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Currently, there is no single, complete WW2 casualties database – either online or offline.
More than 407,000 Americans died in service during World War II. Each month, more than a hundred thousand people search for an online database where they can look up information about those who died. Many are trying to find information about their own relatives.
After researching nearly two thousand military records sets relating to casualties of WWII and talking to thousands of people, I decided in 2016 to start building the database myself. Starting with a list of 20,000 names that I input by hand, plus a very small programming and design team, I have started to build the database, using my personal funds.
With the help of my very small U.S.-based team, we are adding to the list month by month. On launch day for the new database, we had nearly 100,000 names, plus rank, service number, branch of service, city, county, state, and a little bit of information about how they died, such as killed in action, died as POW, died of wounds, etc. And it’s not just a list of names – we’re building a searchable, sortable database. You can see, for example, how many servicemen from New York City were killed in WWII, then sort by rank to see how many of each rank from NY died in the war.
The problem: The cost of completing this database is far more than I can do on my own.
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You have incorrectly listed the George W. Leggat as a 2nd Lt. He was a Captain.
Capt. Leggat flew with my grandfather from Pocatello to Europe. At the time they piloted Pistol Packin Mama. tail 42-52563. Leggats crew was:
Pilot - George Leggett
Co-Pilot - McCord "Mickey" Marshall (my grandfather)
Navigator - Johnny Sevy
Engineer - Jack Collier
Radio Operator - John H. "Jake" Schuffert Bombardier - Ed Stillwell
Nose Gunner - Dale Teur
Tail Gunner - Dick Snider
Waist Gunner - Al Bardill
Waist Gunner - Jimmy Stalworth
For reasons I don't suppose I will ever know why this crew was split up. My grandfather went on to co-pilot the Three Corner Kid with Capt. Arthur Robertson Jr. then later co-piloted Corner Coffin Cutie with Lt. Richard Roode.
Thanks for keeping these stories alive!!
Update: Clarence Dragoo, navigator of the B-24 tail #42-51642, will be laid to rest on October 14, 2017 in his hometown of Sandyville, WV. His Angel Flight will land at Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV on October 11th and be escorted to the funeral home in Ripley, WV. My cousin, Clarence will be buried with full military honors with his family in Independence Cemetery.
My father, Willard McGinn was in the Army Air Force (15th air force, 451st Bombardment Group, 724th Squadron, Crew 13 ). He was the nose gunner of the “windy city” when it was shot down in WWII. They when down on July 28, 1944 in Yugoslavia.
He said while he was there, they meet up with some men that looked like natives. He said, “They talked English and they were Americans. They told us they had been shot down three months before. One of the men asked us the name of the plane that we went down in was called. We said, “Windy City”. They said that was not possible because that was the name of their plane. We decided that when the first one went down, someone named another plane Windy City”.
I wasn't reading your post on Lt. Hummer of Mine Hill as I am looking for information on his sister in law, Agnes Hummer new Delaney. Lt. Hummer's parents and two young siblings are buried in Orchard Street Cemetery in Dover. His brother James is also buried in Orchard Street along with his sister in law Agnes and their son James. James, the brother of Lt. Hunmer died in 1935.