Guest post: The 2nd Air Division Memorial Library Digital Archive needs your help with their ARC State Registers!By 2nd Air Division Memorial Library on 29/03/2018
An extract from the West Virginia pages of the first volume of the registers, showing David E Tuckwiller's signature (mc_371-919#169).
The American Red Cross Service Club at the Bishop’s Palace in Norwich opened in 1943 to provide American servicemen visiting the city a home away from home where they could enjoy refreshments, recreational activities, and a place to stay. The state registers are a lasting testament to the important role the Red Cross played in bringing together servicemen and aiding their general welfare.
The registers are arranged alphabetically by American state name and detail the American servicemen who visited the Club between 1943 and 1946. Service personnel would sign the current register on their first visit to the club, giving their name, date of visit, home town, and Army Post Office number. They would sometimes also provide their service number, rank, full home address, bomb group and squadron numbers, and even scribble notes to their friends. Servicemen could consult the registers to find contact details of other serving personnel from their home state and use the APO system to initiate correspondence.
Contained within the pages of these unofficial registers is most comprehensive list of American servicemen in Norfolk during World War II, making them an invaluable resource for researchers. Held in our archive at the Norfolk Record Office in Norwich the registers have now been digitised and are available online at http://www.2ndair.org.uk/digitalarchive/Dashboard/Index/146
We’ve recently started a project to transcribe the registers, and are seeking some new recruits to help us with this mammoth task.
Carol Tuckwiller, one of our transcribers, was thrilled to discover her father’s signature in the West Virginia pages of the registers. S/Sgt David E. Tuckwiller from Lewisburg WV was a B-24 waist gunner, serving with 565th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group at Hethel, when he visited the Bishop’s Palace on 9 November 1944. David departed England on 27 January 1945 after waiting a few weeks to return home by ship. He had no desire to fly again (and according to Carol he never did).
If you’d be interested in helping with this fascinating project, just send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Our ultimate goal is to create a fully searchable index for the registers.