31 December 1916 – A year of losses

The last day of the year was lost to bad weather, but it gave the RFC on the Western Front a chance to reflect on the losses.

In 1916, the RFC (and lately RNAS) lost a total of 513 aircraft on the Western Front compared to just 133 in 1915.

Unsurprisingly, aircrew losses have also risen with 293 killed, 211 Taken prisoner and 219 wounded. This is compared to, 53 aircrew  killed, 81 POW and 139 wounded in 1915.

The worst month was September with 63 killed, 40 POW and 34 wounded, as the new German aircraft started to come on line and the British were still flying mainly BE2s and pusher fighters.

The losses slowed in recent moths, though this is much to do with the reduced number of flying days, never British aircraft are only starting to appear at the front in small numbers

 

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