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Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs)

What's in these records?

Typically a MACR gives some or all of the following kinds of information about each crew member:

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  • Name
  • Rank
  • Service number
  • Crew position
  • name and address of next of kin

The report also usually indicates the following:

  • Army Air Forces organization to which the aircraft was assigned
  • Place of departure and destination of the flight plan
  • Weather conditions and visibility at the time of loss
  • Cause of crash
  • Type, model, and serial number of the aircraft and its engines
  • Kinds of weapons installed and their serial numbers

Some case files include the names of persons with some knowledge of the aircraft's last flight. In some cases these are rescued or returned crew members. Most reports do not contain all of the above information, especially those prepared in 1943 and in 1947.

Ordering Copies

Do you know the MACR number?

YES, I KNOW THE MACR NUMBER

You already have enough information to order a copy.

  • Go to the online Microfilm Catalog.
  • Search for M1380.
  • Click on "View Important Publication Details" next to the PDF image to view the microfilm roll lists to find which roll contains your MACR number.
    (You can also view the M1380 descriptive pamphlet here.)
  • Place your order.

NO, I DO NOT KNOW THE MACR NUMBER

We may be able to find the number for you.

  • Give us as much information as you have. Most important is:
    • Date of loss of the aircraft
    • Tail number of lost aircraft
    • Personal name of the crew member
  • Use Find & Request to send your reference request

Your Find & Request path is:

Military Service Records
     bullet Army Air Forces & Army
          bulletMissing Air Crew Reports (1942–1947)
               bulletPaper records


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