Questions tagged [world-war-2]

For questions about relatives involved in World War II (WWII or WW2), or family history events associated with this wartime period. WWII, also known as the Second World War, lasted from 1939 to 1945.

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What were UK reserved occupations during World War 2?

In the United Kingdom, men in certain essential occupations were exempt from military service in World War 2. Which occupations were reserved? Is there an accesible list or reference book I could ...
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What does GO#4HQ mean on the DD214 Service Record?

On my fathers DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, in the section Decorations and citations, it lists Purple Heart with 3 oak clusters GO#4HQ. What does that mean?
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Finding details when German killed in action during World War 2 [duplicate]

Thaddeous Zak(Zack) 10. Komp fliger Aushbiloting(?) Regiment 72 Feld post Number 47671 10 Komp Jager Regiment 22 (Luftwaffe) '' OPERATION WALDTEUFEL''. From the 6th to 23rd March 1945, the 11th ...
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Finding WW2 records of a Luftwaffe pilot named Adolf Schwartz [duplicate]

I’m trying to find records on my grandfather, his name was Adolf Schwartz and he was a Luftwaffe pilot in world war 2. I only have a picture of him. Does anyone know where I could find his records? He ...
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Information and photos of WW2 RAF aircraft and crew?

I'm currently researching my uncle's WW2 RAF service and I'm looking for any additional information regarding his Wellington bomber being shot down. The incident happened on June 9 1941. His plane was ...
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Why would a US Army armored cavalry infantryman have served in two different companies of the same regiment during WW2?

My grandfather was a part of the 63rd Army Division, 245th Regiment, K company and M company. What would be the most likely reason that he would have served in two different companies? My guess is ...
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Where are US WW2 “War Bride” Marriage Records Located?

My grandparents were married in Regensburg, Germany. My grandfather was a part of the 250th Station Hospital and he married a German woman who was admitted to the US under PL 271 AKA "The War ...
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Finding alternatives to World War 2 U.S. Army records burnt in1973

My grandfather JOHN ARAQUE enlisted in San Francisco (California) in Dec 1942. All i can find is his rank at enlistment (Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Private) but nothing about what he ...
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Reading US Marine Muster roll

number 438 Donald R. Petit, joined the US Marines on the 14th December, 1942. He was my father. He was a journalist and founder of the "boot" marine newspaper/magazine. What does the rest of the ...
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Learning about last days of Leutnant Albrecht Sesselmann during battle of Poznan in 1945 [duplicate]

Did anybody meet my uncle Leutnant Albrecht Sesselmann during WWII and specifically the battle of Poznan in 1945? It is said he died during the fighting in Poznan. Does anybody know more about?
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Learning about father's WWII US Army military experience [duplicate]

I know he started as a bugler, he was in transportation and served in Italy and maybe ended the war in Germany. He was discharged as a second lieutenant. He also spent at least 20 years in the Army ...
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Finding World War 2 English sailor’s number and ship name

My dad Stanley G Henry was on a ship in World War 2. From what I remember he was a cook on there. He was born 25 Nov 1915 and lied about his age so he could go fight. How can I find his number or ...
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Finding information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II?

Where can I find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? I am curious to find out about my ancestors' role in the wars, i.e. what rank they had, where they where fighting, ...
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Military Records of Rudi Traute German Army Eastern Front WWII

I am looking for any information on Rudi Traute. He was killed on the Eastern Front 16 April 1945. I have attached a map showing were he was and what happened to him during WWII.
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Looking for family of Heinrich Märte from Sipplingen, Germany?

I am looking for information on Heinrich Märte (my grandfather) and his family. He was born on July 1, 1912 in Sipplingen and died On April 19, 1944 when the military plane crashed in Geierswalde ...
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Record of 2/10 Baluch Regiment soldier in the British archives?

My grandfather served in 2/10 Baluch Regiment, under British Army during the 2nd World War. What was the fate of those who were loyal to the British? Any record details with British Army HQ?
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WW II soldier/pilot Max Dreher [duplicate]

I'm looking for information on Max Dreher who was a German soldier or pilot in World War II. I did some work for his widow in California on the small jet engine he designed and built.
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Finding military title, movements within duties and cause of death for WW2 German soldier [duplicate]

I'm looking for any details, like military title, movements within his military duties, cause of death etc. for Max Pürzer. Birth 04.05.1913 Harenzhofen, Velburg,Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany Death 12....
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How would a woman born 1935 in Poland end up in Germany in 1953?

Looking into the family history of a friend of a friend, I have brief details of two events for her mother, both of them from a birth certificate. The mother (surname Stickel) was born in Warka (...
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Finding information on relative who joined Italian army in Somalia around 1935

My grand uncle joined Italian arms around 1935 in small town located in north east Somalia. We do not know whether he died during World War 2 or whether he survived. Can you guide me to any archive ...
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Did Nazi soldiers go on ski patrol or work on railroad in Germany during World War 2? [duplicate]

My question is about my relative who served in WWII in Germany, Fritz Gonschorek. He was on ski's in the mountains and also worked on the trains. When we were in Germany in 1989 he was still living. ...
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Looking for grave of German soldier who died in World War II

I'm looking to get the information about a German Soldier Grave and the name of the Cemetery. The soldier's name was Michael Feichtenfchlader.
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What was the process for joining the military in Canada for WW2 and what are the different associated records?

If someone in Canada wanted to join in on World War 2 what was the process, requirements, and associated records for each step? For example, did they have to do informal training first or do an oath ...
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Where to find World War 2 records for Canada?

