Guide to Federal Records

Records of Headquarters United States Air Force (Air Staff)


(Record Group 341)
1934-89

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents
  • 341.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 341.2 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, HEADQUARTERS ARMY AIR FORCES AND OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, HEADQUARTERS U.S. AIR FORCE 1942-59
  • 341.3 RECORDS OF OFFICES OF ASSISTANT CHIEFS OF STAFF 1942-55
  • 341.3.1 Records of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Installations
  • 341.3.2 Records of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Reserve Forces
  • 341.4 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE AIR ADJUTANT GENERAL 1941-89
  • 341.5 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL 1942-82
  • 341.5.1 Records of the Military Affairs Division, Office of the Director of Civil Law
  • 341.5.2 Records relating to Agent Orange
  • 341.5.3 Other records
  • 341.6 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL 1934-55
  • 341.7 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL 1948-55
  • 341.8 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, COMPTROLLER 1942-56
  • 341.9 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, PERSONNEL 1943-56
  • 341.10 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS 1941-57
  • 341.10.1 General records
  • 341.10.2 Records of the Office of the Director of Plans
  • 341.10.3 Records of the Office of the Director of Operations
  • 341.10.4 Records of the Office of the Director of Communications- Electronics
  • 341.10.5 Records of the Office of the Director of Manpower and Organization
  • 341.10.6 Records of other organizational components
  • 341.11 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE, OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS 1942-56
  • 341.11.1 General records
  • 341.11.2 Records of the Office of the Deputy Director for Collection and Dissemination
  • 341.11.3 Records of offices of other deputy directors
  • 341.11.4 Records of the Air Technical Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
  • 341.12 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, MATERIEL 1939-58
  • 341.12.1 General records
  • 341.12.2 Records of offices of assistant directors
  • 341.12.3 Records of the Office of the Director of Armament
  • 341.12.4 Records of the Offices of the Assistant for Logistics (1947-49) and the Director for Logistics Plans (1949-53)
  • 341.12.5 Records of the Office of the Director of Supplies and Services
  • 341.12.6 Records of the Office of the Director of Maintenance Engineering
  • 341.12.7 Records of the Office of the Director of Transportation
  • 341.12.8 Records of the Director of Industrial Resources
  • 341.13 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, DEVELOPMENT 1940-54
  • 341.14 RECORDS OF THE AIR FORCE COUNCIL 1951-53
  • 341.15 RECORDS OF PROJECT BLUE BOOK 1947-69
  • 341.16 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL)
  • 341.17 VIDEO RECORDINGS (GENERAL)
  • 341.18 SOUND RECORDINGS (GENERAL)
  • 341.19 STILL PICTURES (GENERAL)
 341.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: As Headquarters U.S. Air Force (HQUSAF) under the Department of the Air Force (DAF) in the National Military Establishment (NME) pursuant to the National Security Act of 1947 (61 Stat. 503), July 26, 1947, and implementing Transfer Order 1, Secretary of Defense, September 26, 1947. Redesignated Air Staff by the Air Force Organization Act of 1951 (65 Stat. 327), September 19, 1951.

Predecessor Agencies:

In the War Department:
  • Headquarters Army Air Forces (1941-47)
Transfers: To Department of Defense (DOD), successor to NME, by the National Security Act Amendments of 1949 (63 Stat. 579), August 10, 1949.

Functions: Provides advice and assistance to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all aspects of air defense and offense.

Finding Aids: Helene Bowen, Olive K. Liebman, Jessie T. Midkiff, and Mary Joe Minor, comps., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of Headquarters United States Air Force," NM 15 (1963); supplement in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

Security-Classified Records: This record group may include material that is security-classified.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of Headquarters United States Air Force (Air Staff) in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
Records of the Army Air Forces, RG 18.
Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, RG 165.
Records of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, RG 218.
Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, RG 330.
Records of Interservice Agencies, RG 334.
Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, RG 340.
Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, RG 342.
Records of Joint Commands, RG 349.
Records of the U.S. Air Force Academy, RG 461.

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 341.2 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, HEADQUARTERS ARMY AIR FORCES AND OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, HEADQUARTERS U.S. AIR FORCE
1942-64


History: Headquarters Army Air Forces (HQAAF) established in the War Department by revision of Army Regulation 95-5, War Department, June 20, 1941, centralizing air staff functions previously dispersed among units of the War Department General Staff; the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps, 1926-41; General Headquarters Air Force, 1935-42; and the Office of the Commanding General, Air Force Combat Command, 1941-42. Abolished September 26, 1947, following establishment of HQUSAF.

