From 1939 to 1945 thousands of young airmen met terrible ends not at the hands the enemyGÇÖs machine guns or because of the murderous flak of anti-aircraft fire, but in catastrophic accidents and training crashes. Incredibly, these incidents accounted for the lives of over 8000 men, or almost 15% of all RAF Bomber CommandGÇÖs fatalities during the War. The staggering losses were not just limited to Britain; all over the world training flights, routine sorties and cargo transport journeys all sometimes ended in disaster. Perhaps itGÇÖs not so surprising that, amid the weight of the human costs of the air war against Germany, these GÇÿhiddenGÇÖ losses have been forgotten; but all the men in the aircraft that never returned signed up for the same war and they were all someoneGÇÖs father, brother or son. The same letters went home to every family. Luckily, there are those who are determined that those brave men should not be a footnote in military history. TheyGÇÖve spent years investigating, uncovering, searching, probing and digging the crash sites GÇô and there are hundreds of them. They are the World war two Air Crash Investigators and now, for the first time, they have agreed to let us join them.
Wwii Air Crash Detectives
The causes behind catastrophic accidents and training crash incidents during the Second World War