U.S. Air Force Records and Lost Awards

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National Archives & Records Administration
Archives I, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC 20408-0001
Tel: (202) 501 5400 (general inquiries); (202) 501 5410 (genealogy staff)
Website: http://www.archives.gov

[NB: NARA Archives I holds textual & microfilm records on pre-World War II military and naval/maritime-related matters. Related special media and non-textual records, such as still and motion pictures, electronic, cartographic records, etc are located at Archives II.]

Attn: Textual Reference Branch (NNR 1) Room 13W
  • Copies of all USAFHRA (see page 2) records on microfilm

National Archives & Records Administration
Archives II, 8601 Adelphi Road
College Park MD 20740-6001
Tel: (301) 713 6800
Website: http://www.archives.gov

[NB: NARA Archives II maintains cartographic/architectural holdings; electronic records; still and motion picture, sound and video records; and textual records on military-related matters dating from World War II onwards.]

Attn: Textual Archives Branch

  • Missing Air Crew Reports: information on air crew members lost in combat during WWII
Attn: Still Pictures Branch (NNSP), Special Archives Division
  • Photos – Official Air Force Photograph repository, pre 1941 and 1954-1981

National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Avenue
St Louis MO 63132-5100
Website: http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis.html

Attn: Military Personnel Records
  • Official Military Personnel Files and medical records for individuals who left the Air Force since Sep 1947 (officers & enlisted)
    (NB – The major portion of USAF personnel records dating from 1947-1963, from the name Hubbard through Z, were destroyed by fire in 1973, when some 17 million personnel files were lost.)
    (NB – the above information is available only to the veteran his/herself or, if deceased, next-of-kin. Requests must be made in writing, signed & dated, on the appropriate forms.)
  • Mornings reports, Sept 1947 – June 1966
  • Unit Rosters, prior to Sept 1947, Army Air Forces

U.S. Air Force Personnel Records Center
550 C Street West, Suite 50
Randolph AFB TX 78150-4752
Tel: (210) 565 2479
Website: http://www.afpc.af.mil/afwwloc.htm

Attn: Air Force Worldwide Locator (AFPC/MSIMDL)
Attn: (AWARDS), Randolph AFB, TX 78150-5000
  • For Awards information

Air Force History Support Office
Building 5681, 110 Luke Avenue, Suite 405
Bolling AFB DC 20332-8050
Tel: (202) 767 0412

Attn: General Histories; Special Histories; & Editorial Branches
  • Publications on strategy, education, public affairs, etc
Attn: Reference Services
  • For historical inquiries regarding strategy, plans, doctrine, etc

U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency (USAFHRA)
AFHRA/RSA, 600 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6424
Tel: (334) 953 2966
Website: http://www.afhra.af.mil/

  • For general historical inquiries
Attn: Unit Histories
  • Unit operational records since 1942
Attn: Special Collections
  • Selected official & unofficial papers (ie special collections, personal papers and diaries)

U.S. Air Force Museum
Wright-Patterson AFB
Dayton, OH 45433-6518
Tel: (513) 255 3286
Website: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum

  • Official collection of U.S.A.F.-related artifacts

National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560
Tel: (202) 357 3133

Attn: Archives Divisionn (MRC 322)
  • Official Air Force photograph repository, World War II – 1953

Department of Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC)
1363 Z Street, Bldg. 2730
March Air Field CA 92518-2073
Tel: (909) 413 2522 (still photos), 413 2515 (motion media)
Website: Official photographs and images pertaining to the U.S. Air Force from 1954-the last eight years
(NB: Fees are charged for all DVIC products)