Textual Records: Security-classified and unclassified subject- numeric correspondence, 1942-52, containing a separate correspondence file of the Commanding General, Army Air Forces, 1942-45 (69 ft.). Correspondence control logs for part of the subject-numeric correspondence, 1951-52. Alpha-numeric correspondence with Members of Congress relating mainly to constituent requests, 1948-52, with accompanying name index. Consolidated subject index to parts of the subject-numeric and alpha-numeric correspondence, 1946-51 (133 ft.). Security- classified and unclassified incoming and outgoing staff messages, 1947-59 (2,667 ft.). Security-classified and unclassified staff digests of air force activities, 1949-55. Correspondence with military personnel and their families regarding promotions, assignments to duty, and other personnel matters, 1948-51. Reports and correspondence maintained by General Ralph W. Swofford, as Executive to the Vice Chief of Staff, 1945-50. Records relating to the unification of the armed forces under the NME, 1947-49. Decimal correspondence of Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff James H. Doolittle, reflecting his research and development advisory activities, 1951-53. Miscellaneous reports and correspondence, 1945-53. Official decisions made by the Chief of Staff concerning weapons programs, construction programs, force structure, air defense plans, and other subjects, 1958-64.

Related Records: Records of the Office of the Commanding General, HQAAF, in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces. Oral history interview of General Nathan F. Twining, Vice Chief of Staff, 1950-53, Chief of Staff, 1953-57, in Eisenhower Library. Papers, 1930-87, and oral history interview of General Lauris Norstad, Acting Vice Chief of Staff, 1950, in Eisenhower Library.

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 341.3 RECORDS OF OFFICES OF ASSISTANT CHIEFS OF STAFF
1942-55

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 341.3.1 Records of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Installations

History: Air Division established in Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Materiel, Maintenance and Distribution (ACAS/MM&D) by Headquarters Office Instruction (HOI) 50-21, HQAAF, June 12, 1944, with responsibility for air force installation construction, maintenance, and disposal policies formerly exercised by Buildings and Grounds Section, Construction Branch, Air Services Division, ACAS/MM&D. ACAS/MM&D designated Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Materiel and Services, by General Order 10, HQAAF, July 17, 1944. Air Division redesignated Air Installations Division by HOI 20-24, HQAAF, July 26, 1944. Transferred to Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-4 (Materiel and Services) by HOI 20-24, HQAAF, March 27, 1947. Superseded by Directorate of Air Installations in newly established Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Materiel by HOI 20-13, HQUSAF, November 4, 1947. Redesignated Directorate of Installations, confirmed in HQUSAF organizational chart, Air Force Pamphlet (AFP) 210-5, July 1, 1948. Transferred to Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, 1952. Upgraded to Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Installations, July 1954.

Textual Records: Correspondence and other records relating to the acquisition and disposal of land and to the construction and maintenance of installations, 1948-55. Records of the Family Housing Group, 1949-52. Airfield evacuation reports from Brazil, 1948-49. Correspondence, construction project files, and other records of field offices of the Missouri River Region, 1950; the South Atlantic Region, 1944-55; and the Southwest Region, 1942- 54.

Related Records: Records of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-4 (Materiel and Services), HQAAF, in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces.

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 341.3.2 Records of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Reserve Forces

History: Reserve and National Guard Division established in Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-1 by HOI 20-1, HQAAF, August 23, 1945, with responsibility for formulating and reviewing policies concerning the organized Air Reserve, air activities of the National Guard, and Air Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC). Transferred to Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-3, effective November 1, 1945, by HOI 20- 114, HQAAF, December 28, 1945. Abolished, with functions transferred to newly established Directorate of Training and Requirements in Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations (DCS/O) by HOI 20-12, HQUSAF, November 4, 1947. Additional function of monitoring policies relating to air force participation in Civil Air Patrol and Air Scouts acquired by HOI 20-12A, HQUSAF, February 6, 1948. All reserve-related functions transferred to newly established Civilian Components Group in Office of DCS/O by HOI 20-12, HQUSAF, April 27, 1948. Pursuant to EO 10007, October 15, 1948, directing each NME department to organize and train reserve components, position of Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Reserve Forces established, and Civilian Components Group redesignated Office of the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Reserve Forces, by HOI 45-5, HQUSAF, December 1, 1948. Upgraded to Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Reserve Forces by General Order 39, DAF, October 9, 1953.

