July 11, 2013 Leave a comment
C. Daniel’s WWII Page…Check it Out!!!
Some time ago I was doing a search for anything new on-line about the 224th…when I came across the page; “Louis M. Stark and the 224th Anti Aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion.” That page led me to the C.E.Daniel Collection Page with much great info about WWII.
The page owner, C. Daniel recently read my book and said this; ” I received your book in the mail yesterday. Spent last night reading it. That is truly an outstanding piece of work, certainly something the men of the unit would have been very proud of. I think it came out terrific! Well done sir…”
If you go to the Stark page and scroll down you will see his link to this page. A big THANKS!!! to C.
Fact Sheet About the Battalion
I’ve started collecting facts about the 224th from the records I have. So far they are fairly simple, but give some definition to the outline of the battalion. As I gather more information I will add them here.
Activated on January 20, 1943 at Ft. Bliss, Texas
Strength as of December 31, 1943
Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics (AAFSAT) at Orlando, Florida
Camp Stoneman, California
Milne Bay, New Guinea
Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) Training and Rehabilitation Center, Luna, Northern Luzon, Philippine Islands (P.I.)
Lipa, Batanga Province, P.I.
On This Date in 1943…
The 224th shipped from Fort Bliss by train to Orlando, Florida. They were stationed at the Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics(AAFSAT). The outfit traveled in two trains and spent four days en route. Upon arrival, the first week was devoted to basic training instruction in the newly-developed fighter-searchlight tactics.
My dad, and enlisted man in the battalion remembered “Orlando was a small farm community surrounded by orange groves.”
Stay tuned for more history of the 224th!