391st BOMBARDMENT GROUP

 

REGARDING WORLD WAR II AIRCREW LISTS

 

SOURCE MATERIAL (MAINLY SPECIAL ORDERS)

 

 

            The documents listed below were sent to me (or were papers of my own) in connection with the project to list the World War II Aircrews of the 391st Bombardment Group, a B-26 Martin Marauder group, which operated in the European Theater of Operations.

 

            Most of these documents are military orders, issued by various units, and they served as source documents for the aircrew project.  Some, however, particularly those dated after the end of the European war, did not contribute to the crew lists but are included as being related to the B-26 or 391st personnel and having some historical value.

 

            This website contains two lists of the same orders.  Both list the date, order number, and issuing headquarters.  One lists the extract paragraph number and number of pages involved.  It might be interesting for the young reader to understand why there were extracts of orders.  Documents, such as orders, were all typed on manual typewriters, much work for the young airmen typists.  There were not any copy machines nor word processors, as we know them today.  There were copy processes, most notably the mimeograph machine, but these were only in major headquarters.  I suspect that 391st Group Headquarters had such a machine, but I doubt that the squadrons did.  Mimeograph copies varied widely in quality, as special forms had to be typed carefully and the machine operated skillfully (by hand crank on the earlier machines).  There was also a photostat process which produced a black background with white lettering, but it was not used for these kinds of documents.  If Paragraph 2 applied to one unit, and Paragraph 3 to another, the number of copies was reduced by making an extract of Par. 2 for the first unit, and of Par. 3 for the second.  Another fact of administrative life in those days was that the typists made mistakes.  I have found many mistakes in the source orders, and it is not always clear what the correct answer is. 

 

            The documents are listed in chronological order.  Many orders from the 391st BG, the Replacement Training Units, enroute stations, 9th Bomb Division, and Wing Headquarters have not come to light.  Any one of them could add greatly to the aircrew report.  I would appreciate receiving copies of any such orders that may be in the hands of anyone visiting our website.


ORDERS RELATING TO 391st BG CREW LISTS

 

Received by George James, 8461 Traminer Ct. San Jose, CA 95135

 

DATE

NUMBER

ISSUING ORGANIZATION

PLACE

EXTRACT

# PGS.

 

 

 

 

 

PAR.

10/09/42

SO-271

HQS AAF ADVANCED FLYNG SCHL

ALBANY, GA

1,4

1

10/12/42

SO-119

HQS 21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

2

10/20/42

SO-126

HQS 21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

3

12/10/42

SO-116

HQS 111 BOMBER COMMAND

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

2

01/02/43

SO-2

HQS 111 BOMBER COMMAND

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

2

01/08/43

SO-8

HQS 21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

2

02/07/43

SO-7

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

10

02/12/43

SO-43

HQS ARMY AIR BASE

MACDILL FIELD, FL

15

1

02/12/43

SO-10

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

2

03/21/43

CERT.

HQS 21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

1

04/21/43

OO-1

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

4

05/19/43

SO-55

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MACDILL FIELD, FL

 

21

05/23/43

SO-143

HQS AIR BASE AREA COMMAND

MACDILL FIELD, FL

1,2

4

05/29/43

SO-60

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

 

1

06/03/43

SO-64

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

2

2

06/12/43

OO-5

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

 

4

06/19/43

SO-6

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

 

9,inc

06/27/43

SO-156

HQS LUBBOCK AAF

LUBBOCK, TX

 

5

07/01/43

SQO-21

573RD SQDN, 391ST BG

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

 

2

07/05/43

SO-89

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

7

1

07/12/43

OO-13

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

 

2,inc

08/16/43

SO-227

HQS MYRTLE BEACH BOMBING RNG

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

2

1

09/01/43

SO-127

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

8

3

09/02/43

UNNBRD

HQS MYRTLE BEACH BR, BILLETING

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

 

2

09/02/43

SO-218

LAUGHLIN AAF

DEL RIO, TX

4,5

2

09/19/43

SO-198

HQS 3RD AF REPL DEPOT

TAMPA, FL

1

2

09/22/43

OO-24

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

GODMAN FIELD, KY

 

4

10/06/43

SO-266

HQS ARMY AIR BASE

GODMAN FIELD, KY

 

2

10/13/43

SO-156

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

GODMAN FIELD, KY

 

1

11/23143

SO-192

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

GODMAN FIELD, KY

 

2

12/12/43

SO-320

HQS LAKE CHARLES AAF

LAKE CHARLES, LA

2,3

5

12/13/43

OO-34

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

GODMAN FIELD, KY

 

2

12/24/43

SO-473

HQS STA 11, CARIBBEAN WG ATC

MORRISON FIELD, FL

 

2

12/24/43

SO-345

HQS ARMY AIR BASE

GODMAN FIELD, KY

1

9

12/24/43

SO-345

HQS ARMY AIR BASE

GODMAN FIELD, KY

2

3

01/02/44

SO-2

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

11

4w/  annxs

01/05/44

OO-28

HQS STA 11, CARIBBEAN WG ATC

MORRISON FIELD, FL

1

2

01/23/44

SO-23

HQS LAKE CHARLES AAF

LAKE CHARLES, LA

1,2,3

5

02/01/44

SO-32

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

6

2

02/05/44

SO-36

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

10

2

02/06/44

OO-366

HQS STA 11, CARIBBEAN WG ATC

MORRISON FIELD, FL

 

