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Delmar C Broyles

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Staff Sergeant Delmar C. Broyles was born October 9, 1921. His next of kin were his parents, Clarence and Grace Broyles. He was from West Los Angeles, California.

On January 5, 1944, he was serving as the Flight Engineer aboard “Lil’ Butch,” B-17 tail #42-30112 'Lil' Butch', of the 94th Bomb Group, 410th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Bordeaux, France. Broyles was Killed in Action. 3 of the crew of ten survived.

According to the Escape and Evasion Report of the two survivors, Robert Anderson and Hugh C. Shields, the ship was set upon by fighters around 1100 hours about 5 kilometers west of St. Laurent Je Medoc. He stated that immediately after the first Fighter attack one engine had to be feathered and the tail controls were damaged. Tail Gunner Alton Brown reported to the Pilot, Allen C. Powell, that he was badly hurt and then the radio system went out. Anderson stated that Top Turret/Engineer Delmar C. Broyles told Anderson that he was going to the rear of the plane, via the bomb bay, to inform the others of the bail out instructions from the Pilot. As he was passing through the bomb bay the aircraft went into a crash dive. Anderson believes that Ball Turret gunner Goble Miracle was trapped in the Ball Turret. Anderson states that Co-Pilot Thomas H. Hudson Jr. was injured and assisting the pilot on an attempt to maintain control of the aircraft so the crew could bail out. Hudson told Anderson that he and Powell would set up the AFCE (Automatic Flight Control Equipment) and attempt to get back to England. Anderson states that he believes that Powell was injured in a cannon blast immediately prior to Andersons exit from the aircraft. He stated that the main portion of the cannon blast was in the area of the Pilots and Co-Pilots seats. The second survivor Hugh C. Shields stated that Broyles stuck his head into the nose compartment and told him and Anderson of the bail out order. Shields told Broyles to tell the pilot, Powell, that the bombs were still in the plane. As Shields and Anderson were bailing out of the Navigators escape hatch the plane went into a vertical dive with the right wing in flames and breaking off. The plane made violent aerobics and exploded upon striking the ground.

SSGT Broyles is buried at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

Service

People

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Evaded.

  • Thomas Hudson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-30112 LIL BUTCH

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    42-30112 Delivered Cheyenne 12/4/43; Gore 21/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Ass 410BS/94BG [GL-Z] Rougham 13/6/43; MIA Merignac 5/1/44 w/Allan Powell, cp-Tom Hudson, ro-Wesley Geist, btg-Goble Miracle...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Events

Event Location Date
Born West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA 9 October 1921

Staff Sergeant Delmar C. Broyles was born October 9, 1921. His next of kin were his parents, Clarence and Grace Broyles. He was from West Los Angeles, California.

Died Bordeaux, France 5 January 1944

On January 5, 1944, he was serving as the Flight Engineer aboard “Lil’ Butch,” B-17 tail #42-30112, of the 94th Bomb Group, 410th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Bordeaux, France. 3 of the crew of ten survived.

Buried Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90302, USA

SSGT Broyles is buried at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2020 03:09:41 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Removed a space in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 20:28:24 ram957 Changes to biography
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Escape & Evasion Reports

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2017 02:51:28 Rod Broyles Changes to media associations
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I added the Crew photo of Li'l Butch

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2017 02:04:16 Rod Broyles Changes to media associations
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This is a picture of my uncle Delmar Broyles who was the flight engineer / top turret gunner on the B/17 bomber Li'l Butch which crashed on Jan 5, 1944.

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 11:52:07 Lucy May Changes to service number, role, biography, place associations and mission associations
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Combined two entries for Delmar C Broyles into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1891 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database and additional research by user 'ram957' (http://www.americanairmuseum.com/user/9305).

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2015 03:09:27 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

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