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Frank Norman Broach Jr


1st Lt Broach was the son of Frank Norman Broach Sr., and Clara Elizabeth Wilson Broach.
He enlisted in the service from Dallas on February 25, 1942. Served with the 562nd Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber.
He was killed in action on 16 sept 1943, flying aboard #42-5906 "Sondra Kay" (388th BG 562nd BS).



  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Henry Jr. was a graduate of the 1940 class of Cumberland County High School. Two classmates, and football team members, graduating from CCHS in 1938, Ben H. West Jr. and Cecil G. Buttram were killed in action. AMM 3rd Class Ben H. West Jr. enlisted Dec...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5906 Sondra Kay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [--E] Knettishall 16/6/43; suffered battle damaged at La Pallice, Fr. 16/9/43 with Henry Cox, Co-pilot: Albt Rubin, Navigator: Bob Leaventhal, Bombardier: Frank...


  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA 26 May 1921
Lived in Dallas, TX, USA 1942
Enlisted Dallas, TX, USA 25 February 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 July 1943 – 16 September 1943

17 combat missions

Died Llanyre, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6NG, UK 16 September 1943

While returning from a mission to Bordeaux with low fuel and in bad weather the Cox Crew crashed on Upper Cilgee Farm in Powys, Wales. All 10 crew were KIA

Buried 25 September 1943

Burial Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial • Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot B-2-6


Date Contributor Update
02 March 2020 04:55:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2019 17:55:51 Michelbe Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events


Date Contributor Update
21 December 2017 22:50:09 466thHistorian Changes to role, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:08 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia