Page Title: Eighth Air Force

Eighth Air Force Flag

The Flag of the Eighth Army Air Force

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3x5' dyed nylon design with heading and grommets; image is visible on both sides

What do you say about guys who get up every day to fly missions knowing there were very bad odds that they would return. If your crew could complete 25 missions, the Army would let you go home. The trouble was, the average crew only survived about half that number of missions.

The 8th AAF suffered 26,000 deaths out of the 350,000 officers and men. (The U.S. Navy suffered 37,000 deaths out of the 4.1 million in the WW II Navy.) According to Wikipedia, Marine Corps killed and missing were 24,511 out of 669,100 serving. These statistics are not meant to take anything away from The Navy or The Marine Corps.   These numbers tell us something about the odds of surviving the withering fire in the skies over Europe.

Their motto is "Deterrence through strength, global strike on demand."