Yes, I know: it should be a 48-star flag... The 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion, 1943 to 1945

The Story of the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion

Front Cover: "The Story of the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion" In 1943, the U.S. Army began the formation of a number high-tech mobile antiaircraft artillery (A.A.A.) units. They were not only equipped with the latest high-velocity 90mm guns, but they also would carry into the field such top-secret wonders as radar and electronic fire control computers. The big guns would be directed by remote control. As if that weren't enough, the units would be completely mobile: capable of being landed on a beach and travelling hundreds of miles a day to keep pace with the armored spearheads of a modern army. These mobile 90mm A.A.A. units were among the most technically advanced components of the American Army during World War 2.

How do you say "A.A.A"?
"A.A.A." How do you pronounce it? My father always said "Triple-A", as in "Hundred and fifteenth triple-A gun battalion." That's authority enough for me. Say "Triple-A".

The 115th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion (Mobile) was my father's unit. Activated, trained, and shipped to England in 1943, they participated in the Battle of Britain (A.A. defense of London), the landings at Normandy (Omaha Beach) in June 1944 and fought their way across France and into Germany with Patton's Third Army. The battalion was present at the Third Army's crossing of the Rhine in 1945.

This site is dedicated to telling their story, almost entirely in their own words, using unit histories published after the end of hostilities in 1945.

After the end of the war in Europe, while waiting to return home, the battalion prepared and published a history of their service in the Second World War. "The Story of the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion" was published in late 1945 (it was printed in Luxembourg) and distributed to all current and former members of the unit. It is a handsome 55-page booklet in large magazine format, well-written and illustrated by members of the Battalion, with a gold foil cover.

A month or two earlier, in July 1945, the Battalion's B Battery published their own history, "Symphony in B-Flak", as a 200 page hard-bound book in a smaller format, about 6 by 9 inches. Symphony in B-Flak provides a somewhat more personal view of the war and often supplies details that are missing from the Battalion history. The Appendices include the text Battalion commendations and a useful history of the Battalion's attachment to higher echelons. It also includes a full roster of the Battery.

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What's New ...

Recent additions and updates to this site include ...

2005-06-07 Added supplemental material regarding "B" Battery's temporary assignment to the 184th AAA Gun Bn. at Lippitts Hill outside London, courtesy of David J. Anderson. See Symphony in B Flak - Lippitts Hill.


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... was one of the U.S. Army's crack mobile 90mm antiaircraft artillery units operating in the European Theater (ETO) during World War 2. This site is dedicated to telling the story of the men of the 115th.

Here you will find the full text of their 1945 self-published history, The Story of the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion, as well as B Battery's own unit history Symphony in B Flak.

Deploying radar, remote controlled high-velocity guns and even top secret computers, the 90mm AA units become masters of the most advanced technology to appear on any WWII battlefield. On top of that, they are fully mobile and self-sustaining in the field. That they attain this level of expertise less than a year after most leave their civilian occupations only adds to our wonder at their achievement

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Updated Wednesday June 08, 2005 08:43:44 PDT
The original text of The Story of the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion and Symphony in B Flak, published by the unit in 1945, is in the public domain. So how, you may ask, can I claim that the contents of these web pages are protected by copyright?

The answer is that it is my own transcription of the text and images into electronic format, and compilation into these web pages that is copyrighted. In addition, the web design, art, and annotations, plus all material from my father's personal albums are copyrighted original works. I reserve all rights to how all these materials are used. You may not copy them or store them in any retrieval system without permission.