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rcocean
08-24-2006, 07:47 PM
Just looking at some stats from the US Air Corps in WW II:

Total Airplanes accepted - WWII 160,000

Aircraft on Hand 8-1-1945 63,000

Combat Losses - WW II 22,000

Planes Unaccounted for 70,000

My question is: What happened to almost 70,000 airplanes?

Thats a lot of aircraft.

berg417448
08-24-2006, 08:28 PM
Crash losses

"U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE CASUALTIES TOTALED 120,000, OF WHOM 40,000 DIED IN COMBAT. ANOTHER 15,000 DIED IN TRAINING ACCIDENTS OR IN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES.

AIRCRAFT LOSSES WERE 65,200, ONE THIRD OF THESE WERE DESTROYED IN CRASHES IN THE STATES."


During WWII a huge percentage of aircraft and aircrew losses to all air forces were due to training accidents or weather related accidents.


Link to AU site with PDF files. Scroll down to find files listing aircraft losses:

http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/afhra/aafsd/aafsd_list_of_...rcraftequipment.html (http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/afhra/aafsd/aafsd_list_of_tables_aircraftequipment.html)

R_Target
08-24-2006, 08:49 PM
http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/2457/lossesallzk2.gif

rcocean
08-24-2006, 08:55 PM
Originally posted by R_Target:
http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/2457/lossesallzk2.gif

Thanks. Its hard to believe. But truth is stranger than fiction.

WWMaxGunz
08-25-2006, 01:25 AM
Originally posted by rcocean:
My question is: What happened to almost 70,000 airplanes?


Many were shipped off to other countries.
Many were used in training all those pilots.
And thousands were still parked in the USA at the end of the war.

stansdds
08-25-2006, 04:19 AM
Many were destroyed in non-combat accidents. In fact, the vast majority of Allied planes stricken from inventories during the war were a result of operational accidents.

Akronnick
08-25-2006, 02:06 PM
A lot were sat out in the desert until the were cut up for soda cans and the like. Some were dismantled at the airbase where they were at the end of the war.

Tully__
08-25-2006, 11:34 PM
Some may have been stripped for parts in combat theatres where spare parts shipments were hard to come by too.

WWMaxGunz
08-26-2006, 12:02 AM
Consider how many were still around for use in Korea.

The DC-3's saw use till... some are still used as airport shuttles today.

Treetop64
08-26-2006, 12:10 AM
Sounding redundant here but, yes, operational losses accounted for a large percentage of lost men and material, particularly for the Japanese. Also, air combat was often a confused and disorganized affair. Pilots got lost, wingmen lost track of where their leads were and could not find their way home by themselves (especially over the Pacific), planes may have been destroyed during combat but not nessesarily confirmed, etc.

War is a messy business, dood...