LOSSES DATABASE

The IBCC Losses Database records the details of 58,438 Bomber Command deaths throughout its existence (1936-1968), including pre-war and post-war losses. It provides one of the most comprehensive records of these losses in the world, including an ever-increasing amount of biographical information and photographs.

The work to create this database, which now contains almost 4 million pieces of data, has taken our team of volunteers 6 years. Led by our Losses Archivist, and volunteer, Dave Gilbert, the team have cross referenced the data with innumerable sources including the Chorley Volumes, national and international Rolls of Honour, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Squadron Association records, and PoW records. A full list of our information sources can be found here

The database now contains almost 4 million individual pieces of information and will help you discover the story behind each loss. The work on the database continues apace, with the aim of providing the most complete source of information on all aspects of their short lives. Our mantra is to paint a picture of the man (or woman) and not just the serviceman.

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SEARCHING THE DATABASE

When searching our database, first select the fields you would like to include using the ADD SEARCH FIELD button. You can choose as many or as few as you wish although, like all search engines, it’s best to put in less information to begin with and only include more fields if you need to narrow down your search.

With minimal exceptions, Bomber Command flew only out of UK stations. If your search doesn’t produce the results you were expecting it could be that your relative served in one of the other Commands that also flew bombers:

  • Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF)
  • RAF Middle East Command
  • Mediterranean Air Command
  • Coastal Command
  • Transport Command
  • Air Command South East Asia

A search for the squadron number on the internet should clarify in which Command your relative served.

We will be expanding the scope of the database over time to include other bomber losses, so please keep an eye on the ‘What’s New’ section.

We are always looking for photographs and further information on each of the losses to help bring their stories to life. Please help us to honour their sacrifice by submitting additional information and photos by clicking on the SUGGEST AN EDIT/ SUBMIT MORE INFO or SUBMIT A PHOTO buttons.

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What’s New

Keep up to date with new information we’ve recently added:

Special Thanks

Here we thank the people who have recently gone the extra mile to help expand the database:

  • The Epitaphs Project Volunteers
  • Anne Doward
  • Jagan Pillarisetti of RAF Commands
  • Wessel Scheer from Nunspeet, Netherlands
  • Norman Malayney of Legion House Museum, Winnipeg*
  • Gordon Crossley, Canadian Armed Forces Heritage Officer*

*Helping with the forthcoming Canadian Lakes Project

Appeals for help:

We’re always looking for new information to add. Here are the specific areas we’re looking for help with at the moment. If you can help, please drop us a line at losses@internationalbcc.co.uk

We’re looking for local History Groups and Societies to help us increase the biographical information we hold on each of the losses who hailed from your local area. To find out how you can help click here