Dear Mr. Musich,
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If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of August L. Musich’s 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. 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.
We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes one file related to Musich, August L. Please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Downed Allied Aircraft Reports, 1943-1945 in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242) that includes one reference to August Musich in Report ME-781. This file has been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. We also located the Award Cards, 1942-1963 for the U.S. Army Air Force/Air Force that includes a card for August L. Musich (see image 548). These records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For the location of the general order cited on the card, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
We also located the series Name Index to the Series Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR), 1942-1947 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that includes one reference to August L. Musich (see image 481). The index has been digitized and may be viewed online in the Catalog, and it relates to the series Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs), 1942-1947, which contains MACR 2694 for August Musich. This report has also been digitized and is available online in the Catalog.
In addition, we located the series World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941-1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) that includes 11 files related to the 450th Bomb Group. Please note that these records typically do not include information about individual airmen; rather, they provide information about the activities and engagements of the unit as a whole. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 with questions about these records.
Plus, 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 36 files related to the 450th Bombardment Group from 1940-1945 and 3 files related to the 722nd Bombardment Squadron from 1940-1945. 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 more information about 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. If there is no IRISREF information, only AFHRA has the records.
Further, we located the series Photographs of Activities, Facilities, and Personnel, ca. 1940 - ca. 1983 in the Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342) that includes 13 images related to the 450th Bomb Group and 1 image related to the 722nd Bomb Squadron that may be of interest to you. These photographs have been digitized and may be viewed in the Catalog. Additional photographs of various U.S. Army and Army Air Force activities are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at email@example.com for more information. In your inquiry, please include as much information as possible, such as full name, date and location of interest, and military unit numbers.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment 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 as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information. 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.
Finally, the information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405. They are being scanned by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in order to properly identify remains of those still listed as missing.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!