Bomber Command Key Facts

Helping to protect our nation during WWII were more than 125,000 men, from all over the British Commonwealth, who served as aircrew in Bomber Command.

Pilots, flight crew and supporting personnel came from the UK, and 59 other nations including Canada, America, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany (many escaping from the Nazi regime) as well as other European refugees. The efforts of the RAF Bomber Command significantly changed the outcome of WWII.

Their bombing raids did great damage to the Axis powers industrial capacity. So concerned were they about Bomber Command’s capabilities that they permanently stationed more than 1,000 Luftwaffe aircraft for the purpose of fighting the bombers as well as more than 30,000 artillery pieces.

Bomber Command developed and pioneered new technologies that together with Allied contributions of both men and material allowed a huge expansion of bombing operations after 1942 contributing to the eventual victory in Europe.

It was Bomber Command that delivered the world’s first airborne humanitarian mission, Operation Manna, delivering over 7,000 tons of food parcels in 10 days over the west of Holland where one million people were registered as starving. And, they acted as a vital element to Operation Exodus that saw the repatriation of over 70,000 POW’s from internment camps across Europe.

In addition, they proved vital to the boosting of the morale of the Allies.

Over 55,000 men from Bomber Command died in the skies over Europe with only 30% of those that flew getting to the end of WWII without being killed, injured or taken prisoner of war.

It is impossible to say enough about what these brave men achieved during the war or the price they paid for it. We owe it to them, and to ourselves, to remember these men and their stories.

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125,000

Aircrew served in Bomber Command during World War 2
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6,680

Tons of food dropped over Holland in 1945 as part of Operation Manna
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55,573

Bomber Command Aircrew killed on Operations during World War 2
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364,514

The number of operational sorties flown during World War 2
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70%

Of aircrew died, were taken prisoner or were injured between 1939 and 1945
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3,491

Aircraft lost from Lincolnshire
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28%

Of aircrew killed were from countries other than the UK
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25,611

Bomber Command Aircrew who lost their lives flying from Lincolnshire and adjacent airfields
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