This week's post is about my first cousin (2x removed) - RCAF Warrant Officer (Bomb Aimer) Leo Joseph Martin Broderick who was born December 22, 1919 and died seventy-one years ago today on 06 September 1943 at the young age of 24. Leo was reported as missing following air operations over Germany during WWII.
|My visit to the Library and Archives of Canada|
|Leo's parents Detective Broderick and Clara (Gignac) Broderick|
He had also worked at Lanspeary's Drug store, Hiram Walker and Coca Cola as a bottler; and the Ford Motor Company.
Leo enlisted in July 1941 applying for the air force as a pilot. He received training and promotions between 1941 to 1943 finally becoming a Warrant Officer (W/O) when he was killed. Leo's regimental number is 109822.
|Leo Broderick's enlistment photo - over 6 feet tall!|
|Leo's enlistment papers requesting Air Force Duty|
Flying duties preference: Pilot
In August 1943 he was posted with the 405 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force as a bomb aimer.
On Sept 5, 1943 at 19:25 Leo's plane left Gransden Lodge airfield, England on a mission of "bombardment" destined for Manneheim, Germany. There were seven men aboard the Halifax aircraft - the maximum for the aircraft. The plane crashed at Nussloch, 9 km SSE of Heidelberg, Germany. (reasons not known)
One man was injured:
- Sgt J.E.Vidler (Rear Gunner)
- Sgt C.Hewitson 535857 RAF (Flight Engineer)
- Sgt R.Thomson 1550695 RAFVR (Navigator)
- Sgt J.H.Briggs 1082027 RAFVR (WOp Gunner)
- Sgt A.C.Brunton 658381 RAFVR(Pilot)
- W/O L.J.M.Broderick R/109822 RCAF (Bomb Aimer)
- Sgt G.E.Agate 1391419 RAFVR (Mid Upper Gunner)
|The Operations Room of RCAF No. 405 Squadron. 1941|
Photo: National Defence Image Library RE 74-385
|Page 140 from book Second World War|
|The Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
|Province of Ontario Death Certificate|
|156 Squadron website|
- LAC - Military Files
- Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947
- Olive Tree: Obtaining Canadian WW2 miltary file in easy steps
- Find colour photos of Canadian Second World War soldiers and (Finding Aid)
- List of Abbreviations used in Military Files
- LAC - War Graves Research
- How to Order Military records
- LAC: Second World War 1939-1945
- RCAF No. 405 Squadron
- Nos. 424 & 405 Squadron Photographs Collection Gallery
- RCAF No. 405
- Details of Nussloch crash
- Vintage Wings
|Details from Lost Aircraft|
September 2014: The following document was received with thanks from CWGC-Canada . It shows that the three who died in the crash (1943) were reburied later at Durnbach September 13, 1947.
|Graves Concentration Report October 1947|
In March 2015, I attended the Turning of the Page Ceremony to honour Leo Joseph Martin Broderick (1919-1943)