I am preparing to travel to Naples, Italy, for a vacation, and also, for the purpose of conducting further research into my Pop's military service, which included being billeted to the Naples Capodechino Airfield, while serving as a member of the 302ND Depot Repair Squadron, from late in 1942, until about April, 1945.
I have a few pictures of Pop working on aircraft engines, standing near his tent, sitting in a Jeep, and even enjoying a meal at a nice Italian restaurant. In one picture, the name of Pop's outfit is seen, painted on the side of a table. I believe I also have Pop's tool box, which I am told he was allowed to take home with him.
1.) Does anyone know whom I should contact in Italy to assist me in my inquiry?
2.) Organizationally, how did the 302ND fit into the scheme of the AAC, and the AAF?
3.) I have seen a flag for the AAC, and I like it better than the AAF flag, becuase the AAC flag has a propeller as part of the logo, and Pop was a propeller specialist, having been trained at the Curtis Electric Propeller company, in Caldwell, NJ, prior to shipping out to Italy.
Pop told me that he attended a reunion in the late 40's, or maybe the early 50's, perhaps in upstate NY...Syracuse??? but, I am not sure of this location.
I really want to see the chain of command from the 302ND up to Ike, e.g. 12TH AAF??? 8TH AAF???
Can anyone help this Newbie???????
Many thanks, and thank you for your service, on behalf of a nation that is grateful for the sacrifices you have made!!!!!
S SGT Alex Brady's son
302ND Depot Repair Squadron
Naples Capodechino Airfield