2

02/06/44

SO-37

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

10

3

02/21/44

SO-52

HQS ARMY AIR BASE

BARKSDALE FIELD, LA

12

2

02/27/44

SO-29

HQS AAF STA 154

APO 638

 

1

04/10/44

SO-98

HQS AAF STA AAF-236

APO 639

3

2

04/19/44

SO-107

HQS AAF STA AAF-236

APO 639

1

2

04/27/44

SO-118

HQS 336TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP

LAKE CHARLES, LA

8

2

05/13/44

SO-51

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

APO 140

2

1

05/18/44

GO-141

HQS NINTH AIR FORCE

APO 696

1

3

05/27/44

SO-58

HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

APO 140

 

2

06/05/44

SO-157

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

9

1

07/16/44

SO-198

HQS LAKE CHARLES AAF

LAKE CHARLES, LA

1,2

5

07/22/44

SO-204

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

1

3

07/23/44

OO-101

HQS N. ATLANTIC WG ATC

DOW FIELD, ME

3

2

07/27/44

SO-204

HQS AAF STA AAF-236

APO 639

1,2

2

07/27/44

SO-209

HQS ARMY AIR BASE

BARKSDALE FIELD, LA

2

7

07/29/44

SO-95

HQS 391 ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP

APO 140

 

2

08/01/44

Schd 258

(SOURCE/DATE INFERRED)

HUNTER FIELD, GA

 

2

08/03/44

SO-216

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

10

4

08/05/44

00-5

HQS N ATLANTIC WG ATC

DOW FIELD, ME

2

2

08/07/44

SO-220

HQS ARMY AIR BASE

BARKSDALE FIELD

 

4

08/07/44

SO-102

HQS 391 ST B

APO 140

3,4,5

2

08/12/44

SO-106

HQS 391 ST BG

APO 140

1 avail.

 

08/16/44

SO-229

HQS 8TH AF REPL DEPOT

APO 635

SI,4

3

09/06/44

SO-241

HQS AAF STA AAF-236

APO 639

1,2,3

3

09/11/44

SO-245

HQS AAF STA AAF-236

APO 639

1

3

09/13/44

SO-121

HQS 391ST BG

APO 140

 

3

09/14/44

SO-248

HQS AAF STA AAF-236

APO 639

1

3

09/14/44

SO-258

HQS ARMY AIR BASE

BARKSDALE FIELD

11

2

09/16/44

SO-122

HQS 391ST BG

APO 140

1 avail.

 

09/16/44

SO-139

HQS LAKE CHARLES CCTS (MB)

LAKE CHARLES, LA

1

2

09/18/44

SO-251

HQS AAF STA AAF-236

APO 639

1

2

09/21/44

SO-124

HQS 391 ST BG

APO 140

 

2

09/22/44

SO-266*

HQS 70TH REPLACEMENT DEP.

APO 635

5

5

09/24/44

SO-126

HQS 391 ST BG

APO 140

 

3

09/25/44

SO-1

HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.

APO 140

4

2

09/27/44

SO-128

HQS 391 ST BG

APO 140

 

1

10/12/44

SO-286

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

14

1

11/10/44

SO-315

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

8

1

11/13/44

SO-318

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

1

5

11/13/44

SO-318

HQS LAKE CHARLES AAF

LAKE CHARLES, LA

1, 2, 3

5

12/08/44

SO-73

HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV

APO 140

2 avail.

 

12/20/44

SO-66

HQS 134TH REPLACEMENT BATT

APO 652

1-11

2

01/01/45

SO-1

HQS391STBG

APO 140

 

4

01/03/45

MOVMT

HQS UNITED KINGDOM BASE

APO 413

 

2

01/09/45

SO-3

HQS 391ST BG

APO 140

2 avail.

 

01/11/45

SO-5

HQS 391 ST BG

APO 140

 

2

01/29/45

0-4

572ND BOMBARDMENT SQUADR

APO 140

1avail.

 

02/02/45

SO-18

HQS391STBG

APO 140

 

2

02/05/45

SO-36**

HQS MARIANNA AAF

MARIANNA, FL

 

5

02/06/45

00-2

HQS 391 ST BG

APO 140

 

3

02/17/45

SO-48**

HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG

HUNTER FIELD, GA

8

2

02/23/45

00-259**

HQS 1103RD AAF BASE UNIT

MORRISON FIELD, FL

1

2

03/04/45

SO-63

HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.

APO 140

 

3

03/08/45

UNNBRD*

HQS US STRAT FORCES EUROPE

NOT GIVEN

 

1

03/10/45

SO-69

HQS 134TH REINF. BATT. STA 392

APO 652

 

4

03/14/45

SO-41**

HQS391STBG

APO 140

 

2

04/08/45

SO-98

HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.

APO 140

2

2

04/15/45

SO-104***

HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.

APO 140

3

5

05/01/45

00-6

HQS 391ST BG

APO 140

 

4

07/16/45

SO-116

HQS 391ST BG

APO 140

 

2

08/07/45

SO-85

HQS 9TH AIR DIVISION

APO 140

1-4

2

 

   *These crew listings by the replacement depot are a complete fiction. See later text.

 **These orders have to do with the A-26 aircraft. A complete donor list is on another link.

***This order transferred men out of the 391st BG to various B-26 Groups that were not converting to the A-26.

 

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