1 Reply Latest reply on May 7, 2020 3:58 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking P-47 mission reports for 24 Dec 1944

    James Strickland Newbie

      I am looking for information about a friendly fire incident 24 Dec 1944. Sgt. Melborne Pawley, tank commander, 705th TDB, C Comany, 2nd platoon, 1st section, was killed on 24 Dec 1944 at Bastogne.  It is believed that a P-47 mistook his platoon position (very fluid that day) as a German unit and strafed it.  Seeking info on P-47 unit missions over Bastogne 24 Dec 1944.

        • Re: Seeking P-47 mission reports for 24 Dec 1944
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Strickland,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched online and located Air Force Combat Units of WWII and Combat Squadrons of the Air Force WWII which provide listings of US Army Air Force units with information about the types of aircraft assigned in given years, and the campaigns in which they participated. We also located General Order No. 114 published by the War Department on 7 December 1945 listing units entitled to battle credit for the Ardennes Campaign, but does not give types of aircraft used by these units.


          Once you have identified the specific squadrons, wings and groups you seek, please search the Air Force History index for records of these units. If you get results, please 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. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page.


          If you have not done so already, you may wish to review the records of the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion for information about this incident. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that may include unit records of the 705th TDBN. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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

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