Dear Mr. Hudgins,
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Starting in late May 1943, the Army Air Forces required that a missing aircrew report (MACR) be filed when a crew was lost in combat. During the course of World War II some 16,700 such reports were filed. Most of the reports contain name, rank and service number of crew members; date, place and circumstances of loss; unit to which the crew was assigned; place of origin of the flight; and some details regarding the aircraft itself. Unfortunately, not all losses are documented. If the fate of the crew was established within a few days, a report often was not filed. If a plane was lost due to an accident, a report usually was not filed. And, because it was wartime, there occasionally were lapses in completing even required reports.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs), 1942-1947 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92). These records are indexed by name, date, and plane tail number. Many of the records have been digitized and may be viewed online via the Catalog, and you may also use the Catalog to search within the series for a specific report. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to and information about these records.
Please note that although the MACR name index has been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog, the indices by date of loss and by plane tail number are available on microfilm. These indices were created by the Air Force for their use and include the missing aircrew report number, the country where the plane was lost, the Air Force number, the group or squadron number, the plane type, tail number and date the plane was lost. The copy in our custody, given to us by the Air Force, is in extremely poor condition and does not copy well, and it has not been digitized. You may wish to request a copy of this microfilm from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424.
We also identified multiple series of Downed Allied Aircraft Reports in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242) that may be of interest to you. Many of these records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Please contact RDT2 for assistance with these records.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Unfortunately, I don't think I will find anything in the MACR's The aircraft made it back to base (barely). It was badly damaged and crashed just shot of the field after the mission.Two mile short, if I remember correctly form what my father in-law told me. That is why I am looking for the No. 14 AAF form "Report of Aircraft Accident". I just do not know who has the file. Why there is not one central depository of these old file baffles me. There must be 20 - 30 agencies and groups that have different parts of files. It makes for a lengthy and frustrating search.
Dear Mr. Hudgins,
We identified some additional information that may be useful for your research.
World War II Army Air Force and Air Force accident reports up to 1955 are in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424. You may wish to contact them directly to see if they can offer you any further assistance.
Again, we hope this is helpful!