Old 29th Jan 2011, 10:13
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Bluey Snuttzov
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Very interesting numbers fijdor - thanks for posting it.

Most Americans who were not adults during WWII have no understanding of the magnitude of it.

This listing of some of the aircraft facts gives a bit of insight to it.
More than a bit fijdor but as usual little or no mention of the efforts and sacrifices of friends and Allies.

No Ju-87 on the list?
AFAIK some 5-6,000 were built and their effect was quite significant during the Blitzkrieg years before America joined the air war.

In fact it was not until 27 Feb 1943 that USAAF bomber aircraft made their first raid on Germany.

By the end of the war, over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat theatres
In comparison RAF Bomber Command in Europe alone suffered 55,573 killed out of a total of 125,000 aircrew (a 44.4% death rate) 72% were British, 18% were Canadian, 7% were Australian and 3% were New Zealanders.

More than 41,000 were captured, half of the 5,400 held by the Japanese died in captivity,
Hmmm - quite possible. The Japanese treated everybody worse than animals and no doubt aircrew got additional special treatment. However for US servicemen overall the most ofted cited figures are in the region of 30-40%. Still appalling.

compared with one-tenth in German hands.
This is wildly incorrect - it was more like 1%.
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