2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 4, 2022 6:22 PM by Theresa Vennie

    Seeking enlistment records of Sgt. Francis E. Sterling

    David Butenschoen Wayfarer

      Seeking enlistment records, or any information regarding home town of Sgt. Francis E. Sterling, Service # 37329731.

      He was with the 511th Sqd, 351st Bomber Group, 8th Air Force during WWII. Thank You

        • Re: Seeking enlistment records of Sgt. Francis E. Sterling
          Jillian Minerva Adventurer

          Dear Mr. Butenschoen,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database but were unable to locate a file for a Francis E. Sterling or for Serial Number 37329731.


          Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and were born before 1960 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). There are two types of records: cards and classification histories.  The individual Draft Registration Card (SSS Form 1) may contain information such as: name, Selective Service registration number, age, date and place of birth, ethnicity, place of residence at time of registration and basic physical description. The Classification History (SSS Form 102) may contain: name; date of birth; classification and date of mailing notice; date of appeal to the board; date and results of armed forces physical examination; entry into active duty or civilian work in lieu of induction (may include date, branch of service entered and mode of entry, such as enlisted or ordered); date of separation from active duty or civilian work; and general remarks. Please complete a Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records and email it to RL-SL at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          Copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 for Army Air Corps 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.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) that includes the file unit titled 351st Bomb Group: 511th Bomb Squadron: 27th Sortie Reports February - April 1945 and the file unit titled 351st Bomb Group: 511th Bomb Squadron: 30th Sortie Reports November 1943 - December 1944. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          In addition, RDT2 has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 14 files that pertain to the 511th Squadron and 31 records pertaining to the 351st Bomber Group. Please read the brief Abstract to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon. In the PDF listing, the IRISREF is the microfilm reel number and note the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. If the reel number begins with A, B or C, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for more information about them.


          If the reel number begins with D - Z, the microfilm is still security classified and RDT2 will not be able to make the reel available to you. The original paper copy from which the film was created is still in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) and has been declassified. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page. If there is no IRISREF information, only AFHRA has the records.


          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 RL-SL and 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.


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


          • Re: Seeking enlistment records of Sgt. Francis E. Sterling
            Theresa Vennie Scout

            Hello David:

            Do you have any additional information that you can provide for Francis such as birth, death or where he may have lived?