4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 7, 2022 8:56 AM by Timothy Brown

    Looking for information on men in photo with Calvin Brown

    Timothy Brown Wayfarer

      Looking for names or any information on WWII Army Air Corps men in photo with my Pops, Calvin N Brown. He was an Intelligence NCO 631 in the Army Air Corps in WWII in the European Theater. I don't know much about my Pop's service as he didn't like to talk about it.

       

       

      Message was edited by: Timothy Brown Calvin Newton Brown, Technical Sargeant, 367th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, Intelligence NCO 631, Date of Induction: Feb. 20, 1942, Fort Hayes, Ohio.  AM Course Sheppard Field Texas.  Stationed at Hamilton Army Airfield, Novato, CA.  Date of Arrival April 3, 1944, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes, Air Offensive Europe.  Date of Departure Sept. 2, 1945.  Map Study, pouring over maps of Europe, plotting fliers' courses, preparing data and more maps for pilots briefing is one of the chief duties of Technical Sergeant Calvin N. Brown, Chief Group Intelligence non-commissioned officer.

        • Re: Looking for information on men in photo with Calvin Brown
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Brown,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          Unfortunately, there is no way for us to provide you with a definitive identification of the persons in the photograph. Because he had a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code 631 indicating that he was an intelligence NCO, the men may be other persons in the intelligence unit or staff to which he was assigned. Please note that the Army did not photograph everyone in the service, not all photographs taken by the Army were kept permanently, not all photographs that were kept identify all the individuals in the photograph, and we do not have software that would allow us to search the photographs we do have using facial recognition.

           

          To learn more about his service, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army (including Army Air Corps) 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. 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.

           

          We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes a file pertaining to Calvin N. Brown that may be a match for your father. If it is, please use the information in this file when requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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!

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          • Re: Looking for information on men in photo with Calvin Brown
            Kristin Brooks Barcomb Wayfarer

            The original monthly unit history reports for AAF units are located at the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) located at Maxwell AFB (Montgomery AL).  A search of reports and supporting documents for the 367th Fighter Group returns over 100 records (ranging from a few pages to several hundred).

            http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/search.php?q=GROUP/0367/FIGHTER&h=25&F=1/1/1942&L=1/1/1946&o=0

             

            This is a substantial amount records, though the content of these reports vary from unit to unit.  It's possible you may find the names of those who worked in the S2 section, as there are several entries indicating S2 Journals. Or you may find rosters identifying personnel by rank and skill identifier. (It just depends on what this unit submitted as part of their reports.)

             

            You can learn more about AFHRA at the following link, along with how to select and request digitized copies. (I recommend thoroughly reading the guidance, as the staff is limited.) You can also make arrangements to conduct research in person, as their reading room is currently open.

            https://www.afhra.af.mil

             

            Hope this helps!

             

            KB Barcomb

             

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