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Bomber Command II

Bomber Command crews also suffered an extremely high casualty rate: 55,573 killed out of a total of 125,000 aircrew
(a 44.4 percent death rate), a further 8,403 were wounded in action and 9,838 became prisoners of war.
This covered all Bomber Command operations including tactical support for ground operations and mining of sea lane
A Bomber Command crew member had a worse chance of survival than an infantry officer in World War I;
more people were killed serving in Bomber Command than in the Blitz, or the bombings of Hamburg or Dresden.
By comparison, the US Eighth Air Force, which flew daylight raids over Europe,
had 350,000 aircrew during the war and suffered 26,000 killed and 23,000 POWs.
Of the RAF Bomber Command personnel killed during the war, 72 percent were British, 18 percent were Canadian,
7 percent were Australian and 3 percent were New Zealanders.

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