GROUP LOSSES

 

 

With every mission, Pilots would risk their lives, and their safety and some were lost.  Initially, the losses were categorised either as;

MIA - Missing In Action - a pilot and associated plane that failed to return back to base after a mission.

KIAc - Killed In Accident - a pilot and associated plane that were lost in an accident (normally a crash) whilst not on a mission.

The totals below are categorised by the type of plane that was lost.  Further information on the names and types of plane, what they looked like and their strengths and weaknesses is provided under the Facts & Stats link.

The 78th fighter group suffered the following losses:

  MIA - P38 MIA - P47 MIA - P51 KIA - P38 KIA - P47 KIA - P51 OTHER
               
HdQtrs 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
82nd FS 0 46 19 1 2 0 0
83rd FS 0 43 16 2 3 1 0
84th FS 0 34 24 0 4 2 2
               
TOTAL 0 128 60 3 9 3 2

 

Total MIA       188
Total KIAc       17
         
Grand Total       205

 

At the end of the war losses were re-categorised.  My interpretation of the categories is as follows:

Air Sea Rescue - Pilots that ditched or bailed out over the English Channel and were picked up by the rescue service.

Interned - where Pilots "landed" (due to forced landing, crashing or bailing out) in neutral territory, they were detained in that country until the end of the war.

Killed in Action - Pilots that were killed whilst flying a mission.

Killed in Accidents - as above

Missing in Action - Evaded Capture - Pilots that "landed" (due to forced landing, crashing or bailing out) in enemy territory but evaded capture by the enemy.

Prisoners of War - Pilots that "landed" in enemy territory and were captured by the enemy and were kept as a prisoner.

Analysis of the above losses is as follows:

Air Sea Rescue   8
Interned   1
Killed In Action   97
Killed In Accidents   17
Missing in Action - Evaded Capture   16
Prisoners of War   66
     
Grand Total   205

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