30 November 1957 – Capt Benny Lacombe is killed when he unsuccessfully attempts to bail out of Lockheed U-2A, 56-6704, Article 371, 13 miles SE of Laughlin AFB. Ejection seats had not yet been fitted to U-2s at this point. The history of the U-2 program is fraught with fatalities and crashes. “CIA pilots Wilburn S.
Robert Eugene Bruce, Jr.
Preferred Name: Bob
Date of Birth: December 16, 1943
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
Bob Bruce flew the F-100 in 1970 with the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing out of Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam, and from 1971-1972 with the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron/4403rd Tactical Fighter Wing, out of England AFB, LA.