Brookshire, James D

Individual Personnel Data
Name Brookshire, James D
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-1010760
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #153 dated 31 July 1944, effective 31 July 1944.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 2 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Ordered to travel to AAF Station 101 on or about 11 October 1944, Purpose Medical Study by CENTRAL MEDICAL BOARD for an indefinite period. Upon completion of this interview, officer will return to this station per AAF Station 106 special Orders #201 dated 11 October 1944.
  • Granted a seven day operational leave of absence effective 14 November 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #223 dated 12 November 1944.
Related Documents Accident Report # 44-12-16-517 (4.051 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Brookshire, James DPilotCT
2nd Lt. Rummel, Brian Dunn, JrCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Mechanick, Harold (NMI)NavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Kennedy, Jack EdwardBombardierTR
SGT. Alexander, Arthur WaltonRadio Operator / GunnerCT
SGT. Zink, Frank JohnRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Rivers, Arthur RaymondEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Hess, Frank (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Hiner, William MaxTail GunnerCT
S/SGT. Buersmeyer, Sylvanus Reginald, "Bush"Flexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Co-pilot 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
High group deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Co-pilot 42‑107058 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Pilot 42‑31222 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, high group. returned with #3 prop windmilling because the shaft broke.
Sortie Report
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Pilot 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
Low group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Pilot 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
185 26 August 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
Low group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑102601 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Pilot 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Pilot 42‑102501 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
197 21 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Pilot 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation and bombed target; dropped bombs late.
Sortie Report
206 6 October 1944 Target: M/T Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Stettin / Szczecin, Poland
Pilot 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
A group.
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
217 1 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 44‑8430 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
221 6 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
222 8 November 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ahip.
Sortie Report
223 9 November 1944 Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Pilot 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Pilot 42‑102501 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship; landed away at Aldermaston, due to weather.
Sortie Report
231 27 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Pilot 42‑107083 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
High Squadron
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Pilot 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Pilot 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Pilot 44‑8421 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 44‑8421 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
-- 16 December 1944 Location: Pilot 44‑8421 Due to equipment failure, mission recall, and adverse weather, pilot crashed while landing at RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire. There were no injuries to crew, but aircraft was salvaged as a result.
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Pilot 43‑38548 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off due to weather which deteriorated after lead aircraft took off. [N.B.: The 546th loading list for this mission does not list crews who did not take off.]
Sortie Report
242 23 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Landed at Grafton Underwood.
Sortie Report

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