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FlatSpinMan
02-27-2009, 08:08 AM
I was just watching the eternally awesome IL2 movies "Requiem" and "Come with me" and the thought occurred to me, "How many poor ba$tards last view of the word was through flames as they spun down towards the earth?"
My great-uncle Pat was one. He was the pilot of a Wellington and was downed on his squadron's very first operational mission. He is buried in a cemetery in Belgium.

So does anyone know how many poor airmen died in the Second World War?

FlatSpinMan
02-27-2009, 08:08 AM
I was just watching the eternally awesome IL2 movies "Requiem" and "Come with me" and the thought occurred to me, "How many poor ba$tards last view of the word was through flames as they spun down towards the earth?"
My great-uncle Pat was one. He was the pilot of a Wellington and was downed on his squadron's very first operational mission. He is buried in a cemetery in Belgium.

So does anyone know how many poor airmen died in the Second World War?

K_Freddie
02-27-2009, 11:33 AM
Could be around 750 000 total for all sides

Mercanario
02-27-2009, 01:24 PM
Dont now the total loss for all nations, but for RAF Bomber Command it was around 50,000

Dance
02-27-2009, 01:49 PM
Simple answer, too many, on all sides. In the air on the ground and at sea, it makes no difference.

VMF-214_HaVoK
02-27-2009, 02:01 PM
Too many.

Mr_Zooly
02-27-2009, 04:30 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties
a sobering thought indeed http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif