Andrew John Broodbank was born on 30th November 1922 in Croydon, Surrey. Aged 17 when war broke out, he attended Cambridge University and joined the Cambridge University Air Squadron. How he joined the RAF is unclear, but on 18/v/42 he received a letter from the Air Ministry welcoming him to the Royal Air Force as an airman. In April 1943 he began his Navigation training at RAF Jurby on the Isle of Man with 5 Air Observer School. He was known to his fellow airmen as Broody.
June 7, 2013