2 Replies Latest reply on May 21, 2020 8:41 PM by Leonard Cizewski

    Seeking Support and Service units of 474th Fighter Group

    Leonard Cizewski Wayfarer

      Please help research the support and service units of the WWII 474th Fighter Group. None of the readily available histories of that unit list their support and service units. WWII fighter groups had as many as ten support and service units. We are assisting a family whose relative served in one of the 474th Fighter Group's support and service units. Having a list of those units will narrow our search for more information.

        • Re: Seeking Support and Service units of 474th Fighter Group
          Joshua Schroeder Wayfarer

          Dear Mr. Cizewski,

           

          Thank you for posting your requesting on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog  and located the series World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) that  included one file unit  474th Fighter Group: Statistical Summaries/Operations, January-May 1945. For access to and/or copies of the file unit, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          RDT2 also has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 56 items that refer to the 474th Fighter Group. Please read the brief Abstract to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon. In the PDF listing, the IRISREF is the microfilm reel number and note the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. If the reel number begins with A, B or C, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to them.

           

          If the reel number begins with D - Z, the microfilm is still security classified and RDT2 will not be able to make the reel available to you. The original paper copy from which the film was created is still in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) and has been declassified. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

           

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