Textual Records: Decimal correspondence, incorporating some correspondence of predecessor offices, 1946-51. Correspondence dealing with Air National Guard activities and with specialized training of reserve units by private contractors, 1948-50. Correspondence of the Liaison Division, including an organizational history (1948-54) of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Reserve Forces and its predecessors, 1954-55. Minutes, agendas, and reports of the Air Staff Committee on Reserve Policy, 1948-51; Air Staff Committee on National Guard and Reserve Policy, 1950-53; and Reserve Program Review Board, 1953.

Related Records: Records of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-1 (Personnel), HQAAF, in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces.

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 341.4 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE AIR ADJUTANT GENERAL
1941-89


History: Established by Special Order 2, HQAAF, June 26, 1941, appointing Lt. Col. William W. Dick as Air Adjutant General (AAG); and by Army Air Forces (AAF) Regulation 20-1, HQAAF, June 27, 1941, assigning AAG to HQAAF, pursuant to the establishment of the AAF by revision of Army Regulation 95-5, War Department, June 20, 1941. Abolished, with functions transferred to Secretary of the Air Staff, by HOI 20-41, HQAAF, May 8, 1944. Re- established, effective July 1, 1945, by HOI 20-92, HQAAF, June 28, 1945. Redesignated Director of Administrative Services by General Order 56, DAF, October 22, 1957. Redesignated Director of Administration, January 1, 1969.

Textual Records: Central decimal correspondence, 1948-50, 1952- 53. Decimal correspondence, 1947-53, and subject-numeric correspondence, 1954-55, of the Postal and Courier Operations Group and predecessor units. Correspondence and reports of the Records Management Group and predecessor units, 1944-52. Records of the Orders Branch of the Administration Division, including copies of DAF general orders, 1948-56; conference travel orders and related correspondence, 1949-55; and correspondence relating to the establishment and dissolution of boards and committees, 1946-56. Records of the Publishing Division and predecessor units, including general correspondence, 1943-55, and a microfilm copy of administrative publications with related correspondence, 1941-57 (401 rolls). Plans, umpire manuals, and after-action reports of joint service tactical exercises "Miki," "Portrex," and "Swarmer," 1949-50. Air force collection of obsolete publications, 1949-89 (100 ft., 622 rolls of microfilm, and 4,000 microfiche).

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 341.5 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL
1942-82


History: Position of Judge Advocate General established in Office of the Chief of the Air Corps (OCAC) by Office Memorandum 10-10D, OCAC, December 24, 1941. Transferred to HQAAF and redesignated Air Judge Advocate, June 15, 1942, pursuant to AAF reorganization effected by Circular 59, War Department, March 2, 1942, implementing the provisions of EO 9082, February 28, 1942. Assigned to Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-1 (Personnel) by HOI 20-1, August 23, 1945. Redesignated Judge Advocate General and assigned to Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, July 1, 1949. Given independent staff status, July 1, 1950.

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 341.5.1 Records of the Military Affairs Division, Office of the Director of Civil Law

Textual Records: Security-classified and unclassified legal precedent case files, 1942-62. Copies of outgoing letters of the Legal Assistance Office, 1958-62.

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 341.5.2 Records relating to Agent Orange

Textual Records: Policy files maintained by the Office of General Counsel, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, concerning Agent Orange claims resolution and contracts administration, 1972-80. General records pertaining to Agent Orange product liability litigation, 1971-81. Miscellaneous records relating to the Herbicide Orange Project, 1971-82.

Motion Pictures (8 reels): Films removed from the general records pertaining to Agent Orange product liability litigation, and including U.S. military personnel working with Agent Orange and laboratory testing and preparation of Agent Orange, 1971-81. SEE ALSO 341.16.

Video Recordings (1 item): "The U.S. Army Biological Laboratories Presents Vegetation Control Testing . . . Vietnam," n.d., from the general records pertaining to Agent Orange product liability litigation, 1971-81.

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 341.5.3 Other records

Textual Records: Morning reports of the 50th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Headquarters AAF), Air Judge Advocate, 1945-47.

