1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 20, 2020 4:16 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking combat record of 552nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion

    Cecil Brewer Newbie

      I am hoping to find the official combat record for this unit. I do not know how to search the archives of the Army, I want to confirm and validate some primary source material. The unit was actively involved in the defense of the Remagen bridge among other places. The unit was attached to the 78th Infantry [Lightning]. The unit also defended a forward tactical [P-47] field in Normandy and served as direct fire support for the latter months of the war. There is an account of the role anti-aircraft played [Hammer of Hell] but it has no military unit records cited. Any help is appreciated.

        • Re: Seeking combat record of 552nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
          Jason Atkinson Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Brewer,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes 4 file units of the 552nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that may contain records of the 552nd AAA Battalion. 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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          You also may wish to contact the United States Army Center of Military History.

           

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

           

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