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Brooks, John B. (1891-1975)

Brooks was a cavalry officer who became one of the Army's pioneering aviators, making the first non-stop flight to Hawaii from Oakland in 1927. He briefly assumed command of 2 Air Force shortly after war broke out in the Pacific. He later served on the Combined Chiefs of Staff in Washington, helping draft the Japanese instrument of surrender,  before returning to the Pacific as commander of 11 Air Force in Alaska, where he led the final raid of the war on the Kuriles.

Service record

1891     

Born
1912
Second lieutenant      
Fort Ethan Allen
1915

Flight training. Assigned to 1 Aero Squadron.
1924

Air Service Technical School
1925

Command and General Staff School
1926

Army War College
1927

War Department
1930
Colonel     
Commander, Clark Field
1933

General Staff
1937

Commander, Air Corps Primary Flying School, Randolph Field, Texas
1940
Major general     
Commander, 4 Bombardment Wing
1941-9-4

Commander, II Bomber Command, Fort George Wright
1941-12-19     

Commander, 2 Air Force, Fort George Wright
1942-5-15

Commander, II Ground Air Support Command, Reno
1942-12-2

Commander, Newfoundland Base Command
1944

Combined Chiefs of Staff
1945-6-22

Commander, 11 Air Force, Alaska
1945-12-21

Commander, Alaskan Air Command
1946

Retired for disability in the line of duty
1975

Dies at Davis-Monthan AFB

References

Arizona Daily Star (1976-1-1; accessed 2012-5-21)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7/14)

Pettibone (2006)



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