I was told a family story and I would like to see if there are any records to verify the story. I was told that my grandfather began the military training for WW2 but just as he finished the military ...
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Locating heirs of killed german soldier [duplicate]

I have a friend that has the German Lugar, Helmet, and Bayonet from a German soldier that this American soldier had killed during WWII and would like to locate heirs to return these items to them. We ...
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Retrieving online source about WWII pilots which has vanished?

I recently discovered a source online for WWII pilots has vanished: http://planesandpilotsofww2.totalh.com Some of the information there I found valuable in research. I wanted to try and ...
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Where to find records relating to people Missing in Action (MIA) during World War 2?

Recently I was given the email address to contact concerning the internment of my Great Uncle in Dachau concentration camp. The person who sent me the information was very helpful and sent me all ...
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Searching for Austrian WW2 Prisoner of War who was held in Worcestershire, England?

I am looking for information on a World War 2 prisoner of war from Austria name Peter Schmidt who was brought to my farm in England every day to work. I believe he went back to Austria and had a ...
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Tracing German WW2 soldier's name with number 7001519

My great grandfather from South Africa took a knife and fork set from a German soldier during World War II in Italy. On the back of the knife with the swastika symbol there is a number ...7001519 ...
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Possibility of tracing my great grandfather's wife's homeland

I have heard stories about my great grandfather's father who was a merchant and traded between India and the Islands nearby Indonesia. Once during some incident probably the World War all the travel ...
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Finding war record of Karl Weber who was German WW2 POW based in England? [duplicate]

I'm looking for information on a German POW based taken to a camp in England during WW2. His name was Karl Weber I believe at some point he was based in Nuneaton. He could speak English and was the '...
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Seeking Royal Navy or Merchant Navy records of Arctic Convoys during World War 2?

How do I find my father's records in World War 2? I know he was in the arctic convoys but that is about all.
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How to find out what British Navy ship someone served on during World War 2?

I am trying to find out what ship my father served on during WW2 , as when he was alive he never spoke about the war. I believe he left the Navy as a Petty Officer and served in and around Burma. I do ...
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Identification of an old postcard

A question quite very similar to this one. I have an old postcard, probably around WW2 era, probably sent from Germany. Unfortunately this postcard is empty when it comes to handwriting or otherwise ...
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Allied POW camps WWII

My aunt who was born in 1925 said she was a POW towards the end of WWII. She said she was a German Army member, not a Nazi. She said the allieds were French. How do I find out about these camps?
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Camp Des Chaumes, France WWII

My father was assigned to Camp Des Chaumes during WWII. I have a painting of the camp made by a prisoner, Johann Thomsen, dated 1946. I am trying to find out any information about the camp and about ...
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How to find German battle accounts

I’m wondering if someone can point me in the right direction. My uncle was shot down by a German night fighter, which was apparently confirmed by obtained German documents a year after. The documents ...
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WWII Draft Records for Washington State

My father was drafted into WWII in 1943-44. I have searched online resources extensively for his Draft Registration Card, coming up with nothing. (This surprises me as I have easily been able to find ...
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Finding military records for Romanian pilots stationed in Jüterbog during WWII? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find military records about my uncle, Chis CONSTANTIN. As far as we know he was a Romanian pilot within Luftwaffe, who graduated from flight school in Medias, Romania, and from 1942 was ...
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Interpreting WW2 discharge papers codes?

On the World War 2-era WD AGO Form 53-55, which was the four-page honorable discharge form, there is a code or reference in Box 32 (Battles and Campaigns) which on my father-in-law's form says "...
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Family History Grandfather who served in 7th Panzer Division War Records [duplicate]

I am trying to locate my grandfather’s war records I have his service number his division & discharge papers. He was a POW in Algiers 1944. But I want more information about where he was posted ...
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Listing Protocol when there is birth name and other “also known as”?

I have been researching many (Australian) military/archival records and found a relatively small number of people who signed up for WWI and WWII did so in a name different to their birth name. For ...
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Tracing ancestor CF Evans who died in World War 2 (aged 39 in 1945)?

I am stuck at first-base in trying to trace my UK ancestry. My grandfather died in World War 2 in 1945 at 39 years of age (according to the War Grave Commission). He was discharged from the Royal ...
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Decoding trophy cards of german soldiers (WWII)

Could anyone help with decoding the handwriting on two german photo cards from WWII?
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Getting military records on WW2 Luftwaffe personnel?

My father and his brother were both in the Luftwaffe. I am trying to obtain their military records, and in the case of my fathers brother, the circumstances surrounding his death in a plane crash in ...
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Contacting family of Unteroffizier Wilhelm Braatz shot down in Battle of Britain?

Passed down to me is a service cap of a pilot of the Luftwaffe from WW2. During the battle of Britain in September 1940 an aircraft flew over east Sussex smoke pouring out behind. The service cap was ...
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Finding WWII Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Records?

Are there any records for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary? Albert George Adcock was in the RFA at Chatham about 1934 he was posted to Hong Kong and was captain of the Navy tug "Enticer". He was drowned at ...
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Researching relative's WW II Italian military service?

I have an uncle who died during Italy's WW II incursion into Russia. I have no details of the military unit he was in. Is it possible to: establish the miltary unit my uncle served under? identify ...
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Army Intelligence Posting

Can anyone tell me what the acronym F.I.C.S stands for in relation to a French speaking stenographer being posted to India in April 1945? The acronym appears on the service record from TNA of a ...
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Identifying German soldier in WWII from single photo? [duplicate]

I found out that my grandfather was actually a German soldier in WWII who was in Austria in the year of 1945 but I only have a photograph and no other information. Is there any way I can search for ...