Glenn U Brooks

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 55538 - 1st Lt. Glenn U. Brooks

1st Lt.Brooks was in the U.S. Army Air Forces 327th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, # O-437931. After flying 4 missions with the 91st, he was temporarily attached to the 91st Group for combat training.

Brought down 22 March 1943 in B-17 #4229659 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). The assigned target was Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The plane was on its first mission being flown by 7 members of the 92nd BG/ 327th BS and 3 from the 91st BG. On its return from the mission, the aircraft was hit by bomb dropped from above by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 (Me 109) flown by Oberleutnant Heinz Knoke, and crashed into the North Sea 20 miles west of Heligoland with all ten crewman killed in action (KIA). In this action, Knoke thus became the first of only a few fighter pilots to successfully destroy an enemy aircraft by "bombing the bombers" (an experimental tactic that was soon abandoned by the Luftwaffe).

Air Medal, Purple Heart

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Liberty Bell
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Fayette County, Kentucky 1919-07-11

Other

Memorialized

Arlington National Cemetary 1LT Glenn Ulrich Brooks Jr. Memorialized at Arlington National Cemetery Plot MF, 0, 46-1

Died

1943-03-22

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

North Sea 1943-03-22

Other

Memorialized

The remains of 1st Lt. Brooks were never recovered, and he is eternally memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery.

Enlisted

MACDILL FIELD, FLORIDA 1941-07-12 Army Serial Number at time of enlistment: 14044382

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:11:34
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16291 / MACR 16291, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 92 by Bishop & Hey, National WWII Monument web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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