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42nd Air Repair Squadron

My grandfather enlisted in the Army Air Force on 6 Feb 1946 and served primarily as a 528 (Aircraft Hydraulic Mechanic) in the European Theatre of Operation from 24 Oct 46 to 24 Jun 48. I have been able to collect a large amount of his personnel file, but it seems the more research I do, the more unanswered questions I have.  Unfortunately, my grandfather never talked much about his time deployed and Alzheimer's has destroyed most of his memory, so I can't even ask him about what he did.  However, I do know that he spent most of his deployed time with the 42nd Air Repair Squadron located at Oberpfaffenhofen Air Depot near Munich.  However, I cannot find any information on the 42nd and very limited info on Oberpfaffenhofen (At least during the time he was there.  I know Oberpfaffenhofen played a vital role in the Berlin Air Lift, but my grandfather left the ETO by the time that started.)  Does anyone know who the 42nd fell under during that time period?  What was their mission?  What planes did they operate? 
 
I would greatly appreciate any information anyone can provide.  I'd almost given up trying to find out more info when I stumbled on this forum and I could not believe the wealth of knowledge I found.  Thanks for keeping so much of this history alive!

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    Re:42nd Air Repair Squadron 2009/03/03 00:26:47 (permalink)
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    Hi , HISTORY OF THE OBERPFAFFENHOFEN AIR DEPOT is located on microfilm reel
    A0104 at the Air Force Historical ResearchAgency, Maxwell AFB. the reels cost $30, this has info on you grandfathers unit. I will look for more. Dave

    David Procaccini
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    Re:42nd Air Repair Squadron 2009/03/03 00:32:14 (permalink)
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    Hello, The war diary and history of the 42nd Air Repair Squadron are located on microfilm reel # A0692. This reel and the one in my earlier post should answer most of your questions, of course it may open up a few as well! If you should need any more assistance don't hesitate to ask. Dave

    David Procaccini
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    Re:42nd Air Repair Squadron 2009/03/03 22:08:03 (permalink)
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    Dave,
     
    Thanks!  Sounds like a detailed resource.  Do I have to actually go to Maxwell AFB to get this resource, or do they have some kind of online service?  I have no problem dropping $30 for a microfilm reel (although, to be honest, I'm not really sure what a microfilm reel is, or if I have access to the equipment needed to view this media format.)  I'm willing to give it a try!  Thanks again!
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    Re:42nd Air Repair Squadron 2009/03/03 22:15:22 (permalink)
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    If you go to the "research help" tab at the top of this page and follow the links to the Air Force Historical Reseach Agenct AFHRA you will find the info you are looking for. Most larger libraries and colleges still have microfilm readers. What I do is walk into my alma mater, Providence college and look like I belong there :) then I just sit down at the reader , put the reel in and print out the pages I need, some libraries even have them hooked up to computers so that you can convert the paged directly to a PDF format. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask. Dave

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    Re:42nd Air Repair Squadron 2009/03/03 22:24:05 (permalink)
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    I found a website for the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB and there was a link for microfilms, but that took me to the National Archives, which only has 3,400 microfilms listed and neither A0104 or A0692 showed up.  I did find an e-mail address for ordering microfilms, so I might try that.
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    Re:42nd Air Repair Squadron 2009/03/03 22:34:59 (permalink)
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      there a is link toward the bottom for info that says something like AFHRANews(at)Maxwell....something. Dave
     
    http://afhra.maxwell.af.mil/
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    David Procaccini
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    Re:42nd Air Repair Squadron 2009/03/05 13:25:37 (permalink)
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    Navigate to http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/ and enter either the squadron designation (using both "42" and "0042" or Oberpfaffenhofen, and it will bring up details on the microfilms you want.  The page also has a link to click on for instructions on how to order the film.
     
    Your granddad's unit was constituted 31 Jan 42 as the 42nd Depot Repair Squadron at Duncan Fld, TX and moved overseas later that year, along with its parent unit, the 42nd Air Depot Group.  It served at several bases in England until the fall of 1944, when it moved to France.  The 42nd Air Depot Group was part of Eighth Air Force's VIII AF Service Command, then Ninth Air Force's IX AF Service Command.  In 1945, the squadron moved to the Ansbach Air Depot in Germany (and then on to Oberpfaffenhofen).  In 1946, the AAF changed designations of its depot units and the 42nd became the 42nd Air Repair Squadron.  It moved to Kelly AFB, TX in July 1948, was inactivated there on 20 Oct 48 and ultimately disbanded in 1983.
     
    Depot (Air) Repair Squadrons performed major maintenance on aircraft that was beyond the capability of the flying squadrons and the service units stationed along with them.

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    Re:42nd Air Repair Squadron 2010/06/24 18:33:27 (permalink)
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    My grandfather was in the 42 Air Repair Squadron in 1946 and 1947. He is always telling me stories about his wild times and talks about wanting to get in touch with anyone from his squadron.

    You guys really seem to know what you're doing. Could you help me with this? If I could just find some names I could go from there.

    I really appreciate any help you can give me.

    Thanks!
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