1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 4, 2020 11:06 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking records about airlift to Diyarbakir, Turkey

    Peter Pesavento Newbie

      Hello. I would like to attempt to track down documents about an airlift of materials to Diyarbakir, Turkey in late 1954/early 1955 by the US Air Force.  They were bringing in steel and all sorts of other components to put together a radar monitoring site targeting Kapustin Yar and Tyura Tam. The area that this build-up was happening at was called TUSLOG Site 9, or Site IX. TUSLOG is the acronym for The US Logistics Group. I have read that it was the second largest airlift in history after the Berlin Airlift, but no details beyond that. And I would like to find out more, like how many planes over how many weeks were delivering things to Dikyarbakir.


      There has to be documents about this, but I haven't been able to find any in the National Archives' search engine by using search terms "airlift" or "Diyarbakir" or "Turkey airlift 1954" or "Diyarbakir airlift 1955."  I even went to the State Department's FRUS volume series. It's not mentioned. Any help would be much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

        • Re: Seeking records about airlift to Diyarbakir, Turkey
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Pesavento,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located two series that may contain the information you seek. The first series is the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs) Monthly Activity Reports, 1953 - 1954 in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Record Group 330) that includes files on Turkey in Boxes 54 - 56. The second series is the Joint Construction Agency Transportation Files, 1953 - 1954 in the Records of U.S. European Command (Record Group 531) that consists of 22 archives boxes.


          The staff of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) will be pleased to make 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.


          We also searched the Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342); the Records of Headquarters U.S. Air Force (Air Staff) (Record Group 341); and the Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force (Record Group 340) without success. The Diyarbakır Air Station is now the Turkish Pirinçlik Air Base.


          A history of The U.S. Logistics Group is available at https://www.merhaba-usmilitary.com/TUSLOGhistory.html.


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


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