Searching in Mission Reports
BE WARNED: This Search Function can only search documents our volunteers have indexed. The indexing project is new (as of Oct 2016) and not all mission reports been indexed. This search only searches MISSION REPORTS
To search all records for a particular name use the search button on the home page.
Our website contains thousands of WWII documents and images; however, it is often difficult to locate information regarding a particular veteran. To make searching easier, we need more volunteers to index our documents with the names they contain. It is a monumental task, more than our current volunteers can do in a reasonable time. We need help and ANYONE CAN DO IT. It is not a technical job. To help, see our indexing project page by
clicking or (control + click) on the following hyperlink: Document indexing project.
Search for a particular veteran.
Use last name only: We strongly recommend you always search with the last name only option; if you get too many results you can limit your search to other options below. In many documents only the last name is provided, thus if you include other parts of the vet's name in your search, many documents may not be listed in results. Consider searching alternate spellings - those guys writing reports weren't perfect.
Limiting your search:
For common names you may wish to limit results by searching for last name and the first initial of the first name. Note limiting your search may not find all documents containing his name. For example, if you look for "Herman" plus "C" or "Charles" the search will usually return files containing both his first and last name but not a file that contains "Sgt Herman" (unless our indexer was able to supply the first name in our index file). It is very common to see a last name and only first or first and middle initials such as "Herman, C" and/or "Herman, C R".
You can include middle initial; however, it is recommended only for vets with a very common last name and the search will certainly not include a number of documents containing your veteran's name.
Researching the MISSION REPORTS: This search function allows you to search with various name options like the general search on the home page. IN ADDITION TO A NAME SEARCH, you can search for all entries:
In the NAME search boxes below: you can only use letters (omit apostrophe in names like O'Brien) and the boxes asking for a name initial will only record one letter. Searches are not case sensitive; Wilson and wilson will both return the same results. There are FOUR NAME SEARCH OPTIONS select one using the down arrow next to the submit button. Be careful: If you select the option for first and last name and omit the first name no results will be found. This applies to all combination searches such as duty and unit; you must enter a value for both components of a combination search, or you will get no results.
- With a particular duty; e.g. list all entries with duty navigator; however, be warned that indexers used different duty titles: for example: nav and navigator.
- With a particular aircraft number; however, be warned that not all indexers included aircraft numbers when indexing mission reports.
- With a particular duty within a particular unit, e.g, all 368th pilots in indexed mission reports.
- With a particular last name within a particular unit, e.g. All Smiths in the 368th that are in indexed reports.
- With a particular mission date.
THE FIVE SPECIAL SEARCH OPTIONS (listed above) are different from the general search found on the home page. Numbers are allowed and will be treated as text. Please select your desire search options from options available below.
Remember, this search only searches MISSION REPORTS