France Crashes 39-45 - a website to Remember French & Allied Airmen

Updated: Apr 20

Allied Air Force Research would like to thank Daniel Carville

for contributing the following guest article to our website.

Note that Mr Carville & the France-Crashes Website are by no means

Affiliated to the Allied Air Force Research Website.


My name is Daniel Carville and I live in Marne, France. I have been working since 2004 on a project close to my heart; to identify all the French and Allied aviators whose aircrafts crashed in French territory during World War II.


Indeed, from September 3, 1939 to May 8, 1945, thousands of French and Allied aircraft fell on French soil, either shot down in aerial combat or by German artillery, in collision or even by accident due to weather, malfunction or human error.


Some airmen escaped unharmed, some even evaded or were taken prisoner, but many were less fortunate and lie in cemeteries either in France or in their home country having been returned.


Others have disappeared altogether at sea, following the explosion of their aircraft or could not be recovered and are still listed as missing.


It is important that the sacrifice of these young men, many of whom were in their twenties, not be forgotten.


In 2008 this project was put online on the Internet free of charge so that everyone could access it.


I wanted to honour the memory of all the Allied airmen killed whilst serving during this conflict so that they do not fade from our memories.


This website has helped many families to discover more about the experiences their parents endured during the war and that is my main motivation.



Home page - if you require you can select English Version or Google will ask you if you require the page to be translated from French to English

Weekly updates have seen us index more than 8,700 crashes with 30,000 airmen being identified.


Internet links to appropriate websites, photographs of airmen, wrecks, graves, accounts of surviving witnesses or their families are all added to each page.


This site continues to be enriched with information sent regularly by several hundred correspondents.


A result page for one of the Aircraft Losses within the website.

The Allied airmen fought bravely, my web pages are proof of that, if you visit Archives regularly why not help us out by obtaining a few documents so that more information can be added to the website?


Please get in touch via our website if you think you can help.


I am also interested in pictures of airmen, wreckage of planes and documents concerning crashes.


But remember too that if you are researching a crash in France then details may already exist on the website.


You can get in touch with Daniel via the France Crashes website



 

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