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 341.6 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL
1934-55


History: Established by Special Order 254, War Department, October 30, 1941, appointing Colonel David N.W. Grant as Air Surgeon in HQAAF; and Office Memorandum 10-10F, OCAC, February 16, 1942, transferring Medical Division, OCAC to HQAAF pursuant to letter of Commanding General, AAF to Chief of the Air Corps, AAF 321.9, February 6, 1942. Designated a component of the Special Staff, HQAAF, September 9, 1942. Assigned for administrative purposes to Assistant Chief of Air Staff (ACAS) A- 1 (Personnel), upon abolition of Special Staff, by HOI 20-1, HQAAF, August 23, 1945. ACAS/A-1, HQAAF, superseded by Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel and Administration (DCS/PA), HQUSAF; and Office of the Air Surgeon assigned for administrative purposes to DCS/PA, by HOI 20-11, November 4, 1947. Office of the Air Surgeon re-established as an independent component of Office of the Chief of Staff by HOI 20-121, HQUSAF, January 20, 1948. Superseded by Medical Service, USAF, and Air Surgeon designated Surgeon General, USAF, by General Order 35, DAF, June 8, 1949, implementing Joint Army and Air Force Adjustment Regulation (JAAFAR) 1-11-62, May 16, 1949.

Textual Records: Decimal correspondence, 1950-51. Reference files of the Historical Branch, consisting of Aviation Psychology Research Program studies, 1943-49; reports on aviation medicine research, 1940-52; periodic reports of various subdivisions of the Office of the Surgeon General, 1951-54; and reports and studies of the Aero Medical Laboratory, 1934-53 (103 ft.). Records of the Directorate of Plans and Hospitalization, including general records, 1948-49; statistical health reports, 1947-49; records relating to the distribution of medical equipment and supplies, 1943-50, 1955; records relating to medical program planning, 1944-49; and records relating to personnel planning, 1946-49. Records of the Directorate of Personnel Services, including general records, 1949; Air Force Medical Service digests, 1950-53; records relating to the functions and responsibilities of the Consultants Group, 1948-53; and monthly reports of the major medical aid commands relating to health and sanitary conditions, 1949-55. Correspondence and memorandums of the USAF Review and Liaison Office located at the St. Louis (MO) Medical Depot, U.S. Army, relating to air force medical supplies, 1953-55.

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 341.7 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
1948-55


History: Office of the Air Inspector established by HOI 20-3, HQUSAF, January 6, 1948. Redesignated Office of the Inspector General (IG), July 1, 1948.

Textual Records: Correspondence and reports relating to inspection procedures and to the inspections themselves, 1948-55 (505 ft.). Correspondence and reports relating to the activities of components of the Office of the IG, 1950-52. Daily activity reports of the IG and the Air Provost Marshal, 1948. Correspondence of the Deputy IG for Security, 1951-54. Central decimal correspondence, reports, and field unit records of the Office of the Deputy IG, Norton Air Force Base, CA, 1951-55 (9 ft.). Records of various field units of the Office of the Director of Special Investigations, 1948-55. Records of the Air Provost Marshal, consisting of subject correspondence, 1952-55; and records of the Joint Security Survey Group for Vital Petroleum Facilities, 1948.

Related Records: For additional records of the Office of the Director of Special Investigations, SEE 341.15.

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 341.8 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, COMPTROLLER
1942-56


History: Position of Air Comptroller established by HOI 20-15, HQAAF, June 7, 1946, assuming functions formerly exercised by Office of Program Monitoring, HQAAF. Redesignated Comptroller by HOI 20-10A, HQUSAF, December 30, 1947. Redesignated Deputy Chief of Staff, Comptroller, July 1, 1950.

Textual Records: Central decimal correspondence, 1947-53 (97 ft.). Records of the Office of the Director of Statistical Services, including statistical reports on costs of aircraft, equipment, and installations, 1949-56; a record set, with all changes, of Air Force Manual 171-5, Statistical Control Technical Procedures, 1943-56; and security-classified microfilm copy of personnel data, 1944-56 (450 rolls). Records of the Office of the Director of the Budget, including correspondence, reports, and other records relating to budget development and administration, 1947-52; minutes, budget estimates and justifications, and other records of the Air Force Budget Advisory Committee, 1942-55; and material compiled for Air Force Manual 172-1, Manual of Budget Administration, 1948-52. Records of the Director of Management Analysis, consisting of decimal correspondence, 1950-54; studies aimed at improving air force business management procedures, 1951-55; and correspondence, studies, and statistics on program planning and cost control, 1944-50; 1956-57. Records of the Office of the Director of Accounting relating to overall accounting policies and control procedures, 1948-55. Records of the Office of the Director of Finance, including decimal correspondence, 1950-53; and records relating to loans and claims settlements, 1950-53.

