Activated Jan 1943, although it had been trained since Oct 1942 as 1st Battalion of the 924th Regiment. This unit arrived in England May 1943 and proceeded to replace hundreds of acres of apple orchards with a heavy-bomber field by Feb 1944. Since then it has been engaged in maintenance of 8th A.F. fields.
Aviation Engineers in Mobile Warfare
- History of the 861st Engineer Aviation Battalion, 1942 1945. Munich: R. Oldenbourg, 1945. 60 p. #502-861.1945.