Hi Andrea, I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I appreciate the suggestions.You are very helpful to people on Genforum.
My father was not discharged after the war in Europe. He went to the Pacific, and then Korea.He stayed in the Air Force until he retired in the early 1970s.He has given me an oral history of his military career but was not too clear about the actual squadrons, bomb groups, and Air Force's (8th, 9th, 20th etc)that he served in.I am trying to collect the details to include with the oral history.
From what I have read and you confirm, the fire in 1973 pretty much destroyed the records in St Louis which would have included his career years. He's at the end of the alphabet that is pretty much gone.The 8th Air Force museum has a lot of records, but I don't think my father was in the 8th for long, if at all.
My father is still living (age 93)but does not live near me and I do not have access to his paperwork if he still has it. I'm not sure he could find the paperwork if he did have it.
I'll keep working at piecing his history.I would love to have the crew lists of the men he served with.Some I remember but not many of them.
Thank you so much for helping me and my friend find her husband's uncle. He was a young man who went to WWII, and as happened with many young men, he did not come back.His family did not pass on any information about what happened to him.Fortunately the helpful folks on Genforum have provided some invaluable clues and we have been able to find out what happened to this young man. He also has a memorial page on findagrave in the Cambridge American Cemetery in England.