|Death: ||Jul. 21, 1944, Czech Republic|
Son of Luke James Broom and Bertha Broom of Louisiana.
FRIDAY, 21 JULY 1944
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):
362 B-17s and B-24s hit targets in Czechoslovakia; B-17s and B-24s bomb the Brux synthetic oil refinery; B-24s also hit the marshalling yard at Mestre; 100+ other bombers are forced to abort due to bad weather; P-38s and P-51s provide escort.
The following is taken from the 456th Bomb Group History Book. This is directly related to the memorial in Teplice, Czech Republic, dedicated to the airmen that lost their lives this day.
21 July 1944 Group mission No. 88, the target, Brux synthetic oil refinery, Czechoslovakia. Twenty-five bombers dropped 60.5 tons of GP bombs on the refinery. The results were indeterminate due to smoke over the target. The flak at the target was heavy, intense and accurate. Ten enemy aircraft were seen but none were damaged. Two bombers were lost. The combat flight time was 7:45 hours.
"We had completed the bomb run and were rallying. We expected a rally to the right, but Able box turned to the left in order to avoid flak. Baker box rallied to the right. Lt. Brooks in 'Porky', losing airspeed, slid back and collided with another ship in Charlie box. Porky went into a flat spin and crashed." So ran one of the accounts that the returning crews related.
One of the other planes lost was "Judy Ann" of the 744th Squadron piloted by Lt. Eide. Three minutes after the target on rally, A/C #306, Lt. Brooks, who had been hit by flak, slid across the formation and collided with A/C #501, Lt. Eide's plane. A/C #501 exploded, A/C #306 lost a wing. Other crews reported seeing a total of five to nine chutes open. One of the bombers lost was A/C #42-78306, "Porky", piloted by Lt. Sidney Brooks of the 746th Squadron. Reported as MIA on MACR#6947.
2d Lt Sidney H. Brooks Pilot POW, Stalag Luft1
2d Lt Roy S. Dubs Co-pilot KIA*
2d Lt James S. Duston Bombardier MIA
T/Sgt Edward W. Broom Engineer KIA*
S/Sgt Robert M. Gafner Radio Operator KIA
S/Sgt Arthur P. Arseneaux Nose Turret KIA*
S/Sgt George Youngquist Ball Turret MIA
S/Sgt Carl Ezuck Tail Turret MIA
*Interred in American Military Cemetery, Lorraine, France
Note: Entered the service from Louisiana.
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Moselle
Maintained by: Sky Pilot
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56653153