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Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement and Training Center

360th Service Group (360th SrG), 8th Service Group (8th SrG)
5th Air Force (5th AF), U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF)
PacificWrecks.comThe Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement and Training Center (FEAF-CRTC) was responsible for the training of replacement pilots and air crews before they were assigned to combat units. During late 1944, the CRTC (Combat Replacement Training Center) sometimes also listed as CR&TC operated from Nadzab No. 4 Airfield (APO 713-1). On October 16, 1944 redesignated the 360th Air Service Group (360th SrG), Far East Air Force Combat Replacement and Training Center (CRTC or CR&TC or FEAF - CRTC).

360th Service Group (360th Air Service Group, 360th SrG)
Headquarters & Base Service Squadron
Student Detachment Headquarters & Base Service Squadron
14th Tow Target Squadron
63rd Malaria Control Unit
1947th Engineer Aviation Utilities Company
572nd Army Air Forces Band
2nd Central Medical Establishment (SP)
5241st Military Police (MP) Company (Aviation) (P)
5297th FEAF Chemical Training Company (P)
Student Detachment (Stu Det)

8th Service Group (8th SrG)
Headquarters Squadron
1041st Signal Company Service Group
1794th Ordinance S&M Company (Aviation)
1811th Ordinance S&M Company (Aviation)
2001st Quartermaster Truck Company (Aviation)
3075th Quartermaster Truck Company (Aviation)
Under base control: 247th General Hospital
47th Service Squadron
455th Service Squadron
370th Service Squadron
7th Airdrome Squadron (7 ADS)
301st Airdrome Squadron (301st ADS)
1157th Quartermaster Company Service Group
868th Engineer Aviation Battalion (Attached)

Wartime History
The unit operated a variety of aircraft including: BT-13 Valiant, C-47 Dakota, A-20 Havoc, P-70 Havoc, B-25 Mitchell, B-24 Liberator, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51D Mustang, plus liaison aircraft. These included both new aircraft formerly assigned to combat units. Many aircraft wee marked with "CRTC".

PacificWrecks.comThe Commanding Officer (C. O.) was Colonel John P. "Jock" Henebry, who previously flew 140 combat missions over 32 months of service as the Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG) "Grim Reapers". Then became commander of Nadzab Airfield No. 4 designated APO 713, Unit 1 (APO-713-1) was also the Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the FEAF CRTC. Previously, the commander was Colonel Carl A. Brandt took command from June 29, 1944 until January 26, 1945. Formally he was the Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the 90th Bombardment Group (90th BG) "Jolly Rogers" and afterwards became the Commanding Officer (C. O.) of 13th Bomber Command (XIII Bomber Command).

In New Guinea, CRTC aircraft and crews flew combat missions over isolated or bypassed Japanese target areas including Wewak and other locations on the north coast of New Guinea and New Britain until June 30, 1945. These missions were to familiarize crews with the area and give them combat experience over neutralized targets. Also, the CRTC sometimes flew searches for missing aircraft.

On April 21, 1945 CRTC aircraft including 46 B-24, 19 B-25s, 16 A-20s and 4 P-47s dropped 200 tons of bombs on the Wirui Mission area near Wewak in support of the Australian Army attacking the area. Afterwards, Australians confirmed heavy loss of life from these raids according to captured prisoners and the discovery of mass graves.

On May 7, 1945 CRTC aircraft including nine P-38 Lightnings bombed and strafed positions on Cape Wom (Wom Point) but accidentally hit Australian Army artillery positions causing more than twenty casualties including in killed and wounded.

On May 11, 1945 CRTC aircraft supported the Australian Army, 6th Division attacking Wewak attacking specific targets. Afterwards, the Australians acknowledge the accuracy of their attacks.

On June 30, 1945 training flights were suspended as the unit prepared to transfer to Clark Field. At the end of the Pacific War, their remaining aircraft were abandoned at Nadzab Airfield and scrapped postwar.

Bad weather and accidents resulted in the loss of some aircraft. Also, enemy anti-aircraft fire resulted in the loss of others over target areas. Some pilots and crews are still Missing In Action (MIA) to this day.

