2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 22, 2020 1:33 PM by James Campana

    Seeking 8th Air Force B-24 assignments

    James Campana Newbie

      I am attempting to create a service history record for B-24 Liberator aircraft in the 8th Air Force. Can anybody suggest where I can find records of aircraft assignments & transfers. Would I want to obtain Base Air Depot records? I have the Individual Aircraft Record Cards (IARCs) but these only show stateside assignments. I am looking for the assignments within the 8th Air Force. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I should mention that I have a copy of Heavy Bombers of the Mighty Eighth  by Andrews & Adams. I'm trying to put specific dates on when B-24s were assigned to units.

        • Re: Seeking 8th Air Force B-24 assignments
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Campana,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 84 files that pertain to “B-24” and the 8th Army Air Force during WWII. 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.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          We also searched online and located Air Force Combat Units of WWII and Combat Squadrons of the Air Force WWII that 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 hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

           

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