Dear Mr. Hudgins,
A search of our catalog for the 451st Bomb Group revealed a number of digitized images of the 451st's operations.
While these images are primarily from Austria and Greece, other photographs may exist at our College Park Still Pictures unit.
For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also wish to contact our Textual Reference ay College Park as they might be able to assist you in locating records for the specific B24 you are searching.
For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com
Finally, I located images of the 451st at the American Air Museum which may contain useful images for your research.
We hope this is helpful.
Dear Mr. Hudgins,
We located some additional information that may also be useful for your research.
The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) 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 20 files related to 721st Bomb Squadron that may contain some images and information related to your research. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We located the series Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities, and Personnel - World War II and Korean War, ca. 1940 - ca. 1980 in the Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342) that contains 2 images related to the 721st Bomb Squadron, 24 images related to the 450th Bomb Group (see below), and 22 images related to the 451st Bomb Group. These images have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. You may contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at email@example.com with any questions you might have about them.
Next, if you are interested in textual records as well as in photographs, you may also wish to review the series World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941-1946 in the Records of the Army Air Force (Record Group 18), which contains 11 files related to the 450th Bomb Group (see below) and 249 files related to the 451st Bomb Group. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 for access to and information about them.
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 and RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Additionally, several photographs of 721st Bomb Squadron are available online at the American Air Museum in Britain. However, they have the unit listed as part of the 450th Bomb Group. You may wish to contact them to see if they can offer any additional assistance.
Finally, we also located two oral histories related to the 721st Bomb Squadron that may be of interest to you, including the William Donald Sinclair collection: Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress and Preserving The Oral Histories of Combat Veterans: Jim Fleming at Witness to War.
Again, we hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!