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Introduction:
History
Following the Allied invasion of the Northern Solomon Islands on October 25–27, 1943, an airstrip was built on Stirling Island by the 87th Naval Construction Battalion. Stirling Airfield was then used to support a campaign to neutralize Japanese air power at Rabaul.


B-25s of the 42d Bombardment Group flying over Bouganville in 1944
Also known as "Coronus Strip", the airfield was used by:

42d Bombardment Group, 20 January–August 1944
347th Fighter Group, 15 January-15 August 1944
Special Task Air Group STAG-1 (TDR)
VMB-413 operating PBJs
VMD-254 operating PB4Ys
Stirling Airfield is still in use today by the Solomons Airlines.


Milestones:
The Air Force Historical Research Agency is the repository for United States Air Force historical documents.[1] The Agency's collection, begun during World War II in Washington, D.C. and moved in 1949 to Maxwell Air Force Base, the site of Air University, to provide research facilities for professional military education students, the faculty, visiting scholars, and the general public.[2]

The U.S Air Force History Office in Bolling Air Force Base Building 5681 in Washington, D.C. houses microfilm copies of archival materials in the United States Air Force Historical Research Center at Maxwell Air Force Base.[3]

Published guides of the collection include the Air Force Historical Archives Document Classification Guide (1971), Personal Papers in the USAF Historical Research Center compiled.by Richard E. Morse and Thomas C. Lobenstein (1980), U.S. Air Force Oral History Catalog (1982), and the United States Air Force History: A Guide to Documentary Sources.[3]