis was born on 10 May 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Chauncey Jacob Davis (1891-1963) and Evelyn Iza (Aert) Davis (1898-1971) Siblings included Geraldine Davis (1921-1921), Gerald Scott Davis (1924-1996), Marion Gertrude Davis (1925-1929), Clifton Akert Davis (1927-1995), Richard Harding Davis (1930-2013), and Byron Jacob Davis (1934-1972). He graduated from West High School, Salt Lake City (R.O.T.C., Co. D). He was married to Ada Ladelle (Stewart) De St.Jeor nee Fairbourne nee Davis (1922-1986) on 3 March 1942, of 569th 9th Ave, Salt Lake City, Utah (widowed from 2nd marriage in 1960; 3rd marriage 12 August 1961).

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1942 and described himself as 6’1”, 136 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 7 October 1942 at Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, Utah. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-24/C-109. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 28 August 1944, a B-24/XC-109, # 42-7221, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1327th Air Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, at about 0139 hours, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. On 28 Aug 1944, at 1400 China ST, an aircraft crashed and burned on Fan Mili Chan Mountain in the Jun Lung District near Hsifang, China. Due to adverse conditions and extreme difficulty climbing to the crash site, it was reached 1 Sept 1944. The fuselage was totally destroyed by fire. The aircraft exploded when it crashed, scattering debris across the mountainside. The remains of the crew were recovered but because the remains were indistinguishable, they were buried in a common grave in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 27 September 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 52). A memorial marker was placed in the Memory Grove Memorial, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

His father, born 6 October 1891, served during WW I, Sup. Sergeant (Quartermaster Corps), 20th Infantry. Only advance units entered Europe in June 1918 when the war ended. He died on 6 November 1963 and is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Utah.

 

His brother, Gerald S. Davis, born 22 June 1924, served in the U.S. Navy, # 8846678, commissioned on 6 February 1943 and separated 29 March 1946, during WW II. He died on 24 August 1996 and is buried in the Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery, Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

 

His brother Byron J. Davis, born 9 October 1934, served in the U.S. Army, a Corporal. He died 26 October 1972 and is buried in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Sandy, Utah.