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 Organization Location Extract Pages / Paragraphs Donor
9 Oct 1942SO-271HQS AAF ADVANCED FLYNG SCHOOLALBANY, GA1,41Frederick E. Bush
12 Oct 1942SO-119HQS 21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMACDILL FIELD, FL2Frederick E. Bush
20 Oct 1942SO-126HQS 21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMACDILL FIELD, FL3Frederick E. Bush
10 Dec 1942SO-116HQS 111 BOMBER COMMANDMACDILL FIELD, FL2Frederick E. Bush
2 Jan 1943SO-2HQS 111 BOMBER COMMANDMACDILL FIELD, FL2Frederick E. Bush
8 Jan 1943SO-8HQS 21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMACDILL FIELD, FL2Frederick E. Bush
7 Feb 1943SO-7HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMACDILL FIELD, FL10Billy Williams
12 Feb 1943SO-10HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMACDILL FIELD, FL2Frederick E. Bush
12 Feb 1943SO-43HQS ARMY AIR BASEMACDILL FIELD, FL151Frederick E. Bush
21 Mar 1943CERT.HQS 21ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMACDILL FIELD, FL1Frederick E. Bush
21 Apr 1943OO-1HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMACDILL FIELD, FL4Frederick E. Bush
19 May 1943SO-55HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMACDILL FIELD, FL21Billy Williams
23 May 1943SO-143HQS AIR BASE AREA COMMANDMACDILL FIELD, FL1,24Billy Williams
29 May 1943SO-60HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMYRTLE BEACH, SC1Frederick E. Bush
3 Jun 1943SO-64HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMYRTLE BEACH, SC22Frederick E. Bush
12 Jun 1943OO-5HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMYRTLE BEACH, SC4Billy Williams
19 Jun 1943OO-6HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMYRTLE BEACH, SCBilly Williams
19 Jun 1943SO-6HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMYRTLE BEACH, SC9,inc
27 Jun 1943SO-156HQS LUBBOCK AAFLUBBOCK, TX5Bill Koehl
1 Jul 1943SQO-21573RD BOMBARDMENT SQDNMYRTLE BEACH, SC2Billy Williams
5 Jul 1943SO-89HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMYRTLE BEACH, SC71Frederick E. Bush
12 Jul 1943OO-13HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMYRTLE BEACH, SC2,incBilly Williams
16 Aug 1943SO-227HQS MYRTLE BEACH BOMBING RANGEMYRTLE BEACH, SC21Frederick E. Bush
1 Sep 1943SO-127HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPMYRTLE BEACH, SC83Billy Williams, Fred Bush
2 Sep 1943SO-218LAUGHLIN AAFDEL RIO, TX4,52Bill Koehl
2 Sep 1943UNMHQS MYRTLE BEACH BOMBING RANGEMYRTLE BEACH, SCBilly Williams
2 Sep 1943UNNBRDHQS MYRTLE BEACH BR, BILLETINGMYRTLE BEACH, SC2
19 Sep 1943SO-198HQS 3RD AF REPL DEPOTTAMPA, FL12Mrs A K Clements (widow of Robert H. Clark (573))
22 Sep 1943OO-24HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPGODMAN FIELD, KY4Billy Williams
6 Oct 1943SO-266HQS ARMY AIR BASEGODMAN FIELD, KY2Billy Williams
13 Oct 1943SO-156HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPGODMAN FIELD, KY1Frederick E. Bush
23 Nov 1943SO-192HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPGODMAN FIELD, KY2Billy Williams
12 Dec 1943SO-320HQS LAKE CHARLES AAFLAKE CHARLES, LA2,35Michael R. Petrich
13 Dec 1943OO-34HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPGODMAN FIELD, KY2Frederick E. Bush
24 Dec 1943SO-345HQS ARMY AIR BASEGODMAN FIELD, KY19Frank Schleicher (Par 1)
24 Dec 1943SO-345HQS ARMY AIR BASEGODMAN FIELD, KY23Billy Williams (Par 2)
24 Dec 1943SO-473HQS STA 11, CARIBBEAN WG ATCMORRISON FIELD, FL2Michael R. Petrich
2 Jan 1944SO-2HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA114w/ annxsBilly Williams
5 Jan 1944OO-28HQS STA 11, CARIBBEAN WG ATCMORRISON FIELD, FL12Frederick E. Bush
23 Jan 1944SO-23HQS LAKE CHARLES AAFLAKE CHARLES, LA1,2,35Bill Koehl
1 Feb 1944SO-32HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA62Bill Koehl
5 Feb 1944SO-36HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA102Hap Holliday
6 Feb 1944OO-366HQS STA 11, CARIBBEAN WG ATCMORRISON FIELD, FL2Bill Koehl
6 Feb 1944SO-37HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA103W. W. Fry
21 Feb 1944SO-52HQS ARMY AIR BASEBARKSDALE FIELD, LA122Eugene Gillam
27 Feb 1944SO-29HQS AAF STA 154APO 6381Bill Koehl
10 Apr 1944SO-98HQS AAF STA AAF-236APO 63932Mrs. Robert Lakin
19 Apr 1944SO-107HQS AAF STA AAF-236APO 63912Eugene Gillam, Robt Perkins
27 Apr 1944SO-118HQS 336TH BOMBARDMENT GROUPLAKE CHARLES, LA82Robert Powell
13 May 1944SO-51HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 14021Frederick E. Bush
