1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 22, 2021 9:31 AM by Rachael Salyer

    What was the FFC Polish Detachment?

    Lowell Silverman Adventurer

      What was the FFC Polish Detachment (pertaining to the recover of American war dead following WWII)? I am profiling fallen American servicemen from World War II.  A document in the IDPF for Sergeant Morton Carlis, who was killed in action in a B-17 crash in Poland on December 26, 1944, describes the recovery.  A Sergeant Steve Dzubnar arrived in Marklowice on September 5, 1947, to arrange the recovery of the bodies.  Dzubnar had a U.S. Army service number, and was described as being an investigator for the FFC Polish Detachment.  Contextually, he would seem to be an American soldier responsible for the repatriation of American war dead from the areas now under Soviet occupation.  He filled out a Report of Investigation Area Search form.  However, I have been unable to learn what the FFC Polish Detachment actually was, and whether that was their only mission.


      Investigation of crashed B-17 in Poland


      FCC Polish Detachment

        • Re: What was the FFC Polish Detachment?
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Silverman,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series General Records and Correspondence, 1945-1948 of the American Graves Registration Service in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that may contain some information related to your research. We also located the series American-British Conversations Correspondence Relating to Planning and Combat Operations, 1940-1948 in the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (Record Group 165) that includes records relating to disinterment and reinterment of bodies outside the continental limits of the United States and that may contain some information about the FFC Polish Detachment. The Subject Index to this series contains 1 file related to disinterment and 1 file related to Poland. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to these and similar records.


          Next, we located the series Historical Records, 1946-1949 of the American Graves Registration Service in Record Group 92 that consists of photographs, organizational charts, daily reports, and log books of the service. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at Philadelphia (RE-PA) at philadelphia.archives@nara.gov for assistance with these records.


          If Sgt. Steven Dzubner served with the U.S. Army, then we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which may provide more information about the unit(s) he served with. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          If Sgt. Dzubner was a Polish citizen who served with the U.S. Army during World War II and during the occupation of Germany and was not officially inducted into the American Army, he would have been considered civilian employees by the U.S. Government. Official Personnel Files (OPFs) and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity before 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov and include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the  employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information,please check the Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access website.


          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, RE-PA, and RL-SL. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Finally, we suggest that you contact the US Army Center of Military History or the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center for further assistance.


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