Richard C Brookins

Military

Flew two tours as combat pilot, shot down twice and had to bail out a total of three times. Flew Spitfires, P-47’s and P-51’s, and always named his planes “The Duchess". Credited 4.25 destroyed [1.25 x Air, 3 x Ground]. On climb out for an operational mission the engine on P-47D 42-75250 exploded, pilot baled out A/C crashed near Thurlton. Returned to Duty (RTD). Shot down on mission but evaded and Returned to Duty (RTD).

Awards: LOM, DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medal.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group 4th Fighter Group 328th Fighter Squadron 334th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Hildegarde Patty II
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group 328th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Duchess Duchess V
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group 328th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Duchess VI Geraldine II
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group 361st Fighter Group 328th Fighter Squadron 376th Fighter Squadron

Places

Aerial photograph of Bodney airfield, looking south east, the barrack sites are in the top centre of the image, 8 June 1945. Photograph taken by No. 542 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/369. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Royal Air Force Bodney

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Glendale, CA, USA 1918-12-30 Son of Orerlle N and Marcia L Brookins.

Other

Graduated University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA Graduated Louisiana State University Jun-41 and went to work as a Stress Analyst at Lockheed Aviation in Los Angeles.

Died

San Diego, CA, USA 2003-12-07

Buried

Riverside, CA, USA Riverside National Cemetery Riverside Riverside County California, USA

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Promotion

Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 1943-08-14 Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based

Bodney 1943-09-27 - 1944-01-06 Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based

Bodney 1944-01-06 - 1944-03-03 Transferred to HQ Sqn, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based

Bodney 1944-03-03 - 1944-10-22 Re-assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

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End Tour Duty (ETD)

England, UK 1944-10-22 Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

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Crashed

Norwich, UK 1944-02-21 Bale Out due to Engine Failure 10mi NE Norwich Cat 5 damage Lt Richard C Brookins, 21-Feb-44. P-47D 42-7997 - Hq 352FG 8AF

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Crashed

1510 Chennault Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76113, USA 1951-03-28 Landing Accident Carswell AFB TX Cat 2 damage Lt Richard C Brookins, 28-Mar-51. C-47A 42-23727 - 3902AMS 3902CG