Allen, Brooke Empie, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1952-1954, Military Air Transport Service (MATS)
Service Years
1933 - 1966
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Wilmington, North Carolina
Last Address
Collier County, Florida

Date of Passing
May 30, 1992
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Military Service Number
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Force Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

His DSC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Brooke Empie Allen (ASN: 0-20465), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber and Commander of the 42d Bombardment Squadron, 11th Bombardment Group (H), HAWAIIAN Air Force, in aerial action against enemy Japanese Naval surface forces during the period 4 to 6 June 1942, at Midway. Lieutenant Colonel Allen led his squadron of B-17s in four attacks against the Japanese Task Force during the first two crucial days of the Battle of Midway. The gallant leadership, personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Allen on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Hawaiian Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 155 (1942)

Action Date: June 4 - 6, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: 42d Bombardment Squadron

Regiment: 11th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: Hawaiian Air Force
He was also presented 2 foreign decorations not shown on the ribbon chart:
1. The Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner, 6th Grade.
2.  The Greek Order of the Phoenix, Knight Commander.

Other Comments:
USAF bio

  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy

Lieutenant Colonel
From Month/Year
March / 1942
To Month/Year
July / 1942
11th Bombardment Group, Heavy Unit Page
Lieutenant Colonel
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Base, Station or City
Hickam Field & Kualoa Point Field, Oahu, T.H.
 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy Details

11th Bombardment Group, Heavy

11th Bombardment Group Heavy (H) "The Grey Geese"
They were there on that infamous day, Sunday, December 7, 1941. They were around on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese surrendered. They are still here today only not as a combat unit. The 11th Bombardment Group (H) was organized and activated at Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii, on February 1, 1940 as part of the 18th Wing of the Hawaiian Air Force. It included Headquarters, Headquarters Sq., 14th Bombardment Sq., 26th Bombardment Sq., 42nd Bombardment Sq. and the 50th Reconnaissance Sq. In February of 1942 it was assigned to the 7th Air. It's planes consisted of B-18 Bolos, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberators.

Boeing B-17E "Typhoon McGoon II" (S/N 41-9211) of the 11th Bomb Group, 98th Bomb Squadron, taken in January 1943 in New Caledonia. Note the antennas mounted above the nose plexiglass used for radar tracking

The B-24 Liberty Belle Crew, 42nd Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group (H), 7th Air Force 11th Bomb Group (H) - 42nd Bomb Squadron, April 1945 - Jan 1946.

"Thar She Blows"
B-24L-5-CO Liberator
s/n 44-41468
42nd Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force.

"Miss Traveler"
B-24J-165-CO Liberator
s/n 44-40530
98th Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force.
Photo taken on Guam,Marianas Islands on May 4,1945.

B-24J-1-CO Liberator
s/n 42-73004
98th Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force.On YYThe photo of the nose art of the �??Wishful Thinkin�??.�?? That is my father�??s B-24M Liberator, S/N 44-41945, when he was on Guam and Okinawa in 1945 with the 431st Bomb Squadron. My father, 2LT Thomas Victor �??Vic�?? Hart, was the co-pilot of a B-24 crew that had been together since training at Muroc Army Airfield in California in late-1944. I literally grew up with that photo (undoubtedly the first topless woman I ever saw!) as I was born two months before my father came home from the Pacific. Thanks for including the photo maybe you know a little more about it now.

Steve Hart
Lakewood, CO

B-24J-5-CO "Lil Audrey Grows Up"
Unit: 431st BS, 11th BG, USAAF
Serial: 42-73016

431st Bomb Sqdn. 11th Bomb Group
Parent Unit
Bombardment Units
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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2019
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18 Members Also There at Same Time
11th Bombardment Group, Heavy

Hall, Earl Oxford, Maj, (1934-1943) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Major
Sewart, Allan Jackson, Maj, (1937-1942) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Major
Owens, Hugh Warren, Capt, (1940-1942) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Captain
Pharr, Marion Newton, Maj, (1936-1942) A23 AAF MOS 1060 [Other Service Rank]
Saunders, Laverne George, Brig Gen, (1928-1947) A23 AAF MOS 1060 Colonel
Castro, Joaquin, Capt, (1941-1943) A23 AAF MOS 1054 First Lieutenant
Lauer, Harold Woodrow, 2nd Lt, (1941-1944) A23 AAF MOS 1024 Second Lieutenant
Hall, Emory Leonard, 2nd Lt, (1941-1942) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Second Lieutenant
Heilman, Raymond A., TSgt, (1937-1945) A01 AAF MOS 911 Technical Sergeant
Donart, Mathias E., SSgt, (1937-1942) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Natiello, Oreste George, SSgt, (1940-1943) A07 AAF MOS 509 Staff Sergeant
Novogrodsky, Nicholas P., Sgt, (1939-1942) 990 99000 Sergeant
Coats, Warren L., (1942-1945) [Other Service Rank]
Sweeney, Walter Campbell, Gen, (1926-1965) Lieutenant Colonel
Edmundson, James Valentine, Lt Gen, (1937-1973) Second Lieutenant
Pierson, Arthur Donald, 2nd Lt, (1942-1943) Second Lieutenant
Boles Jr., Harry, Sgt, (1940-1942) Sergeant
Powers, John Nelson, Sgt, (1940-1946) Sergeant

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