The causes behind catastrophic accidents and training crash incidents during the Second World War
From 1939 to 1945 thousands of young airmen met terrible ends not at the hands the enemy’s machine guns or because of the murderous flak of anti-aircraft fire, but in catastrophic accidents and training crashes.
Incredibly, these incidents accounted for the lives of over 8000 men, or almost 15% of all RAF Bomber Command’s fatalities during the War.
The staggering losses were not just limited to Britain; all over the world training flights, routine sorties and cargo transport journeys all sometimes ended in disaster.
Perhaps it’s not so surprising that, amid the weight of the human costs of the air war against Germany, these ‘hidden’ losses have been forgotten; but all the men in... More »