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What information is contained in the Eighth Air Force historical database?

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The Eighth Air Force historical database contains the names, personal biographies, missions and aircraft of the military personnel who served in the Eighth Air Force during World War II. The database collects information on these servicemen to preserve their legacy.

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Created in 1975, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society runs the database that commemorates the 350,000 men and women who served in the Eighth Air Force. The society limits the database to the history, missions and personal details of the Army Air Force that served in England between 1943 and 1945. Personal details include the names, hometowns, Army serial numbers and fighter group affiliations of the regiment. The database traces the history of the Mighty Eighth from its inception in Georgia in 1942 to the role it played in the dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan and its deactivation in the United States in 1945.

The database maintains mission details of the Eighth AAF, such as the Night Leaflet Operation in France and the Carpetbagger mission. The database also maintains information on the background of the regiment, targets and casualties. The Eighth Air Force Historical Society accepts submissions on the experiences of war veterans from the family members of the people who served in the Eighth AAF.

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