Lieutenant Colonel John A. Brooks of the 2nd Scouting Force at a briefing, 11 April 1945. Passed as censored 11 Apr 1945. Handwritten caption on reverse: '355FG/2 Scout Force.' Printed caption on reverse: 'USSTAF Foto By Sgt. Eugene L. Kammerman, #12. Good news about bombs on the targets - and the parts the Scouting Forces played in the success, comes over the teletype from division headquarters and is read to the scouting pilots by Lt. Col. John A. Brooks, of Chicago, Ill., commanding officer of a scouting force and a former B-24 Liberator lead pilot of 30 bomber missions. Col. Brooks holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with five clusters.' On reverse: SHAEF Field Press Censor [Stamp].
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- Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
- Nationality: American
- Unit: 355th Fighter Group 389th Bomb Group 2nd Scouting Force 567th Bomb Squadron
- Service Numbers: O-23828
- Highest Rank: Brigadier General
- Role/Job: Pilot