WW2 Ancestors

Discussion in 'Network Information, Suggestions and Feedback' started by Paul Reed, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    May I suggest an area for those researching ancestors who fought in WW2 - this is rapidly becoming very popular, especially in the UK.
  2. Ski

    Ski Junior Member

    Totally agree with Paul on this one.
    Perhaps a heading of "Research Projects" or something similar would be an idea,

  3. rflory

    rflory Junior Member

    I like Paul's idea and would also suggest having one on "Units" for people who have questions about a particular unit that served in WW2 and another one on "Fighter Aces" would I think be popular.
    Regards. Dick
  4. salientpoints

    salientpoints Senior Member

    It might also be worth considering a D-Day section for there is sure to be many threads on this in the coming months

    Also a 'Visiting the Battlefields' is a good option for people to meet up, ask for photo requests etc

  5. Nick

    Nick Member

    That forum has now been setup. Hopefully more people will come in search of information of family or friends in the war.
  6. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    I also like and endorse the ideas mentioned above - these are all areas that would add to the interest and 'marketability' of this site.

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  7. Christina

    Christina Junior Member

    How about a "Looking for" topic, I have been given a name of my fathers squadron leader and maybe he's still alive. It would be interesting to find and talk to him.
  8. No.9

    No.9 Senior Member

    Christina I take your point, but have to say it’s hopelessly impractical. Over the years and through to today, on W.W.II forums you find people posting questions along the lines of ”my father/uncle/grandfather was ‘X X’ and I wonder if anyone knew him?”

    While I understand the asking, what I don’t understand is how many people circa 80 years old are thought to be on the web, and of the very tiny amount who are, realistically there’s more chance of winning the lottery than finding one on a W.W.II web site who knew the person. Can you name everyone who was in your class? How about in your school – and how many students are there in the country at the moment, and I bet they just about all use the web?

    At the peak of conflict, the UK alone had some 5’120’000 people in service! Over 5 years of war something like double or treble that figure could have served at some point.

    If name, unit and approximate years of service are known, the most beneficial first port of call is usually that units Association and a request to have them mention your inquiry in their next newsletter. Almost all Associations have some form of web mention and if not, an Association in the same vein can usually help with contact information. If the person was killed in service during the war, they are very likely recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site at http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx

  9. salientpoints

    salientpoints Senior Member

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