DAACDA

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DAACDA stands for Downed Allied Air Crew Database Austria, a project conducted by the ACDH in cooperation with the University of Graz.

The web application captures and visualizes all western allied plane crashes during the Second World War in the area of today's Austria. The faith of more than 10.000 American and British crew members is traced and depicted. The networked approach to different sources allows a complete overview of a so far scarcely investigated aspect of the allied bomb war for the first time and answers questions about the faith of MIA.

The project DAACDA comprises the collection, evaluation and depiction of data and information on the faith of American and British air crews which were downed, arrested, became victims of crime and/or died in the area of today's Austria between 1939 and 1945.

The basis of this project is the development of a web application which emerges from a cooperation between the Institute for History (department Contemporary History) of the University of Graz and the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. More than 10.000 people are recorded, traces are bing followd, data collected and connected and provided to the public as well as to researchers. By following this approach, a so far scarcely investigated aspect of the bomb war is visualized and connected to individual destinies and perceptions. The project is carried out in the context of research dedicated to violence against downed allied air crews ("plane lynchings") and the so-called "missing-in-action" cases (MIA). A complete collection of data on all plane crashes and their crews was created and is now incorporated in the application. This allows for a comprehensive picture of the destinies of downed planes in today's Austria which is fed by a networked perspective on sources, data and information from US-American, British, German and Austrian archives for the first time. Retracing and visualizing the tracks does not only allow to illustrate them, but is also - in the context of a cooperation with the US Department of Defense - dedicated to bring light to the faith of planes which are considered missing to this date.