8th Service Group (8th SrG)
B-25H 43-4341  pilot Dreger crashed September 2, 1944
A-20G 43-21390  pilot Brooks ditched April 27, 1945 (pilot rescued)

301st Airdrome Squadron (301st Airdrome 301 Service Squadron, 301st ADS)
F-6D 44-14621  pilot Lent crashed December 1, 1944, 1 missing
F-6D 44-14920  pilot McGowan crashed December 19, 1944
P-51D 44-63290  pilot Muir written off February 4, 1945
P-51D 44-63373  pilot Helm crashed February 25, 1945
P-51K 44-12032  pilot Goeller crashed March 8, 1945
P-51D 44-15225  pilot ? crashed February 16, 1945
P-51D 44-72054  pilot ? crashed April 13, 1945
P-51D 44-63651  pilot Kirby MIA April 14, 1945, 1 missing
P-51D 44-63280  pilot Epperson April 16, 1945
P-51D 44-64145  pilot Brady crashed April 16, 1945
P-51K 44-12025  pilot ? crashed April 17, 1945
P-51D 44-64045  pilot Kammeyer crashed April 24, 1945
P-51K 44-12075  pilot Wahlquist crashed May 3, 1945, 1 missing
P-51D 44-64089  pilot Waller crashed May 17, 1945

360th Air Service Group (360th Service Group, 360th SrG)
B-24D "Golden Lady" 42-40814  pilot Tosch MIA July 19, 1944 (13 MIA)
A-20G "Crap Shooter" 42-54155  pilot Andreotti crashed October 1, 1944, 3 missing, resolved
A-20G 42-86717  pilot Campagna crashed October 1, 1944, 3 missing, resolved
A-20G 43-21428  pilot Peterson crashed November 10, 1944 (three MIA)
A-20G "Oh Please!" 43-9419  pilot Knobloch crashed November 21, 1944 (two KIA, BR)
P-70A 42-54161  pilot Sutliff crashed October 22, 1944 (three MIA)
P-51D 44-15235  pilot Clapp crashed January 2, 1945
BT-13B 42-89657  pilot Weitzel crashed January 9, 1945, 2 missing, remains recovered, resolved
BT-13B 42-89612  pilot Wingo MIA January 14, 1945, 2 missing, remains recovered, resolved
A-20G "Shag On" 43-9134  pilot Sleeth crashed February 9, 1945
C-47B 43-16204 pilot Wondaal crashed February 19, 1945
B-24J 42-109981  pilot MacDonald crashed February 28, 1945, 11 missing remains recovered 1979
P-51D 44-63310  pilot Milliken crashed March 5, 1945
P-38 pilot Carter  crashed July 5, 1945 pilot rescued
A-20G 43-21638  pilot Showalter crashed November 8, 1944, remains recovered
B-25 pilot Thompson  ditched November 10, 1944 crew rescued by RAAF Catalina A24-92

7th Airdrome Squadron (7th ADS)
B-25J 43-36164  pilot Beneke crashed September 29, 1944

58th Service Group, 386th Service Squadron
P-47D 42-22687  pilot Lutes crashed April 29, 1944 (one MIA, aircraft salvaged 2004)

1st Composite Fighter Squadron
P-47D 42-23241  pilot Barker crashed September 30, 1944 (one MIA) located 1962, remains recovered 2012 resolved 2015

Aircraft assigned to the CRTC scrapped postwar at Nadzab
service with the CRTC, scrapped postwar
B-25D "Little Chief Cockeye"  scrapped at Dobodura circa 1947
A-20G Havoc 42-86888  scrapped at Nadzab circa 1947
A-20G "Eloise" 43-21426  likely scrapped postwar
B-13B Valiant Code E 90  scrapped postwar at Nadzab circa 1947

Commanding Officers (C. O.)
Colonel John P. "Jock" Henebry 1944–1945
Colonel Carl A. Brandt June 29, 1944–January 26, 1945

Pictorial History FEAF CRTC
MACR 14320 search by CRTC aircraft for C-47 43-16011 MIA March 27, 1945
Thanks to John P. "Jock" Henebry, Justin Taylan, Edward Rogers and Keith Hopper for additional information

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