Re:216th Base Unit (Special) General orders and Special Orders
Welcome to the forum good to have onboard!!!
The movement of the 216th FTS to Kirtland is an important document as the movement of the Special Ordnance Detachment to Kirtland/Sandia is documented in Special Order number 9 , date 7 December 1945 at the end of James Rowe’s book Project W-47; Attachment after p.214. This book by Rowe is fraught with inaccuracies, but SO #9 seems to be a true order of movement.
I have been in contact with Keith Shields son of Maj. Clyde Shields CO of the 216th AAFBU (Sp) Flight Test Section as well as Darrell Dvorak son-in-law of Col, Heflin. If you check my posts in the 509th CG area of the forum you’ll find the records of the 216th (Sp) have been purged from National Archives; so we have been searching for progeny of those members for more documents and here you are. Send me a PM if you would like to exchange email addresses.
In the meantime would it be possible for you to post a copy of the documents you have to the forum as they are part of a missing link to history; and again welcome to the forum, your input on this subject is greatly appreciated.