WWII Escape and Evasion Research

Under the heading of research I am grouping five main subjects:

1. Aircraft Crash Records and Crash Sites

2. Luftwaffe Fighter Claims of Downed Aircraft

3. National Archives Research (U.S.)

  • Escape & Evasion Reports Available On Line
  • Notes on Using the Textual Research Room
  • Belgian Helper Files by Box Number
  • Dutch Helper Files by Box Number
  • Airmen Helper Questionnaires
  • Prisoner of War (POW) Records
  • Enlistment Records

4. Sources Consulted in my Research

5. U.S. Census Records

On a separate page, My Library, I have listed books that might be useful.

As time permits, I will add information on the use of other WWII archives, in particular the British National Archives, formerly known as the Public Record Office, Kew, London.

4 responses to “WWII Escape and Evasion Research

  1. My uncle’s full name was Thelma Berto Wiggins Jr.The nickname “jockey”was inherited from his father,and was also shared by his younger brother.The name came about as a result from Thelma Sr.falling from a horse during his army years.
    Uncle Berto passed in January 1976.

  2. Dear Sir,
    The father of my woman, Arseen Diependaele, who is the sun of Remi Diependaele, is still alife and has the age of 87 years. He is still very cleaver and can tell a lot of stories about pilots (Ryckman William and Wallis Cozzens). If you are interested in a real story, Arseen has the age of 15 yaers and can remember a lot of details. His sister and brother are also still alive . they lived togheter wich those pilos unther the same roof. Also the house is still ii good condition.

  3. please help me in finding the Bommel Family from Germany. Indonesia and nack to holland after the 1945 war in Burma

  4. Audrey Tesarski

    My Opa Albert Broeksma shared with us his grandchildren that he was in a WWII POW camp in Germany and escaped. Could you share with me how to look for any details on this? He moved his family to Canada after the War and has passed away since. Now his great grandchildren want to know more about him.

    Your grandfather may have served in the Princess Irene Brigade (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Netherlands_Motorized_Infantry_Brigade), in which case the Dutch Ministry of Defense may have his records (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Defence_(Netherlands), or he may have been an Engelandvaarder and joined the RAF or some other military unit in England. See http://www.museumengelandvaarders.nl/ for the Engelandvaarder Museum and the page on this website about Engelandvaarders (https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/links-to-other-escape-and-evasion-websites/engelandvaarders-dutch-patriots-to-england/) for information. Or, as in the case of one Dutch acquaintance, he may have been sent to the South Pacific to fight the Japanese.

    Best wishes,
    Bruce Bolinger

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