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Bruce Cole Carnachan


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Bruce Cole Carnachan Obituary
March 13, 1923 - August 15, 2017 Bruce C. Carnachan, 94, of Glendale, CA, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, peacefully at home of complications from dementia. He was born in San Diego to Gladys Cole and Robert Shaw Carnachan. He moved to Los Angeles at an early age and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in December 1942. During WWII he was assigned to the 14th Air Force in the China-Burma-India theatre of operations under the command of General Chennault of the "Flying Tigers." With the rank of sergeant, he served as an aircraft armorer with the 449th Fighter Squadron in the Kunming area of southwestern China and was responsible for the maintenance of guns on the P-40, P-51, B-25, and P-38 aircrafts. On several missions he flew over the Himalayas (known as the "Hump" by GI's) as a gunner. Discharged in 1946, Bruce returned to Los Angeles, where he met Charlene Cron, who lived on the same street as his parents. Bruce and Charlene were married in 1949. He juggled working for the California Highway Patrol with completing his college education at Cal State LA and became a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he taught industrial arts (woodshop) and later driver education and training. He retired from Roosevelt High School and for many years after volunteered as a driver education instructor in classes for seniors through AARP. Bruce had a great interest in cars, especially classic Jaguars. He and Charlene belonged to several car clubs and enjoyed many outings. He owned his beloved 1954 blue Jaguar XK120 for 59 years. This car received many awards at car shows and publicity in several notable auto magazines. Travel was another interest, and Bruce and Charlene enjoyed many trips across the United States in their motorhome as well as trips abroad to Europe, Egypt, Greece, China, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1993, they were part of a 449th Air Force Association group invited to Taiwan by the National Chinese Retired Air Force, in appreciation of their service to China during WWII. Bruce loved getting together with other car enthusiasts and was known internationally for his knowledge of XK 120's. Bruce was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Robert S. Carnachan, Jr., his sister Rachael O'Day, and his niece Kathy O'Day. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Charlene, his son and daughter-in-law Robert Bruce Cron Carnachan (Pamela), nieces Louise Carnachan and Debra Hurst, nephew Charles Hurst, grandnieces Paige Buss and Shawn O'Day, and grandnephews Blake Buss and Will Buss. A memorial service to celebrate his well-lived life will be held Wednesday, August 30, 1 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, 134 North Kenwood Street, Glendale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, [email protected] or to .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 23, 2017
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