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Part of a USAAF stream of over 1,000 B-17 bombers, circa 1942-1943

Caption   Part of a USAAF stream of over 1,000 B-17 bombers, circa 1942-1943 ww2dbase
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 6 Apr 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Aug 2010 03:40:38 PM

We will never see the likes of this again
when a thousand bombers, and as many fighters would make a daylight raid over the
Ten thousand bomber crewmen and another
One thousand men in the fighters flew to bomb Germany.

Precision Bombing:

What did this mean, only in the sense that most bombs fell somewhere near a specific
target. A bombing circle of 1,000 feet in
radius around the aiming point.
During World War II you needed hundreds and
thousands of bombers attacking a target and
destroy it by massive bombing.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Aug 2010 05:56:14 PM

Over 160,000 Allied airmen were lost in the
European theatre during World War II.
Thousands of aircraft were lost due to
operational losses, training accidents and

The 8th Air Force lost:
30,000 airmen
33,000 wounded
14,000 captured

Aircraft losses:
4,145 B-17 Bombers
2,112 B-24 Bombers
1,043 P-47 Fighters
2,201 P-51 Fighters
451 P-38 Fighters
10,561 Aircraft lost other aircraft were lost as well, due to training accidents and operational losses.

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