2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 17, 2020 2:04 PM by John van Eijndt

    Seeking Ohio Defense Plant Employee records


      According to adoption records, my father-in-law's birth mother worked in a Defence Plant in Ohio where she met his father who was a foreman. We are trying to find the identity of the father, so far without any luck. DNA results gave us possible surnames, but nothing conclusive. We know it was an aircraft mfg plant in Ohio, and I am wondering if there are any 1944-1945  Defense Plant employee records?

        • Re: Seeking Ohio Defense Plant Employee records
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. van Eijndt,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Official Personnel Files and medical information for civilian employees of the federal government who left government employment prior to 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138. Please include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, the web site is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel


          Generally speaking, aircraft plants in the United States have been owned and operated by private corporations and workers there are employed by the corporation rather than directly by the federal government. During World War II, there were government owned Air Force Plants, however even these were usually operated by contractors, with foremen and other workers being employed by the contractors rather than the federal government. The National Archives does not maintain personnel records or rosters for employees of defense contractors. 


          Ohio has long been a major center of the aerospace industry, with many aircraft and aircraft parts plants operated by many different companies.  In order to try to locate personnel records, you first need to identify which specific plant it was and the company that owned it. You then need to determine the extant company that is the successor to the company. This can be complicated because of frequent mergers and acquisitions in the aerospace industry over the past 75 years. Even then, there is no guarantee that the company will have retained all the personnel files.


          We hope this information is helpful.

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