4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 16, 2021 8:57 AM by Jean-Pierre Melon

    333rd FAB

    Jean-Pierre Melon Newbie

      I'm a Belgian citizen searching the combat area of the 106th Inf Div during WW2 Battle of the Bulge. More precisely I'm searching for 2 MIA of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion: Robert Dixon Pvt  MIA 12-17-1944 and James Bailey Pfc . I've searched the area of the last combats in Schönberg Belgium, and have accurately located some 155mm Howitzer positions. I'm now trying to narrow a search area to try to find some clues concerning those 2 heroes.

      Any info relating to the operations on the 333rd FAB in December 1944 would be greatly appreciated.
      I'm also looking for a name list of the servant of C battery and Service Battery to confirm those 2 soldiers were serving one of these batteries.

      Thanks for any help.
      JP Mélon

        • Re: 333rd FAB
          Pamela Anderson Wayfarer

          Dear JP Melon,


          Thank you for posting your question to History Hub! The National Archives website has a list of resources and finding aids for World War II records that you can find here World War II Records.


          For additional information regarding World War II records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference by sending an email to archives2reference@nara.gov.


          You also may want to consider requesting the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for both Robert Dixon and James Bailey. OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195 OR view the record by visiting the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis, MO. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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          • Re: 333rd FAB
            Rachael Salyer Ranger

            Dear Mr. Mélon,


            Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 407), which-- according to our finding aid to the records--contains files related to the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion (FABN) in box 16151 of the series. These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about these and similar records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov


            We also located the series Moving Images Related to Military Activities in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that includes the file ST. VITH, BELGIUM AND SCHONBERG, GERMANY that might be of interest to you. This film has been digitized and can be viewed online via the Catalog. You may contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at mopix@nara.gov with any questions you might have about these records.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RDSM. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            In addition, the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center has a large collection of published unit histories that you may find useful.


            Finally, the National World War II Museum also has more information available on their website that may be of interest to you: Sacrifice: The 333rd Field Artillery at the Battle of the Bulge.


            We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!