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It looks like the cards are in the British (not US) National Archives.
I don't think there are many American POW cards in the British Archives. I have a POW ID card that my father obtained at Stalag VII-A in Moosburg when the camp was liberated. Recently I obtained a slightly different card from a contact at NPRC in St. Louis and it was in their records. I have requested my fathers personnel file two times over the span of 25 years and neither time was the POW card there. I am trying to find out from my contact how he located the card, When I get more information I will post it here. Thank you for the info on the British records--it's very useful information.
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I just searched online WO416 at the British National Archives using the term United States, since I had no name. I got 117 hits, with this as one of them http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16791649
The cards are not online, you have to order them.
Good to know--thank you!!
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Dear Mr. Olson,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located five series in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242) that may contain information related to your research. The series include:
- Card Files Pertaining to American Prisoners of War
- Personnel Cards on Prisoners of War in Stalag X B and Stalag XII A, and on Merchant Seamen in Prisoner-of-War Camps,
- Records of Various German Prisoner-of-War Camps
- Photographs of Allied Airmen Prisoners of War
- Translations of German Reports Concerning the Transfer of Allied Prisoners of War
These records have not been digitized. For additional information about or access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
We also located multiple series of Downed Allied Aircraft Reports in Record Group 242 that may be of interest to you. Many of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the National Archives Catalog. Please contact RDT2 if you have any questions about these records.
Finally, we located the series Card List of Names of American Airmen Held in Prisoner of War (POW) Camps, 1943-1945; the series Rosters, Lists, and Supplementary Lists of Americans Held as Prisoners of War (POWs), 1944-1945; and the series Nominal Section Rolls of Americans Held as Prisoners of War, 1945-1945 in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) that may contain further information related to your research into American prisoners of war held in Stalag camps.These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 for assistance with them.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you Rachael---this is very helpful. I think the link to Photographs of Allied Airmen Prisoners of War is probably what I'm after especially since it is in Record Group 242. It would be fantastic if these photos could be digitized. A lot of families are lucky if they have two or three photos of their veteran from the war years and these photos are especially poignant and historical. Here is an example of a pink card for people who have not seen one.