380th

Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association
World War II Veterans Group


RESEARCH SOURCES

This list was compiled to assist in finding and obtaining World War II information and personal military records of WWII Veterans. 

Some sources are specific to a person, some to the 380th Bombardment Group, and some are provided just for background information. 

The WWII Radio Music and Programs list is for entertainment.

The web links all worked when the list was compiled, but links do sometimes change.  Please let us know if something no longer works and we will attempt to correct the information. Contact: 380th.ww2@gmail.com

Good luck in your search!



RESOURCE CATEGORIES
Veterans' Service Records Background/History Burial Information Forums WWII Radio Music & Programs


Veterans' Service Records

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National Archives & Records

Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138

Website: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/

On this site you can:

  • Request personnel military service/medical records online
  • Find out what's available online using military records
  • Learn how to replace lost or damaged medals and awards


Next of kin may request copies of the Vet's military records either online or in writing.

If you receive a reply that the requested records were destroyed in the 1973 fire at the Archives in St. Louis, DO NOT give up.  Re-submit your request(s) again, and again, if necessary

They have had a long, very successful, ongoing project to restore thousands of records previously thought completely destroyed or too damaged to retrieve.  There have been many instances where these “destroyed” records were found and provided after the 2nd or 3rd (or more) request.


VA National Cemetery Administration



Presidential Memorial Certificates:  http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/pmc.asp


Family & Friends


Personal information, copies of military documents, letters (including envelopes), photos, newspaper articles, stories. Potentially anywhere.


Home State or County Courthouse


Voluntary filing of military separation papers in courthouse of home county or sometimes state, especially useful if personnel file does not exist or does not contain separation document. Home county or state of soldier.


Newspapers



Newspaper articles on enlistments, injuries, medals and awards, etc. Some may have been UP or AP news service articles. Hometown newspapers and commercial sites for archived vintage newspapers. Some state historical sites may also have archived copies.


380th Bomb Group Association (WWII Veterans' Group)



Records of 380th Bomb Group Association. Includes personnel rosters, information on planes and declassified records. http://380th.org/


Online World War II Indexes and Records - USA


Genealogy Guide
http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/index.html

Includes:

Many other references are on this website, several of which are included in our list

Background/History


Source: Source Notes:

380th Bomb Group Association (WWII Veterans' Group)
http://380th.org/


History Project:  We Went to War
http://380th.org/HISTORY/History.html

References
http://380th.org/HISTORY/References.html


CBI Order of Battle--Lineages and History


Informational site listing links for records requests/research
http://www.cbi-history.com/records_request.html


Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA)
AFHRA/RSA
600 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424


The world's largest and most valuable organized collection of documents on US military aviation
http://www.afhra.af.mil


Air Force History Index.org


How to obtain records from the Air Force Historical Records Agency (AFHRA)
http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org/


B-24 Best Web


B-24 information website with photos by aircraft name, information, etc.
http://www.b24bestweb.com


B-24 Liberator Identification Aid


Information on different B-24 models
http://www.usaaf-in-cbi.com/Liberator_ID/Liberator_ID.htm


Fold3


Missing Aircrew Reports/Various Records & Reports: Large collection of military records/reports from various wars in history, including WWII and Missing Aircrew Reports. Note that some info is free, but some require fee-based membership.
http://www.fold3.com/


Accident-Report.com
Accident Reports
1322 West Main St
Millville NJ 08332


Military Aviation Incident Reports--Large collection of WWII aircraft accident reports—fee for services.
http://www.accident-report.com


National WWII Memorial -- Washington DC
WWII Memorial Processing Center
P.O. Box 71
Holbrook NY 11741


Can post info and/or photo to honor a WWII Vet; posting info only is free, posting a photo requires a $10.00 fee.
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/Registry/Default.aspx


Miles Pegs NT (website)
Darwin, Australia


Australian website with history and contributed vintage photos and letters of life on WWII RAAF and USAAF bases in Northern Australia (includes the 380th BG); photo/info contributions to the website are welcomed
http://milepegsnt.com/


Military Medal Display Recognitions—Air Force Order of Display/Wear


List/photos of Air Force medals, ribbons, and order of display. 
http://www.americanwarlibrary.com/display/usaf.htm


Aviation Wings and Badges of World War II


List/photos of USAAF insignia
http://www.ww2wings.com/wings/usaaf/usaafmiscellaneous.shtml


Army Air Forces Collection—Historical Documents from World War II


Collection of manuals and information about Army Air Fields and training facilities, including pilot, navigator, bombardier, radio and gunnery schools -- free
http://aafcollection.info/index.html


Burial Information

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Find a Grave


Varies, but may include location of headstone, photo of headstone and cemetery gate, obituary
http://www.findagrave.com/


National and State Military Cemeteries


Sites of persons buried in US military cemeteries
http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/listcem.asp

Nationwide Gravesite Locator
http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/index.html

Military headstone applications.  Available online as part of the “Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963” database
www.ancestry.com


National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)


Brochure:  Research Guide for Headstone Records for U.S. Military Veterans Buried in Nonfederal Cemeteries, 1879-1985
https://www.archives.gov/research/military/veterans/headstones-nonfederal-cemeteries.pdf


Arlington National Cemetery

Information on applying for burial services at Arlington for vets, ex-military, or active military members (including spouses)
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/News/Post/3137


Newspapers, funeral homes, and sometimes cemeteries


Obituaries--Local sources or internet searches


Local Genealogy Library


Local cemetery listings, family histories already donated, military records of local veterans, potentially almost anything.  Also may offer computer access to fee-based services such as Ancestry.com, Fold3, and Newspapers.com.  Local libraries.


Forums

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380th Bombardment Group


Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/380th/

Blog
https://380thww2.wordpress.com/


ArmyAirForces.com of World War II


Discussion forum of everything USAAF -- registration required to post on the forum (but free to post)
http://forum.armyairforces.com/


Aircraft of World War II-Warbird Forums


Discussion forum for WWII aircraft in general -- registration required to post on the forum (but free to post)
http://ww2aircraft.net/forum/


WWII Radio Music and Programs

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VI Corp WWII Jukebox


Original recordings of WWII era songs and music—various artists—playable online—free
http://www.6thcorpsmusic.us/


Old Radio World


Playable online. Free
http://www.oldradioworld.com/shows/World_War_II_News_Broadcasts.php


Old Time Radio


Playable online. Free
http://archive.org/details/oldtimeradio?and[]=wwii%20radio%20broadcasts


The UK 1940s Radio Station


Playable online. Free
http://www.1940sukradio.co.uk/


WWII Radio Broadcasts


Radio Programs: News, Entertainment--Playable online. Free
http://archive.org/search.php?query=wwii%20radio%20broadcasts


Old Time Radio Christmas


WW2 Radio Christmas Shows. Playable online. Free
http://www.christmasradioshows.com/world-war-2.html


Disclaimer:   Websites listed above are given only as references - no endorsement should be implied for any sites listed.

Created 15 January 2016
Last updated 20 January 2016