2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 6, 2020 11:53 AM by Val Burgess

    Seeking comprehensive list of WWII prisoners of war

    Val Burgess Wayfarer

      World War II prisoners of war are the scope of my research. What I believe is a comprehensive NARA list of prisoners consists of the following information:

      O&746364    KAPPMEYER JOHN W    1 LT   F1AC 20141031722150306067213065181013

      Military #,      Name, Last, First, Initial,   Rank, F1AC 20141031722150306067213065181013

       

      What follows the information that is known? Is it possible for me to determine the camp, where were held, from this listing above? Or does this information provide the prison camp where they were liberated? I appreciate any and all help on this matter. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking comprehensive list of WWII prisoners of war
          Sylvia Naylor Adventurer

          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!

           

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          • Re: Seeking comprehensive list of WWII prisoners of war
            Jo Shipley Wayfarer

            A fielded search can be done on NARA's Access to Archival Databases (AAD) here:

            https://aad.archives.gov/aad/fielded-search.jsp?dt=466&cat=WR26&tf=F&bc=,sl

             

            Results for Kappmeyer:

            KAPPMEYER JOHN W    1 LT   F1AC 20141031722150306067213065181013
            Field TitleValueMeaning
            SERIAL NUMBERO&746364O&746364
            NAMEKAPPMEYER JOHN WKAPPMEYER JOHN W
            GRADE, ALPHA1 LTFirst Lieutenant or Chief nurse or Head dietitian or Head physical therapy aides
            GRADE CODEFFirst Lieutenant or Lt. Jr. Grade
            SERVICE CODE1ARMY
            ARM OR SERVICEACAir Corps
            ARM OR SERVICE CODE20AC: AIR CORPS
            DATE REPORT: DAY (DD)1414
            DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM)1010
            DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y)31943
            RACIAL GROUP CODE1WHITE
            STATE OF RESIDENCE72Iowa
            TYPE OF ORGANIZATION215Bombardment, Heavy
            PARENT UNIT NUMBER306306
            PARENT UNIT TYPE6Group/Regiment/Commands/System
            AREA72European Theatre: Germany
            LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD)1313
            LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM)66
            LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y)51945
            SOURCE OF REPORT1Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
            STATUS8Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
            DETAINING POWER1GERMANY
            CAMP13Stalag 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…

            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…

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