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    Default F/O.William Booth Brooks 134120 64 Squadron 2/11/1944 and 7/02/1945

    Hi,

    F/O. William Booth 134120 of 64 Squadron made a crash/crashlanding on 2/11/1944.

    The SGLO crashregister mentions that his plane (Spitfire MK745) crashed near Erp, The Netherlands (Ref. T4618), but the Orb of the Squadron (AIR 27/591) mentions :
    2/11/1944 F/O. Brooks was forced to crash land in Antwerp and it is reported that he is o.k. and his aircraft repairable over there.
    4/11/1944 F/O.Brooks returned from Brussels at 14.00 hrs in a Domini. (He crash landed in a field 5 miles from Brussels/Melsbroek. His aircraft had been running rough for half an hour and his engine cut completely at 500 ft. The aircraft overturned) In the evening he was taken from the mess to Hospital.
    9/11/1944 The Squadron was released from training in the afternoon, F/Lt.Drew flew to Witchford to visit F/O.Brooks in Hospital.

    (On 28/12/1944 F/Lt. W.B.Brooks was flying again - KH488 Mustang III)

    On 7/02/1945 he went missing flying Mustang III KH448 - he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial panel 265.
    The orb of the Squadron mentions :
    7/02/1945 F/Lt.Brooks had oxygen trouble while flying at 27,000 feet while over the Antwerp area and peeled off, starting to descend. No further has been heard of him so far, and the Squadron is generally worried about Paddy - one of the most popular pilots in 64.

    Is any additional information available regarding the crashlocations of this pilot ?

    Many thanks and best regards

    Luc

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    Hello,

    One additional prang:

    Spitfire Vb W3656 "AFRIC SCOT"

    On 20 September (1943), W3656 was taken over by No.64 Sqn, which continued to fly similar operations , along with Air-Sea Rescue duties from Coltishall. A tyre burst while Flg Off W. B. Brooks was landing at Coltishall on 4 January 1944, Category Ac damage being repaired on site.

    Gifts of War/Boot & Sturtivant. p.39.

    Col.

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    Hi Col.,

    Thanks for the additional information !

    Best regards

    Luc

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    A little more for Nov 2, 1944,

    MK745 - Spitfire LF.IX, Merlin 66 No 447981 (E/trouble: ES/NK) - 64.Sqn, crashed cat.B near Antwerp, Belgium on 2.11.1944 F/O W B BROOKS (134120) injured:
    Bomber escort, in flight at 500 ft Engine failed after previous trouble, Pilot picked a field and force Belly landed, and in avoiding some trees pushed stick forward, a/c turned over.

    Ian

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    Dear Ian,

    Thanks for the additional information.

    Any information about the meaning of ES/NK ?

    Best regards

    Luc

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