2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 21, 2021 11:42 AM by Joseph Reich

    Seeking 52nd Air Disarmament Squadron Roster

    Joseph Reich Wayfarer

      I am looking for this WW2 roster. The 52nd ADS was part of Operation LuSTy, officially fell under the 2nd Air Disarmament Wing of the 9th Army Air Force. Activated around January 1945, in was inactivated Oct/Nov '45. My father, Joseph (nmi) Reich, was a jeep driver/interpreter supposedly assigned to it. There is a 6 month gap in his records from April-Oct '45. He was moved from the 36th Infantry Division to the 54th Ordnance (Intelligence) in Feb '45 because of his German language skills, to interrogate German prisoners/scientists/engineeers and find/gather German Army technology. He was at 6th Army Group/ Vittel, France, when Operation LuSTy arrived there.Kirchheim was HQ for the 52nd ADS

        • Re: Seeking 52nd Air Disarmament Squadron Roster
          Sylvia Naylor Scout

          Dear Mr. Reich,


          Thank you for posting your inquiry on History Hub!


          Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog for any records relating to Operation Lusty and we located 2 file units in the Records of the Central Intelligence Agency (Record Group 263).  These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.


          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 6 files that pertain to Operation Lusty & 11 files of the 52nd Air Disarmament Squadron. 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.


          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.


          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.


          Further, we searched online and located 2 articles that might be of interest to you.  The first article is titled “Operation Lusty” and may be viewed on the website of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The second article on “Operation Lusty” may be viewed in the Air Force Magazine.


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