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    Peter Conrad's excellent book, "Training for Victory", page 39 states; hours flown per fatal accident: 1940-41 = 11,156; 1941-42 = 14,001; 1942-43 = 1,725; 1943-44 = 20,580; 1944-45 = 22,388.
    Logically, years 1942-43 seems to be in error by a factor of 10 but Conrad states increased fatalities 1942-43. But a factor of 10 times? Are his numbers correct?

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    I would say that there is DEFINITELY something TERRIBY WRONG with the figures for 1942-43, looks as though a digit has dropped out somewhere. Perhaps you should query the author, if you can track him down!
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    Hi,
    As a possible clue to a misplaced decimal/lost digit look at the steady increase year on year(ex42/43). It seems to parallel the increase in a/c available with increased need to man them. D-Day as an example reputedly had 11000 a/c available compared with the much lower number during the Battle of Britain and a surplus developed in pilots that saw many diverted to other aircrew duties or into the Army Glider pilot Regiments.
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    Dick
    The increase is in Hours flown but the number of trainees also increased and Flight Safety took on greater importance. What Conrad's book reflects is the balance between the various "hidden" factors that always lie just below the surface with what looks like an editing error in the middle in his book
    Last edited by Dick; 3rd October 2016 at 08:42. Reason: Afterthought

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