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I am researching information about this squadron and it's operation in New Guinea in 1944.  I have limited information regarding the drowning of my relative who served in this unit.  What is the best approach, or sources to research.

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I have several suggestions.

First, you should try to get your relative's official military personnel record from the National Archives. You have to be next of kin, I believe, but it's still worth checking. Go to this website: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel

Second, try contacting the Army Center of Military History for information about the unit. The website is: http://history.army.mil

Third, see if you can get some help at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Ft. Lee in Virginia. Try this URL to get started: http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil

They have a page on their site devoted to WWII: http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/WWII/

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.

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