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Yes the FULL listing with Airplanes Number / Pilot's name date etc etc etc is available online but SORRY I don't remember where. I have downloaded it a year ago and I don't even know myself where I put these files.Enrico Cernuschi wrote:Hello Gentlemen,
are the aircratf Allied losses in the Med. since January until Sept. 1943 available?
I'm pariculaury interested about the USAAF B-17 and B-24 losses. The famous Ploesti raid in Aug. 1943 numbers are well known, but ther's almost nothing regarding the heavy bombers losses during their offensive against Italy since April until August 1943.
From memory, the tight or dense formations used for the raids worked, but not nearly as well as the USAF leaders expected. That if the raids had been flown in many dispersed formations the losses would have far worse. As it was the losses caused the idea of the unescourted bomber to be reconsidered.Enrico Cernuschi wrote:
I'm trying to appreciate how much the numerical mass of the American bombers helped them to reduce or contain their losses in front of a German and Italian fighter force and ack ack organization whose strenght and tactics did not developped very much during Spring and Summer 1943.