6 Replies Latest reply on Aug 13, 2020 3:53 AM by Henk Nootenboom

    Seeking military records of Earl E West

    Henk Nootenboom Newbie

      I'm trying to find the enlistment records for S/Sgt. Earl E. West, Army serial 37285179. His date of birth was August 2, 1910. Earl was killed in action on July 30, 1943 with the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group over Holland.

        • Re: Seeking military records of Earl E West
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Here is some information below.


          He was shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229916 'Yankee Dandy. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Was listed as a left waist gunner.


          I'm not sure but you maybe able to request his IDPF files. Not sure if its through the Army or Airforce.




          Elliot Schneider

          • Re: Seeking military records of Earl E West
            Rebecca Collier Ranger

            Dear Mr. Nootenboom,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the AAD (Access to Archival Databases) and located the series World War II Army Enlistment Records in the Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (Record Group 64) but were unable to locate a file for an Earl E. West who was born in 1910.


            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), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757. 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.


            For men who registered for the draft prior to 1976, all other individual draftee files besides the cards and classification histories were destroyed by the Selective Service System in 1978, in accordance with approved records retention schedules. Physical examination and test results, medical letters, laboratory work, and other medical documentation that may have been included in these files no longer exist.


            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 3 mission reports for July 30, 1943 of the 91st Bomb Group. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. We were unable to locate specific records of the 323rd Bomb Squadron.  Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the bomb group.


            RDT2 also has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 1 file of the 323rd Bomb Squadron for 1943 and 2 files that pertain to the 91st Bomb Group for 1943. 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 numbers begin with A or B, please contact RDT2 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 RL-SL & RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            The information about his death may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 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!