Related Records: Records of the Budget Office, HQAAF, in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces.

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 341.9 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, PERSONNEL
1943-56


History: Position of Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-1 (Personnel) established by HOI 20-18, HQAAF, February 28, 1947, superseding Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel. Redesignated Deputy Chief of Air Staff, Personnel and Administration by HOI 20-11, HQUSAF, November 4, 1947. Redesignated Deputy Chief of Air Staff, Personnel, July 1, 1949.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1947-54. Personnel status and strength reports, 1948-52. Records of the Assistant for Ground Safety, including general correspondence, 1949-54; reports on trends in ground accidents, 1944-52; and ground safety personnel training records, 1948-51. Records of the Office of the Chief of Air Force Chaplains, consisting of decimal correspondence, 1947-50; audit reports on chaplain units in the field, 1951-55; and a microfilm copy of baptisms, marriages, and funerals conducted by chaplains, 1949-55 (44 rolls). Records of the Office of the Director of Personnel Planning, including decimal correspondence, 1949-53; and correspondence and other records relating to policy development, 1947-55. Records of the Office of the Director of Personnel Procurement and Training, including decimal correspondence, 1948-55; incoming and outgoing messages, 1950-52; records relating to the racial minority policies program, 1944-50; and other records, 1946-49. Records of the Director of Military Personnel, consisting of correspondence and reports relating to personnel selection, assignment, promotion, and elimination policies, 1947-55, and treatment of U.S. Air Force personnel detained during the Korean War as prisoners of war; correspondence and reports relating to personnel requirements for the Reserve, National Guard, and Mutual Defense Assistance Programs, 1948-56; case files on persons considered to be security risks, 1949-55; and decimal correspondence of the Personnel Requirements and Analysis Branch, 1948-52. Records of the Office of the Director of Civilian Personnel, consisting of subject correspondence, 1947-55; correspondence relating to training, placement, and the establishment of job classification levels and wage scales, 1947- 55; records of civilian personnel surveys conducted at air force installations, 1943-55; and correspondence and studies relating to staffing, budgeting, and work measurement, 1952-54.

Related Records: Records of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-1 (Personnel), HQAAF, in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces.

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 341.10 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS
1941-57


History: Established by HOI 20-12, HQUSAF, November 4, 1947, assuming some of the functions previously exercised by ACAS/A-2 (Intelligence), ACAS/A-3 (Operations and Training), and ACAS/A-5 (Planning), HQAAF. Redesignated Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, February 1963.

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 341.10.1 General records

Textual Records: Correspondence and reports on the development, assignment, supply, and maintenance of aircraft, 1947-48. Records concerning Senate investigations, 1949.

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 341.10.2 Records of the Office of the Director of Plans

Textual Records: Security-classified decimal correspondence and a microfilm copy of accompanying cross-reference sheets, 1942-54 (406 ft. and 74 rolls). Top Secret decimal files relating to weapons development and military planning, 1956-65. Records relating to air force participation in joint and combined armed services planning, 1944-53. Records relating to the transfer of functions and personnel from the army to the air force, 1947-48. Minutes of the Committee on Civilian Components, 1948. Records of the Policy Division, consisting of general correspondence, 1947-49; records concerning civil aviation, 1942-45; and records relating to negotiations for overseas air bases, 1951.

Related Records: Records of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans, in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces.

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 341.10.3 Records of the Office of the Director of Operations

Textual Records: Security-classified and unclassified decimal correspondence, 1947-54 (159 ft.). Security-classified subject correspondence relating to strategic, operational, and meteorological planning, 1945-51. Security-classified projects file, 1947-51. Narrative histories of the Directorate of Operations, 1950-55. Records of the Operations Programs Division, consisting of security-classified subject files, 1945-51; minutes of the Program Status Committee, 1951-56; and records of organizational components, 1951-56. Records of the Operations Support Division relating to air transport, airspace utilization, air rescue missions, and the air force film program, 1946-56. Records of the Operations and Commitments Division relating to troop commitments, 1945-52. Records of the Operations Control Division relating to fighter aircraft and bombardment activities, 1954-56. Troop movement orders, 1946-53. Printed copies of annual budgets and other program documents, 1951-54.

