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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.
How can I help? You can help by pitching in, any amount, to help complete this project. You can contribute a one-time gift, or a recurring monthly gift of any amount. Every dollar counts.
This information that we are adding to this database is free for anyone to use – and always will be. As a professional researcher and owner of a very small business, contributions are considered “gifts” and are not tax deductible. But you can make a gift in honor of someone you care about, or in memory of someone who has passed away, or a veteran who survived World War II or any other conflict.
Thanks for any amount you can chip in toward making this dream a reality.
People ask me how long I’ll do this. To honor their sacrifice, I will do this forever.
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Payee: WW2 Casualties Project (or WW2CP)
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Great to hear about you sharing this with your class. I have the official crash report for the loss of "Ruth-Less", as well as the specific file for SSGT Maloy (hometown address was Hacoda, AL). I researched the entire crew some years ago; quite an extensive project. Via Dropbox, I will send you his file shortly. Best, Bill
I am Aubrey Maloy's cousin. My mother talked about him often. I would be interested in any information that you may have on him. I am sharing this with my class today and talking about the great men on this flight. Thank you for sharing this with us. I hope to someday visit the memorial.
My grandfather, S/Sgt M.E. Cisney BT gunner with the 322, 91st... flew in this plane approximately a month before, wrote in his journal “today we went up in Wee Willie, an old plane with 104 missions...”
The photograph is completely and utterly disturbing to think that could have been him and I wouldn’t be here...
He kept a detailed journal of all his missions, date, time, plane, payload, temperature, target, bombs away, flak density....
There’s some lines in his journal that just blow me away...
“I was in the ball for 9 1/2 hours” “flak knocked out No. 2 and No. 4 engines we dropped out of formation and flew back, it was a very lonesome feeling, thankfully we didn’t see any fighters, we would have been sitting ducks...” “the target area was ablaze, it was the most fire I’ve ever seen in one place (Dresden)”
In my opinion not enough credit and publicity is given to the men of the 8th, they destroyed Hitler’s war machine from the inside out...