3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 2, 2020 9:45 PM by Jerry Carbone

    Seeking P-38 Pilot "Finding of Death" in North Africa, 30 August 1943


      I am looking for a report or other records for a 2nd Lieut. P-38 fighter pilot, who went missing 30 August 1943 and declared dead October 1945. I have found two newspaper articles, C.A. Woodard Missing in Action-26 Sep 1943, Page 24 - Star Tribune at Newspapers.com and his memorial services, see Star Tribune, Saturday, October 20, 1945. Also found him in WWII Honor List of Dead and Missing-State of Minnesota-War Dept-1946-WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties-National Archives. Would there be any kind of investigative report  or account of the mission? My source states he is memorialized in the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia.

        • Re: Seeking P-38 Pilot "Finding of Death" in North Africa, 30 August 1943

          I have found the answer to this question, which was found: Fold3, Missing Air Crew Reports, WWII (https://www.fold3.com/title/95/missing-air-crew-reports-wwii :accessed March 30, 2020), database and images. Citing NARA M1380.


          NARA M1380. Over 16,000 case files of Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) and related records of the US Army Air Forces, 1942-1947.

          In May 1943, the Army Air Forces recommended the adoption of a special form, the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR), devised to record relevant facts of the last known circumstances regarding missing air crews, providing a means of integrating current data with information obtained later from other sources in an effort to conclusively determine the fate of the missing personnel. MACRs are arranged by year and aircraft serial number, which is also known as the tail number.


          I hope this might help someone else on the trail of a missing airman.




          • Re: Seeking P-38 Pilot "Finding of Death" in North Africa, 30 August 1943
            Jason Atkinson Guide

            Dear Mr. Carborne,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs),  1942 - 1947 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that includes Missing Air Crew Report number 523 concerning the loss of 2LT Charles Woodward. This report has been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog.

            We also located Central Decimal Correspondence Files, 1940 - 1945 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407).  Decimal 704 covers determinations regarding dead and missing servicemen, to include findings of death, and may include correspondence concerning 2LT Woodward. These records are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2), which can be contacted via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            There may also be an Individual Deceased Personnel File for 2LT Woodward. U.S. Air Force Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) from 1940-1973 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, ATTN: RL-SL, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov for access to these records.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from the RDT2 and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

            We also searched online and located a listing for Charles Woodard on the website of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum, which is a private non-profit organization.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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