1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 15, 2020 10:45 AM by Shannon Kerner

    Seeking combat mission records for 447th Bomb Group

    Patrick McColgan Newbie

      Hi, I am looking to see if the declassified Combat Mission Records for the 447th Bomb Group, WWII are available here?  Thank you in advance!

        • Re: Seeking combat mission records for 447th Bomb Group
          Shannon Kerner Adventurer

          Dear Mr. McColgan,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) that includes 1416 files units of the 447th Bomb Group during WWII. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          RDT2 also 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 9 files that pertain to the 447th Bomb Group 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. Since the reel numbers begin with B, please contact RDT2  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.


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