GOVERNMENT RESEARCH RESOURCES
The following data has come from various sources including Scott Burris of Army Air Forces and www.b24.net. We hope these references will help you in your research.
National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records:
This is where you obtain Service Records (201 file) located in St. Louis. Note that a fire in 1973 destroyed many records, nearly 80% of them. You'll need their Standard Form 180 and an understanding of the Privacy Act of 1974.
With access to a printer and the Adobe Acrobat Reader software available below, you may
download and print a copy of the Standard Form 180 - Request Pertaining to Military
Records. The front and back of the form are separate files which must be downloaded separately. NOTE: Please download both sides of the form as the back of the form contains important mailing addresses and instructions.
The Standard Form 180 is formatted for legal size paper (8.5" X 14"), please print that way if your printer can accomodate. If your printer can only print on letter size paper (8.5" X 11"),
select "shrink to fit" when the Adobe Acrobat Reader "Print" dialog box appears.
Standard Form 180 -
FREE Adobe Acrobat .PDF Reader
address for Military Personnel Records
Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
293 file, Individual Deceased Personnel File:
If the individual you are researching was killed in action, the disinterment file
will have information about the identification and reburial process. The U.S. Total Army Personnel Command handles these requests. Some have suggested the preferred method is to also email the information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Mailing address for Individual Deceased Personnel File
U.S. Total Army Personnel Command Attention: TAPC-PAO
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22332-0404
MACR's, KU-Reports, Tactical Mission Summaries, replies may take two to four months. Records pertaining to the military in W.W.II are maintained at National Archives at College Park, MD (Archives II).
|Mailing address for MACR'S,KU Reports and Tactical Mission Summaries.
National Archives and Records Administration
Textual Reference Branch
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) :
Located at Maxwell AFB Alabama. A great potential source for unit information and for purchasing microfilm records. Replies may take five to six months, but the wait is well worth it.
|Mailing address for unit information and for purchasing microfilm records
600 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, Alabama 36112-6424
Phone (334) 953-2437 FAX (334) 953-4096
Air Force History Support Office (AFHSO):
Located at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. In conjunction with the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, which is the primary repository of historical information, the office responds to requests for information from private organizations, government agencies, and the general public.
address for the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA)
Reference and Analysis Division
200 McChord Street, Box 94
Bolling AFB, DC 20332-1111
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Phone (800) 827-1000:
The VA has procedures to help you find surviving service members.
USAF & USAAF Aircraft Accident Reports:
If your research involves a plane crash in training, transit, or combat, these guys are well worth checking into. They have a comprehensive database of some unique materials.
www.B24.net/pow. The internets most comprehensive WWII POW camps for airmen
Lynn.Gamma@maxwell.af.mil.To request documents or information from AFHRA
http://www.libraries.psu.edu/speccolls/hcla/eighthairforce/index.html. Penn state Special Collections Library; the 8th Air Force Collection
http://aad.archives.gov/aad/ .National Archives’ on-line database of WWII enlistment records and POW records.
http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html#pull. Information for researchers about the National Archives at College Park, MD, including how to contact the staff
http://armyairforces.com/. Very helpful researcher forum plus databases for MACRs, units, Military Occupational Specialties, and a dictionary of terms used in WWII.
http://b24bw.proboards33.com/. Another very helpful researcher forum plus over 5,400 photos of B-24s
http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1. Database of all persons buried in a national or state veterans cemetery. Can be used to determine if there was a group burial.
http://www.abmc.gov/home.php. Website of the American Battle Monuments Commission, including information on all US military cemeteries overseas and a database of burial listings
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbaf.htm. Database of Aircraft Accident Reports, searchable by pilot’s name, date, location, aircraft serial number, group, squadron, and home base
http://freepages.military.rootsweb.com/~hfhm/index.html. General information about bombardier training and tools plus a searchable database
http://www.collingsfoundation.org/cf_schedule-wof.htm. Tour schedule for the Collings Foundation’s B-24 and B-17
http://user.tninet.se/~vwu458u/american/american.htm.US Planes that landed in Sweden
http://www.warbird.ch/contento/Fotos/tabid/54/Default.aspx. Collection of rare photos of aircraft that landed in Switzerland
http://www.csn.ul.ie/~dan/war/crashes.htm. Foreign aircraft that landed in Ireland 1939-1946
http://www.airfield-research-group.co.uk/aaf-stns.htm. U.S.A.A.F. station numbers in WWII
http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/usafserials.html. Great information and search engine for aircraft serial numbers 1906 to present
http://www.adoptiegraven-margraten.nl/englisch/index1.htm. Association for Adopting of Graves at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margrate, The Netherlands
http://www.heinzknokewebsite.com/My-Site/Main_Lilo.htm. Website devoted to German fighter ace Heinz Knoke including information on all the planes he shot down
http://www.axpow.org/. American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization
http://www.aafcollection.info/. Training manuals, postcards, and documents about the U.S.A.A.F. in WWII.
http://www.maui.net/~r11/index.html. Fire Fighters in Fatigues; about WWII Army Engineer Fire Fighting Platoons
http://members.aol.com/veterans/warlib5a.htm. U.S.A.A.F. Resource Guide
http://iies.www.ecn.purdue.edu/IIES/PLAIC/380/HISTORY/partIV-fore.html. Comprehensive listing of Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) and Service Specialty Numbers (SSNs)
http://www.486th.org/Photos/Misc/CallSigns.htm. Bomb Group call signs
http://historylink101.com/ww2_color/index.html. Color photos of the U.S.A.A.F in WWII
http://members.aol.com/dadswar/index.htm. Comprehensive database about how to do the necessary research and “how to tell your Dad’s WWII story”
http://www.merkki.com/.Information about Stalag Luft I, including a prisoner roster
http://www.pownews.com/Original.Roster.endofwar.htm.Roster of prisoners at Stalag 17B
http://www.8thafhs.org/.The 8th Air Force historical Society