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 B26 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 B26 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 391^{st} 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,
DATE 
NUMBER 
ISSUING ORGANIZATION 
PLACE 
EXTRACT 
# PGS. 





PAR. 
10/09/42 
SO271 
HQS AAF ADVANCED FLYNG SCHL 

1,4 
1 
10/12/42 
SO119 
HQS
21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


2 
10/20/42 
SO126 
HQS
21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


3 
12/10/42 
SO116 
HQS
111 BOMBER COMMAND 


2 
01/02/43 
SO2 
HQS
111 BOMBER COMMAND 


2 
01/08/43 
SO8 
HQS
21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


2 
02/07/43 
SO7 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


10 
02/12/43 
SO43 
HQS
ARMY AIR BASE 

15 
1 
02/12/43 
SO10 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


2 
03/21/43 
CERT. 
HQS
21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


1 
04/21/43 
OO1 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


4 
05/19/43 
SO55 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


21 
05/23/43 
SO143 
HQS
AIR BASE AREA COMMAND 

1,2 
4 
05/29/43 
SO60 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


1 
06/03/43 
SO64 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 

2 
2 
06/12/43 
OO5 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


4 
06/19/43 
SO6 
HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


9,inc 
06/27/43 
SO156 
HQS 


5 
07/01/43 
SQO21 
573RD
SQDN, 391ST BG 


2 
07/05/43 
SO89 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 

7 
1 
07/12/43 
OO13 
HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


2,inc 
08/16/43 
SO227 


2 
1 
09/01/43 
SO127 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 

8 
3 
09/02/43 
UNNBRD 
HQS
MYRTLE BEACH BR, BILLETING 


2 
09/02/43 
SO218 
LAUGHLIN
AAF 

4,5 
2 
09/19/43 
SO198 
HQS
3RD AF REPL DEPOT 

1 
2 
09/22/43 
OO24 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


4 
10/06/43 
SO266 
HQS
ARMY AIR BASE 


2 
10/13/43 
SO156 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


1 
11/23143 
SO192 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


2 
12/12/43 
SO320 
HQS 

2,3 
5 
12/13/43 
OO34 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


2 
12/24/43 
SO473 
HQS
STA 11, 


2 
12/24/43 
SO345 
HQS
ARMY AIR BASE 

1 
9 
12/24/43 
SO345 
HQS
ARMY AIR BASE 

2 
3 
01/02/44 
SO2 
HQS 3RD AF
STAGING WG 
HUNTER FIELD, GA 
11 
4w/ annxs 
01/05/44 
OO28 
HQS
STA 11, 

1 
2 
01/23/44 
SO23 
HQS 

1,2,3 
5 
02/01/44 
SO32 
HQS
3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER
FIELD, GA 
6 
2 
02/05/44 
SO36 
HQS
3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER
FIELD, GA 
10 
2 
02/06/44 
OO366 
HQS
STA 11, 


2 
02/06/44 
SO37 
HQS
3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER
FIELD, GA 
10 
3 
02/21/44 
SO52 
HQS
ARMY AIR BASE 

12 
2 
02/27/44 
SO29 
HQS
AAF STA 154 


1 
04/10/44 
SO98 
HQS
AAF STA AAF236 

3 
2 
04/19/44 
SO107 
HQS
AAF STA AAF236 

1 
2 
04/27/44 
SO118 
HQS
336TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP 

8 
2 
05/13/44 
SO51 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 

2 
1 
05/18/44 
GO141 
HQS
NINTH AIR FORCE 

1 
3 
05/27/44 
SO58 
HQS
391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


2 
06/05/44 
SO157 
HQS
3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER
FIELD, GA 
9 
1 
07/16/44 
SO198 
HQS 

1,2 
5 
07/22/44 
SO204 
HQS
3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER
FIELD, GA 
1 
3 
07/23/44 
OO101 
HQS
N. ATLANTIC WG ATC 

