Requesting Official Military Personnel Files & Other Sources

Our thanks to Dr. Vivian Rogers-Price, Research Center Director of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, for sharing much of the following advice on where to obtain military personnel records.

See also the National WWII Museum Guide to “Researching American Military and Civilian Records from World War II.  This 36-page guide to researching American military and civilian records from WWII can be ordered from the National WWII Museum .  Click here to go to the order page and submit your request.  Within minutes you will receive an email with a link so that you can download the report.

  1. National Personnel Records Center, 1 Archives Dr., St. Louis, MO 63138.
  • 2.  For Veterans Buried Overseas
    • See Buried in American Battle Monument Commission Cemeteries, Missing in Action, or Buried or Lost at  https://www.abmc.gov/.  Also check the World War II Registry at the National World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C., at  http://wwiimemorial.com/.
  • 4. Missing Air Crew Reportshttps://www.fold3.com/.  Fold 3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the MACRs and official U.S. Air Force World War II photographs.
  • 5. Enlistment Records, POW Records, Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports, Mission Reports, and Missing Air Crew Reports.  Contact:
  • 6. Aircraft Accident Reports, 8th AAF Daily Intops Summaries, 8th AAF Individual Squadron, Group, Wing, Division, and HQ Records, and some Mission Reports.  These may be found at the Air Force Historical Research Agency (600 Chennault Circle, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424).  You must provide mission date, unit (bomb group & squadron), target, and mission number if known.  Information on all Bomb Groups and Bomb Squadrons that may contain aircraft assignments, maintenance records, crash reports, etc., is available although there is a fee.  Some crew pictures are available if you provide squadron and unit numbers.  Their informational website is http://www.afhra.af.mil/ .  Their website at http://airforcehistoryindex.org/ allows you to search their catalog listings for 550,000 historical Air Force documents.  Contact information for AFHRA is:
  • HQ AFHRA/RSA
  • 600 Chennault Circle
  • Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424
  • Email: afhra.news@us.af.mil

7. To Request Military Awards and Decorations.  Visit the following site for instructions on how to request or replace military medals: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/replace-medals.html

8.  Additional Resources

9. Books in Digital Format