1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 8, 2021 8:12 AM by Robert Crumley

    Seeking WWII AAF Class Yearbooks Selman Field

    William Maher Wayfarer

      My father William P. Maher was in Navigator Training at Selman Field Monroe LA in early 1943. CLASS 43-02, FLT 34

      Did that class have a 'yearbook' showing trainee photos, etc.?


      After serving in the European Theater 303rd Bomb Group, B-17 navigator, he returned to the US and was at Selman Field 16 Feb 44 - 25 Apr 44 and later 9 Jan 45 - 3 Aug 45.


      The latter time period was as an instructor for navigators. I would also like to know if 'yearbooks' are available for those time periods.




      Attached photos are from his form 86-2 AAF OFFICERS' QUALIFICATION RECORD


      Selman Field Training


      Selman Field Training


      William P. Maher Jr

        • Re: Seeking WWII AAF Class Yearbooks Selman Field
          Robert Crumley Scout

          Dear Mr. Maher,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Unit and training class yearbooks from this period were generally not considered official permanent records and were not created for every class.


          If you are searching for photographs of your father, photographs of various U.S. Army, Navy or Marine Corps activities from 1940 to 2007 (that are permanent) and photographs of U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force subjects (World War II to 2007) are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located this photograph in the Records of the U.S. Air Force (Record Group 342) that mentions the navigator William P. Maher of Manchester, New Hampshire within the caption. For more information about the non-digitized photographs within this series, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS) via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


          And If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). The "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found in his OMPF. However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          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 RDSS. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Finally, you may wish to visit websites for the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, Louisiana and the Air Force Historical Research Agency for help with your yearbooks search.


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


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