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w internatio­nalbcc.co.uk/history-archive/history-of-bomber-command

This is the website of the Internatio­nal Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. The sobering statistics of Bomber Command are these: of the 125,000 aircrew who served, 72 per cent were killed, seriously injured or captured as prisoners of war. In fact over 44 per cent were killed during their service, the highest rate of attrition of any Allied unit. It’s also noted on the homepage that “each man was a volunteer, and their average age of death was only 23”. There’s so much to explore in the ‘History & Archive’ section, including an extensive digital archive and the Bomber Command Losses Database, which details 58,438 deaths throughout its existence (1936–1968).

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