Sorties and Losses, R.A.F. Bomber Command (1939-45)

 

  Sorties Missing Crashed      
  Night Day Total Night Day Total Night Day Total Daily
Sorties
Total
Losses
Loss
Rate
1939 170 163 333 4 29 33 6 2 8 2.8 41 12.3
September 83 40 123 2 12 14 3 - 3 4.4 17 13.8
October 32 - 32 2 - 2 2 - 2 1.0 4 12.5
November 15 4 19 - - - 1 - 1 0.6 1 5.3
December 40 119 159 - 17 17 - 2 2 5.1 19 11.9
 
1940 17,493 3,316 20,809 340 152 492 150 8 158 56.9 650 3.1
January 38 6 44 - - - - - - 1.4 - 0.0
February 54 4 58 1 1 2 - 2 2.0 3 5.2
March 239 53 292 3 1 4 6 - 6 9.4 10 3.4
April 489 167 656 18 15 33 8 - 8 21.9 41 6.3
May 1,617 802 2,419 21 49 70 3 3 6 78.0 76 3.1
June 2,484 812 3,296 26 31 57 7 1 8 109.9 65 2.0
July 1,722 616 2,338 40 32 72 3 4 7 75.4 79 3.4
August 2,188 417 2,605 52 18 70 11 - 11 84.0 81 3.1
September 3,141 98 3,239 65 1 66 21 - 21 108.0 87 2.7
October 2,242 172 2,414 27 1 28 32 - 32 77.9 60 2.5
November 1,894 113 2,007 50 2 52 34 - 34 66.9 86 4.3
December 1,385 56 1,441 37 2 39 23 - 23 46.5 62 4.3
 
1941 27,101 3,507 30,608 701 213 914 333 26 359 83.9 1,273 4.2
January 1,030 96 1,126 12 3 15 12 1 13 36.3 28 2.5
February 1,617 124 1,741 16 2 18 32 2 34 62.2 52 3.0
March 1,728 162 1,890 35 4 39 36 - 36 61.0 75 4.0
April 2,249 676 2,925 56 23 79 12 7 19 97.5 98 3.4
May 2,416 273 2,689 39 20 59 14 3 17 86.7 76 2.8
June 3,228 531 3,759 76 22 98 15 3 18 125.3 116 3.1
July 3,243 582 3,825 91 66 157 28 3 31 123.4 188 4.9
August 3,344 468 3,812 121 35 156 45 5 50 123.0 206 5.4
September 2,621 263 2,884 76 14 90 62 1 63 96.1 153 5.3
October 2,501 138 2,639 68 17 85 40 1 41 85.1 126 4.8
November 1,713 43 1,756 83 - 83 21 - 21 58.5 104 5.9
December 1,411 151 1,562 28 7 35 16 - 16 50.4 51 3.3
 
1942 32,737 2,313 35,050 1,291 109 1,400 305 11 316 96.0 1,716 4.9
January 2,216 24 2,240 56 - 56 32 - 32 72.3 88 3.9
February 1,162 252 1,414 18 15 33 14 1 15 50.5 48 3.4
March 2,224 131 2,355 78 2 80 21 - 21 76.0 101 4.3
April 3,752 246 3,998 130 13 143 29 2 31 133.3 174 4.4
May 2,702 105 2,807 114 1 115 21 - 21 90.5 136 4.8
June 4,801 196 4,997 199 2 201 39 1 40 166.6 241 4.8
July 3,914 313 4,227 171 19 190 22 - 22 136.4 212 5.0
August 2,454 186 2,640 142 10 152 16 5 21 85.2 173 6.6
September 3,489 127 3,616 169 6 175 39 - 39 120.5 214 5.9
October 2,198 406 2,604 89 14 103 27 - 27 84.0 130 5.0
November 2,067 127 2,194 53 11 64 23 - 23 73.1 87 4.0
December 1,758 200 1,958 72 16 88 22 2 24 63.2 112 5.7
 
1943 62,736 1,792 64,528 2,255 59 2,314 345 12 357 176.8 2,671 4.1
January 2,556 406 2,962 86 15 101 18 3 21 95.5 122 4.1
February 5,030 426 5,456 101 6 107 22 3 25 194.9 132 2.4
March 5,174 284 5,458 161 7 168 25 1 26 176.1 194 3.6
April 5,571 316 5,887 253 12 265 24 1 25 196.2 290 4.9
May 5,130 360 5,490 234 19 253 27 4 31 177.1 284 5.2
June 5,816 - 5,816 275 - 275 15 - 15 193.9 290 5.0
July 6,170 - 6,170 188 - 188 31 - 31 199.0 219 3.5
August 7,807 - 7,807 275 - 275 33 - 33 251.8 308 3.9
September 5,513 - 5,513 191 - 191 34 - 34 183.8 225 4.1
October 4,638 - 4,638 159 - 159 21 - 21 149.6 180 3.9
November 5,208 - 5,208 162 - 162 48 - 48 173.6 210 4.0
December 4,123 - 4,123 170 - 170 47 - 47 133.0 217 5.3
 
1944 113,352 44,096 157,448 2,349 224 2,573 354 5 359 430.2 2,932 1.9
January 6,278 - 6,278 314 - 314 38 - 38 202.5 352 5.6
February 4,263 45 4,308 199 - 199 24 - 24 148.6 223 5.2
March 9,031 18 9,049 283 - 283 39 - 39 291.9 322 3.6
April 9,873 10 9,883 214 - 214 25 - 25 329.4 239 2.4
May 11,353 16 11,369 274 - 274 29 - 29 366.7 303 2.7
June 13,592 2,371 15,963 293 12 305 30 - 30 532.1 335 2.1
July 11,500 6,298 17,798 229 12 241 29 4 33 574.1 274 1.5
August 10,013 10,271 20,284 186 35 221 22 1 23 654.3 244 1.2
September 6,428 9,643 16,071 96 41 137 15 - 15 535.7 152 0.9
October 10,193 6,713 16,906 75 52 127 26 - 26 545.4 153 0.9
November 9,589 5,055 14,644 98 41 139 34 - 34 488.1 173 1.2
December 11,239 3,656 14,895 88 31 119 43 - 43 480.5 162 1.1
 
1945 44,074 20,664 64,738 507 92 599 222 17 239 505.8 838 1.3
January 9,603 1,304 10,907 121 12 133 57 - 57 351.8 190 1.7
February 13,715 3,685 17,400 164 9 173 60 - 60 621.4 233 1.3
March 11,585 9,606 21,191 168 47 215 76 10 86 683.6 301 2.3
April 8,822 5,001 13,823 51 22 73 29 6 35 460.8 108 0.9
May 349 1,068 1,417 3 2 5 - 1 1 177.1 6 0.1
 
TOTAL 297,663 75,851 373,514 7,447 878 8,325 1,715 81 1,796 180.0 10,121 2.7

 

Source: Adapted from Max Hastings, Bomber Command (pg. 353).