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Have you tried the Air Force Historical Research Agency? They have periodic histories of 14 AF and subordinate organizations. You can submit your request at: https://www.afhra.af.mil/Archival-Requests/ .
Thanks Michael. I did indeed contact the AFHRA. They were very helpful, but unfortunately don't have what I need. I appreciate the suggestion!
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Just a thought, and I don't know if it makes any difference, but the 14 AF lineage and honors history shows the HQ moved to Peishiyi, China (from Kunming) on 7 Aug 1945. Could the intelligence personnel you are researching have also moved there?
That's an excellent question. I don't know. I know the mission I'm researching took off from there, but they used the Peishiyi airfield throughout the war so that wasn't anything new. Can you recommend a course of action?
Thanks for your suggestions.
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Dear Mr. Mallon,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located three of the series listed in your request along with various box/folder listings in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2):
- Index to the Series "Military Intelligence Photographic Interpretation (MIPI) Reports, August 1942-March 1956" in the Records of Headquarters U.S. Air Force (Air Staff) (Record Group 341) that includes the 5L8 - China (14th Air Force Reports) K -- China (14th Air Force Reports) Sh but none of the index cards were for Kunming.
- Kunming Field Station Finance Records, 1944-1946 in the Records of the Office of Strategic Services (Record Group 226) consists of 52 archives boxes (approximately 78,000 pages). RDT2 has a folder listing for these boxes.
- Chungking, Dakar, Holland, Istanbul, Kandy, Kunming, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris, Pretoria, Singapore, Stockholm, and Tangier Field Station Files, 1943 - 1945 (NARA ID 6277517) in the Records of the Office of Strategic Services (Record Group 226) consists of 136 boxes (Boxes 48-66 are for Kunming). RDT2 has a folder listing for these boxes.
We also located another series titled Special Funds Records, ca. 12/1946 - ca. 9/18/1947 in Record Group 226 that includes a file unit titled Kunming that may be of interest.
The staff of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) will be pleased to make the folder listings to these records available to you or your representative in the Textual Research Room located 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, near the University of Maryland--College Park campus. The Textual Research Room (Room 2000) hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. The RDT2 consultation room hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. No appointment is necessary. Prior to your visit, please consult College Park websites at https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/, https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/self-service-copying.html, and https://www.archives.gov/research/start/getting-started.pdf.
For specific records of the 14th Army Air Force in China, we suggest that you send an online request to the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 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!
Thank you for your message! I actually consulted these records a couple weeks ago at College Park but was unfortunately unable to find anything, to no fault of the wonderful, helpful staff at NARA. The AFHRA also holds no records regarding this mission. The search continues! I really appreciate your efforts.