1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 23, 2020 2:55 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking record breaking P-40 & ground crew

    Robert Tarantino Newbie

      My father, Frank Tarantino, service number 12 033 423, was part of a Ground Crew that was involved with a P-40 breaking a flight record. He has since passed away, in 1997, and never disclosed the details of that event. From his service records and photographs in his personal archive, on the "official" photograph of the event, it reads "568 BU - 8 JAN 1945 - 527A - RECORD BREAKING P-40 AND GROUND CREW". (The Tail Number I believe to be 324006). This may have been when he was stationed in Brownsville,TX, with the 568th Base Unit, (4th Operational Training Unit} Ferrying Division - Air Transport Command. On the 18th of Jan 1945, he transferred to the 590th Base Unit, Greenwood, Mississippi, and eventually discharged from Mitchell Field in December 1945. Could you help me find any record of this event?

        • Re: Seeking record breaking P-40 & ground crew
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Tarantino,


          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 units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 3 files pertaining to the 568th Base Unit and 1 file relating to the 4th Operational Training Unit. 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. We were unable to locate file pertaining to the 590th Base Unit


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          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.


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


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