2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2021 1:16 PM by Guohui Jiang

    Seeking WWII USAF pilot rosters

    Guohui Jiang Wayfarer

      Dear Madam or Sir, I am a historian doing a research project that needs the roster of pilots during the WWII. Do you know where I can find it?

      Thanks a lot!

        • Re: Seeking WWII USAF pilot rosters
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear Guohui Jiang,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          To the best of our knowledge, no comprehensive roster or list of all World War II Army Air Force pilots exists. You may be able to use morning reports or rosters from specific units to compile a partial list. Please note, however, that the number of Army Air Force units that fought in the war is potentially quite high, and not every member of a particular unit would have been a pilot.


          Morning reports for Army Air Force units (from November 1, 1912 to August 1947) and Air Force units (from September 1947 to June 30, 1966) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912-1943 and 1947-1959 for Army Air Force units are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov. Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities. Please include as much information as possible (e.g. specific unit numbers and dates) in your inquiry.


          Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941-1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) that contains 15 files of rosters for specific AAF units that may be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and information about these records. Again, please include as much information as possible in your inquiry.


          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 RL-SL and RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Finally, we suggest that you call (334) 953-5697 or write to the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL  36112-6424 for assistance.


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