Eldon J Broman

Military

Object Number - UPL 19411 - Pilot Lt Eldon J Broman, 335thBS, 95th BG, 8AF. Shot down on 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

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: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13057861
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38106806
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18005077 / T-000290
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
Staff Sergeant Donald W. Crossley, a tail gunner of the 95th Bomb Group in position inside a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp] Handwritten caption on reverse: '21/9/43.' A printed caption was previously attached to the reverse of print, this has been lost, however considering the publication date, press agency and subject matter this was likely to have read: 'AWARDS TO THE HIGH-SCORING GUNNER. The Distinguished Flying Cross and an oak leaf cluster- the equivalent
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15107390
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19012230
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Assassin
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Herky Jerky II Lover Boy
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Spook V
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fritz Blitz
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Little Chuck
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Whitewater, WI, USA 16 August 1923 Son of Eldon and Irene Clatt Broman.

Enlisted

Milwaukee, WI 28 January 1942 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Other

95th BG Combat Tour

Horham 4 July 1943 - 10 October 1943 Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot Down on Mission #24

Other

Shot down

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

Other

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.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Barth, Germany 25 November 1943 Prisoner of War. Captured in late Nov 43. Held Initially at Stalag XVIIB near Krems, Austria. Broman. Transferred to Stalag Luft I Barth, Germany.

Other

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

Cleburne County Memorial Gardens Heber Springs, Cleburne County, AR 6 April 2012 Cleburne County Memorial Gardens Heber Springs, Cleburne County, Arkansas

Revisions

Date19 Nov 2021 20:35:28
Contributorjmoore43
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Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date8 Jul 2021 20:42:56
Contributorjmoore43
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Removed punctuation in the "Buried event" to aid clarity.

Date23 Aug 2020 01:40:14
Contributordecwriter
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NARA files verified DFC and AM w/3 oak leaf clusters.

Date23 Aug 2020 01:30:41
Contributor466thHistorian
Date17 Jan 2020 18:42:15
Contributorjmoore43
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Added S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives. Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:48
ContributorAAM
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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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