Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Comparative losses in the air in the Middle East from mid-June to mid-October
The British intelligence estimates in 1941 were that they had destroyed 142 German aircraft and 253 Italian aircraft between the middle of June 1941 until the middle of October. The real German records show that their total losses, from all causes, were just 81 aircraft. There are not comparable records for the Italians, but existing records for the middle of June to the middle of September show that they lost 89 aircraft, plus others "destroyed on the ground from July onwards". The British losses for the same period "were 198 destroyed in battle and 48 on the ground". This is based on the account in the Official History.