2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 5, 2019 2:07 PM by tonykerbs

    Seeking father's service records

    Newbie

      My father, (Edward A. Kerbs) was pilot graduated from the Boeing School of Aeronautics in Tracy, CA. He joined the Air Transport Command during WWII. I'd like to find any record of his service.

        • Re: Seeking father's service records
          Malisa Simco Scout

          Dear Mr. Kerbs,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          For records of your father’s service, we suggest that you begin by requesting a copy of this Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army Air Corps  who were separated from the service after June 1917 and prior to 1947 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center 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. 

           

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

           

            • Re: Seeking father's service records
              Newbie

              Thank you for your kind and helpful email.  Some of the pilots of the Air Transport Command were not regular army. They were all commercial airline pilots with considerable amounts of accumulated air-time; a rare commodity at that place in time. Army General Hap Arnold, newly appointed head of the Army Air Corp, with considerable emergency power bestowed by Presidential edict, was order to form a new air force. Arnold co-opted most all the commercial airline pilots throughout the US airline industry to fly at his command. Those pilots were the start-up of the ATC, to trained new pilots that would formed the base of both the Army Air Corp and the growing ATC. The latter were paid by the gov’t but were not Air Corp pilots, They were the logistical arm of the gov’t, flying supplies, food and arms to military personnel in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of combat, as well as to US military outposts in Europe, Greenland and Australia.  They also formed the rank of trainers pilots that would be needed to populate the combat Air Corp. I’m not sure if the official military archives will include records of the co-opted civilians. Thank you again for your help.