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Dear Ms. Romanosky,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Index to the Escape and Evasion Reports, 1944-1945 in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) that may include a listing for your father’s E&E report. We also located 33 additional series related to Escape and Evasion Reports in Record Group 498 and in other record groups. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to and information about these and similar records. Please include as much information as possible in your inquiry, such as full name, unit number, dates, and/or location of interest.
We also located the series Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs), 1942-1947 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that includes 22 files related to the 716th Bomb Squadron that may be of interest to you. Most of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online using the Catalog. The Name Index to the Series Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) has also been digitized and can be searched online in the Catalog. You may contact RDT2 with questions about these records.
Finally, if you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). 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. 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.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information. 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.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Thank you very much for the quick response!