3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 18, 2020 3:24 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking records of MIA 2LT John Meyer

    Margaret Meyer Graminski Newbie

      Hello! I am seeking any and all information about my Uncle - 2LT John E. Meyer, dob March 5, 1919.  He was a member of the 18th Fighter Group, 6th Fighter Squadron.  The P-70a airplane he was flying went down on February 24, 1943 at 0115, 170 miles SW of Wallis Island, on his way to Fiji.  I have not seen any reports about the search for him, or if anyone is searching for him right now.  This has been a painful memory for his Mom, brothers, and sisters - and now his nephews and nieces, for almost a century! I do have some files, but they are rather vague - and very difficult to read (I also have the #MACR and his serial number, as well as various letters, photos, etc.). What files should I be looking for, groups should I join, etc.?  I appreciate any info you might care to share. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking records of MIA 2LT John Meyer
          Alice Lane Tracker

          Hello Margaret,

          I am so sorry for your family's loss. I have said a prayer for all. I appreciate veterans's

           

          I have found something that I am sure that you all would like to read. It seems that the missing are not being forgotten, the search still goes on. Please read the following page>>>>https://pacificwrecks.com/mia/dpaa/index.html

           

          You could contact any Veteran's Organization in your area, I am sure that they will be happy to help you as much as they can.

           

          Veteran's benefits for families.

          https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

           

           

          Best Wishes,

          Alice Lane

          Volunteer Researcher

           

          http://www.amervets.com/15624224100/       

          • Re: Seeking records of MIA 2LT John Meyer
            Elliot Schneider Navigator

            Margaret,

             

            Please copy and paste this link in your web browser.  With this site you will be able to ask for information pertaining to your family member Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s.

             

            Also try looking for any association or groups related to the 18th Fighter Group, and 13th AirForce.

             

            Lastly, would recommend request service member records that NPRC may have on file including any IDPFs.

             

            https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaContactUs

             

             

            Hope this helps,

             

            Elliot Schneider

            • Re: Seeking records of MIA 2LT John Meyer
              Cara Jensen Scout

              Dear Ms. Graminski,

               

              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

               

              The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (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 12 files that pertain to the 18th Fighter 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. Since the reel number begins with a B, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to them.

               

              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 NARA 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.

              To investigate U.S. servicemen missing during WWII, we suggest you contact the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Public Affairs Office, 2300 Defense Pentagon, ATTN: External Affairs, Washington DC 20301-2300. The web site is https://www.dpaa.mil/

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

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