Aircraft Record Cards of the United States Air Force: How to Read the Codes (Google eBook)

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McFarland, May 5, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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This work details the methods of deciphering and reading the coding found on Individual Aircraft Record Cards (IARCs). The work shows how to read the 21 formats of record cards to help the reader or researcher identify the reporting or possessing unit, activity, station, and important dates for individual aircraft. The author also details where and how to obtain IARC microfilm rolls.
  

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The book is a great reference for basically World War II and the period just after, but getting into later years there is a lot of information missing. One big example is reference to the numbering systems and or dates. On the newer cards up in the right hand corners it shows the month and year. One the last lines of these cards you may get a number such as 30K101/ which means the first two numbers show you day of the month and the third the month itself. Another thing is certain months have codes "O" is October, "J" is November and "K" is December. After 1960 they begin to use Julian dates. This is a small part that is not in the book and if your researching aircraft in the years following WWII in the 1960's and 1970's your not going to find it here. The cards went through changes over the years and another book or two is needed to bring reserchers up to date, I hope they will follow this one.  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 Aircraft Identification
7
2 Sources of Data
12
3 World War II Overseas Deployment
14
4 The Record Card Formats
17
5 How to Do It
26
Appendix A Master Code Index
31
Appendix H Manufacturers Codes
85
Appendix I Organization Kind Codes
88
Appendix J Organization Type Codes
107
Appendix K Air Force Station Codes ALPHA SORT
109
Appendix L Air Force Station Codes NUMERIC SORT
182
Appendix M Overseas Destination Codes World War II
254
Appendix N Termination Codes
255
Appendix O Aircraft Type Designations
256

Appendix B Abbreviations and Acronyms
69
Appendix C Functional Codes PRIOR TO 1 JULY 1949 Assignment Status Codes AFTER 1 JULY 1949
73
Appendix D Aircraft Cause of Loss Codes
78
Appendix E Command andSubCommand Codes
79
Appendix F Gain Codes
83
Appendix G Loss Codes
84
Appendix P UnitOrganization Codes
258
Appendix Q Unit Type Codes
259
Appendix R Microfilm Roll List Prefix ACR OACR AC and ACA
261
Appendix S Individual Aircraft Record Card Formats 21 Formats
268
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About the author (2008)

Robert A. Mann is a former member of the United States Air Force, and enjoyed a long career in the aerospace industry. The author of five books, he lives in Pahrump, Nevada.

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