Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills
“Ok boys, put some clothes on those girls. We’re going home!”
Apparently no one worried about nose art on the bombers…over there.
(I don’t know who originally wrote this, but it was provided by one of our regular contributors, Ray Kasey, of New Jersey.
Did you know that more airmen died in WWII than Marines.
WWII Statistics US Army Air Corps:
Almost 1,000 Army planes disappeared en route from the US to foreign locations.
An eye-watering 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 against the Western Axis) and 20,633 attributed to non-combat causes overseas.
In a single 376 plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England. In 1942-43 it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete a 25-mission tour in Europe .
Pacific theater losses were far less (4,530 in combat) owing to smaller forces committed. The worst B-29 mission, against Tokyo on May 25, 1945, cost 26 Superfortresses, 5.6 percent of the 464 dispatched from the Marianas
On average, 6,600 American servicemen died per month during WWII, about 220 a day. By the end of the war, over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat theaters and another 18,000 wounded. Some 12,000 missing men were declared dead, including a number “liberated” by the Soviets but never returned. More than 41,000 were captured, half of the 5,400 held by the Japanese died in captivity, compared with one-tenth in German hands.
Total combat casualties were pegged at 121,867[…]