Aircraft Record Cards of the United States Air Force

How to Read the Codes

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Bibliographic Details

Robert A. Mann
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 288
Bibliographic Info: appendices, glossary
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3782-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5119-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Preface      1

Introduction      3

1. Aircraft Identification      7

2. Sources of Data      12

3. World War II Overseas Deployment      14

4. Record Card Formats      17

5. How to Do It      26

Appendix A. Master Code Index      31

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 and Sub-Command Codes      79

Appendix F. Gain Codes      83

Appendix G. Loss Codes      84

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 P. Unit/Organization Codes      258

Appendix Q. Unit Type Codes      259

Appendix R. Microfilm Roll List, Prefixes ACR, OACR,

AC and ACA      261

Appendix S. Individual Aircraft Record Card Formats (21 Formats)      268

Book Reviews

“this handy…volume may exceed all others in specialization…a must”—ARBA.