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There are 32 Files for this series in AAD :
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 10/01/1965 - 11/30/1965 [Translation Version], 10/1/1965 - 11/30/1965 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 01/01/1966 - 02/28/1966 [Translation Version], 1/1/1966 - 2/28/1966 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 03/01/1966 - 04/30/1966 [Translation Version], 3/1/1966 - 4/30/1966 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 05/01/1966 - 06/30/1966 [Translation Version], 5/1/1966 - 6/30/1966 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 07/01/1966 - 08/31/1966 [Translation Version], 7/1/1966 - 8/31/1966 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 09/01/1966 - 10/31/1966 [Translation Version], 9/1/1966 - 10/31/1966 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 11/01/1966 - 12/31/1966 [Translation Version], 11/1/1966 - 12/31/1966 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 01/01/1967 - 02/19/1967 [Translation Version], 1/1/1967 - 2/19/1967 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 03/01/1967 - 04/30/1967 [Translation Version], 3/1/1967 - 4/30/1967 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 05/01/1967 - 06/30/1967 [Translation Version], 5/1/1967 - 6/30/1967 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 07/01/1967 - 08/31/1967 [Translation Version], 7/1/1967 - 8/31/1967 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 09/01/1967 - 10/31/1967 [Translation Version], 9/1/1967 - 10/31/1967 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 12/01/1967 - 12/31/1967 [Translation Version], 12/1/1967 - 12/31/1967 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 01/01/1968 - 02/29/1968 [Translation Version], 1/1/1968 - 2/29/1968 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 03/01/1968 - 04/24/1968 [Translation Version], 3/1/1968 - 4/24/1968 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 05/01/1968 - 05/31/1968 [Translation Version], 5/1/1968 - 5/31/1968 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 06/01/1968 - 06/30/1968 [Translation Version], 6/1/1968 - 6/30/1968 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 07/01/1968 - 07/26/1968 [Translation Version], 7/1/1968 - 7/26/1968 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 09/01/1968 - 10/31/1968 [Translation Version], 9/1/1968 - 10/31/1968 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 11/01/1968 - 12/31/1968 [Translation Version], 11/1/1968 - 12/31/1968 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 01/01/1969 - 02/28/1969 [Translation Version], 1/1/1969 - 2/28/1969 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 03/01/1969 - 04/24/1969 [Translation Version], 3/1/1969 - 4/24/1969 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 05/01/1969 - 06/30/1969 [Translation Version], 5/1/1969 - 6/30/1969 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 07/01/1969 - 08/31/1969 [Translation Version], 7/1/1969 - 8/5/1969 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 09/01/1969 - 10/31/1969 [Translation Version], 9/1/1969 - 10/31/1969 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 10/30/1969 - 12/31/1969 [Translation Version], 10/30/1969 - 12/31/1969 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 01/01/1970 - 02/29/1970 [Translation Version], 1/1/1970 - 2/29/1970 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 03/01/1970 - 04/30/1970 [Translation Version], 3/1/1970 - 4/30/1970 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 05/01/1970 - 06/30/1970 [Translation Version], 5/1/1970 - 6/30/1970 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 07/01/1970 - 08/31/1970 [Translation Version], 7/1/1970 - 8/31/1970 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 09/01/1970 - 10/31/1970 [Translation Version], 9/1/1970 - 10/31/1970 (info) Search
Combat Air Activities File (CACTA), 11/01/1970 - 12/31/1970 [Translation Version], 11/1/1970 - 12/31/1970 (info) Search
Title: Combat Air Activities Files (CACTA), created, 10/1965 - 12/1970, documenting the period 10/1965 - 12/1970
Creator: Department of Defense. Joint Chiefs of Staff. J-3 (Operations) Directorate. (08/15/1958 - ) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Data Files
Level of Description: Series from Record Group 218: Records of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
Other Titles: CACTA
Combat Activities File
Location: National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. PHONE: 301-837-0470; FAX: 301-837-3681; EMAIL: cer@nara.gov
Inclusive Dates: 10/1965 - 12/1970
Coverage Dates: 10/1965 - 12/1970
Date Note: There are gaps in the data within the years 1965, 1967, 1968, and 1969.
Part of: Record Group 218: Records of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
Function and Use: The agency created this series to collect information on U.S., South Vietnamese, and other organizations' combat air activities in Southeast Asia. The agency received monthly reports from organizations such as the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC) and the Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC), which in turn received daily input from squadron de-briefing reports. The agency provided CACTA report data to a variety of organizations in the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Scope & Content Note: This series contains data on air combat missions flown in Southeast Asia by the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, South Vietnam Air Force, Royal Laotian Air Force, Korean Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force during the Vietnamese Conflict. The records include information about fixed-wing airplane and helicopter missions in Vietnam.

Each record contains data on a mission, one sortie of that mission, and one or more incidents of different types that occurred during the sortie. If more than one incident of the same type occurred during the sortie, a separate record for each incident exists. Each record is divided into groups of fields, known as "sets." There are eight possible sets and the information in each set includes: control set data with the date, mission and unit identifier; fixed set data with the branch of U.S. service or country of Air Force, country of origin, mission name, target location, type and number of military aircraft, war damage, and target terrain and weather; and up to six periodic sets of repeatable data including enemy defense data and mission altitudes; formation of aircraft, military tactics and enemy attacks; ordnance type and tonnage; results of the attack; aircraft lost or diverted, and flight crew status; and comments.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
General Note: This series is the predecessor to the series "Records About Air Sorties Flown in Southeast Asia, 1970-1975" (ARC Identifier 602566). Another version of the data in this series is in the series "Combat Air Activities Files (CACTA), 10/01/1965 - 01/31/1971" (ARC Identifier 2123846).
Finding Aid Type: Technical Information
Finding Aid Source: National Archives and Records Administration and Joint Chiefs of Staff
Finding Aid Note: The Documentation Package has 151 pages.
Variant Control Number(s): Declassification Project Number: NND-023093. The Joint Chiefs of Staff declassified these records before transferring them to the National Archives of the United States.
Extent: 64 data files, 11 electronic documentation files, and 1 linear foot, 4 linear inches of paper documentation.
Index Terms
  Subjects Represented in the Archival Material
    Air warfare
Airplanes, Military
Combat
Helicopters
Military missions
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
War damage
    Australia. Royal Australian Air Force.
Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force.
Department of Defense. Department of the Army.
Department of Defense. Department of the Navy.
Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. U.S. Marine Corps.
Korea (South). Konggun
Laos. Royal Lao Air Force.
South Vietnam. Air Force.
    Southeast Asia (Asia) region (general)
Vietnam (Asia) nation
  Contributors to the Authorship and/or Production of the Archival Materials
    Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. Strategic Air Command., Originator
Department of Defense. Pacific Command. (1947-1983), Originator

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