20.10.1941 No. 4 BFTS Vultee Valiant BT13 LAC. Alexander T. Brooks
Date: 20th October 1941 (Monday)
Unit: No. 4. BFTS (British Flying Training School)
Type: Vultee Valiant BT13
Serial: Not known
Base: USAAF base Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona, Texas
Location: Mesa, Arizona, Texas
Pilot: LAC Alexander Thomas Brooks 1268283 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Mr Peter Phelps contacted Aircrew Remembered in September 2014 and provided some of these photographs - another aircrew remembered.
REASON FOR LOSS:
No details available on this loss. Are you able to assist further? Had this been a solo flight?
LAC Alexander Thomas Brooks shown middle row extreme right. LAC Phelps - front row 2nd from right. (courtesy Peter Phelps)
Above: an earlier mishap by LAC Alex brooks and below, his final flight (courtesy Peter Phelps)
He was a friend of LAC Eric John Phelps who later was killed off Deal Kent during a high altitude patrol.
During World War II, this airbase was constructed in Mesa for the training of US and British fighter pilots. More than 2,000 pilots were trained at this airfield, Falcon Field, which today serves as a muncipal airport.
Twenty-three British cadets and one American pilot were killed in air accidents during Falcon Field's four years as a training facility, and these individuals are buried in a special section of the Mesa Cemetery.
LAC Alexander Thomas Brooks. Mesa City Cemetery. Lot 3. Block 528. Grave 8. Son of Alexander Daniel and Mary Brooks, of Eltham, London, England. Born in 1921.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Peter Phelps for information - Peter has built a Facebook Page to his Uncle.
Also further information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered archives.