3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 16, 2021 1:16 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Looking for reason Air Force Personnel Serial Numbers changed

    Guohui Jiang Adventurer

      Dear Sir or Madam, I need to link WWII pilots with victory credits to the National Archives enlistment records (https://aad.archives.gov/aad/fielded-search.jsp?dt=893&tf=F). Based on the Air Force Historical Study N0. 85 (https://www.afhra.af.mil/Portals/16/documents/Studies/51-100/AFD-090601-121.pdf), I have the serial number of each scorer. However, for the same person in the military enlistment records, his serial number is different. For example, as I attached here, Earl L Abbott has a serial number A000660088 in your No.85 book, but 13038947 in the National Archives enlistment records. Robert H Adams has A000720535 vs. 19075731. I am writing here to ask if you happen to know the reason of this discrepancy. Given the serial number was a unique identifier, I am confused why it changes across different records. Thanks for your attention and look forward to your reply!