2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 25, 2021 8:35 AM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking records of 468th Bomb Squadron

    John Cory Newbie

      I have an uncle that was a B-29 pilot in the 468th Bomb Squadron, 20th Air Force.  Looking for information, roster and pictures

        • Re: Seeking records of 468th Bomb Squadron
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Cory,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          According to the Air Force Combat Units of WWII and Combat Squadrons of the Air Force WWII, the 468th Bomb Squadron was part of the 333rd Bomb Group from 15 Jul 1943 - 1 Apr 1944 but only in American Theater and used B-24s. But the 468th Bomb Group was assigned to the Twentieth Air Force, served in the China-Burma-India Theater, and used B-29s.

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) that includes 134 files pertaining to the 468th Bomb Group. For information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at College Park, DC - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2@nara.gov.

           

          Also, 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 22 files that pertain to the 468th Bomb 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. Since most of the reel numbers begin with B, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for more information about them.

           

          Since one does not have a reel number, 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.

           

          Photographs of various U.S. Army Air Force activities during WWII are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.

           

          Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and morning reports for Army Air Force units from November 1, 1912 to August 1947 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov. Rosters from 1944 - 1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.

           

          If you have not yet done so, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 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 RDT2, RDSS and RL-SL. 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.

           

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

           

          • Re: Seeking records of 468th Bomb Squadron
            Elliot Schneider Ranger

            John,

             

            Do you have any additional information on your uncle name, DOB, and place of birth?