18 May 1944GO-141HQS NINTH AIR FORCEAPO 69613Michael R. Petrich
27 May 1944SO-58HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402Eugene Gillam
5 Jun 1944SO-157HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA91Edwin H. Armstrong
16 Jul 1944SO-198HQS LAKE CHARLES AAFLAKE CHARLES, LA1,25G. Wojciechowski
22 Jul 1944SO-204HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA13G. Wojciechowski
23 Jul 1944OO-101HQS N. ATLANTIC WG ATCDOW FIELD, ME32Bill Thurston
27 Jul 1944SO-204HQS AAF STA AAF-236APO 6391,22John Chatellier
27 Jul 1944SO-209HQS ARMY AIR BASEBARKSDALE FIELD, LA27George James
29 Jul 1944SO-95HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402John Chatellier
1 Aug 1944Schd 258(SOURCE/DATE INFERRED)HUNTER FIELD, GA2Harry E. Kellar
3 Aug 1944SO-216HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA104George James
5 Aug 1944OO-5HQS N. ATLANTIC WG ATCDOW FIELD, ME22George James
7 Aug 1944SO-102HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1403,4,52Frederick E. Bush
7 Aug 1944SO-220HQS ARMY AIR BASEBARKSDALE FIELD4
12 Aug 1944SO-106HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1401 avail.
15 Aug 1944SO-229HQS 8TH AF REPL DEPOTAPO 635SI,43George James
6 Sep 1944SO-241HQS AAF STA AAF-236APO 6391,2,33Wm. W. Hawkinson
11 Sep 1944SO-245HQS AAF STA AAF-236APO 63913George James
13 Sep 1944SO-121HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1403George James, A. Thacker
14 Sep 1944SO-248HQS AAF STA AAF-236APO 63913Martin Mazurk, Jack Crumal
14 Sep 1944SO-258HQS ARMY AIR BASEBARKSDALE FIELD112
16 Sep 1944SO-122HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1401 avail.Jack Crumal
16 Sep 1944SO-139HQS LAKE CHARLES CCTS (MB)LAKE CHARLES, LA12Ed Klacik
18 Sep 1944SO-251HQS AAF STA AAF-236APO 63912Harry E. Kellar
21 Sep 1944SO-124HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402Harry E. Kellar
22 Sep 1944SO-266*HQS 70TH REPLACEMENT DEP.APO 63555P. K. Bonde, Dana Wetherbee
24 Sep 1944SO-126HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1403P. K. Bonde, Dana Wetherbee
25 Sep 1944SO-1HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.APO 14042Bill Koehl
27 Sep 1944SO-128HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1401Rich Ebersbach, Gerald Lantz, Nathan Ellington, John Nealon
12 Oct 1944SO-286HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA141Stuart L. Main
10 Nov 1944SO-315HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA81Dave Morris
13 Nov 1944SO-318HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA15Ralph T. Spears
13 Nov 1944SO-318HQS LAKE CHARLES AAFLAKE CHARLES, LA1, 2, 35Ralph T. Spears
8 Dec 1944SO-73HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.APO 1402 avail.Frederick E. Bush
19 Dec 1944LTR574TH BOMBARDMENT SQDNFrederick E. Bush
20 Dec 1944SO-66HQS 134TH REPLACEMENT BATTAPO 6521-112Frederick E. Bush
1 Jan 1945SO-1HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1404Ralph T. Spears
3 Jan 1945MOVMTHQS UNITED KINGDOM BASEAPO 4132Frederick E. Bush
9 Jan 1945SO-3HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402 avail.Dave Morris
11 Jan 1945SO-5HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402William Fagan
29 Jan 1945OO-4572ND BOMBARDMENT SQDNAPO 1401 avail.
2 Feb 1945SO-18HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402
5 Feb 1945SO-36**HQS MARIANNA AAFMARIANNA, FL5William F. Farah
6 Feb 1945OO-2HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1403Jack Crumal
10 Feb 1945SO-23HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402
17 Feb 1945SO-48**HQS 3RD AF STAGING WGHUNTER FIELD, GA82William F. Farah
23 Feb 1945OO-259**HQS 1103RD AAF BASE UNITMORRISON FIELD, FL12William F. Farah
4 Mar 1945SO-63HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.APO 1403Dana Wetherbee
8 Mar 1945UNNBRD**HQS US STRAT. FORCES EUROPENOT GIVEN1William F. Farah
10 Mar 1945SO-69**HQS 134TH REINF. BATT. STA 392APO 6524William F. Farah
14 Mar 1945SO-41**HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402William F. Farah
8 Apr 1945SO-98HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.APO 14022
15 Apr 1945SO-104***HQS 9TH BOMBARDMENT DIV.APO 14035
1 May 1945OO-6HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1404
16 Jul 1945SO-116HQS 391ST BOMBARDMENT GROUPAPO 1402Bill Thurston
7 Aug 1945SO-85HQS 9TH AIR DIVISIONAPO 1401-42

NOTES:

* 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.