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Philip Brooks


Assigned to 555FTS, 495FTG, 8AF. Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF. Transferred to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF. Transferred to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF. End of War (EOW).

Awards: LOM, DFC, BSM, AM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.


Units served with


  • 42-8402 'Devil's Thumb'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Pensacola, FL, USA 9 February 1920

Son of Harry L and Bessie [Barrett] Brooks.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 23 December 1943

Promoted to Captain.

Based Goxhill 16 July 1944 – December 1944

Assigned to 555FTS, 495FTG, 8AF.

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, UK 7 August 1944

Landing Accident Boxted/Sta 150 Cat 5 damage Lt Philip Brooks, 7-Aug-44.

P-47D 42-8402 5ERS 8AF

Based Boxted December 1944 – 19 February 1945

Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF.

Based Wormingford 19 February 1945 – 19 April 1945

Transferred to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 3 April 1945

Promoted to Major.

Based Wormingford 19 April 1945 – May 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 55FG, 8AF.

End of War (EOW) Europe May 1945

End of War (EOW).

Died 16 July 2020
Buried Beaufort National Cemetery Beaufort, Beaufort County, SC 19 July 2020

Beaufort National Cemetery
Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina


Date Contributor Update
03 December 2021 14:03:34 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2019 13:37:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /; roster

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2017 16:08:17 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:27 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list