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Indeed. And many transitioned as quickly to jet fighters for Korea,And very sadly many pilots sent off to Vietnam had very little training in the aircraft they were sent to fight in including little to no ACM training,Many units had to make up for this while they were already in combat giving the new guy's 10 missions in Vietnam's Lower Pak

 

areas 1-4 still dangerous but nothing like Pak 5-6 in the north,To prepare them for combat in the north.The thinking was that a pilot with 10 combat missions had a better chance of surviving longer.

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Staggering and awesome at the same time. And yet this is only one aspect of the war. Throw in Naval and ground forces just of the US and the numbers beggar the imagination. Our ancesters DID this! Wonder what we could do today if we all worked on the same team.

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horrific statistics, thank you Dave

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very interesting read and real amazing numbers!

about the bomber crews, I saw a show about a Lancaster crew that made it all the way to 29 combat mission without a hitch

on their 30th and last mission they were shut down by FW-190 or BF-109..

as for the numbers of the war, another show I heard the death toll and other numbers of the war and I couldn't believe my ears
about 76+ million dead.. that's unthinkable!!

 

to the brave men and women who fought evil or helped in any way in defeating it!

Cheers

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One point often omitted in most statistics: the USAAF losses on its own national soil. Exercices, navigations and first solos have seen many young enlisteds die during their formations.

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One point often omitted in most statistics: the USAAF losses on its own national soil. Exercices, navigations and first solos have seen many young enlisteds die during their formations.

 

No simulators and planes that were not that easy to fly = easy death

 

If DCS P-51 is any thing to go by its easy to see why so many died through maybe stalling, engine failure, losing control etc - so many different ways to die!

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one of the tuskegee airmen perished in a crash on his first run with the Mustang in Ramitelli

he did a roll and lost control of the plane due to change of center of gravity (something to do with the fuel tank behind the pilot)

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one of the tuskegee airmen perished in a crash on his first run with the Mustang in Ramitelli

he did a roll and lost control of the plane due to change of center of gravity (something to do with the fuel tank behind the pilot)

 

 

Also simulated in DCS - if you fill up the fuselage fuel tank with more than 40 gals it changes the Centre of Gravity making it totally unstable and thus high performance maneuvers are not allowed. The main tanks in the P-51 are the left and right wing tanks apparently.

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