This is a highly evocative set of Medals for an RAF Pilot who was killed in Action at Luqa Airfield, Malta in 1944. There is a considerable amount of research with this set which has been compiled by the respected author Mark Hillier.
EFTS Training Course 1941 at RAF Sealand. He is back row far right.
His Wings are with 3 photos of Warrant Officer Broadbent. The main photo is of the OTU at Cranfield. He can also be seen with a fellow crew member bu their Beaufighter and also the lower group photo is of 108 Squadron in 1944 with one of their Mosquitos behind.
There is a wealth of information in the accompanying Logbook. Here is also shown his actual medal box.
The Operations Record Book here details the report of his death on May 2nd 1944.
W/O Broadbent in Mosquito HK418 who was out on convoy patrol had an engine failure whilst over the convoy. As their patrol was just finished, the C.O. flew back with Broadbent, giving him advice, etc, en route. The trip back of about 150 miles was accomplished most successfully and Broadbent then was given advice by the C.O. how to land, but he came in too fast and did not touch down until far down No 1 runway and an overshoot was unavoidable.
Unfortunately the runway gives no latitude at all ending in a deep ravine, into the far side of the cliff of which he crashed, burst into flames and Broadbent and his observer F/Sgt Alpe were bot killed immediately.
Here is the record of his funeral on May 5th 1944
Broadbent started his RAF Career as a ground crew member , working on the HP Hampden, the group includes photos of him in his uniform after he joined up and with his colleagues working on the Hampden. He subsequently re-musters as aircrew and a photo of him at EFTS is included, by this stage in his career he had been promoted to Corporal. After gaining his wings he joins 43 Sqdn on Hurricane night fighters flying from Acklington and RAF Tangmere carrying out night patrols and Havoc co-operation duties. From 43 Sqdn he is posted to convert to twins, attending an OTU on the Beaufighter and then being posted to 108 Sqdn in Malta. He is engaged on night fighter duties, shipping patrols, GCI intercepts and standing patrols on both the Beaufighter and then Mosquito.
Here is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate to Trevor Richmond Broadbent.
The following 3 images are of his funeral at Luqa Airfield, Malta in 1944.
There now follows 4 pages of entries from his logbook.
Firstly we see the entry on the day of his death. The entry states Convoy Patrol. Stbd engine failure – crashed at Luqa and was killed.
His record of service shows that he served at, RAF Sealand, RAF North Battleford, RAF Sutton Bridge, RAF Tealing and Kinnell, RAF Acklington, RAF Ford, RAF Tangmere, RAF West Malling, RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, RAF West Malling, RAF Grantham, RAF Cranfield, RAF Twinwoods, RAF Maison Blanche Algiers, RAF Luqa Malta, RAF Regghaia and again RAF Luqa Malta.
There is also a list of aircraft flown which includes the Oxford, Dakota, DH 82A, Master, Hurricane, Blenheim, Beaufighter, Beaufort, Mosquito.
The following photos are with the whole package of W/O Broadbent’s medal group.
Any comment is a transcription of the writing on the reverse of the photographs.
Danny and the Flight Bus Malta 1943
Here now follow several photographs of aircraft.
With this superb lot comes a rseries of photos of places Trevor Broadbent visited.
Front view of our Mess, Balluta Buildings, Malta 1943
Here are 3 photos of Egypt 1943.
Scenes from Algiers
The final photograph is of a scorpion. Presumably some form of warning.
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