My grandfather enlisted in the USAAF in July 1942, and spent most of the war state-side. He completed a AAF Technical School course in Radio Mechanics in January 1943 in Chicago, and another course in the Control Net System in Tomah, Wisconsin in March 1943. He did not go overseas until February 1945 in Egypt. He kept a little notebook with friend's addresses and a list of his postings. The ones overseas are as follows: Camp Huckstep, Egypt - February 7, 1945 Payne Field, Cairo, Egypt - February 13, 1945 Habbaniya, Iraq - April 17, 1945 Departed Alexandria, Egypt - January 20, 1946 Discharged - Camp Shelby, Mississippi - February 8, 1946 According to his Seperation Qualification Record, his military occupation was: Radio Operator C.N.S.: Radio operator (control net system) in 98th Fighter Control Unit for 18 months. Operated, inspected, and made minor repairs to very high frequency radio equipment and to fixed and mobile ground direction finding equipment. Cleaned, adjusted, installed, and replaced parts in direction finding and very high frequency receivers and transmitters. I'm trying to understand why he was sent to the Middle East instead of Europe or the Pacific, as it is not the theater of war most associated with America at this time. So, my questions are - How active was the USAAF in the Middle East during the war? What AAF would he have belonged to (i.e. 8th AF was England, 5th AF was Australia, etc.)? Other unit designations on his "ship home" papers are the 744thAAF Base Unit (114th AACS Sqd.). He did mention working with Brits and Aussies. Could his unit have been "loaned" the the British? I could see how his field of work could be useful in the Mid East, with pilots losing their way in the endless desert, especially if their instruments go out. Thanks for any insights! Oh, here are a couple of pictures I have. The first is in Cairo - my grandfather is standing on the far right. And another of him in Iraq.