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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:04 pm 
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HI..Has anyone got any further photos of personnel from the 829th EAB.
As you know they built the Debach Airfield which is few miles from where I live in Ipswich, England.
You may be interested to know that the control tower and some ancillary buildings still exist and so does some of the runway.
Every year they have an open day where many people attend and there are many displays of old photos and artefacts from that era, especially the bomber group which flew from there.
I have studied the history of this battalion but require some photos of them as I am trying to get a photo of one particular individual. I know for instance there is a photo of the whole battalion together.
If anyone out there can be of any help by pointing me in the right direction I shall be eternally grateful


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:00 pm 
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Hi Jay. The best I can do right now is the booklet titled Workin' on Those Airdromes: An Overseas Report From the 923rd Engineer Aviation Regiment: 827th Engineer Battalion, 829th Engineer Battalion, 847th Engineer Battalion, 859th Engineer Battalion. It is a pictorial history of the 923rd EAR and it's three subordinate battalions (including the 829th EAB). The pages are here.

I do need to mention that the booklet itself is not copyrighted to my knowledge but the work to get it scanned and on the the site here is. You are free to use the images for personal use but if you plan to print them for republication or display, please contact me first.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:21 am 
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Hello David..thanks very much for your prompt reply. The photos I saw were very interesting, these were in actual fact the first photos I've seen
of members of the 829th EAB since I have been researching them.
I know its a tall order but I'm searching for a photo of one particular person from that battalion.
I know there is a battalion photo around (somewhere!) shown the men and with this person standing right at the front of the group.
I was wondering who was the author of that book of photos and where he got all those photos from, perhaps you could furnish me with his contact details please.
If you are interested in my reason for this research on this person then perhaps I could email you at your email address.
Thanks
Jay


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:17 pm 
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Hi Jay. This booklet was published by the 923rd EAR right after the war. The photos would have been taken by the regimental and battalion photographers during the war. Each unit had someone in the H&S Company who was the unit historian plus each unit was tasked with submitting a monthly report up the chain of command.

The kind of photo you are talking about would probably have been taken before the unit left for England or after the war. I've seen company level photos before but not one of an entire battalion recently. Usually the only source for one of those is from a veteran of the unit.

You might have luck contacting the National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ww2-pictures/). I've done some preliminary searches there but have not found any photos of the 829th EAB.

One thing I did find at the Archives about the African-American units in the Command is a ten minute film about them done during the war. You can see it here. You can view a small version of it on the site and I make copies available on DVD (though you could probably only get it to work on your computer) for purchase. Proceeds of the sales go to support future records acquisitions and conversions.

Another avenue of potential information are those periodic reports. These are the official records of the units and sometimes mention specific men by name. Another project I'm working right now is obtaining copies of the microfilms from the Air Force Historical Research Agency and converting them to images for the website. Due to the costs associated with this (about $100 a film), I am only able to do this if someone "sponsors" a unit's records. Let me know if this would be of interest. If you'd like to get a sense of what might be available then take a look at the records from the 973rd Engineer Maintanance Company (http://ixengineercommand.com/units/973rd/history/index.php).

Feel free to send me an email with more information.

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David..I sent you and email about over a week ago and just wondered if you received it your end.
If you didn't perhaps you can pass me on another email address please so I can send you another one.
Thanks Jay


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:54 pm 
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Hi Jay. I did find your email though you had sent it to an account I don't check that often. I thought I had replied but I just found it in my unsent mail. I've sent it on.

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