5004th AIR INTELLIGENCE SERVICE SQUADRON
The activities of the 5004th AISS utilized many methods of observing Russian activity directly and indirectly. At least two major Soviet Aerodromes were located close across the Bering Straight, and Soviet ships could be tracked coming and going. Some specific activities of the 5004th were liaison with many local agencies, towns and villages, collection of flotsam along the beaches during the summer, photographic surveillance of Soviet shipping, search and rescue missions, maintenance of survival caches across Alaska, and later, maintenance of target information centers for Strategic Air Command aircraft, and finally, establishment and operation of an Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) center. Two non-UFO incidents covered in the Unit History are the recovery of a World War II Japanese "Fugo" balloon, and of a Project 119L aerial surveillance balloon.
The mission of the 5004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron is the collection of air intelligence and intelligence information within the Alaskan Air Command.
In order to provide training essential to the accomplishment of the above mission a comprehensive program of classroom and field training was initiated. As a further means of increasing the operational effectiveness of the organization a trip was made to the Far East Air Force Command to observe the operation of an Air Intelligence Service Squadron under combat conditions. Other intelligence activity included completion of a Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants study requested by the Director of Intelligence, several field trips and a number of local investigations.
I. ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
The Table of Distribution with which the squadron entered the second quarter consisted of forty (40) officers and one hundred (100) airmen.
The Table of Distribution for June 1952 was revised to read thirty-nine (39) officers and one hundred (100) airmen. The reduction of one officer was made in the grade of Captain, with assignment as Photo Interpreter.
COURSE SCHEDULE FOR AIR TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE
Introduction to Study of ATI and Air Material
Aircraft Types and Airframe Nomenclature
Power Plants and Their Installation
Electronics and ECM
Bombs, Rockets and Ammunition
Manufacturing Tools, Processes and Materials
Ground and Air Equipment
Investigation of Crashed Foreign Aircraft
Investigation of Unidentified Flying Objects
Battle Damage and Hostile Acts
ATI Team Operations
Preparation of Reports