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Glenn U Brooks Jr.

Military

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

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29659 Liberty Bell

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG Bassingbourn 15/3/43; Missing in Action 1m Wilhelmshafen 22/3/43 with Capt Hascall McClellan, Co-pilot: Glenn Brooks, Navigator: Claud Green, Bombardier: Clarry Buckman, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 46

    22 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens and harbour facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. 76 B-17's are despatched: 91BG (21); 303BG (18); 305BG (18); and 306BG (19). These are joined by 26 B-24's: 44BG (12) and 93BG (14). Of this force...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fayette County, Kentucky 11 July 1919
Enlisted MACDILL FIELD, FLORIDA 12 July 1941

Army Serial Number at time of enlistment: 14044382

Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 22 March 1943
Died 22 March 1943
Memorialized Arlington National Cemetary

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

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.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2022 18:53:25 Douglas P Changes to suffix and events
Sources

NARA
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/415038/glenn-ulrich-brooks

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2022 18:35:49 Douglas P Changes to service number, biography, awards, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/415038/glenn-ulrich-brooks
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288104/glenn-ulrich-brooks
http://yamm.finance/wiki/Liberty_Belle_(B-17_Flying_Fortress).html
https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/2441/TwoPilotsTwoD...
USAAF Class Book Project ABMC American Cemeteries

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:34 AAM AAM ingest
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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