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It was a fairly common practice during wartime to augment the crews of under-crewed ships and boats with members of the staffs division and squadron staffs, especially for units assigned to second line or training commands. So the phrase you cite “To USS R-7 for duty CSS7 flag allowance” indicates that Commander, Submarine Squadron 7 evidently had a policy of allotting squadron staff to individual boats to assist these perennially short handed crews. Those billets would have been known as the flag allowance even if a squadron of World War I-vintage R-boats would have a junior Captain or senior Commander as the squadron CO rather than a flag officer (admiral grades).
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Mr. Daverede has answered the specific question you were trying to answer about flag allowances. Please note that many of the routine administrative records would have been temporary records under US Navy records management regulations. However, we searched for records pertaining to Submarine Squadron 7 and located the following record series that have or may have records pertaining to the squadron:
- World War II Command Files in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) which includes the files Types of Command, Submarine Forces, Submarine Squadron 7 (SUBRON 7) Rosters 1944 and Types of Command, Submarine Forces, Submarine Squadron 7 (SUBRON 7) Rosters 1945.
- Confidential, Restricted, and Unclassified Administrative Files , 1944 - 1949 in the Records of Naval Operating Forces (Record Group 313)
- Confidential, Restricted and Unclassified General Administrative Files, 1944 - 1946 in Record Group 313 which includes the file A12 #2, Historical Matters - Unit Histories (1946): CTG17; Commander Submarine Squadron 5; Commander Submarine Squadron 7.
- 4 record series in Record Group 313 created by Submarines, Atlantic Fleet (COMSUBLANT)
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Additionally, the record series World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in Record Group 38 includes war diaries of some of the Atlantic Fleet submarines, such as the USS R-7. Many of these have been digitized and may be viewed online through the Catalog.
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Finally, we located a brief history of the squadron at https://www.csp.navy.mil/css7/About/ .
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
The links you provided are informative. Some follow on questions.
1. How do I determine what kinds of files, in my particular case, what ships are included in the record groups that are not online? For example, if I go to Types of Command, Submarine Forces, Submarine Squadron 7 (SUBRON 7) Rosters 1944 how do I look for a specific ship like USS R-18?
2. Are there search operators that I can apply to limit the search results for information in the digital files? For example, in the World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946I entered USS R-18 and got mostly returns for BB-18 or if I entered USS YMS-196 I got two USS YMS but not 196 but I also got a number of ship names that had nothing associated with YMS-196.
3. The last link to the history of CSS 7 was helpful.
Dear Mr. Boyer,
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In regards to the file Types of Command, Submarine Forces, Submarine Squadron 7 (SUBRON 7) Rosters 1944, we suggest emailing RDT2 at email@example.com to request more information. The National Archives at College Park has recently recalled much of its staff, so there should be reference staff onsite that can physically check the records for you. They also may provide more information about whether there are currently options for requesting copies or scheduling an appointment to see these records in the research room.
The page National Archives Catalog Search Tips provides information about search operators and other tips. Plus, we suggest watching the videos What is the National Archives Catalog?, Searching the National Archives Catalog, and Anatomy of a Description. There is a much longer video How to Use the New National Archives Catalog (broadcast 2015 July 1). Some information in the video may not be current, however it does provide an overview of the Catalog.
In the specific example of searching war diaries, we suggest using parentheses such as “USS R-18” to ensure that the Catalog is searching for that exact phrase rather than giving you every result with USS, R or 18 in it. We searched the Catalog for you using this technique and located 4 war diaries for the USS R-18. We noted that these war diaries do not cover the complete time that USS R-18 was in service. Not all of the WWII war diaries have been digitized. Therefore, they could not be located using the Catalog.
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I've downloaded the individual jpg images and combined them into their respective reports as pdf. Does NARA want those pdf files?