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Richard Howell Broach

Military

Graduated US Military Academy West Point Jan-43. Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Berlin in P-51B 42-106771 'Dotty'. Strafed first a barge and then a train on return journey and took flak hit to oil system, A/C abandoned when oil pressure zeroed out. Prisoner of War (POW). 30-May-44. MACR 5199. Escaped captivity twice, but recaptured.

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

Post war: Remained in USAF until April 1972, retired with rank of Colonel.

Service

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106771 'Dotty'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Berlin. Strafed first a barge and then a train on return journey and took flak hit to oil system, A/C abandoned when oil pressure zeroed out. Pilot Lt Richard H Branch POW. 30-May-44...

  • 42-75210 'Dotty'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Missions

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brainerd, MN 56401, USA 21 September 1920
Lived in Otisville, New York 1941
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 1942
Graduated West Point, NY, USA 19 January 1943

Graduated
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
NY

Based East Wretham April 1943 – 30 May 1944

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Wretham IP24, UK April 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 30 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Shot down Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands 30 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from escort to Berlin in P-51B 42-106771 'Dotty'. Strafed first a barge and then a train on return journey and took flak hit to oil system, A/C abandoned when oil pressure zeroed out. POW. 30-May-44. MACR 5199.

Died Solomons, MD, USA 10 August 1981
Buried West Point, NY, USA September 1981

United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 17:46:15 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards and events
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Broach&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Broach&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28640717
http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/13209/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11660153

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 11:15:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 5199 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 18:19:29 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Broach&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Broach&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28640717
http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/13209/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11660153

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 17:52:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Broach&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Broach&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28640717
http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/13209/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11660153

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AccidentReports.com, Unit History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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