Statistical Summary of the RAF

 

Summary
Sorties Tonnage1 Losses
Bomber Command2 392,137 988,307 9,163
1939 591 31 40
1940 22,473 13,543 509
1941 32,012 32,411 985
1942 36,426‬ 51,928 1,543‬
1943 66,308 166,593 2,474‬
1944 166,844 538,688 2,904
1945 67,483 185,113 708
       
Fighter Command 700,226 3,481 3,558
1939 3,217 - 3
1940 121,079 1 1,186
1941 150,828 129 651
1942 147,087 207 688
1943 136,167 986 569
1944 122,136 1,232 397
1945 19,712 926 64
       
2nd Tactical Air Force 327,713 61,838 2,115
1943 23,695 3,627 177
1944 214,592 38,729 1,305
1945 89,426 19,482 633
       
Coastal Command 235,749 5,380 1,579
1939-40 41,001 1,158 288
1941 30,544 1,006 233
1942 31,676 629‬ 302
1943 43,231 515 279
1944 66,362 1,411 305
1945 22,935 611 132
       
Mediterrranean and Middle East3 676,004 160,840 5,735
1940 17,711 2,525 133
1941 57,028 12,782 671
1942 114,735 22,551 1,189
1943 164,595 32,735 1,349
1944 243,686 60,442‬ 1,853
1945 78,249 29,805 540
       
Army Co-Operation Command 4,474 63 70
       
TOTAL RAF 2,336,303 1,219,909 22,220

 

Notes:

(1) Tonnage includes weight of mines laid

(2) Bomber Command sorties and losses includes aircraft operating under Coastal Command

(3) Mediterranean and Middle East sorties by type: bomber - 108,452; fighter - 453,781; coastal - 46,576; tactical, reconnaissance and army co-operation - 27,467; miscellaneous - 39,728. Bomb tonnage by location: Germany (including Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland) - 2,351; other occupied countries - 155,971; targets at sea - 2,518.

Source: Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II

Last modified: 9 March 2020