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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.
Check contributions are welcome. If you’d like to contribute by mail, you can send a check to:
Payee: WW2 Casualties Project (or WW2CP)
c/o WW2 Research Inc
4824 Newton St.
Torrance, CA 90505
You will receive a handwritten thank-you after we receive your contribution. Check back within two weeks after you’ve mailed your gift to see your name added to our list of contributors. Thank you for your help in funding this project!
Hi Mike: you're correct, crews and pilots did move around between different aircraft. I'd love to work with you on locating the details of the mission on which your grandfather was shot down, including the plane in which he was flying, the target being attacked, the names of his crew mates, and much. Please visit https://www.ww2research.com/locate-individual/ (my website) and submit an inquiry. Best regards, Bill
My Grandfather, Harry Lerner, was a Lieutenant and Navigator on the Wee Willie, but not when it was shot down. I understand that crews moved planes a lot. He was shot down in 44 but on which plane, we don't know.
Hi Jack: I have access to extensive information on all Air Corps flyers from World War 2, and I'm sure I can help you can locate information on Oscar Leibowitz. Please visit my website and submit an inquiry at https://www.ww2research.com/military-casualty-research/services-rates/. I look forward to hearing from you! Best, Bill
any info on oscar leibowitz . he was my uncle and i would like to know anything about him during ww. also are there any pictures of his plane the marilyn kay amiable? thank you in advance for any info.
My Great-Grandfather was a tail gunner in VB-305. He was injured over Simpson harbor on April 11th, 1944. I have a picture of VB-305 before they shipped overseas and I believe I found Albert in the picture. RIP Mr. Peterson