The second world war was 'the great patriotic war" for the Soviet's. The naming reasons mainly in the the sacrifices of the civilian population. The statistics mention that of all male born in 1923 did only 20% survive the war :-o
This stands hard in the light of similar stastitic of RAF bomber crews, of wich 40% of all enlisted men during the war survived!
For the German U-boot crew became the stastistic 25%.
It was with other words twice as deadly to be a boy born in the 1923-Soviet as flying a RAF bomber throughout the entire war and even deadlier than being a German submarine crew :-o
[the submarine detail added later]
The numbers of the 8th airforce would be interresting to get into comparison.
However i've only been able to surf up the number of losses, being more than 26,000 sacrifies, wich ought to be compared to the total of flying crew to find it's place between the other percentages.
I've found the losses of heavy bombers for the entire ETO (@ 8th and 9th) wich would likely be fine for the comparison. But likely not without the total number of crews involved to create a percentage.
Does anyone here have access to the numbers or simply is a better (read: more persistant!) web-surfer than me?
As the American sacrifices above Europe certainly deserves to be mentioned beside the other percentages, it would be nice If any could help with the numbers!
Edited by Armand, 05 August 2017 - 10:34 AM.