During a survey of RAF Raydon in Suffolk, volunteers discovered a piece of graffiti that was inscribed 72 years ago. The inscription helped track down World War II US soldier, Bruce Glenn’s home and his 100-year-old widow
London: A piece of graffiti inscribed 72 years ago in the UK has helped to track down a World War II US soldier’s home and his 100-year-old widow. Volunteers with the Eighth in the East project discovered the inscription during a survey of Royal Air Force Station Raydon (RAF Raydon) near Ipswich in Suffolk.
Glenn was enlisted in October 1942 and had served in the US army for four years. Pic/facebook.com/8theast
Bruce Glenn scratched his name and hometown into concrete in 1943. Project manager David Cain said his details proved easy to trace because he came from the small Oklahoma town near Fargo, with fewer than 300 residents. RAF Raydon was home to Fighter Squadrons of the US Eighth Army Air Force during World War II.
“From the records we have accessed, we are pretty sure that we have found the right man,” Cain said. “The dates of birth and location fits with Bruce and th fact that he was a driver prior to the war,” Cain added. Glenn was enlisted in October 1942 and he served in the US army for four years.
He died in 2002, but his widow Clarice, who lives in Richmond, Columbia, recently celebrated her 100th birthday by renewing her driving licence. The project has asked Glenn’s local newspaper to put it in touch with her. The Eighth in the East explores the legacy of the 8th USAAF during their time in Britain during World War II.