Dear Val Burgess,
Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!
We would suggest that you search the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) on the National Archives website at https://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=WR26 for some information on prisoners of war. It is name searchable and it will provide you with some basic information and in some instances even the camp in which an individual was held.
In addition, the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) in custody of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) include a master list of American prisoners of war of the German and Japanese Governments. These indexes consist of many volumes and have thousands of entries for individuals listed alphabetically by surname. If you are interested in any particular prisoner and can furnish us any identifying information about him, we will be happy to search our records when we return to our offices in College Park.
In addition, you might want to look into the series “European Name Index to the Series ‘Case Files, 1944-1949’” and “Far East Name Index to the Series ‘Case Files, 1944-1949’” to see if a name of an individual you are researching shows up as having given a deposition (or appearing in one) related to the camp in which he was held. When using the cards as a reference for a case file, please make sure to include the case file number located in the right upper corner of the index card as well as the date included under the summary of the file. Please note that these records are digitized and may be viewed in the National Archives Catalog.
In some cases, finding records related to the camp in which someone was held (rather than actually finding files about the individual) is all the information we can locate in our records. Often, these files can provide some context as to the conditions under which he was held.
Further, you might want to review these materials that explain abbreviations and codes used in the records of World War II Prisoners of War.
Please note that 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 our 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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
A fielded search can be done on NARA's Access to Archival Databases (AAD) here:
Results for Kappmeyer:
KAPPMEYER JOHN W 1 LT F1AC 20141031722150306067213065181013 Field Title Value Meaning SERIAL NUMBER O&746364 O&746364 NAME KAPPMEYER JOHN W KAPPMEYER JOHN W GRADE, ALPHA 1 LT First Lieutenant or Chief nurse or Head dietitian or Head physical therapy aides GRADE CODE F First Lieutenant or Lt. Jr. Grade SERVICE CODE 1 ARMY ARM OR SERVICE AC Air Corps ARM OR SERVICE CODE 20 AC: AIR CORPS DATE REPORT: DAY (DD) 14 14 DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM) 10 10 DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y) 3 1943 RACIAL GROUP CODE 1 WHITE STATE OF RESIDENCE 72 Iowa TYPE OF ORGANIZATION 215 Bombardment, Heavy PARENT UNIT NUMBER 306 306 PARENT UNIT TYPE 6 Group/Regiment/Commands/System AREA 72 European Theatre: Germany LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD) 13 13 LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM) 6 6 LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y) 5 1945 SOURCE OF REPORT 1 Individual has been reported through sources considered official. STATUS 8 Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated DETAINING POWER 1 GERMANY CAMP 13 Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11) REP
POW TRANSPORT SHIPS
List of codes here: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/show-more-fields.jsp?dt=466&dl=276&tf=F&cat=WR26&bc=,sl&sc=11675,11660,11679,11667,11669,11…