2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 27, 2021 11:33 AM by Ralph Willing

    Seeking casualty lists for 864th Aviation Engineer Battalion

    Ralph Willing Newbie

      I'm a member of the 864th Engineer Battalion Alumni Association.  We are trying to develop a casualty list for our predecessor unit, the 864th Aviation Engineer Battalion which was part of the Army Air Corp during WWII.  They were deactivated following the war and reactivated in 1965 as the current Battalion.  I'm aware of the State casualty lists, compiled by each state, generally sorted by counties, but they do not list military units, so can't be used to identify unit members. Thanks

        • Re: Seeking casualty lists for 864th Aviation Engineer Battalion
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Willing,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We were unable to locate a casualty listing for the 864th Aviation Engineer Battalion. Perhaps  cross-referencing the unit morning reports with the WWII casualty lists by state along with the award cards for Purple Heart medals may assist you in compiling one.

           

          Morning reports for Army Air Force units from November 1, 1912 to August 1947 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

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 for the U.S. Army Air Force that include cards for those receiving the Purple Heart. These records are digitized and available using the Catalog.

           

          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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          For Army Air Force general orders of the 864th, we suggest you contact the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL  36112-6424.

           

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