Regarding the USAF losses in Korean war

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  1. donkeyking

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    HI there,

    I know there is website about UN Airforce losses in Korean war. The website is KORWALD Date of Loss Report

    However somebody doubts whether it is accurate enough because there was a fire in National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis in 1973. Some USAF's records were lost in the fire.
    1973 ST LOUIS FIRE AND LOST RECORDS - National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)

    How do you think about Korwald record's accuracy?
    Who can give me another web site about USAF's losses detail in Korean war?

    Thanks

    Donkeyking
     
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    A thought: If records pertaining to losses were themselves lost in a fire in '73, you won't find anything new on other websites. Unless there were backups, which I don't think they really did back in the day (and which would have been used on your Korwald site in any event), those records would be irrevocably lost.

    However, don't let me be the soggy sponge on your searching! Who knows, someone somewhere might've rescued a box of docs and forgot about them until recently...
     
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    The fire was, as you said, in the National Personnel Records Center, so mainly involved individual personnel records, not mainly operational or a/c records. Most of those, for Korea, are at the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Naval Historical Office, Marine Corps Historical Office and US National Archives. To answer the question, KORWALD is quite accurate for the info it gives, though it's not perfect. Nothing that big could possibly be perfect. My study of Korean air war has been mainly matching up Soviet, Chinese, etc accounts of air combat and claims to accounts in US records of the same combats. KORWALD is a useful resource in that regard but it's not really intended for that, but rather as aid to finding out about personnel losses, espcially POW/MIA. But the info I've found about particular combats, operations and a/c is in line with the info in KORWALD a very high % of the time. I've found some records the KORWALD compilers apparently didn't, they found or had access to some I didn't, but KORWALD is basically a very sound piece of research.

    And note, when a loss is given as positively caused by something other than enemy a/c in KORWALD, it's rare that that assessment won't hold up when you look into all the other aspects of the loss, when and where it occurred, what air combats occurred the same day, what specific claims were made by the MiG's at what time and place and circumstances that day, etc. Some listings on the web use KORWALD but match many losses in KORWALD to causes other than MiG's, as confirmation of MiG claims in published sources. That's basically crap research, to put it bluntly. The air combat losses in KORWALD labelled as such are all there were, basically, plus a few disappeared a/c which match the Communist AF's claims, and again a few omissions and errors in KORWALD. When it comes to a/c damaged in air combat, KORWALD is a lot less complete, though. However, another error seen in web debates is to consider all damaged a/c listed in KORWALD as writeoff/total losses: few were in fact.

    Joe
     
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