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Allison Cochran Brooks


Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF, Operations Officer. Transferred Scouting Force (ESF). Transferred 1st Scouting Force.
Flew 65 combat missions, comprising 310 hours on both B-17's and P-51's.

Awards: LOM(OLC), DFC(2OLC), AM(8OLC), Bronze star, Croix de guerre, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Major General serving in Vietnam, flying C-130 Hercules in a support role, retired from USAF in 1971.


Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 1st Scouting Force
  • 385th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-13686 'Rugged Rebel III' 'Rugged Rebel'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX), 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 3-Feb-45. Lt John J Allen POW. MACR 12173.

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...


Event Location Date
Born Pittsburgh, PA, USA 26 June 1917
Enlisted 1939

Enlisted as Aviation Cadet.

Graduated/Commissioned Kelly, San Antonio, TX 78227, USA 1940

Graduated/Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Kelly AAF. 1940.

Lived in Pasadena, CA, USA 1942
Based Deenethorpe 1943 – 27 August 1944

Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Honington 27 August 1944 – 21 September 1944

Transferred Scouting Force (ESF).

Based Honington 21 September 1944 – May 1945

Transferred 1st Scouting Force.

End of War Europe May 1945

End of War (EOW).

Died Sequim, WA 98382, USA 9 December 2006


Date Contributor Update
20 April 2021 18:07:04 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and events

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2017 13:48:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2017 10:28:28 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 10:31:47 Pyker Changes to nickname and role

Al Brooks was known as "Eggs Brooks" due to both he and John Brooks, (2nd SF commander) being at one time on the same station (Steeple Morden). Cpl. Vincent G Scarangella was an expert "scrounger" who managed to keep the 1st SF supplied with eggs, that rare wartime commodity in the UK, throughout their stay in the ETO. John Brooks was therefore known as "No eggs Brooks" and both referred to each other as such at post-war reunions.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:31 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list