3 Replies Latest reply on May 3, 2021 12:40 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Looking for complete copy of Report of Aircraft Accident

    Thomas Hudgins Newbie

      I am looking for the Form No. 14 "Report of Aircraft Accident" on B24 Serial Number 42-78274 that was lost on Feb 7, 1945. I know that sometimes requests for these reports result in a partial copy. However, I am looking for the complete file. Can anyone help me locate this report?

        • Re: Looking for complete copy of Report of Aircraft Accident
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Hudgins,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          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 archives2reference@nara.gov 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.


          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 acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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