|If you are starting from scratch and at this point know nothing
about his military career, you'll need to do what you can, working from
the general to the specific, to determine what Air Force, then Group, then
Squadron he served with. You'll have an easier time of it if you have
a basic understanding of the Army-Air Force's structure during
WWII. Know that what most younger people think of as "the Air Force"
was a branch of the United States Army (ie, it was not a separate military
unit) known at the beginning of the War as the "Army Air Corps' (USAAC)
and after 9 March 1942 as 'The Army Air Force" (USAAF). The table
below presents a rundown of the different name changes and structural
changes the 'Air Force' has undergone with the WWII names in red.
The USAAC or USAAF was itself organized into various
To get your Vet's unit information, you'll need to know which specific air force, group, or squadron he was with. The more specific you get here, the more particular information you'll be able to come up with.