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Discussion in 'Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945' started by Friedrich, Feb 25, 2003.

  1. Friedrich

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    My dear air warfare experts?

    Have you got any precise idea (I have already forgotten) the numbers concerning pilot, aircraft and civilian losses during the whole "Battle of Britain" and the "Blitz"? I do not want to make numbers up...
     
  2. No.9

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    Come on Bull, leave your joystick alone and answer the man! [​IMG]

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  3. redcoat

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    I have some numbers for the Battle of Britain but not the Blitz ( we Brits separate the two, we view the Blitz as the Germans just trying to annoy us because we won the Battle of Britain :D )

    Fighter Command lost 1023 aircraft during the BOB
    Bomber Command 376
    Coastal Command 148
    total 1,547

    Fighter Command from the 10 July to the 31 October lost 544 pilots KIA.
    Bommand Command around the same period lost approx 801 KIA and nearly 200 taken prisoner.
    total 1,5470

    The Luftwaffe in the same period lost
    873 fighters of both types ( Bf 109 and Bf 110 )
    1,015 bombers of all types
    total 1,887
    The losses in luftwaffe crew was a total of 2,698.

    It should be noted that in a lecture held in Berlin on the 2nd Feb 1944 the Intelligence officer of KG2, Hauptmann Otto Bechtle, showed that from August to December 1940 German fighter strength declined by 30% and bomber strength by 25%.
    In contrast RAF Fighter Command had an operational strength on the 6th June 1940 of 1,259 pilots. on the 2nd November it was 1,796 an increase of over 40% :eek:
     
  4. No.9

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    Glad to see someone's minding the store, red. Martin will probably say he was on a mission ;)

    Thank's for the other post on ships, cleared a few points up for me.

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    [ 27. February 2003, 09:51 PM: Message edited by: No.9 ]
     
  5. Martin Bull

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    Civilian casualties in Great Britain : -

    ( Killed )
    3/9/39 - 6/9/40 : 1698
    7/9/40 - 31/12/40 : 22,069
    1941 : 19,918
    1942 : 3,236
    1943 : 2,327
    1944 : 8,475
    1/1/45 - 9/5/45 : 1,860
    Northern Ireland : 967

    Total : 60,595

    Source : Civil Defence , HMSO Official War History, quoted in 'The Blitz : Then & Now Vol. 1 ).

    Casualties due to :

    Bombing : 51,509
    Flying Bombs : 6,148
    Rockets : 2,754
    Cross-channel guns : 148

    ( Source : The Defence of the United Kingdom Collier, Official War History )
     
  6. Friedrich

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    That is exactly what I needed! Thank you very much, Martin and Redcoat! [​IMG] Now you know why I love you? ;)
     
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    Now you know why I left this one alone ;)

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    ps. are you looking for a rear-gunner Martin? :D
     
  9. Friedrich

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    :eek: What?!
     

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