2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 18, 2020 8:21 AM by Robert Fenner

    Seeking Eighth Army Air Force courts-martial records

    Robert Fenner Newbie

      Hi,  I'm looking for records of two courts martial held by US Eighth Army Air Force. One was held in August 1943, and the other was in September 1943. Both took place in the UK, and both related to an incident that took place at US Eighth Army Air Force Station 569 at Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, UK, on June 24th 1943. An altercation between two white US military police and a group of off-duty black US soldiers escalated into a major confrontation, during which a black private was shot and killed. If someone could suggest a good starting point, I'd be really grateful!

        • Re: Seeking Eighth Army Air Force courts-martial records
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Fenner,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          U.S. Army general courts-martial (GCM) records from 1917 to 1976 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          Also, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located Unclassified Decimal Files, 1941 - 1954 and Classified Decimal Files, 1941 - 1954 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) that includes files relating to racial incidents filed under decimal number 291.2.  For more information about these records, please email the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


          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 and RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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


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