Must admit to being gobsmacked to read that 50,000 Canadians served in Bomber Command and that they had a 20% casualty rate.
Actually the RCAF story (http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/...craft/j7oyqrod
) quoted by the Ottawa Citizen was wrong to say that 50,000 Canadians served in Bomber Command. According to the book No Prouder Place: Canadians and the Bomber Command Experience
, by David L. Bashow, 40,000 Canadians, and not 50,000, served in Bomber Command. This is from page 457. It is correct that nearly 10,000 Canadians serving with Bomber Command lost their lives, but that is out of 40,000. This means that 25% of the Canadians who served with the command became fatal casualties, and not the 20% which the 50,000 number would imply.
I have written to the RCAF about this and asked them to issue a correction.