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Have you requested his official military personnel file? Marine Corps records were not affected by the 1973 fire.
Because his record is not yet archival the amount of information that is releasable to those other than the next-of kin is limited.
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There are four possible record series in RG 127 (Records of the U.S. Marine Corps) that could contain the info you're looking for in Bolt's time with VMF-214 during WWII:
REID (Record Entry ID Number) 135066 1st MAW Aircraft Action Reports
REIDs 323406, 323410, and 323416 Aviation Unit War Diaries and Unit Histories
I can't recall any records for Marine aviation units during the Korean conflict--it could be that the Marine Corps history operation down at Quantico has those records. I'm not familiar enough with Air Force records to recommend where to look for Bolt's service with the 51st FIW other than to start at the highest formation level, records of the 5th Air Force.
Mr. Russell-- Alex was using in-house numbers. Instead, he means "1st MAW Aircraft Action Reports" (RG 127, A1 237A, NAID 7432713); "Marine Aircraft Groups, 1941-1949" (RG 127, A1 1054, NAID 1029672); "Aviation Squadron Unit War Diaries and Unit Histories, 1941-1949" (RG 127, A1 1052, NAID 9237720; and "Aviation Unit War Diaries and Unit Histories, Marine Aircraft Wings, 1941-1949" (RG 127, A1 1053, NAID 1024555). Hope this helps!
Can you tell me Ms. Collier what the char/numbers after RD 127 mean? Cannot see them in the listing under the group. RG 127, A1 237A, NAID 7432713
Also, are there any online records or microfilm available in NARA near me?
Hi David -
The A1 numbers are the entry numbers - these help us at the National Archives identify series within a record group. NAID stands for National Archives Identifier (previously known as ARC Identifier) and it is the unique number for a series, folder, or item within our Catalog. You can search this number directly in the Catalog. For more information on some of the jargon NARA uses, you can check out our Archival Dictionary thread.
Here are links to what Ms. Collier was referring to -
All of these records are located at the National Archives at College Park, MD. It does not look like any of these records have been digitized or microfilmed. You can contact Archives2Reference@nara.gov for more information about any of these series to help you narrow down your search a little more. Best of luck!