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Ten largest air to air battles in history

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#1 Paolo Tagliaferri

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:56 AM

Not strictly WWII but a nice info graphic about the largest air battles in aviation history.

 

 

(taken from here)

 

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 01:48 PM

Great information Paolo. Thank you for posting, Jeff.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 05:01 AM

Interesting but have to question how he sees some of them as the largest air battles. None of the air battles over Germany between the Luftwaffe and the 8th and 15th AFs are not mentioned.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 08:43 AM

Yeah...you would expect at least the Schweinfurt raid to show up there...

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 10:18 PM

Bombing raids alone aren't quite battles and the bomber interceptions caused probably not clashes of titanic proportions :-/
Airbattle-time is a question of ammunition and german ammo might have been used quite fast with so many targets. The ME163 is to be considered the conclusion of that: Fast interception and one or two sweeps through the formations before returning!

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 10:40 PM

Some of the 8th AF battles lasted for hours. Raids like Schweinfurt/Regensberg and Schweinfurt II allowed the Luftwaffe to attack over long periods of time, both on ingress and egress, because of the speed of the attack (ie relatively slow) and the depth of the attack. Barely a bomber escaped undamaged, 20% were lost on each occasion, along with several hundred men.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 01:01 PM

I'd agree with the view that there are some odd choices in the top ten - such a range, from campaigns taking months and involving thousands of aircraft to operations which lasted less than one day and involved tens of aircraft.

 

I grant you, any real 'top ten largest' will almost certainly be entirely WW2, as nothing before or since has ever really matched it for scale, and it looks like they were trying to get some variety going, both in terms of date and the type of 'battle'.

 

As an aside, I was amused by the fact that the Luftwaffe, at Kursk, managed to lose 5000 out of 2792 aircraft. That is quite impressive!

Either reinforcements were not included in the strengths column, or claims were used instead of losses, but surely somebody should have picked that up?



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 01:34 PM

Ricky, the losses are for both nations. Still more than what both nations had. Also the total losses, must have included non operational losses.







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