The Pentagon has created a database of every bomb they’ve dropped since the First World War
For the past six years, the U.S. Air Force has been compiling an exhaustive list of every bomb their planes have dropped since World War I.
The database, which is part of a project called THOR (Theater History of Operations Reports), was put together by Lieutenant Colonel Jenns Robertson using thousands of historical documents. And while the effort might seem like a ridiculous make-work project, the database is actually intended to save lives.
This news comes to us via Bryan Bender of The Boston Globe, who describes how Robertson combed through a mind-boggling amount of paperwork — including 1,000 original World War I handwritten raid reports. The chronicling of the Air Force’s bomb-dropping efforts during World War II was similarly labor intensive, involving 10,000 handwitten and typed pages of records.