The Navy can lose us the war, but only the Air Force can win it. The fighters are our salvation, but the bombers alone provide the means of victory.

Winston Churchill

To illustrate the bravery of those aircrew who were part of Bomber command, the following horrendous statistics were necessary to achieve that victory. Taking an example of 100 airmen:

  • 55 were killed on operations or died as result of wounds
  • Three were injured (in varying levels of severity) on operations or active service
  • 12 were taken prisoner of war (some injured)
  • two were shot down and evaded capture
  • only 27 survived a tour of operations

It is difficult to be precise about numbers, and there are differences arising from different sources. The main reference is that compiled by W R Chorley in volume 9 of his book, Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War. Numbers quoted below are derived from that publication.

  Halifax Lancaster Whitley Wellington Hamden Manchester Fairey Battle Mosquito Total
North Killingholme 0 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 62
Elsham Wolds 12 208 0 28 0 0 0 0 248
Kirmington 0 127 51 0 0 0 0 0 178
Bottesford 0 55 0 0 0 5 0 0 60
Blyton 0 50 0 1 0 0 0 0 51
Hemswell 0 22 0 62 83 1 0 0 168
Binbrook 0 140 0 79 0 0 7 0 226
Grimsby 0 116 0 48 0 0 0 0 164
Ingham 0 0 0 35 0 0 0 0 35
Scampton 0 95 0 0 155 15 0 0 265
Faldingworth 0 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 37
Ludford Magna 0 113 0 0 0 0 0 0 113
Kelstern 0 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 70
Strubby 0 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
Wickenby 0 190 0 6 0 0 0 0 196
Dunholme Lodge 0 120 0 0 0 0 0 0 120
Skellingthorpe 0 187 0 0 15 6 0 0 208
Fiskerton 0 117 0 0 0 0 0 0 117
Bardney 0 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 85
Woodhall Spa 0 74 0 0 0 0 0 14 88
Spilsby 0 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 85
East Kirkby 0 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 150
Coningsby 0 101 0 0 57 17 0 0 175
Metheringham 0 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
Waddington 0 227 0 0 103 15 0 0 345
Swinderby 0 7 0 12 54 2 2 0 77
Fulbeck 0 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 38
                   
Total Lincolnshire 12 2606 51 271 467 61 9 14 3491
                   
Av Crew Size 7 7 5 6 4 7 3 2  
Crew 84 18242 255 1626 1868 427 27 28 22557
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