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Eldon J Broman

Military

Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118

Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Robert Bellora

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Jake Black

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Chaffin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Crossley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Crossley was credited with 12 confirmed e/a kills. A record for 8th AF gunners.

  • Frank Dean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richmond Dillon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Forney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Observer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Fowler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Guiteras

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Trammell Hollis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30176 'Assassin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne, WY 22/4/43; Smoky Hill, KS 28/4/43; Walla Walla, WA 7/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Presque Island 6/6/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P] Framlingham 5/6/43; 335BS [OE-P] Horham 15/6/43; 12m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with John...

  • 42-30181 'Herky Jerky II' 'Lover Boy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24-Apr-43; Smoky Hill 5-May-43; Kearney 29-May-43; Atlanta 2-Jun-43; Dow Field 16-Jun-43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-X] Framlingham 19-Jun-43 HERKY JERKY II; Horham 15-Jun-43; with force landed Framlingham AF 10-Oct-43 with Pilot R.E....

  • 42-30226 'Spook V'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Gore 14/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Tinker 1/6/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-L] Horham 15/6/43; 36m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Jim Higgins, Navigator: Don Gallagher, Bombardier: Vern Archibald, Flight...

  • 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-U] Horham 15/6/43; Missing in Action (21m) Munster 10/10/43 with Eldon Broman, Co-pilot: John Chaffin, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Paul Guiteras...

  • 42-3226 Little Chuck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-S] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Lt Col Leland Fiegel, Capt Art Briggs, Lt Clayton Greenwood eng/off, Maj Garfield Schnabel medic, Lt Carey Ballew (statn/off, M/Sgt Jim Hatton Ass/eng, M/Sgt...

  • 42-3497

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/7/43; Gore Fd 15/8/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 8/9/43; 5m, Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Lionel Correia, Co-pilot: Don Dunhaver, Navigator: Richard Coffey, Bombardier: Frederick Davis, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Whitewater, WI, USA 16 August 1923

Son of Eldon and Irene Clatt Broman.
Whitewater, Walworth County
Wisconsin, USA. 16th Aug 1923.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 28 January 1942
95th BG Combat Tour Horham 4 July 1943 – 10 October 1943

Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot Down on Mission #24

Shot down Haaksbergen, Netherlands 10 October 1943

Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz' on Munster mission. EVD/POW.

Evaded (EVD) Liège, Belgium 11 October 1943 – 25 November 1943

Evaded capture with the assistance or Resistance until captured at a safe house in Leige, Belgium.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 25 November 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War. Captured in late Nov 43. Held Initially at Stalag XVIIB near Krems, Austria. Broman. Transferred to Stalag Luft I Barth, Germany.

Returned Stateside New York, NY 21 June 1945

Returned to USA on Hospital ship.

Died Heber Springs, AR, USA 3 April 2012

Eldon J. Broman, 88, of Heber Springs, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. He was born on Thursday, August 16, 1923 in Whitewater, Wisconsin to the late Eldon and Irene Clatt Broman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Olson.

Mr. Broman served his country in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a B-17 pilot. His crew had 23 successful missions in Europe but was eventually shot down over Germany resulting in him becoming a POW and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He will be remembered for the many stories he told about his experiences in the war.

Soon after the war, Mr. Broman graduated with a Master's Degree from Stout University in Wisconsin. He taught Industrial Education in the public schools for many years. Mr. Broman continued to serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and later retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Broman was a friend to all and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Heber Springs.

Buried Heber Springs, AR 6 April 2012

Cleburne County Memorial Gardens, Heber Springs
Cleburne County
Arkansas, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 01:40:14 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

NARA files verified DFC and AM w/3 oak leaf clusters.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 01:30:41 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/3515

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 01:51:28 466thHistorian Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88198599/eldon-j_-broman
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7488&h=30201223...

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2020 19:55:27 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28608279
https://www.fold3.com/image/202838173
https://www.fold3.com/record/286790774-eldon-j-broman
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88198599/eldon-j_-broman

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2020 19:29:25 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28608279
https://www.fold3.com/image/202838173
https://www.fold3.com/record/286790774-eldon-j-broman
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88198599/eldon-j_-broman

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 18:42:15 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

Added S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives. Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2015 12:10:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.comete...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=88198599

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2015 12:07:20 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.comete...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=88198599

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1118 / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000; MACR 1118 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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