1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 10, 2020 1:07 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking records of Operation LUSTY

    Joseph Reich Wayfarer

      My father, Tec4 Joseph (nmi) Reich, was a driver/interpreter for Air Technical Intelligence (ATI) teams under Operation LUSTY. Although he eventually was assigned to the 52nd Air Disarmament Squadron, 2nd Air Disarmament Wing, 1st Tactical Air Force/9th Army Air Force under 6th Army Group, I am being told he went to the Peenemunde Rocket Base prior to the arrival of the Russians on 5 May. What documents, books, etc., are available for me to research this?

        • Re: Seeking records of Operation LUSTY
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Reich,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Articles from "Studies in Intelligence", 1955 - 1992 in the Records of the Central Intelligence Agency (Record Group 263) that include 2 file units relating to Operation LUSTY. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. We also located 5 series and 55 file units in various record groups that related to Peenemunde. They include a wide range of documents, such as damage assessment reports, combat operations reports, technical files, articles from “Studies in Intelligence,” and captured German records. Some of them may be useful for your research. Although some of the records have been digitized and can be viewed online via the Catalog, many have not. For further assistance with these records, please contact the reference unit listed in the Catalog descriptions..


          According to this overview of Operation LUSTY by the National Museum of the United States Air Force, “[t]he Air Technical Intelligence (ATI) teams, trained at the Technical Intelligence School at Wright Field, Ohio, collected enemy equipment to learn about Germany's technical developments.” Therefore, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located numerous records related to German aeronautical technology, German scientists, German rockets, air technical intelligence, Wright Field and technical intelligence, and technical intelligence school and Wright Field. Many of these records describe the intelligence that was gathered about German technology, but some of them may also contain information about the teams that collected the information. Most of these records have not been digitized. For further assistance with these non-digitized records, please contact the reference unit listed in the Catalog descriptions.


          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 various NARA units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Finally, a search of WorldCat shows several books and articles related to Operation LUSTY that may be useful to your research, and Florida State University Archives has a Harold E. Watson Collection that may be of interest to you since Watson led one of the Operation LUSTY teams.


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


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