Army and Air Force aircraft are identified by a unique Serial Number assigned to each. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft are similarly identified by a Bureau Number. The Coast Guard also identifies its aircraft by Serial Number.
The best available source on the Web for information about individual military aircraft is Joe Baugher’s web site. Joe has made a point of trying to identify and list all such aircraft individually by their identifying numbers, as well as providing much further information on a lot of aircraft, and has made this information available on his site in very clear fashion.
The site is Joe Baugher’s site
The searchable table for aircraft on our site includes a little information about some aircraft (like a few nicknames and the disposition of some) that is not available on Joe Baugher’s site. However, overall no one is going to come close to the wealth of aircraft information that is on his site.
Another excellent source of information about all but recent years’ aircraft is “U.S. Military Aircraft Designations and Serials, 1909 to 1979” by John M. Andrade. This book includes lots of data about specific aircraft as well as background on the various types and groups.
|B-29||40-BW||42-24579||–||–||4240||Eddie Allen||Boeing Wichita||WW II
45th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Group
Lost May 26 1945, Tokyo, Japan
|B-29||45-MO||44-86292||–||–||–||Enola Gay||Martin Omaha||WW II
Jul-Aug 1945, 393rd Bomb Squadron, 509th Composite Group. North Field, Tinian
Aug 6 1945, dropped first atomic bomb on Japan. COL Paul Tibbets
|B-29||A-15-BN||42-93966||–||–||7373||Eight Ball||Boeing Renton||WW II
39th Bomb Group (plane P-8)
|CH-47||A||64-13149||–||–||B-121||Easy Money||Boeing-Vertol||Vietnam War||–||–||–||–|
|P-47||C-5-RE||41-6335||–||–||–||El Jeepo||Republic||WW II
83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group
Piloted by CPT Charles London