11th January 14:10
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
Lousy weather & no target, so quick check at 1000ft. R/T very poor.
Under Trimley GCI control to look for Fortresses of the US 8th Airforce, in trouble in bad weather after a day raid. Found one in the act of crash landing OK on one wheel. The other had managed to land in the meantime. R/T now completely U/S
A search on the 8th US Air Force Historical Society website http://www.8thafhs.com shows that the likely candidate for the crash landing was aircraft 42-31187 “Buckeye Boomerang” of the 91st Bombing Group, piloted by Lt John R Davis. The photo undated below is from the 91st Bomb Group website http://www.91stbombgroup.com and shows this aircraft after a crash landing.
An annotation on a less clear photo of this aircraft that can be seen here states:
B-17G 42-31187 “Buckeye Boomerang” (coded LL-F) of the 401st Bomb Sq, 91st BG. Beaten up on the 11 January 1944 raid to Oschersleben, the “Boomerang” limped back to a slippery landing on the slush-covered runway at Deopham Green. She slid off and sustained more damage; repairs would take until early March. Returning to Bassingbourn in rapidly deteriorating weather on 4 March, CAPT Donald Garrett ended up crash-landing just inside the airfield’s boundary; although the crew walked away, she was done for good. (Source – Annotation by user “gmasher“)
So although it is unlikely but not impossible that this photo from the day in question, it is most probably the aircraft Broody witnessed crash landing.