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Donald J Broadbent


Flew 34 missions as part of 'Elliots' Idiots' crew



  • Robert Elliot

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    35 missions from 8 August to 6 December 1944. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster European Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle Stars/ WW II Victory Medal

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  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...


Event Location Date
Born Northfield, MN 55057, USA 24 July 1923
Lived in Cerro Gordo County, IA, USA 1943
Enlisted Lemay, MO 63125, USA 2 February 1943

Jefferson Barracks

Died Urbandale, IA, USA 8 October 2009

onald James Broadbent, 86, passed from this life on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2009 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Des Moines. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary service at Iles Funeral Homes- Westover Chapel. Don was born the son of Walter Roy and Louise Katherine Schanno on July 24, 1923 in Northfield, MN. He was a graduate of Mason City High School. On July 4, 1944, he married Margaret "Peggy" Bruns in Kearney, NE and to this union, two children were born: Judith and Thomas. They moved to the Des Moines area in 1963. He was one of the founding members and board member of BG Products in Wichita, KS and the owner and operator of Broadbent Distributing. Don was a true "businessman" and was still involved with his company. He was a WWII Army Air Corp veteran and member of St. Theresa's, St. Vincent De Paul, 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Golden Key Kiwanis, 487th Bomb Group WWII, the Serra Club and Ministry of Care. He really gave of his time, the Ministry of Care Program took him to meet many people especially those at the VA Hospital and at Broadlawns Medical Center. He enjoyed golfing and being involved in his church. He will be missed by his son, Tom (Linda) of Urbandale; daughter, Judi Jones of West Des Moines; grandchildren, Michael, Roger, Danielle and Rebecca; six great-grandchildren and his sister, Helen Johnston of Nampa, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2008 and his sister, Elizabeth Keister. Memorials contributions may be made to St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa or St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, Iowa. "Click here to view memorial folder" ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES FUNERAL HOMES ~ WESTOVER CHAPEL.

Buried Des Moines, IA, USA 12 October 2009

Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines, Iowa


Date Contributor Update
23 November 2017 19:27:29 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations and place associations
"The History of the 487th Bomb Group" - Ivo De Jong, page 313

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mrs. Joseph Gaffney