Military, Civilian, Aircraft, Ship, & Unit Research
Sites To Help You Find Out Information About Specific People or Units
Finding the Right Research Source
These are some of the main web sites that contain official government records
online where you can research military or civilian personnel, ship, unit and
These sources either provide addresses where you must write to obtain information,
some allow you to fill out online forms, and a few have online search that
display the actual information of individual people, ships, aircraft losses
If you are going to interview someone and find out their wartime experiences visit: Veterans History Project site for guidelines, checklists, and how to organize the results.
Some sites also provide summary data of information in their specialty topic
(loss by day, month, campaign, personnel strengths etc).
This is not an exhaustive list.
National Archives & Records
Administration General purpose site for storing information of and
about the USA. May or may not have anything that you are looking for. Organized according to how archivists think and not designed for rest of us.
records of deceased military personnel. Direct relatives can always request records of military personnel.
National Records Center. Go here to request specific information (general
public type info) on US military personnel.
If you can provide them with Name, Rank,
Unit, dates of service etc during the request it goes much faster.
National Personnel Records Center
Attn.: Air Force Reference Branch
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63132
Air Forces Statistical Digest, Carlise Barracks Mostly lots of numbers
concerning number of items produced, damaged, destroyed overall and in different
combat theatres plus numbers of people per military specialty by region.
No detailed information on people.
Air Force Historical
Research Agency Have details on some air crew losses but not organized
in a manner to make it easy to find them. Lots of good studies on air crews,
training, operations etc.
Aircrew Combat Report This is the page to go to when researching aircraft
lost in combat. MACR #, Tail number, date of loss or Group (squadron) are
four ways to search for information.
MACR information can also be obtained giving the name of the person lost
in combat (helps to also list the unit the person was in) by writing to:
National Archives and Records Administration
Attn.: Textual Reference Branch
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park MD 20740-6001
If you think a person was KIA or MIA to confirm you can write to:
U.S. Total Army Personnel Command
2461 Eisenhower Ave., Room 984, Hoffman Bldg 1
Alexandria VA 22331
British Graves Commission.
aka Commonwealth War Graves
Commission. Has detailed records of every British
and Commonwealth soldier killed and where they are buried from WWI onwards.
Unlike the USA, whose next of kin could request the return of the body after
the war was over, British soldiers are buried and remained buried where they
were killed - at least through the 1950s. Not sure if they are returned now
Women Spies recruited and trained by Special Operations Executive during
World War Two
German Military Grave Registration Service (this site is in
German) - Handles correspondence for Wehrmacht personnel KIA. This organization
maintains a database of more than 2 million names of missing and dead German
soldiers from both World Wars. You can search this database online or write
to them for assistance. Notes for searching: Nachname=surname; Vorname=first
name; supplying a date of birth or death is optional. Click on "Suche
beginnen" to start your search.
You then must register with your name and address to continue the search.
On the registration form, the following items are required: Vorname
(first name), Nachname (last name), Straße / Nr. (Street & Number),
Land/Plz/Ort (Country/Postal or Zip Code/City). Then click on "Zur
Ergebniseite" to continue. On the next screen click "Suchanfrage
Would be the best place to start on web.
DEUTSCHE DIENSTSTELLE (WAST)
PHONE: 0 30 4 19 04 290 (MON - FRI, 0900 - 1400)
FAX: 41 90 41 00
German Military Archives (In German) lists books and POC to write to on
these pages. Easier to reference these pages than to duplicate them.
Polish Air Force Association
Fundacja Stowarzyszenia Lotników Polskich
Mr Aleksander Maisner - President
238-246 King Street
London W6 0RF
tel: 020 8846 9487
Polish Army in
France (WW I) Haller's Army Index
Haller's Army Index Database Search
Description of the Army
About the Records Index
How to obtain copies of the records once an entry is found in the index
About the PGSA Library Research Policy
Polish Military Records
Wojskowy Institut Historyczny
00-910 Warszawa- Rembertow
Austrian State Archives (War) Has references to books that it has that contains real information,
and you can visit in person to look at, but nothing online that I could see.
Israeli Weapons Covering
all types they have used since 1948. (In their initial war of Independance
they have Bf 109s escorting to B-17s defending against Egyptian Spitfires.
They never lost a B-17 nor a 109.)
Institute for Operations Research Has
published items relating to WWII. Specifically: Operations Analysis in the Eighth Air Force, 1942-1945: Four Contemporary Accounts