Our Fold3.com reference database includes a record collection that can help family members or historians researching American aviators who went missing during World War II.
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. MACRs can be browsed by date and aircraft serial number, or searched by name of the missing aviator.
Below is an excerpt from a MACR concerning 1st Lt. Wilmer E. “Gene” Dyar (my wife’s uncle), who went missing over Germany during a bombing run on 20 December 1942.
American military personnel who went missing in action can also be researched on the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) website. ABMC administers American military cemeteries in foreign locations.
Fold3.com can be used at all our Library locations, or from home by valid Library cardholders.