1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 21, 2019 8:36 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking name of Army Soldier killed on 10 August 1943 in UK

    Michael Meras Newbie

      During August 1943 at RAF Martlesham Heath, a base near Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Runways were being constructed for future USAAF use (Base 369, from November 1943). During the construction a US Army worker was holding onto the side of a truck, but had difficulty in holding on.  Consequently, he fell and was run-over by a following truck. UK Ipswich police were summoned but a US Army officer, Captain Depp, took charge and kept it an all-American event. The date of the death was 10th August 1943, as given by RAF Operational Records Book for RAF Martlesham Heath.  But who had died? At the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, we do have a Roll of Honour to the 72 members of the 356th Fighter Group (359th, 360th, 361st Fighter Squadrons) that gave their lives. My role at the MHAS is as volunteer librarian. Thank you for your time.

        • Re: Seeking name of Army Soldier killed on 10 August 1943 in UK
          Lisha Penn Navigator

          Dear Mr. Meras,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          United States World War II Army Air Force and Air Force accident reports up to 1955 are in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424. The web site is https://www.afhra.af.mil/.

           

          You may wish to search The British Newspaper Archive - for Suffolk to obtain an electronic copy of the newspaper to help you with identifying the U.S. Army person killed during the truck accident on August 10, 1943.

           

          Once you know his name, we suggest you request his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940- 1976 for personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov. For the IDPFs of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405.

           

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