Kenneth E BROOKS

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER39531335
AGE28 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1915
ETATTorrance CALIFORNIA
FAMILLEMaried
RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONGunner
JOB before ENLISTEMENTBarbers, beauticians, and manicuristsCA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT17 august 1942 Los Angeles CALIFORNIA
SQUADRON365th Bomber Squadron
GROUP305th Bomber Group, Heavy
ARMY40th Combat Wing
8th Air Force
DATE OF DEATH13 may 1943brooks kenneth e tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATH

Meaulte (Amiens)

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DATA PLAN

B17 

Constituted as 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942.

Activated on 1 Mar 1942.

Take-off:the airfield of Chelveston, Station 105

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CEMETERY

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY

Plan of Cimetière Américain Normandy

from Colleville sur Mer

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usaf  8AIRFORCE 305bg  365bs
STORY

Kenneth E. Brooks was born in 1915 in South Dakota and lived in Mitchell City, Davison County, South Dakota. He was the only child of Violet V. Brooks and Lawrence N. Brooks, both from Illinois and of Irish origin.

Between the 1920s and 1930s, the Brooks family moved to Redondo Beach, California, where Kenneth's father continued to work in auto repair. In 1940, Kenneth and his family left life on the beach and moved to Bishop, Inyo County, California. Here, Kenneth Brooks worked as a barber, barber in 1939.

Through all these moves, Kenneth did two years of high school. At the beginning of the Second World War, Kenneth was 24 years old. In early childhood, he enrolled in the National Guard and was raped in 1942. Prior to his enlistment, the Brooks family returned to the Los Angeles area, where they resided in Torrance where Kenneth was married.

By the time Kenneth completed his basic training, the 365 th Bomb Squadron, 305 th Bomb Group, was already stationed in Grafton Underwood, England. In December 1942, the unit moved to Chelveston, England. The motto of the group of bombs was "Can Do". Weighing 117 pounds at the time of enlistment, he had the perfect stature to be a gunner on a B-17 flying fortress. The gunners have the most vulnerable positions in flight because they are locked outside the main hull of the aircraft. Kenneth's responsibility was to protect the belly of the plane from flying enemies.

The Flying Fortress was designed for heavy bombardment, with a load capacity of 5,000 pounds for a long-distance fall or a capacity of 8,000 pounds for a short drop. The shipyards, the submarine enclosures, the marshalling yards, the wharves, the harbors and the vital roads of the enemy were the main targets of the 305 th Bomb Group.

On May 13, 1943, Kenneth E. Brooks flies in B-17 # 4229647 with a crew of nine others. Their goal was to bomb strategic locations near Amiens, France. The Brooks B-17 was shot down. Six crew members, including Brooks, were killed and five others were captured. Kenneth Brooks received the Purple Heart, which was awarded posthumously to his mother, Violet, by Secretary of War Henry Stimson.

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SOURCES PHOTOSBrian Jodi Kueker
PROGRAMMEURSFrédéric & Renaud
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