Biographical Information Wilmette Resident Died in Military Service World War I: Louis Mason Bruch
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Wilmette Memorial Volume 2, 29 May 1995, p. 7, 7A


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p.7 Louis Mason Bruch
Second Lieutenant, Aviation Service, Pilot R.M.A.

Lt. Bruch's last flight was November 10, 1918, when he and his observer received orders to make observations along the entire battle line from Verdun to Sedan. They left Souilly at 11:30 a.m. Because of the fog, they were obliged to fly very low and remained in the air for over three hours In making repeated observations at Inor on the Meuse river, they were shot by the anit-aircraft guns concealed in the four corners of a German Red Cross trap. Bruch was killed instantly while flying. He was buried by the Germans in the Chateau Garden at Inor and was later moved to Beaumont Cemetery.

On October 16, 1921 the members of the Young Men's Class of the First Methodist Church of Wilmette planted an elm tree in the parkway of the church and unveiled a tablet in his memory.

Survived at the time of his death by:
Parents, Louis and Helen Mason Bruch, 1201 Greenwood Av., Wilmette

Born August 5, 1893 in Chicago. Entered the first officer's training camp at Fort Sheridan in May 1917, and was rejected. He underwent three operations to enable him to qualify. After making seventeen applications to re-enter various branches of the Army and Marine Corps, he secured entrance to the Aviation Service on December 29, 1917. He received first flying instructions at Kelly Field #2 and at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Ill., and was commissioned second lieutenant pilot, R.M.A. on May 25, 1918.

Received advanced instructions in Oklahoma and Texas, and sailed for France on September 14, on the steamer "St. Louis," arriving in Brest on September 27. He was placed in the 91st Aero Squadron, reached the front on November 2, 1918, and made daily flights over the lines.

p.7A Louis Mason Bruch, son of Helen Mason and Louis Bruch of 1201 Greenwood Ave., was born on August 5th, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. He entered the first officer's training camp at Fort Sheridan in May 1917, and was rejected. He underwent three operations to enable him to qualify. After making seventeen applications to reenter various branches of the Army and Marine Corps, he secured entrance to the Aviation Service on December 29th, 1917. He received first flying instructions at Kelly Field #2 and at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Illinois, where he received his commission of 2nd Lieutenant Pilot, R.M.A. on May 25th, 1918. He received advanced instructions at Fort Worth, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and at Taliaferro Field, Hicks, Texas. He was ordered to France, leaving New York on September 13th and sailing on September 14th on the steamer "St. Louis" arriving in Brest, France, on September 27th, 1918. He was placed in the 91st Aero Squadron, reached the front on November 2nd, 1918, and made daily flights over the lines. Louis' last flight was November 10th, when he and his observer, Lieutenant William A. White of Memphis, Tennessee, received orders to make observations along the entire battle line from Verdun to Sedan. They left Souilly at 11:30 a.m. Because of fog, they were obliged to fly very low and remained over three hours in the air. In making repeated observations at Inor on the Meuse river, they were shot by the anti-aircraft guns concealed in the four corners of a German Red Cross trap. Louis was killed instantly while flying. He was buried by the Germans in the Chateau Garden at Inor. He was later moved to Beaumont Cemetery where he and his observer now rest. On October 16, 1921, the members of the Young Men's Class of the 1st Methodist Church of Wilmette planted an elm tree in the parkway of the church and unveiled a tablet in memory of the slain aviator. From: Honor Roll in World War, Wilmette, Illinois (4 volumes), at the Wilmette Historical Society.


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Photograph; Sources:Honor Roll in World War, Wilmette, Illinois (Historical Society)
Memorial plaque, Trinity United Methodist Church of Wilmette.

Date of Publication:
29 May 1995
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Bruch, Louis
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Wilmette.News.282072
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Biographical Information Wilmette Resident Died in Military Service World War I: Louis Mason Bruch