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 341.10.4 Records of the Office of the Director of Communications-
Electronics


Textual Records: Security-classified and unclassified correspondence, 1948-55 (105 ft.). Correspondence relating to the U.S.-Canadian Military Cooperation Committee, 1946-49. Correspondence and other records of the Plans and Policies Division, 1945-48.

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 341.10.5 Records of the Office of the Director of Manpower and
Organization


Textual Records: Decimal correspondence, 1950-53. Incoming and outgoing messages, 1952. Narrative histories, 1951-53. Records of the Manning and Equipment Division, consisting of tables of organization and equipment, and of personnel allocation, 1941-53. Records of the Manpower Division relating to status of units and interim troop basis authorizations, 1943-48; and to manpower allotments, 1951-54. Records of the Organization Division, including correspondence on planning, 1952-53; DAF letters on organizational changes, 1953-55; compilations showing authorized strength of the air force, 1944-45; and personnel allotment vouchers, 1948-53. Correspondence and reports of the Air Force Manpower Group on the use of manpower resources at air commands and bases, 1948-49; 1956-66.

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 341.10.6 Records of other organizational components

Textual Records: Records of the Office of the Assistant for Atomic Energy, including security-classified and unclassified correspondence, 1945-55 (66 ft.); correspondence relating to biological and chemical warfare, 1951-53; records relating to access to atomic energy program documents, 1950-53; and correspondence and other records of the 1009th Special Weapons Squadron, 1948-57. Decimal correspondence of the Guided Missile Division of the Office of the Assistant for Guided Missiles, 1947-49. Technical operations analysis reports and studies of air force equipment of the Office of the Assistant for Operations Analysis, 1947-57. Decimal correspondence, message files, and other records of the Office of the Assistant for Programming, 1947-53.

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 341.11 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE, OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS
1938-56


History: Established by HOI 20-12, HQUSAF, November 4, 1947, assuming responsibilities formerly exercised by the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-2 (Intelligence). Director of Intelligence redesignated Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence by September 1960.

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 341.11.1 General records

Textual Records: Central decimal correspondence, 1947-54 (226 ft.). Subject correspondence, 1954. Records relating to requirements for the collection and dissemination of intelligence information, 1945-55. Security-classified intelligence files containing information on potential wartime bombing targets, 1938-55. Microfilm copy of reports and related records of air force interrogations of prisoners of war and other detainees repatriated from areas under control of the Soviet Union (Project Wringer), 1949-55 (1,682 rolls).

Related Records: Records of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff, A-2 (Intelligence), in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces.

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 341.11.2 Records of the Office of the Deputy Director for
Collection and Dissemination


Textual Records: Records of the Collection Operations Division, consisting of Air Attache Branch decimal correspondence, 1948-52; military intelligence interpretation reports of the Reconnaissance Branch, 1942-56; and correspondence and reports of air attaches and installations, 1948-55. Records of the Dissemination Control Division, consisting of correspondence, 1945-54; air intelligence reports submitted by U.S. air attaches and foreign government intelligence agencies, 1942-53 (755 ft.); correspondence files of the Foreign Liaison Branch, 1952-54; and case files concerning foreign military personnel visiting air force installations, 1945-55.

Sound Recordings (5 items): Enclosures to air attache documents AF541473 and AF545420, G-2 Intelligence files, Moscow, 1953. SEE ALSO 341.18.

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 341.11.3 Records of offices of other deputy directors

Textual Records: Records of the Office of the Deputy Director for Estimates, consisting of records relating to operational planning, 1943-50; daily reports on the air situation in Korea, 1950-53; daily selected intelligence reports and briefings, 1948- 53; and other records, 1949-55. Records of the Deputy Director for Targets, consisting of technical reports on foreign and domestic intelligence, 1948-55.

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 341.11.4 Records of the Air Technical Intelligence Center,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio


Textual Records: Subject correspondence, 1948-54. Project files, 1949-51. Budget estimates and justifications, 1946-52. Directives and other issuances, 1948-54. Records relating to the handling of sensitive information, 1947-52. Correspondence, case files, and reports of the following organizational components: Personnel and Management Office, 1953-55; Air Intelligence Office, 1950; Technical Analysis Division, 1946-54; Technical Services Division, 1949-51; Technical Training Division, 1948-53; Office of the Deputy for Acquisitions, 1950-55; Office of the Deputy for Air Weapons Systems, 1950-55; Office of the Deputy for Engineering Support, 1951-55; Office of the Deputy for Material Support, 1949-54; and Office of the Deputy for Science and Components, 1946-55.

