How to find Luftwaffe pilot service record

Where can I find German military records?

The National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration in the United States has a collection of records for the German military. See Record Group 242, titled “Collection of Foreign Records Seized” for more details. Additionally, prisoner of war records of German servicemen also can be located at the National Archives.

What happened to the German Luftwaffe?

After the defeat of Germany, the Luftwaffe was disbanded in 1946. During World War II, German pilots claimed roughly 70,000 aerial victories, while over 75,000 Luftwaffe aircraft were destroyed or significantly damaged. Of these, nearly 40,000 were lost entirely.

What was the German air force called in ww2?

(Luftwaffe)

In 1940, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) was the largest and most formidable air force in Europe. The organisation of the Luftwaffe was very different from that of the Royal Air Force (RAF), which was organised into ‘Commands’ based on function.

Where did the Luftwaffe come from?

Luftwaffe, (German: “air weapon”) component of the German armed forces tasked with the air defense of Germany and fulfillment of the country’s airpower commitments abroad. The Luftwaffe was formally created in 1935, but military aviation had existed in the shadows in Germany since the end of World War I.

How do I find my grandfather’s military records for free?

You can request a copy of the Veteran’s military records in any of these ways:

  1. Mail or fax a Request Pertaining to Military Records (Standard Form SF 180) to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). …
  2. Write a letter to the NPRC. …
  3. Visit the NPRC in person.
  4. Contact your state or county Veterans agency.

How can I find out where my grandfather served in ww2?

To find out if they have any information on your veteran, call them at 800-827-1000. If the Department of Veteran Affairs does not have any information you can try contacting the Veteran Affairs Insurance Center at 800-669-8477.

How can you tell if someone was in the military?

Verification of Military Service

Please use the Defense Manpower Data Center’s (DMDC) Military Verification service to verify if someone is in the military. The website will tell you if the person is currently serving in the military.

Are there German war graves?

There are more than 350 CWGC sites around the world that contain a German War Grave, the majority of which contain fewer than 10 German casualties. Our cemeteries that contain the largest numbers of WW1 German casualties are mostly on the Western Front.

Is there a list of SS soldiers?

Oberst-Gruppenführer (colonel general)

Name Position Joined SS
Sepp Dietrich Original commander of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) and later commander of the 6th SS Panzer Army 5 May 1928
Paul Hausser Commander of the II SS Panzer Corps February 1934
Franz Xaver Schwarz NSDAP Treasurer 16 September 1931

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