joan broadsmith 1939

Joan Irwin Broadsmith

b. 23 Jul 1917, Withington Chester but resident in the Isle of Wight.


Her father, Harry Edgar Broadsmith, was one of the original directors of Saunders-Roe.

joan broadsmith and adam karolyi

Adam Karolyi, right, with his girlfriend, Joan Broadsmith, in the cockpit of his plane. Adam was 21 when he died of his injuries after he crashed his plane in Sandown, just days before the Second World War started [actually G-AAAL belonging to the IOW Flying Club, on the 21 Aug, 1939]. He had planned to join the RAF.

[G-ABBX, in the photo above, also belonged to the Isle of Wight Flying Club].

Adam, 21, was flung from the wreckage but suffered 75 per cent burns and died in Shanklin Cottage Hospital the next day.

His girlfriend, Joan Broadsmith, daughter of Saunders Roe’s managing director Harry Broadsmith, was so traumatised by Adam’s death she doused herself in paraffin and set herself alight but survived. 

See http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/wight-living/chale-plot-is-a-page-turner-31755.aspx

 joan broadsmith Empire Air Day 1939 1939

"Interested in aeroplanes since she was 14, and with Flying Officer brother in the R.A.F., Empire Air Day is bound to hold a special interest for Miss Joan Broadsmith, of Cowes, who is working at Lee Airport, Sandown, to secure her ground engineer's licence. Miss Broadsmith, who is 21, is a member of the Civil Air Guard."

Joan joined the ATA briefly in 1942, but did not progress beyond 'Cadet'.

d. 1993