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John Oscar Broten

Military

John Broten attended the Culver Military Academy, Chicago, Illinois before entering Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey in September 1939 where he studied for one year. He entered the Service in February 1942 and trained as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Commissioned a 2nd Lt. on 1 October 1942, he was sent overseas and served in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24 "Star Spangled Hell", # 42-72873 (KIA) on 5 July 1944.

Service

People

  • Jessie Ellis

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 801st Bomb Group
    Jessie Ellis enlisted in the Air Corps in February 1943 and followed training in Aerial Gunnery before being sent overseas. He served as a Left Waist Gunner in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star...

  • Alfred Emert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 801st Bomb Group
    Alfred Emert enlisted in the Air Corps in July 1942. Sent overseas in 1944, he served as a Bombardier in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star Spangled Hell", #42-72873. Took off from Harrington at 23...

  • William Freidkas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 801st Bomb Group
    William Freidkas enlisted in the Air Corps in March 1943. After his training as a Radio Operator, he was sent overseas and served in that function in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star Spangled Hell"...

  • Roy Gehue

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 801st Bomb Group
    Roy Gehue was living in Bear River, Canada, in 1935. He moved later to Sarasota, Florida. He enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1941 and was a Navigator in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star...

  • Michael Pranzetelli

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 801st Bomb Group
    Michael Pranzetelli enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1943 and followed training in Aerial Gunnery before being sent overseas. He served as a Tail Gunner in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star...

  • Harry Sparks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 801st Bomb Group
    Harry Sparks enlisted in March 1943. After training in Aerial Gunnery, he was sent overseas and served as an Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star Spangled Hell", #42...

  • Edward Tappan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 801st Bomb Group
    Born and raised in North Carolina, Ed Tappan and his family moved to Arizona in 1931. Ed attended the Evans School for Boys in Tucson and competed on the school’s early rodeo teams. He studied later at the University of Arizona, enlisting in September...

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Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 36th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 452

    4 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, United States 15 September 1919
Lived in Glen Ridge, Essex County, New Jersey, United States 1942
Enlisted Fort Dix, New Jersey, United States 5 February 1942
Lived in Oak Park, Illinois, United States 1943
Died near Trancrainville, Eure-et-Loir, France 5 July 1944

Killed In Action (KIA) in the crash of B-24 # 42-72873

Buried

Initially buried at the Les Aubrais cemetery in Orléans; reinterred at the temporary US Military Cemetery in Solers near Melun (Seine-et-Marne, France. His remains were repatriated to the United States.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2017 16:59:09 Lucy May Changes to service number and unit associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
801st BG Roster, http://www.801492.org/MainMenu.htm / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Source for identification of Broten in crew photo (UPL19058) is:
http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/Broten/36th-BrotenCrew.html

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2015 12:23:05 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

Added burial details

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2015 10:44:46 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

MACR 6990
NARA WWII Enlistment records
www.801492.org
Research for Edward Tappan’s page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/ftappaned.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Conmbat Chronology, USAAF SN Website; Losses of the 8th AF, vol4. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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