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2009/07/07 23:18:05 (permalink)
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Information about father (Saipan WWII)

Am searching for information about my father that served on Saipan during WWII.  He was in the AAF.  Can anyone help me discover more about his duties, mission, etc..  My older brother and I are curious :)

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    mbee53
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    Re:Information about father (Saipan WWII) 2009/07/08 03:41:45 (permalink)
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    You got to give us more information than just "in the AAF on Saipan". 
    How about his unit name or his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) or something to go on.
    We are not psychics here!

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    Re:Information about father (Saipan WWII) 2009/07/08 12:32:04 (permalink)
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    Thank you for the reply, but unfortunately my knowledge of his military activity is limited.  I can, however, add to my previous inquiry by stating that Leroy was in a bomb group (1944?), and an enlisted man.  Also, he wore the patch insignia that is seen on this website.

    Thank you

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    Re:Information about father (Saipan WWII) 2009/07/08 17:48:43 (permalink)
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    You still don't give his full name.
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    Re:Information about father (Saipan WWII) 2009/07/08 23:14:48 (permalink)
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    Please forgive my oversight.  The San Diego heat might be getting to me His name is:  Leroy Frank Klingbeil

    Thanks

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    Re:Information about father (Saipan WWII) 2009/07/09 01:54:04 (permalink)
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    The 73rd Bomb Wing was on Saipan.  It consisted of four bomb groups, 497BG, 498BG, 499BG and 500BG.  This wing flew B-29s.  The 73rd did it stateside training at bases in Kansas.  There were also 4 service groups attached to the 73rd BW, but I don't have their numbers.  There were also several support organizations on Saipan as well, i.e. anti aircraft artillery, etc.

    As an enlisted man, you may realize from your experience in the Army, he could have had any kind of job such as cook, aircraft mechanic, aerial gunner, fireman, you name it.



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    Re:Information about father (Saipan WWII) 2009/07/09 11:26:04 (permalink)
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    Here is a list of AAF Units on Isley Field, Saipan (APO 237 SF) in 1945:

    73rd Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy), Hq & Hq Sq
    497th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), Hq
         869th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
         870th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
         871st Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
    498th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), Hq
         873rd Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
         874th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
         875th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
    499th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), Hq
         877th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
         878th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
         879th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
    500th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), Hq
         881st Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
         882nd Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
         883rd Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
    65th Air Service Group, Hq & Base Serv Sq
         3rd Air Engineering Squadron
         573rd Air Material Squadron
    91st Air Service Group, Hq & Base Serv Sq
         322nd Air Engineering Squadron
         572nd Air Material Squadron
    303rd Air Service Group, Hq & Base Serv Sq
         327th Air Engineering Squadron
         73rd Air Material Squadron
    330th Air Service Group, Hq & Base Serv Sq
         52nd Air Engineering Squadron
         301st Air Material Squadron
    *435th Aviation Squadron (Atchd)
    15th Photographic Laboratory, Bomb Gp, VH
    16th Photographic Laboratory, Bomb Gp, VH
    17th Photographic Laboratory, Bomb Gp, VH
    18th Photographic Laboratory, Bomb Gp, VH
    558th Army Air Forces Band
    Bulk Allotment (Flight Control Center)
    237th Army Postal Unit, Type F (Atchd)
    870th Chemical Company, Air Operations
    887th Chemical Company, Air Operations
    323rd Signal Company, Wing

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    Re:Information about father (Saipan WWII) 2009/07/11 10:35:33 (permalink)
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    There were other bombers on Saipan.  In addition to the Very Heavy bombers, VII Bomber Command with B-24s was at Kobler Field, Saipan with the 30 Bomb Gp (27, 38, 392, 819 Bomb Sqs) and the 86 Combat Mapping Sq, which flew bombers modified as reconnaissance planes.

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