Pilot Officer Hugh Bernard Gonce was an American airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born in Mississippi, the son of William and Ophelia E. Gonce, of Alabama and Texas, respectively, and later of Walters, Oklahoma. Gonce married, in 1938, to Dorothy Frances Wellman, of Kansas.

Aged 29, Gonce, a pilot in 156 Squadron, died on 16 April 1944, when Avro Lancaster W4930 crashed in the area of Aigny, France while engaged on an operation against Pilzen.[1]

Six of the seven crew, including Gonce, are buried in Chalons-en-Champagne East Communal Cemetery, Marne.


  1. Chorley, W.R. (1992), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses: 1943, p. 114.


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