Sergeant David Broatch - 460 Squadron  

Sergeant David Clifton Broatch - RAFVR


Sergeant David Clifton Broatch RAFVR was born in 1925 at Burnley, Lancashire. Before he joined the Air force he was an apprentice draughtsman at an Aircraft works. He attempted to enlist  when he was under seventeen and then succeeded in finally enlisting in December 1943 when he was aged about eighteen. He was posted to 460 squadron and flew his tour of operations with F/L Robert Stringer's crew.

The crew  consisted of:

Name Service Trade
Robert Stringer - DFC  RAAF Pilot
Albert Jenkinson - DFC RAFVR Navigator
Leslie Pearse - DFC RAAF Bomb Aimer
Cecil “Eddie” Noble  RAFVR Wireless Air Gunner
Don Betton RAFVR M/U Gunner
David Broatch  RAFVR Rear Gunner

The Stringer flew with various Flight Engineers, John Dart, William George Warden,C.Entwhistle DFM,  C.David and A.L.Barlow.

Sergeants David Broatch & Eddie Noble


David and Imelda Broatch on their wedding day,Eddie Noble,left, Don Betton.

He married Imelda Bennett at the church of Christ the King, Springhill, Manchester Road, Burnley on the fifth of December 1944 with the crew’s mid upper gunner, Don Betton acting as best man, and some of the crew attending. After the war he was to become the Chief Design engineer at the G.E.C.London.

He passed away in April 1983 at Brentwood.




Photos courtesy of Imelda Broatch, research by Linda Ibrom.