The legendary pathfinder mosquito navigator.
By Tom Parry Evans.
Tommy Broom was one of the RAF's most legendary and popular heroes of World War II. He joined the service at eighteen years of age in 1932 and after service in the Middle East, he first saw action against Germany in a Fairey Battle during 1939 with No 105(B) Squadron. He continued to serve with 105 Squadron until November 1940, a period that included the disastrous Battle of France and the low-level attacks on the Channel ports to destroy the invasion barges, in both of which actions the squadron suffered severe losses. Having completed more than his share of front-line flying he was transferred to 13 Operational Training Unit at Bicester, to teach the influx of newly-trained navigators the additional skills required for combat situations.
He returned to 105(B) Squadron in January 1942 to complete a further tour. In August of the same year he was again posted to the educational role, this time at 1655 Mosquito Training Unit where he stayed until May 1944. He then returned to front-line flying until the end of the war, belonging to numbers 571(B), 128(B) and 163(B) Mosquito Squadrons. Tommy completed 83 operations during the war and teamed up with a namesake as his pilot, Ivor Broom - they became known as the 'Flying Brooms' and completed 57 operations together.
This book is full of exciting flying and dangerous escapes, but the good nature and quite confidence of this brilliant navigator has drawn praise from the pilots he flew with and those he trained.Tom Evans lives in the small West-country town of Portishead near Bristol and is a firm friend of Tommy Broom. This book was first published in 1999 as 'A Posset Lad' and was printed privately for a mostly local readership.
Fitting tribute to very brave airman/airmans of pathfinder crews