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Dear Ms. Miller,
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Flight records of separated Army Air Corps personnel were collected at the time of separation by Army transfer point personnel. These along with the personnel, medical, and dental records were retired to the National Archives at St. Louis. Please completed a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail to the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 27 file units of the 5th Bomb Group in the series World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18). They do NOT contain individual combat records of missions flown or a record of flying times. We were unable to locate specific records of the 31st Bomb Squadron in this series. Records of squadrons sometimes were incorporated into the files of the group. For access to and/or copies of these file units, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
The National Archives and Records Administration also has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Corps units. The index to the Air Force History microfilm is available at https://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/. Addition records of the 5th Bomb Group and the 31st Bomb Squadron may be located using this index. If you locate records of interest, please contact RDT2.
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