Nice to meet you...
>> I cannot add to the "7 316" mystery (was there a specific day in August for these
Yes, actually, it was 8/19/1945 for 44-61832 and 44-61854, and 8/20/1945 for 44-61817. I have located all of the 1st PRS tail numbers for the period after VJ day and am requesting IARCs for all of them to see if I can discern some kind of pattern.
Thought the date is after announcement of the surrender on August 15, 1945, it is my considered opinion that 7th PRG would have been sent to Pacific... since they were the eyes of the 8th... what we are seeing is a hold-over... after the surrender, this became unnecessary and the 7th was disbanded. Just a hunch. It does not figure perfectly since the assignment to 316th Wing occurred in July for Flight "C" and September for the rest of the 1st PRS. Perhaps the 7th PRG would have been folded into 316th Wing? The notations are clear. Eventually I will scan and send you copies.
>> ... but I do have some info on the 1st PRS Det C. on my website.
Yes you do! Your pages provided me a nice starting point some time back.... since then I have developed much more complete crew lists as well as some missing from your pages including Wilkinson Crew, Coe Crew and even Swick's fated crew as it was the day of the accident in India.
I have a huge amount of statistical and operational data on Flight C... for a sample see: http://www.woodburyweb.com/shoebox/Flight_C_Ops_Summary/pages/Page%2001.htm
There is much, much more. I have histories of Flight C for the period in the CBI, and these are crucial. I am going to be compiling a history, and will transcribe and scan the histories I have. You are more than welcome to whatever I have. Your project is an important one indeed, and I would like to see the story told.
Please don't bother to do anything with the above material yet. Let me get it to you this coming week in an orderly fashion, with notes and explanations.
>> The excerpt from Maurer is at http://www.cbi-history.com/part_ic.html#500.
Some of that material is wrong. Or let's just say that it could better. I's a good start.
>> There's also a good story on the 1st at
I was fortunate enought to meet Ralph Kelsey before he passed away. I have very accurate crew and position lists for the Humby aircraft.... nice supplement to what you have.
While you have some time, go to this page and find the section entitled "Look what we found!" Notice that the picture is of the Coe crew of 1st PRS, Flight "C". http://www.physicstoday.org/pt/vol-54/iss-8/p40.html
I met Alex Green as well, and have had an ongoing correspondence with him. I have action reports from the Hornet for the action that resulted from this flight as well as a number of pictures of sunken ships taken by my father in October of 1945. I think it would be nice to work up a page on this since Flight "C" was put up for and apparently never got combat credit.
>> If you have any history/lineage info that you can share to improve the info I have on
>> my site, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
You got it. I am on vacation this coming week, and just did a large amount of work on all of this. More to go. The good news is that I have substantially completed the CBI portion of 1st PRS history...
I'll feed material to you this coming week... Thanks for the contact... I've been meaning to send you email.
Where did you get the February Special Orders relieving the F-13A crews from duty under the XX Bomber Command Photo Recon Detachment and transferring them to the 1st PRS Flight
I am developing material on the Photo Recon Detachment as well. I think you are going to want to add this material either to the 1st PRS page or create another page. My research is not done, but I do have partial crew lists as well as all of the planes that participated. Interesting stuff...