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Dear Mr. Burke,
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The series World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 (also referred to as Mission Reports) in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) consists mostly of units of the Eighth Air Force. A file listing is available when you click on the series name and then the phrase “53751 file unit(s) described in the catalog” in the details section of the series description. Many of the mission reports include loading lists but some units have filed them separately as are some of the interrogation formsl. These records have not been digitized and only are available for viewing in person. For access to this series, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional historical and operational records of the Eighth Air Force have been microfilmed by the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA). The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has a copy of the microfilm. For access to the microfilm, please use the index to the Air Force History microfilm available at http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/
To conduct your search for Eighth Air Force records, please enter FORCE/0008/AIR in the search window of the index and narrow your search by including 12/7/1941 in the Start Date and 12/31/1945 in the End Date before clicking the Search button. The results should be 2,578 records. 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 email@example.com for access to 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. For access to these records, please contact AFHRA, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424. The web site is https://www.afhra.af.mil/. They also have custody of the Army Air Force general orders.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!