All databases are updated
quarterly and may not contain the most current information.
Thanks to Jack O'Leary and Cindy Goodman for maintaining TAPS, Casualty Reports and MACR databases.
Thanks to Bill Thompson, Jim Brown, Paul West, and Michael Faley for compiling the KIA and POW databases.
The compilation of the Aircraft database revises data
originally published in Heavy Bombers of the Mighty Eighth
(1995) by Paul Andrews and includes new information provided by
Michael Faley and Ray Bowden from his book, Plane Names & Bloody Noses.
About the Database Tables:
Most of the database queries on this website allow one input field,
and this field is normally a person's last name. The initial
display for the larger tables is a blank page, and you will be prompted
to enter a search term. You only have to enter the first few
characters of the name. For example, if you enter "A" into a
last name field, the query will return all names beginning with the
letter, "A". If you enter the letters, "Arm", the query will return
the names Armanini, Armstrong, and all other names beginning with the letters, "Arm".
Note that the PERSONNEL query will return only the first 256 names
that match the search term.
Two tables (Wall Missing and Commanders) are display only and do not
allow searches. The initial display for these two tables is
The time required to display the results of your query depends on
the number of characters you enter into the search field. If you
enter only "B", for example, the query will return quite a few
records, and it will take longer to
display these results than it would if you enter more characters
into the search field. In other words, you broaden the search
with fewer characters and narrow the search with more characters.
The wildcard character is "%". If you enter only "%" into a search
field, the query will return all records in the database.
One of the most efficient ways to search is to "start broad and
finish narrow." In name search fields, start by entering just
the first letter of the name, and the results page will show all
names beginning with that letter. If the list is too long, enter the
first two letters. Each time you add a letter, the results list will
get shorter because you are "narrowing" your search. All queries
with name fields require only the beginning letters of the last
Two queries (Aircraft and Missions) allow you to input any
portion of the aircraft name/target. For example, if you wanted to
produce a list of all missions with sub pens as a target, you could
enter "sub" into the search field. The results page would then
display all missions whose target name contained the letters,
"sub." Again, an efficient way to search is "start broad and finish
None of the queries on this website are case sensitive. You
can use upper case letters, lower case letters, or any combination
of upper and lower case.