Air Ministry Casualty Communiques

RESEARCH NOTES

Throughout WWII, the Air Ministry regularly issued Casualty Communiques which announced (in a First Listing) or updated (in a Subsequent Listing) the status of missing airmen.

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These listings were published in newspapers and magazines (such as Flight) on a regular basis.

Airmen were listed in the following categories:

  • First Listing
    • Missing
  • Subsequent Listing
    • Previously reported missing, now reported killed in action
    • Previously reported missing, now presumed killed in action
    • Previously reported missing, now reported killed on active service
    • Previously reported missing, now presumed killed on active service
    • Previously reported missing, now reported prisoner of war

  • First Listing
    • Missing, believed killed in action
  • Subsequent Listing
    • Previously reported missing, believed killed in action, now reported killed in action
    • Previously reported missing, believed killed in action, now presumed killed in action

  • First Listing
    • Missing, believed killed on active service
  • Subsequent Listing
    • Previously reported missing, believed killed on active service, now reported killed on active service
    • Previously reported missing, believed killed on active service, now presumed killed on active service

  • First Listings
    • Killed in action
    • Wounded or injured in action
    • Died of wounds or injuries received in action
    • Killed on active service
    • Died on active service
    • Wounded or injured on active service
    • Died of wounds or injuries received on active service

NOTES:

  1. Presumption of death enabled a death certificate to be issued; personal belongings, along with any monies due, could then be sent to the next of kin. The process was usually started about six months after the date of the original “Missing” report when no information had been received regarding the status of a particular airman
  2. An archive, containing some of the original communiques, is being created at repositories.lib.utexas.edu