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RAF WWII Bomber Command

This week’s quote of the week is on a more serious note, due to Remembrance Day taking place this Thursday.

The context of the quote is to remember the aircrews that sacrificed their lives in World War 2 to fight the Germans against appalling odds. I’d also like to remember the many Canadians and Australians that served with the British RAF, as well as the American Air Forces that participated in attacks in Europe.

Here are some quick stats on the RAF bomber command: For any given 100 aircrew in Bomber Command, 1939-1945:
- Killed on operations – 51
- Killed in crashes in England – 9
- Seriously injured – 3
- Prisoner of War – 12
- Evaded capture – 1
- Survived unharmed – 24

The quote:
“All your operations were planned with great care and skill. They were executed in the face of desperate opposition and appalling hazards, they made a decisive contribution to Germany’s final defeat. The conduct of the operations demonstrated the fiery gallant spirit which animated your aircrews, and the high sense of duty of all ranks under your command. I believe that the massive achievements of Bomber Command will long be remembered as an example of duty nobly done.”

-Winston S. Churchill