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2011/07/09 12:25:24 (permalink)
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Looking for 15th Air Corps information

Hi all,
My stepfather was a part of the 15th Air Corp stationed in Foggia, Italy from 1943-1947.  We are looking for any and all information on this group and its happenings to print. 
Thanks,
Andrea

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    martyjhawk
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 14:17:06 (permalink)
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    Andrea,
    Do you know if he was part of the 15th Air Force command at Foggia, or if he was a member of one of the groups that made up the 15th AF in the Foggia area?  There are a number of books that have been published about the 15th AF, and most of the individual groups that made up the 15th have also had books published about them.
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 14:43:13 (permalink)
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    Hi Marty,
    Thanks for the response.
    This is what I know from him:
    He was part of the 15th Air Corp before Air Force was formed. He was out of Foggia, Italy from '43 on.  He has had a stroke so some information is hard to get however, we were hoping to find any we could get and print off so he could read it.  I had come across several sub groups of the 15th but none ring a bell with him.  He was a pilot for the Air Corp then Air Force. 
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 15:06:47 (permalink)
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    Andrea,
    I think Jim Peters or Jules Horowitz may have to help you with the time frame as to when the 15th AAF moved up to the Foggia area. I stand to be corrected, but I think it was in early 1944. I dont think any combative AF groups were stationed at Foggia, but were in the nearby surrounds. Foggia is much easier to pronounce then most of the US Af Bases in Italy. It would also help if you could supply the gentlemans name. Jim, our resident 15th AF/ B-17 authority was stationed at a bomber airfield near Foggia. Give Jim a little time, he probably will be online to assist you any way possible. 

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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 16:37:39 (permalink)
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       The first missions were flown from Foggia in Nov 1943.   There were eventually a couple dozen fields in the Foggia area, including:
     
    Amondola, 2nd BG, 97th BG 321st BG
    Bari, HQ
    Castelluccio, 451st BG
    Celone, 463rd BG,
    Cerignola, 97BG(late in war), 301st BG, 456th BG
    Foggia, 12th BG, 340th BG
    Giulia, 459th BG
    Lucera, 301st BG(late)
    Pantanella, 464th BG, 465th BG
    San Giovanni, 454th BG, 455 BG
    Spinnazzola, 460th BG
    Stornara, 456th BG
    Torretto, 461st BG, 484th BG
    Venosa, 485th BG
    Vincenzo, 47th BG, 321st BG
     
    There were several others and almost all had Fighter Groups and Wing HQ's also.
     
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 17:04:06 (permalink)
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    Andrea....The 97th BG and 301st BG were transferred to N.Africa in November 1942, and were assigned to the 12th AAF,along with two B-24 BGs already in N. Africa,  until the 15th AAF was constituted on October 30,1943, and activated on November,1943 at Tunis,Tunisia.
    The move to the Bari and Foggia area took place on December 1,1943.
     
    The 15th AAF HQ was at Bari, with the 5th Wing composed of the B-17 Bomb Groups, (only four, 2nd, 97th, 99th and 301st)  with the 5th Wing HQ  at Foggia, Main... at the time assigned to the 12th AAF), until March, 1944 when the 463rd BG was added with the 483rd added in April 1944.
     
    Unfortunately, there is a misconception about Foggia, in that, most everyone refers to Foggia, when they refer to the 15th AAF....as mentioned above...the 15th AF HQ was at Bari, and most of the B-24 BGs were along the east coast of Italy,south to the tip of the so-called Toe of the Italian boot.
     
    If he was in the Foggia area, , then Marty is correct, in that he could have been at one of the old German complex of the airbases at, or near, Foggia.or even perhaps at Foggia Main...the main hospital as well as the 5th Wing HQ was at Foggia Main.
     
    It would help to find out exactly where he actually
     
    If there is ANY information, that a family member has in their posession, such as a copy of orders, old letters from him from overseas, with a return address with his unit, ...this would help to locate his unit.
     
    Jim :-)

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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 17:07:23 (permalink)
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    Thank you, Jim.  I am running over some information I had found and will ask about the information you mentioned. 
    Respectfully,
    Andrea
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 19:46:27 (permalink)
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    He was on an airbase in the mountain region up around Naples.  He flew transportation, among other planes. This is so fascinating!  I have really enjoyed reading the other threads and posts.  I am learning a lot!  Thank you for all your help!
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 20:21:41 (permalink)
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    Naples was a huge hub for Air Transport Command.  Regular ops began there around March '44.  That airport is still used today.
     
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/09 20:50:35 (permalink)
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    Andrea....Naples was on the west side of Italy,and Foggia was on the east side.....Foggia was about 12-15 miles from the little fishing village of Manfredonia. There is a spur on the leg of the east side of Italy, and Manfredonia is just below the spur.
    By the way,...the famed Black Fighter Group, 332nd FG, (Tuskegee Airmen)...had thier airfield positioned on that spur.
     
    I am not familiar with the airfields around Naples...the airfield at Naples was Pomigliano....we landed there with a crew going to the Isle Of Capri, and returned with another crew after their week on the Isle of Capri.
     
    Jim :-)

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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/10 16:43:26 (permalink)
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    In additison to Pomigliano d'Arco, Capodichino Airport was the location of the largest depot in Italy.  Since you mentioned flying transport missions, I would mention that Mediterranean Air Transport Service (Provisional), the 51st Troop Carrier Sq, 328th Ferrying Sq, and 329th Transport Sq (Cargo & Mail) were there in the 1944-1945 time frame.

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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/07/10 19:08:38 (permalink)
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    Andrea @ Steve,

    Tortarella Air Base was the home of the 99th B.G. in the Foggia area

    Capodichino (Naples) was the home base for a group of A36s (P51s). I nmade an emergency crash landing there, but thats a story for another day.

    Jules Horowitz, B-17 pilot, 99th BG, 50 missions/sorties
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/11/15 21:08:26 (permalink)
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    My Father was also part of the 15th, he was based at Bari field, Italy.  He was a airplane & engine mechanic.  I have many pictures from there that he has kept.  I would love to get in touch with others that were at the base.  He was there in 1944.
    He just turned 90 in October, and I am trying to find any patches, etc, so I can make him a shadow box of things, for Christmas.  Any suggestions?
    I have his discharge papers, Separation Qualification Record, telegrams to my Grandmother, and letters from his trip over to Italy on the ship.  Very interesting stuff!
    He does have something I don't understand on his discharge papers.  It is under item # 32"Battles and campaigns:
    it says GO 33 & 40 WD 45
                Rome-Arno
    Can anyone translate for me?
    Thanks! Imflyn2
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/11/16 01:58:48 (permalink)
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    Imflyin2
    If you can,scan his discharge and post it.Interpretation is easier with the whole page
    shown.With the info we can provide the info you will need to create the shadow box.
    Good luck
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    Re:Looking for 15th Air Corps information 2011/11/16 11:40:21 (permalink)
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    Rome-Arno is the name of a campaign for which he received credit (a star on his EAME Campaign Medal)
     
    GO 33 & 40 WD 45 refers to the authority for this award:  War Department General Order 33 (and General Order 40), 1945 (the orders were numbered in series by calendar year)

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