Belgian Helper Files by Box Number

MIS-X Files, Belgium, 1945-1947, Case Files of Belgian Helpers

To determine if there is a World War II helper file on a particular Belgian, there are several resources available at the Textual Research Room at the National Archives II in College Park, Maryland.  The following descriptions will help you in identifying if there is a file on a Belgian and then ordering it.

1. Index to Belgian Helper List.  In August 2012, I posted the complete index to Belgian Helpers on this website.  Click here to go to it.  In addition to the individual’s name and address, the index gives the “Award Grade,” which will help you determine where to look in the records listed below.

1. UD 164: Lists of Belgian Helpers, 1946.  Boxes 627-628.  Record Group 498, Stack location: 290/55/22/3.  These consist of separate slips of paper, one per person, giving the address, grade, and a serial number.  They are very clumsy to work with.

2. UD 165: Lists of Belgian Helpers, 1946. Box 629.  Record Group 498, Stack location 290/55/22/3.

3. UD 166: Master List of MIS-X Awards for Belgium, 1945-1948. Box 630.  Record Group 498, Stack location: 290/55/22/3.  As I recall, these are long typed lists in more or less alphabetical order.  They may be your best resource for determining if there is a helper file and what the person’s grade was.

Once you have determined that there is a file and the person’s grade, you will want to order the box.  The boxes are numbered 636-728 and are organized by type of award and then alphabetically by name.  The description you will put on the order form will be UD 171: Case Files of Belgian Helpers, 1945-1947.  Record Group 498, stack location 290/55/21-23/4-3.  Below is a list I compiled from the labels on the boxes.

The box numbers are listed below in the column at the left.  The column to the right identifies the contents of each box.  Grades 1 and 2 were reserved for those helpers who received the highest awards for their help to Allied airmen, and so on.  When I visited the Textual Research Room in June 2011, I found that there had been a major renumbering of all the boxes containing  Dutch and Belgian helper files.  The numbers below are what I found on inspection of each box of the Belgian files.  (To view the official list instead of mine, click on the following: ARC – Archival Descriptions Search – Print Results – Belgian Helpers by Box Number.)

636 Grades 1 & 2
637 Grade 3, Ambach – Liegeois
638 Grade 3, Maes – Wuyts
639 Grade 4, Aerts – Bloeme
640 Grade 4, Bodson – Coster
641 Grade 4, Cracco – DeMonceau
642 Grade 4, DePays – Evrart
643 Grade 4, Fache – Hardy
644 Grade 4, Heenen – Kuypers
645 Grade 4, Lallemand – Mayne
646 Grade 4, Mean – Peeters
647 Grade 4, Penasse – Tuys
648 Grade 4, Sacotte – Trines
649 Grade 4, Valcke – Variez
650 Grade 4, Vecchiatto – Zens
651 Grade 5, Abrassart – Barthelemy
652 Grade 5, Bas – Boonen
653 Grade 5, Borgers – Byvoet
654 Grade 5, Cadet – Cnudde
655 Grade 5, Cockx – Dawir
656 Grade 5, Debadrinaye – DeKeyser
657 Grade 5, deLairresse – de Pryck
658 Grade 5, Deramaecker – Dive
659 Grade 5, Dogne – Eykeboom
660 Grade 5, Faber – Gentges
661 Grade 5, George – Gyssels
662 Grade 5, Haccart – Houyet
663 Grade 5, Huart – Kintziger
664 Grade 5, Klein – Lefevre
665 Grade 5, Legate – Loyen
666 Grade 5, Lubeck – Metillon
667 Grade 5, Meuleman – Nizet
668 Grade 5, Nobels – Peuters
669 Grade 5, Philip – Rayez
670 Grade 5, Rectem – Schouteden
671 Grade 5, Schray – Swerts
672 Grade 5, Tallieu – Van Cranenbroeck
673 Grade 5, Van Damme – Vangronsveld
674 Grade 5, Van Haelemeersch – Vidick
675 Grade 5, Vienne – Witwrouw
676 Grades 5 (ends) and 6 (begins), Woehrle – Beirens
677 Grade 6, Beirnaert – Brinet
678 Grade 6, Bril – Coekelbergs
679 Grade 6, Coenegrachts – de Clercq
680 Grade 6, de Clercq – Demunter
681 Grade 6, DeMunter – Dewiers
682 Grade 6, Dewigne – Feldman
683 Grade 6, Felix – Goethals
684 Grade 6, Goffart – Heusdens
685 Grade 6, Heylen – Lacroix
686 Grade 6, Lacroix – Letsch
687 Grade 6, Leurguin – Menestres
688 Grade 6, Menten – Ostijn
689 Grade 6, Ottoy – Quoibion
690 Grade 6, Quoilin – Rhys
691 Grade 6, Ruys – Timmerman
692 Grade 6, Timmermans – Van Dromme
693 Grade 6, Van Dun – Verhoost
694 Grade 6 (ends), Veleysen – Adriaen (No Awards begin)
695 No Awards, Adriaens – Baute
696 No Awards, Bauters – Blondiaux
697 No Awards, Bockstael – Breyre
698 No Awards, Bribosia – Chantrenne
699 No Awards, Chapekier – Coq
700 No Awards, Corbeau – Dawans
701 No Awards, de Ansart – Dehut
702 No Awards, Dejardin – Deny
703 No Awards, Depasse – Devulder
704 No Awards, Dewachter – Duissens
705 No Awards, Dumont – Feyerick
706 No Awards, Fichaux – Gentois
707 No Awards, George – Gosset
708 No Awards, Goulders – Hazebroeck
709 No Awards, Hebrant – Howe
710 No Awards, Huart – Jim
711 No Awards, Joachim – Lafosse
712 No Awards, Lagace – Lefranc
713 No Awards, Legiest – Lisse
714 No Awards, Lobet – Marot
715 No Awards, Marquegnies – Mevis
716 No Awards, Micha – Navez
717 No Awards, Neels – Oyen
718 No Awards, Pirard – Raymond
719 No Awards, Paenhuysen – Piette
720 No Awards, Redig – Rossion
721 No Awards, Roa – Scrayen
722 No Awards, Seaff – Spruyt
723 No Awards, Stageet – Tixmon
724 No Awards, ‘t Kindt – Vandenwye
725 No Awards, Vandeput – Vankrickelsvenne
726 No Awards, Van Laer – Vercheval
727 No Awards, Verday – Vyverman
728 No Awards, Wachez – NIL Miscellaneous (NIL apparently means lack of information.)

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