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Harold Clayton Brooks Jr

Military

Harold Brooks was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-38009. Shot down, crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France on 15 June 1944. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 5 August, reached Gibraltar on 14 August and was flown from there on 16 August 1944 landing in England on the following day. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1033.

Service

People

  • Charles Brashear

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down, crashed near Bazas, France on 15 June 1944 in B-17 #42-38009. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Stayed in the Bordeaux area and was flown from Biarritz to England on 26 September 1944. Evaded (EVD). See the full story of...

  • Alfred Campbell

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Alfred Campbell Jr was Right Waist gunner on B-17 #42-38009 hit by Flak on the 15 June 1944 mission to Bordeaux-Mérignac. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into...

  • Frank Champ

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Frank Champ was Navigator on B-17 #42-38009, shot down on 15 June 1944. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 4 August, reached Gibraltar on the 25th and...

  • Robert Disbrow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Robert Disbrow was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-38009, shot down on 15 June 1944. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 4 August. In his E&E Report, he relates...

  • Donald Graham

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down, crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France on 15 June 1944 in B-17 #42-38009. Landed in parachute north of Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Stayed in the Bordeaux area, Southern France until flown back to England...

  • Charles Kelly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Charles Kelly was Pilot of B-17 #42-38009 hit by Flak on the 15 July 1944 mission to Bordeaux-Mérignac. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Kelly was helped to evade by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Hidden last in Toulouse, he was back...

  • Simon Wilczek

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier/Togglier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down, crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France on 15 June 1944 in B-17 #42-38009. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 2297. For more details about his evasion, see his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fwilczesj.html

  • Ralph Workman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball turret gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ralph Workman was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-38009, shot down on 15 June 1944. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 5 August, reached Gibraltar on the 14th...

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38009

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Gr Island 1/12/43; Presque Is 13/12/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-N] Ridgewell 8/1/44. 12m Missing in Action on its 12th mission, to Bordeaux-Mérignac, France on 15 June 1944. Pilot Charles Kelley, Co-pilot: Robert C....

Missions

  • 414

    15 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan, United States 4 January 1923
Lived in 1942

Muskegon, Michigan

Enlisted 11 December 1942

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Evaded capture 15 June 1944 – 14 August 1944

with the help of French citizens and members of the Maquis

Died 2 April 2002

Muskegon, Michigan

Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2020 14:27:04 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

MACR 5799
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
VA Gravesite Locator
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1033

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2020 14:13:37 ED-BB Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5799

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

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