Fred Bernard Brink Jr. (1921 - 1944)

Fred Bernard Brink
1921 - 1944
updated December 18, 2019
Fred Bernard Brink Jr. was born on May 21, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. He was born to Fred Bernhard Brink and Caroline Brink. He died on October 26, 1944 at English Channel at 23 years old. We know that Fred Bernard Brink Jr. had been residing in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma United States.

Captain Brink's body was not recovered, but there are three cenotaphs/memorials listed on Find-A-Grave.

1. A stone in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia - memorial # 49129729
2. A stone in his family's plot in Resthaven Gardens Cemetery in Oklahoma City - memorial # 119778892
3. His name is on a memorial plaque at Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in Croton, England - memorial # 56288080

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Fred Bernard Brink Jr.

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Fred B Brink Jr




Fred Brink was born on in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois United States


Fred Brink died on at English Channel,

Cause of death

MIA on air operations, European Theatre of Operations. Plane suffered engine failure and went down over the English Channel while returning to England.

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White, Citizen

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Oklahoma County, Oklahoma United States


4 Years Of High School


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Military Service

Military serial#: 18053563
Enlisted: December 15, 1941 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Military branch: Air Corps
Rank: Aviation Cadet, Army Of The United States - Includes The Following: Voluntary Enlistments Effective December 8, 1941 And Thereafter; One Year Enlistments Of National Guardsman Whose State Enlistment Expires While In The Federal Service; Officers Appointed In The Army Of The United States Under Army Regulations 605-10
Terms of enlistment: Enlistment For The Duration Of The War Or Other Emergency, Plus Six Months, Subject To The Discretion Of The President Or Otherwise According To Law

Military serial # (officer) O-726564
Captain, U. S. Army Air Forces, 13th Photographic Squadron, 7th Reconnaissance Group.
Awards: Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

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Fred Bernard Brink Jr.


May 15, 1889 - Jul 20, 1971
Dec 19, 1896 - Jun 23, 1983


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John Rees
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Captain Brink was a photographic reconnaissance pilot serving with the 7th PRG at RAF Mount Farm, England. At the time of his loss, he was detached to a small group of Americans attached to 192 (Bomber Support) Squadron, RAF Foulsham, Norfolk, a radio warfare organisation. On the day of his death, Brink was flying a Lockheed P38 Droopsnoot RCM aircraft serial 44-23515, accompanied by 2Lt Francis I Kunze, his Special Wireless Operator. They were engaged on a Big Ben patrol off the Dutch Coast searching for guidance signals associated with V1 ballistic missiles. No reasonable explanation for the double engine failure has so far been put forward but may have been a fuel issue. See Facebook group, 192 Squadron Research Group.
Dec 18, 2019 · Reply
Roxy Triebel
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You're welcome! Fold3 is such a great help with this sort of research. Oddly, Captain Brink's Missing Air Crew Report does not mention what type of aircraft he was flying. I get the impression that it was something small - a twin-engine two-seater of some kind with an observer in the back seat - possibly the same type of plane as in the photo. I can't see enough of the plane to identify the type though. Most of these reports will have a page listing model numbers, serial numbers, etc. for the aircraft and weapons, but there is no page like that in this report.

It's particularly sad that the engines cut out one at a time. From the radio transcripts he was clearly nursing the plane along trying to get it home, but then 2 or 3 minutes later the 2nd engine gave out and he lost altitude rapidly. From the debris recovered, it sounds like the plane broke up on impact.

All that was found were: 1 black dinghy; 1 leather flying helmet; 1 aircraft wheel; 1 fuel tank; several pieces
of radio equipment; a log book belonging to Lt. Holt (who was later discovered alive and well - he'd given the log book to 2nd Lieutenant Francis I. Kunze). I remember Lt. Kunze's name - his bio is number 151746567 on this site. I'll have to remember to go back and update his biography after work.
Dec 16, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Thank you Roxy for the additional information!

Something extra sad that Fred’s plane suffered engine damage on the way home. I mean, getting through combat to end up in the sea due to engine failure :/

I see he did recon I wonder what kind of plane he flew. With his job he likely had access to cutting edge planes.
Dec 15, 2019 · Reply

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Fred Bernard Brink Jr. passed away on October 26, 1944 at English Channel at 23 years of age. He was born on May 21, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. He was born to Fred Bernhard Brink and Caroline Brink. We know that Fred Bernard Brink Jr. had been residing in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma United States.
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1921 - 1944 World Events

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In 1921, in the year that Fred Bernard Brink Jr. was born, on March 4, Warren G. Harding became President. Previously a U.S. Senator, Lieutenant Governor, and Ohio State Senator, Harding was a popular President. But many scandals plagued his short administration (he died in office after 2 and a half years), including the revelations of one of his mistresses and the Teapot Dome scandal. Historically, Harding is rated as one of the worst Presidents.

In 1930, Fred was merely 9 years old when as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1938, when he was 17 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1944, in the year of Fred Bernard Brink Jr.'s passing, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

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