3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 22, 2021 1:08 PM by Shannon Kerner

    Seeking Silver Star citation for Raymond Doyle

    Martin Doyle Newbie

      I am seeking any information on the Silver Star awarded to my uncle, Raymond James Doyle, 1st LT USAAF 107th Squadron, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, who was KIA on July 26, 1944. Also, per his obituary in Brooklyn's The Tablet newspaper, he enlisted as a pilot in American Eagle Squadron of the RAF for six months prior to Pearl Harbor, at which point he returned home and was transferred to the Army Air Force. How can I find documentation or details of this? Thanks.

        • Re: Seeking Silver Star citation for Raymond Doyle
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Mr. Doyle,

           

          You can find reference to the Silver Star awarded to your uncle in the following below. I have a records from my grandfather he was also in the 9th AF but most of his citations came early in the war in 1943. But I will look to see if I have anything for 1945.

           

          HQ 9th AF, GO# 104 (1945).

           

          Otherwise you may want to reach out to NARA ARCHIVES 2 in College Park, MA they may have what you are seeking pertaining to the General Orders. But currently they are only processing "Emergency Requests".

           

           

          Here is some additional information

           

          https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56644058/raymond-j-doyle

           

           

          Name:Raymond J. Doyle
          Rank:First Lieutenant
          Residence Place:New York
          Service Number:O-679721
          Military Branch:U.S. Army Air Forces
          War:World War II
          Cemetery:Normandy American Cemetery
          Burial Place:France
            • Re: Seeking Silver Star citation for Raymond Doyle
              Martin Doyle Newbie

              Thank you, Elliot.

               

              Forgive my lack of knowledge, but unless you or someone else sends me a copy, is the only source for the Genral Order # 104 from HQ Ninth Air Force issued June 16, 1945 the National Archives? (And since they are only operating at 20% capacity, and this is not an emergency errquest), that is not possible short term.

               

              Would the detail behind why my uncle was awarded the Silver Star be contained or attached to GO # 104?

               

              Thanks.

               

              Martin

            • Re: Seeking Silver Star citation for Raymond Doyle
              Shannon Kerner Adventurer

              Dear Mr. Doyle,

               

              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

               

              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 in the

              Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (Record Group 64) that includes the card file Air Force Award Cards [Silver Star]: Carruthers, Rob - Fortwengler, William with

              Images 701-703 pertaining to Raymond J. Doyle. The digitized cards are available using the Catalog.

               

              The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force units.  We searched the Air Force History Index to the microfilm and located general orders of the 9th Air Forces during June 1945 on Reel B5616. We also located 3 files relating to the 133 Eagle Squadron while with the RAF, 41 files of the 107th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron and  59 files pertaining to the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group during WWII. 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.

               

              The information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940-1976 for U.S. Army (including Army Air Force) personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.

               

              Information about his RAF service may be included in his Official Military Personnel File.

              We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). 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. You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195 OR view the record by visiting the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis, MO. 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 RDT2 & RL-SL. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. 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.

               

              Additionally, for further detail on the information you seek, we suggest you contact the Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, London NW 95LL, England.

               

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