USN Overseas Loss List by Month
December 1941 through August 1945
Special thanks to Douglas Campbell at
Group for generously donating
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database see the notes at the bottom of this page
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contain tens of thousands of records, they are far from
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This database is a general list of who, what, when, where, and
why, for WWII USN overseas losses, both operational and
1) DATE: This is the date in which the aircraft was
lost. In some instances, the scrapping of aircraft was only
reported monthly, so you may see a number of scrapped aircraft
being reported on the last day of a month; however, these
aircraft are not linked with an operational squadron but
rather with a CASU or A&R unit.
2) TYPE: This is the type or
class designation of the aircraft lost.
3) BUNO: This is the aircraft's
Bureau Number, or Serial Number, used by the U.S. Navy, Marine
Corps and Coast Guard.
4) SQUADRON: This is the
squadron to which the aircraft lost had been attached. In
many instances the squadron to which the aircraft was attached
was a Naval Air Station (NAS), or a Marine Corps Air Base (MCAB),
or flying under Station Operations, or assigned to a Naval
Attaché, or just attached to a salvage unit awaiting the scrap
heap at or near the end of the war. Some were even lost
transported by ship before being assigned to a squadron and
these aircraft are listed as Unassigned. In many instances,
though, the exact operational squadron could be determined and
are listed in this field.
5) FROM: This is a two-fold
field in that if the aircraft lost was assigned to a ship,
that ship is listed here. If not attached to a ship, than the
squadron was located at a land-based airfield, in most cases a
field on one of the numerous islands located in the Pacific,
and that field or island is also listed here.
6) DOWN: This is a listing of
the area in which the aircraft was lost. In almost every case
the best that could be identified is the nearest island to
where the ship was when the plane attached to the ship was
lost (e.g., Hawaii), the location over land where the plane
when lost (e.g., Tokyo), the battle in which the aircraft was
participating when lost (e.g., Battle of Midway), or even the
body of water the aircraft was lost in (e.g., Battle of the
Philippine Sea would be simply Philippine Sea). The exact
latitude and longitude of where every aircraft went down is
not possible, except when the aircraft went down with a
7) AREA: This is a generalized
area of the world where the aircraft was lost. For example,
Hawaii and Midway are in Western Central Pacific (WCENPAC).
EMPIRE is the Empire of Japan and PHIL is the Philippines.
8) PILOT: This is the pilot's
name and rank or rate who was with the aircraft when the
aircraft was lost. Many of the names may be incomplete or
misspelled as the reference materials used was very poorly
reproduced. In some instances, no pilot is listed but rather
a statement such as (DECK LOSS - KAMIKAZE) or (DECK LOSS -
TYPHOON); this is self-explanatory. In some others the field
is left blank, but a name needs to eventually go into it.
9) FATE: This is the fate of the
pilot reported at the time the plane was lost. It is a single
letter represented as follows:
S - Saved
M - Missing
D - Dead
Although the fate of many of those
reported Missing were eventually changed to Dead, what is
represented here was the status of the pilot's fate when the
original report was made.
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