4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 19, 2019 8:14 PM by Charles Morgan

    Seeking Mission Logs for 15th Army Air Force

    Charles Morgan Newbie

      Hi,

       

      My name is Charles. I'm doing research on the 15th AAF archiving info to build a data base on aircraft, groups/squadrons, crews who flew them and mission reports/summaries. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

       

      Thank You,

      Charles Morgan

        • Re: Seeking Mission Logs for 15th Army Air Force
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Morgan,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled  World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941-1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) that included 10 file units pertaining to the 15th Air Force and one for the Fifteenth Air Force. For access to these file units, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          Many of the historical and operational records of the Fifteenth 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 use the index, please enter FORCE/0015/AIR in the search window 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 696 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 archives2reference@nara.gov 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/.

           

          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

           

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          • Re: Seeking Mission Logs for 15th Army Air Force
            Charles Morgan Newbie

            Hi Rebecca,

                 Our fabulous Government wrote me back. They said the records were numerically in order and not separated by Airforce numbers. Wanted me to travel there. I told them I was disable and my back is out , plus I'm in Alabama and they are in Washington. Struck out on that one.

             

                        Thank You For Trying!!!

             

                               Charles.