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Discussion in 'Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945' started by Fred Wilson, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson "The" Rogue of Rogues

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    I am only too aware of many members respect for Chorley, plus http://www.rafinfo.org.uk/BCWW2Losses/
    versus their attitude towards the old lostbombers.com database.

    The lostbombers.com database has been duplicated (letter perfect, page by page) at: http://www.lostaircraft.com/

    But with a twist:
    They are actively soliciting expert members to update their database, make needed corrections and to add information that has come to light over the intervening years.

    Would the outstanding bank of experts here be interested in making a major contribution to this (IMHO) commendable project?
    (Noting that the vast majority of Bomber Command Losses during the first two years of the war have yet to be added.)

    I am right nervous about cross posting this onto http://ww2talk.com/
    - lostbombers.com got flamed over there with a passion I have rarely seen.

    So I will wait quite some time before cross posting this, awaiting what arises here.

    Your thoughts?

    Tnx!
     
  2. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    well, why not, I could probably give a hand regarding many crashed that happened in France. The trouble is that I really haven't much time. Maybe I could give advice on debating matters only, many facts being obvious. No promisse, but rather than criticise and do nothing, I might as well be positive.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    I have no dog in the fight, but like it or not there is controversy around the original project.
    We live in an interesting age.
    We'll see.
     
  4. jimmytwohand

    jimmytwohand New Member

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    As a new bod around here i have missed the controversy surrounding the original site. However from the searches i have done would it be fair to say that this is basically nicked from someone else's research (still) without attribution? They also seem to be soliciting donations. I'm all for freedom of information but it doesn't seem quite like cricket. I also feel like my own wicket is distinctly sticky here.....
     
  5. Owen

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    From what I can gather from those in the know that was basically it, yes.
     
  6. Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson "The" Rogue of Rogues

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    Of special and particular note.

    The LostAircraft.com Website has seen massive input.
    English see: http://www.lostaircraft.com/database.php?lang=en
    German: http://www.lostaircraft.com/database.php?lang=de

    Our friends on the continents are just POUNDING in Luftwaffe and USAAF Losses. And I mean pounding them in. Hundreds per day.
    A few Soviet losses are starting to appear as well. Stay tuned. Their intention is to allow permissions for Cyrillic and Asian Fonts
    - with a view to including and encouraging Soviet and Japanese Fighter and Bomber Command Loss Reports as well, and this in the very near future.

    It has also inserted google maps of ± all crash locations.

    Next on the celebration list:
    RAF Fighter Command losses are beginning to appear.

    This new resource comes with one serious bonus.
    It is a wiki. You are free to edit, update, correct, add new and valuable information and links[SIZE=14.44444465637207px] and yes, insert new records.[/SIZE]

    Give er! And yes, this is one website that is well worth our financial support. I hope this one survives a thousand years from now.
     
  7. Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson "The" Rogue of Rogues

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    Use the proper "Ticket" format towards resolving database entry issue(s) found on the http://lostaircraft.com/ database.

    Use the database's home page search box to find the record for a Lost Aircraft report file in the database that requires investigation prior to resolution.
    (Use this method instead of the usual "intended" search format, which typically uses a crew member's name or more routinely the Aircraft's Serial Number,
    cross referenced with the serial number chosen from the drop down list provided, which then brings up the database entry itself.)

    This search tool bot automatically creates a "Ticket" towards correcting these issues in that particular loss record.
    This is the correct path towards resolving discrepancies whilst doing significant research into the pertinent information on these reports
    - prior to making any actual changes in the loss report.

    Your "Ticket" will then appear faithfully in "your posts" at: http://lostaircraft.com/search.php?search_id=egosearch

    This is the correct method. Every new Database Entry automatically add a new Topic in the forum itself. A link to this topic is in the database entry.
    This Topic can read every registered member.
    If your Information is correct you can directly edit the Database entry and correct the wrong information and / or add new information.
     
  8. Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson "The" Rogue of Rogues

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    Feel free to join the database forum and edit loss records of special interest to you at: http://lostaircraft.com/database.php?lang=en

    Note that 3132 entirely new loss records have been added, many being USAAF, Luftwaffe and Italian Theatre.
    Thanks goes out to all contributors and editors.

    There are now some 30,725 loss records to look into at http://lostaircraft.com/

    The Advanced Search function at http://lostaircraft.com/ is hard to find.
    See: http://www.lostaircraft.com/database.php?lang=en&mode=search
     

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