Commonwealth / British Empire

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  1. amrit

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    I wanted to find as much information as possible about the contributions of the British Empire / Commonwealth / Dominian states / Mandates, in the air war. I'll start with all he countries that fall within one of the above categories. Some of these states / provinces contributed seperate air forces, as well as joining the RAF. Others provided logistical support. Some may not have made any direct contribution.

    1. Aden
    2. Anglo Egyptian Sudan
    3. Ascension Island
    4. Australia
    5. Bahamas
    6. Barbados
    7. Bechuanaland
    8. Bermuda
    9. Borneo
    10. British Guiana
    11. British Honduras
    12. British Somaliland
    13. Burma
    14. Cameroon
    15. Canada
    16. Ceylon
    17. Chagos
    18. Crozet Island
    19. Cyprus
    20. Diego Garcia
    21. Egypt
    22. Ellice Islands
    23. Falkland Islands
    24. Fiji
    25. Gambia
    26. Gilbert Islands
    27. Gibraltar
    28. Gold Coast
    29. Gough Island
    30. Graham Land
    31. Kaiser Wilhelm’s Land
    32. Hong Kong
    33. India
    34. Iraq
    35. Jamaica
    36. Kenya
    37. Malaya
    38. Malta
    39. Mauritius
    40. Naura
    41. Newfoundland
    42. New Zealand
    43. Nigeria
    44. Northern Rhodesia
    45. Nyasaland
    46. Palestine
    47. Papua
    48. Prince Edward Island
    49. Sandwich Islands
    50. Seychelles
    51. Sierra Leone
    52. Socotra
    53. South Georgia
    54. South Orkneys
    55. South Rhodesia
    56. South Shetlands
    57. South West Africa
    58. St Helena
    59. Tanganyika
    60. Tasmania
    61. Transjordan
    62. Trinidad
    63. Tristan Da Cunha
    64. The United Kingdom of
    Great Britain and Ireland
    65. Uganda
    66. Union of South Africa
    67. We Hei Wei
    68. West Indies
     
  2. amrit

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    Firstly, a list of Air Forces:

    Royal Air Force
    Royal Canadian Air Force
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Royal New Zealand Air Force
    South African Air Force (I don't think they ever had the prefix Royal)
    Indian Air Force (the prefix Royal was only given in 1945 - hence a lot of documents use IAF)

    I'm sure I've missed sombody out - who? (I have not included the USAAF for obvious reasons - but would be interested in information on US personnel in the RAF and RCAF, and any in the other air forces)
     
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    World War Two


    * 3 Squadron RAAF
    * 10 Squadron RAAF
    * 450 Squadron RAAF
    * 451 Squadron RAAF
    * 452 Squadron RAAF
    * 453 Squadron RAAF
    * 454 Squadron RAAF
    * 455 Squadron RAAF
    * 456 Squadron RAAF
    * 457 Squadron RAAF
    * 458 Squadron RAAF
    * 459 Squadron RAAF
    * 460 Squadron RAAF
    * 461 Squadron RAAF
    * 462 Squadron RAAF
    * 463 Squadron RAAF
    * 464 Squadron RAAF
    * 466 Squadron RAAF
    * 467 Squadron RAAF

    From: Australian Military Units - Second World War (gives summaries of each squadron)
     
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    If I am not mistaken you have missed Rhodesia of the list. I know they had a few pilots in the RAF (and there own Airforce at one point). They were also a base for training pilots if I am not mistaken as well.
     
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    Thanks Gnomey

    Northern Rhodesia is on the first list. I'll see what info I can find on their air force. In the meantime:

    Rhodesian aces of WW2
     
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    The RCAF overseas had the 400-450 block of squadrons plus another 26 based in Canada
     
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    PB, can you provide details please. I'd like people 'in the know' to contribute as much as they can - and you seem to know a lot about the RCAF contribution.
     
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    I suggest this sight and some of the affiliate links like 6 gp and the BCATP
    RCAF.com
    The summary of the work preformed by the squadrons at home and overseas is but one part of the story. The other part of the story concerns the 249,662 men and women who wore the uniform of the RCAF. Of this total, 93,844 personnel served overseas, the majority with the British rather than Canadian units. Nearly 60 percent of RCAF personnel were with RAF squadrons. The RCAF contribution to the Royal Air Force was significant . At least one in four fighter pilots in the Battle of Malta was from Canada as did one-fifth of Coastal Command's Aircrew. At the end of the war, almost a quarter of Bomber Command's aircrew were from the RCAF.

    The RCAF's Roll of Honour contains the names of 17,100 personnel who gave their lives in the service of Canada. Of these fatalities 14,544 occurred overseas - among them 12,266 on operations and 1906 in training accidents. The majority of overseas casualties were with Bomber Command.
     
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    These are only the RAAF squadrons that served in the ETO/MTO. To add to the list is about 50 squadrons that served in Australia and the Pacific. The RAAF's 1TAF alone had around 20 squadrons in its formation.

    All up 189 700 men and 27 000 women served in the RAAF in WWII. Of these 10 754 were Killed. Here is a breakdown of losses in different threatres.

    Europe
    5504​
    S and SW Pacific
    3527​
    Middle East
    1132​
    India,Burma
    247​
    Canada
    145​
    Far East
    138​
    Other Areas
    61​
    One interesting fact is that RAAF aircrew serving in Bomber Command made up 2% of all RAAF personell but made up 23% of all Australians killed in WWII.
     
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    Royal New Zealand Navy seconded to the Fleet Air Arm of Great Britain
     
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