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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.
You can find further information about Record Group 92: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General [OQMG] and MACR indexes (in series 92.9.2 Records of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS)) at the following websites:
We searched the MACR name index using the information you provided, and we were able to identify MACR No. 7555 as the report that describes the crash your uncle was in. You can view the report here: Fold3 Search. Additionally, this photograph has been tagged as possibly being the plane your uncle flew in: Page 1 WWII US Air Force Photos - Fold3
From the information in the MACR, it looks like your uncle was part of the 390th Bombardment Group. You may find additional information in these (and similar or related) files in Record Group 18: Records of the Army Air Forces, ca. 1902-1964:
390th Bomb Group: Lead Crew Operations Reports January-November 1944: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2882056
390th Bomb Group: Lead Crew Operation Reports July 1944-January 1945: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2882055
390th Bomb Group: Immediate Interpretation Reports 1944-1945: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2882054
If you have questions about these records, you can contact the Textual Reference Branch at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. Their email address is: Archives2reference@nara.gov
Another potentially useful source would be your uncle's burial case file (later called the Individual Deceased Personnel File or IDPF). Burial case files from 1915-1976 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 them regarding access to these records. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of luck with your search!
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Hello, again, Barbara,
I should add that if you have questions about the photographic holdings of the National Archives, you can contact the Still Pictures Reference Branch at email@example.com, and you can find a guide to their records here: Guide to the Still Picture Branch Holdings | National Archives
Thank you for both of these posts, Rachel.