Brooks, Sidney P., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 33rd Fighter Group
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cleveland, Ohio
Last Address
Barcellona Airfield, Sicily, Italy

Casualty Date
Sep 19, 1943
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery - Washington, District Of Columbia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Officers, Grave 41

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Tuskegee AirmenWorld War II Fallen
  1943, Tuskegee Airmen [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School99th Fighter Squadron33rd Fighter Group324th Fighter Group
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1055, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 99th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 33rd Fighter Group
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 324th Fighter Group
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 33rd Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 Colleges Attended 
Ohio State University
  1938-1941, Ohio State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-17 Kaydet  BT-13 Valiant  AT-6 Texan  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
  1941-1942, PT-17 Kaydet
  1941-1942, BT-13 Valiant
  1941-1942, AT-6 Texan
  1942-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the son of Jesse and Pauline Brooks of Cleveland, OH. He enlisted in the USAAF in 1941, and received his commission at Tuskegee in 1942. He was a graduate of Central High School in Cleveland where he was a football star. At the time of his enlistment he was a junior at Ohio State University.
On Jun 18, 1943, along with five other P-40's of the 99th Fighter Sq., he engaged 12 German fighters escorting a bombing raid headed toward the island of Pantelleria. The P-40s damaged 2 German planes and forced the others to disengage and withdraw with the bombers before reaching Pantelleria. 
On Sep 17, 1943 he took off on a mission but soon had engine trouble and returned to land; but visibility was terrible and he thought he would overshoot and hit a brick wall at the end of the runway so he decided to do a belly landing. Unfortunately, he forgot to jettison his belly tank, which sheared off and left a trail of fuel which caught fire and engulfed the aircraft. He jumped out with his flight suit in flames which his pals soon put out. He was jovial even though his hands had been burned. He was taken to a British hospital where he dictated a letter to his wife and even said, "Get me my clothes, I'm getting out of here."; but they kept him for the night. The next day pals went to see him but he had died of secondary shock and smoke inhalation.
Book: "The Tuskegee Airmen", An Illustrated History: 1939-1949, by Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels, and Daniel Haulman, NewSouth Books, 2011.
Book: "Red Tails, Black Wings", The Men of America's Black Air Force, by John B. Holway, Yucca Tree Press, 1997.
Book: "A-Train", Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman, by Lt. Col. Charles W. Dryden (USAF Ret.), The University of Alabama Press, 1997.
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