Related Records: For additional records of the Air Technical Intelligence Center, SEE 341.15.

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 341.12 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, MATERIEL
1939-58


History: Established by HOI 20-13, HQUSAF, November 4, 1947, assuming functions previously exercised by Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-4 (Materiel and Services), HQAAF. Abolished, with functions transferred to Deputy Chief of Staff, Systems and Logistics, August 1961.

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 341.12.1 General records

Textual Records: Security-classified and unclassified central correspondence, 1948-52. Miscellaneous records relating to the organization and functioning of the office and its predecessors, 1939-52. General office files, 1956-58.

Related Records: Records of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff A-4 (Materiel and Services), in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces.

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 341.12.2 Records of offices of assistant directors

Textual Records: Records of the Office of the Assistant for Materiel Program Control relating to the air force atomic energy materiel program, 1951-53. Records of the Office of the Assistant for Mutual Security, consisting of security-classified and unclassified correspondence files, 1952-55; records concerning training for foreign nationals under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, 1950-55; and correspondence with foreign governments concerning equipment purchases, 1952-56.

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 341.12.3 Records of the Office of the Director of Armament

Textual Records: Activity reports of organizational components, 1949-50. Records of the Air Ordnance Officer, consisting of decimal correspondence, 1941-50; administrative and policy records, 1942-48; and historical narratives, 1941-50.

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 341.12.4 Records of the Offices of the Assistant for Logistics
(1947-49) and the Director for Logistics Plans (1949-53)


Textual Records: Security-classified and unclassified decimal correspondence, 1944-50. Security-classified correspondence relating to logistical plans, 1950-54. Subject correspondence of the Technical Plans Team of the Plans Division, 1948-51. Records of the Systems Planning Division relating to logistics planning (Project Redhead), 1952-53. Records of the Policy Division, consisting of subject correspondence relating to mobilization plans, 1946-48; inspection and investigative reports, with accompanying background material, 1946-50; and minutes and related records of the Munitions Board, 1948-50.

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 341.12.5 Records of the Office of the Director of Supplies and Services

Textual Records: Correspondence, reports, and other records relating to policies and procedures for logistical support of the air force, 1949-56. Historical narratives, 1953-54. Records of the Materiel Atomic Energy Group concerning atomic energy materiel programs, 1953-55. Records of the Administrative and Support Services Division, consisting of general correspondence, 1948-52; decimal correspondence of the Food Service Branch, 1947- 52; and correspondence and reports of the Mortuary and Graves Registration Branch, 1946-56. Records of the Aircraft and Armament Division relating to assistance given to the Chinese air force under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, 1943-51. Records of the Foreign Military Aid Branch of the Supply Division concerning supply transactions conducted under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, 1949-51. Records of the International Division regarding policies for the Lend-Lease and the Mutual Defense Assistance Programs, 1942-49. Records of the Storage and Distribution Division, 1944-50.

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 341.12.6 Records of the Office of the Director of Maintenance Engineering

Textual Records: Decimal correspondence, 1944-50. Correspondence, reports, and other records relating to maintenance systems and facilities, 1948-51. Subject correspondence of the Motorized and Miscellaneous Equipment Committee, 1953-54. Minutes and other records of the Air Standardization Coordinating Committee, 1948- 51.

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 341.12.7 Records of the Office of the Director of Transportation

Textual Records: Decimal correspondence, 1947-51. Records concerning the air transport of cargo and personnel, 1947-50. Correspondence relating to policies and procedures of the Transportation Service, 1949-50. Correspondence, reports, and other records of the following organizational components: Programs Division, 1948-54; Military Motor Vehicle Division, 1949-54; Packaging and Materials Handling Division, 1949-53; Movement Control Division, 1945-54; Traffic Division, 1950-54; Land Transport Division, 1949-51; and Air Transport Division, 1952-54.

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 341.12.8 Records of the Director of Industrial Resources

Textual Records: Records of the Programs Group, consisting of subject correspondence relating to mobilization planning, 1948- 53; records concerning air force participation in the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, 1948-51; and minutes and other records of the committees concerned with production and industrial mobilization planning, 1948-50. Records of the Aircraft Division and its component units concerning the production of fighter and bomber aircraft, guided missiles, and other critical materials and equipment, 1948-57. Records of the Industrial Plans Division and its organizational components concerning air force owned or controlled industrial facilities, industrial manpower, and the mobilization of critical raw materials, 1944-55. Records of the Procurement Policy Division and its organizational components, 1942-56.

