1) Date – Date
is in YYMMDD (year-month-day) format. 441021 is 1944
October 21st. 2) Aircraft Type 3) Serial Number – Aircraft
Serial Number 4) Sqdn – Squadron to which
the aircraft was assigned 5) Group – Group to which
the aircraft was assigned 6) Home Base – Air Base to
which the aircraft was assigned 7) AF – Army Air Force to
which the aircraft was assigned 8)
– Type of accident. See our Action
Codes List for what each of these abbreviations mean. 9) D – Damage to aircraft. 1 is
minor damage and 4 or 5 means completely destroyed. Initially,
the Air Force used a scale of 1 to 5 for damage, but toward the
end of 1944 the scale was changed to 1 to 4; however a 5 was
still occasionally used. Also, 0 is sometimes used to indicate
no damage. In addition to using the number ratings "minor
Reports" also use:
W - washout
M- major damage (upper case m)
m- minor damage (lower case m)
O- major overhaul
BL- Blank (or column is left blank) exact amount of damage not
given in report 10) Pilot – Name of the pilot
charged with the accident. This field does not list the entire crew.
There may have been more than one pilot onboard, so if you
a name you do not expect, do not be surprised—unless,
it was a single seat plane! If you do not find the
name you are looking for, or if you are looking for a crewmember
other than the pilot, try our
Database. 11)County – The
Country the accident occurred in. See
our Country Code List (abbreviations) and use the code to
search for all crashes in that country. 12)
US State - The US state in which the accident
occurred. 13) Location – Be careful
using this field, this is the least reliable way to search.
If you find the accident, great, but if not, do not give up!
Try searching other ways (date, pilot name, home base, etc).
If the crash occurred in between two towns, which one would be
listed? It might be neither; the report may list a town
farther away, or it may list a different or incorrect
place name altogether.