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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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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.
Lt. Robert McCaslin, bombardier on "Pappy's Puss" (49-29410) was my wife's uncle, though they never met. Contrary to your report, Bob did not survive that mission. Originally listed as MIA, his body was later found by US Graves Registration personnel and identified by a prayer book, carried in his breast pocket. The official ruling was that he bailed out, but his chute didn't open. No one believes that, because everyone on the crew testified that Bob was also wearing a reserve chute and that it would have been highly unlikely that both would have failed. According to a letter sent by the pilot, Victor Ullman, to Bob's mother, observers from another plane saw a man eject from the plane and hit the tail. Perhaps seeking to soften the blow, Ullman said that he didn't believe this account (though without explaining why). What none of them knew was that Bob had had a stomach operation (for an ulcer?) not long before he enlisted. Although his doctor warned him that any sudden blow to the stomach could kill him and planned to declare Bob medically unfit for service, Bob managed to talk him out of it and was certified as medically fit for service. Many in the family believe that the shock of hitting the slipstream upon ejecting might have rendered him unconscious. Perhaps he did hit the tail. Perhaps not. The end was the same.
Do you happen to know if any of that crew are still alive?
Hi, Patrice -- It was common for multiple military aircraft to have the same names, since pilots and crews were allowed to name their planes. However, as I'm sure you're aware, the aircraft tail number was unique to each aircraft, so your father's "Maxwell House" was a separate plane, crew, and incident, from the one I describe in this post.
Thank you for sharing your story; I'm so sorry for the loss of your father and his crew. Thank you for your family's service. --Bill
My father, Thomas H. Smith, Lt., Army/Air Corps was the navigator on the Maxwell House when it was shot down. The Pilot was Albert Lowe. The RN's name was Kellogg. They were returning to their base in Italy. This is not my father's Maxwell House. Nor is the story the same.