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 341.13 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, DEVELOPMENT
1940-54


History: Established, October 1949. Prior to that time, the Director for Research and Development was under the Deputy Chief of Staff, Materiel.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1947-50. Security- classified decimal correspondence, 1950-52. Records of the Office of the Assistant for Development Programming, consisting of correspondence of the Chief Scientific Advisor, Arnold Air Development Center, Tullahoma, TN, 1945-52. Correspondence of the Assistant for Standardization, 1940-54. Records of the Office of the Director of Research and Development, consisting of subject correspondence, 1948-49; records relating to guided missile development, 1943-50; records relating to aircraft development and testing, 1944-51; records relating to electronics research, 1944-52; and records relating to other research and development projects, 1941-54. Records of the Office of the Director of Requirements, consisting of decimal correspondence, 1948-51; reports of aircraft and air materiel testing ("Air Proving Ground Reports"), 1942-49 (79 ft.); and minutes and other records of the Aircraft and Weapons Board, 1947-48.

Related Records: Records of AAF participation in boards and committees, in RG 18, Records of the Army Air Forces.

Subject Access Terms: Scientific Advisory Board; Von Karman, Theodore.

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 341.14 RECORDS OF THE AIR FORCE COUNCIL
1951-53


History: Established by HOI 20-3, HQUSAF, July 25, 1951, as the main advisory body to the Chief of Staff, with membership consisting of the Vice Chief of Staff, various deputy and assistant chiefs of staff, and the Inspector General. Advisory function extended to Secretary of the Air Force with membership expanded to include assistant secretaries of the air force, 1992.

Textual Records: Correspondence, reports referred to the council for action, and a master set of council decisions, 1951-53.

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 341.15 RECORDS OF PROJECT BLUE BOOK
1947-69


History: Established as Project Sign by a memorandum from Major General L.C. Craigie, Director of Research and Development, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Materiel, HQUSAF, to Lieutenant General Nathan F. Twining, Commanding General, Air Materiel Command (AMC), USAF, December 30, 1947. Assigned to Technical Intelligence Division, Intelligence Department, AMC, January 22, 1948; confirmed by Technical Instruction 2185, HQAMC, February 11, 1948. Redesignated Project Grudge, February 11, 1949, pursuant to a letter from Director of Research and Development, Deputy Chief of Staff, Materiel, HQUSAF, December 16, 1948. Project Grudge terminated, December 1949. Reactivated, October 27, 1951. Redesignated Project Blue Book, March 1952. Air Technical Intelligence Center transferred from AMC to Office of the Director of Intelligence, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, 1952. Terminated by Secretary of the Air Force announcement, December 17, 1969.

Textual Records: Records of the Aerial Phenomena Branch, Technical Analysis Division, Air Technical Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, relating to the air force study of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), consisting of case files on alleged UFO sightings, 1947-69 (61 ft.); case files of the 4602d Air Intelligence Service Squadron on alleged UFO sightings, 1954-56; and records relating to the staffing and organization of the project, 1948-67. Records of the Office of the Director of Special Investigations, Office of the Inspector General, HQUSAF, consisting of reports of investigations of alleged UFO sightings, 1948-68.

Microfilm Publications: T1206.

Motion Pictures (20 reels): Motion pictures received by the air force during the project, and forming part of the Aerial Phenomena Branch case files described above, 1950-67. SEE ALSO 341.16.

Sound Recordings (23 items): Interviews with individuals conducted or acquired by the air force during the project, and forming part of the Aerial Phenomena Branch case files described above, 1955-67. SEE ALSO 341.18.

Photographs (8,360 images): Sightings of alleged UFOs, forming part of the Aerial Phenomena Branch case files described above, 1954-66 (PBB).

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 341.16 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL)

SEE UNDER 341.5.2 and 341.15.

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 341.17 VIDEO RECORDINGS (GENERAL)

SEE UNDER 341.5.2.

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 341.18 SOUND RECORDINGS (GENERAL)

SEE UNDER 341.11.2 and 341.15.

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 341.19 STILL PICTURES (GENERAL)

SEE Photographs UNDER 341.15.

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Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
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