R.A.F. Bomber Command, Aircraft Available (1939-45)

 

  Load (lbs) 9/39 1/40 7/40 1/41 7/41 1/42 7/42 1/43 7/43 1/44 7/44 1/45 5/45
R.A.F. Bomber Command
                             
Battle 1,000 141 118 73 - - - - - - - - - -
Blenheim 1,000 123 92 234 176 160 58 39 - - - - - -
Boston 2,000 - - - - - 5 47 37 - - - - -
Ventura 2,500 - - - - - - - 36 - - - - -
Mitchell 3,200 - - - - - - - 5 - - - - -
Mosquito 4,000 - - - - - - 13 23 51 72 138 206 269
Hampden 4,000 85 70 109 111 169 161 37 - - - - - -
Whitley 7,000 75 68 103 92 105 89 - - - - - - -
Wellington 4,500 91 90 148 229 391 353 256 187 124 15 - - -
Manchester 10,350 - - - - - 48 - - - - - - -
Stirling 14,000 - - - - 22 38 69 104 203 139 37 - -
Halifax 11,000 - - - - 31 50 102 173 331 373 562 521 388
Lancaster 15,000 - - - - - - 107 274 444 627 864 1,096 1,320
Total   515 438 667 608 878 802 670 839 1,153 1,226 1,601 1,823 1,977
                             
Total load (m lbs) 1.5 1.4 2.1 2.3 4.0 4.5 5.2 8.6 13.9 15.8 20.2 23.0 25.1
                             
U.S.A.A.F. 8th and 15th Air Forces
                             
Fortress 8,000 - - - - - - - 156 670 1,667 3,645 3,115 3,300
Liberator 8,000
                             
Total load (m lbs) - - - - - - - 1.2 5.4 13.3 29.2 24.9 26.4
                             
TOTAL   515 438 667 608 878 802 670 995 1,823 2,893 5,246 4,938 5,277
                             
TOTAL LOAD (m lbs) 1.5 1.4 2.1 2.3 4.0 4.5 5.2 9.8 19.3 29.1 49.4 47.9 51.5
 

Note:

(1) Only includes aircraft available for operations.

Source: British Bombing Survey Unit, The Strategic Air War Against Germany 1939-1945.