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 a certain amount of missions, the Army would let you go home. The
trouble was, the average life of a crew was 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
This statistic is not meant to take anything away from The Navy.
It does show you the odds of surviving the air war over Europe. According to
Marine Corps killed and missing were 24,511 out of 669,100 serving.
These numbers tell us something about the withering fire faced in
a few years in the skies over Europe.
I have been long intrigued by the Eighth Air Force and will be
posting much more information here. I just wanted to get this page up now that
the flag is available
Eighth Air Force Historical Society
The Official Web Site of 8th Air Force
Our motto is "Deterrence through strength, global strike on demand."