3 
2 
07/27/44 
SO204 
HQS
AAF STA AAF236 

1,2 
2 
07/27/44 
SO209 
HQS
ARMY AIR BASE 

2 
7 
07/29/44 
SO95 
HQS
391 ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP 


2 
08/01/44 
Schd 258 
(SOURCE/DATE INFERRED) 
HUNTER FIELD, GA 

2 
08/03/44 
SO216 
HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER FIELD, GA 
10 
4 
08/05/44 
005 
HQS N ATLANTIC WG ATC 

2 
2 
08/07/44 
SO220 
HQS ARMY AIR BASE 
BARKSDALE FIELD 

4 
08/07/44 
SO102 
HQS 391 ST B 

3,4,5 
2 
08/12/44 
SO106 
HQS 391 ST BG 

1 avail. 

08/16/44 
SO229 
HQS 8TH AF REPL DEPOT 

SI,4 
3 
09/06/44 
SO241 
HQS AAF STA AAF236 

1,2,3 
3 
09/11/44 
SO245 
HQS AAF STA AAF236 

1 
3 
09/13/44 
SO121 
HQS 391ST BG 


3 
09/14/44 
SO248 
HQS AAF STA AAF236 

1 
3 
09/14/44 
SO258 
HQS ARMY AIR BASE 
BARKSDALE FIELD 
11 
2 
09/16/44 
SO122 
HQS 391ST BG 

1 avail. 

09/16/44 
SO139 
HQS 

1 
2 
09/18/44 
SO251 
HQS AAF STA AAF236 

1 
2 
09/21/44 
SO124 
HQS 391 ST BG 


2 
09/22/44 
SO266* 
HQS 70TH REPLACEMENT DEP. 

5 
5 
09/24/44 
SO126 
HQS 391 ST BG 


3 
09/25/44 
SO1 
HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV. 

4 
2 
09/27/44 
SO128 
HQS 391 ST BG 


1 
10/12/44 
SO286 
HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER FIELD, GA 
14 
1 
11/10/44 
SO315 
HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER FIELD, GA 
8 
1 
11/13/44 
SO318 
HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER FIELD, GA 
1 
5 
11/13/44 
SO318 
HQS 

1, 2, 3 
5 
12/08/44 
SO73 
HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV 

2 avail. 

12/20/44 
SO66 
HQS 134TH REPLACEMENT BATT 

111 
2 
01/01/45 
SO1 
HQS391STBG 


4 
01/03/45 
MOVMT 
HQS 


2 
01/09/45 
SO3 
HQS 391ST BG 

2 avail. 

01/11/45 
SO5 
HQS 391 ST BG 


2 
01/29/45 
04 
572ND BOMBARDMENT SQUADR 
APO 140 
1avail. 

02/02/45 
SO18 
HQS391STBG 


2 
02/05/45 
SO36** 
HQS MARIANNA AAF 


5 
02/06/45 
002 
HQS 391 ST BG 


3 
02/17/45 
SO48** 
HQS 3RD AF STAGING WG 
HUNTER FIELD, GA 
8 
2 
02/23/45 
00259** 
HQS 1103RD AAF BASE UNIT 

1 
2 
03/04/45 
SO63 
HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV. 


3 
03/08/45 
UNNBRD* 
HQS 
NOT GIVEN 

1 
03/10/45 
SO69 
HQS 134TH REINF. BATT. STA
392 


4 
03/14/45 
SO41** 
HQS391STBG 


2 
04/08/45 
SO98 
HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV. 

2 
2 
04/15/45 
SO104*** 
HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV. 

3 
5 
05/01/45 
006 
HQS 391ST BG 


4 
07/16/45 
SO116 
HQS 391ST BG 


2 
08/07/45 
SO85 
HQS 9TH AIR DIVISION 

14 
2 
*These
crew listings by the replacement depot are a complete fiction. See later text.
**These
orders have to do with the A26 aircraft. A complete donor list is on another
link.
***This order transferred men out of the 391st BG
to various B26 Groups that were not converting to the A26.
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