RAF personnel strength in the Second World War

Ross McNeil’s posts at http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13206-RAF-Manpower-and-Deferred-Service

Another table from the AHB Monograph on RAF Manning.

This table gives snapshots of the number of Officers and Other Ranks serving in the R.A.F.

Strength of Officers and Other Ranks (R.A.F. And W.A.A.F.) – September 1939 – August 1945

These figures are taken from R.A.F. Personnel Statistics for the period 3 September 1939 to 1 September 1945
They do not include Dominion Air Forces personnel at R.A.F. Posting disposal. R.A.F. Personnel on loan to the Fleet Air Airm are included.

 

Year Date RAF
Officers
RAF
OR
RAF
Total
WAAF
Officers
WAF
Ors
WAAF
Total
Officers OR Total Total
1939 3-Sep-39 11,519 162,439 173,958 234 1,500 1,734 11,753 163,939 175,692 175,692
1940 1-Jan-40 15,561 199,171 214,732 359 8,403 8,762 15,920 207,574 223,494 223,494
1-Apr-40 16,332 223,449 239,781 520 8,420 8,940 16,852 231,869 248,721 248,721
1-Jul-40 18,431 272,992 291,423 687 11,170 11,857 19,118 284,162 303,280 303,280
1-Oct-40 23,636 396,473 420,109 1,170 16,194 17,364 24,806 412,667 437,473 437,473
1941 1-Jan-41 26,361 464,401 490,762 1,368 19,121 20,489 27,729 483,522 511,251 511,251
1-Apr-41 28,584 534,030 562,614 1,547 25,497 27,044 30,131 559,527 589,658 589,658
1-Jul-41 31,760 632,866 664,626 1,891 35,493 37,384 33,651 668,359 702,010 702,010
1-Oct-41 37,880 734,727 772,607 3,012 61,297 64,309 40,892 796,024 836,916 836,916
1942 1-Jan-42 43,486 773,773 817,259 4,001 94,410 98,411 47,487 868,183 915,670 915,670
1-Apr-42 46,134 775,246 821,380 4,041 106,787 110,828 50,175 882,033 932,208 932,208
1-Jul-42 49,987 789,787 839,774 4,695 120,961 125,656 54,682 910,748 965,430 965,430
1-Oct-42 54,483 846,065 900,548 5,379 136,088 141,467 59,862 982,153 1,042,015
1,042,015
1943 1-Jan-43 59,630 880,934 940,564 5,796 160,173 165,969 65,426 1,041,107 1,106,533
1,106,533
1-Apr-43 64,783 889,104 953,887 5,940 174,119 180,059 70,723 1,063,223 1,133,946
1,133,946
1-Jul-43 69,093 903,446 972,539 5,974 175,861 181,835 75,067 1,079,307 1,154,374
1,154,374
1-Oct-43 74,034 914,362 988,396 5,880 174,459 180,339 79,914 1,088,821 1,168,735
1,168,735
1944 1-Jan-44 80,190 924,481 1,004,671 6,040 170,780 176,820 86,230 1,095,261 1,181,491
1,181,491
1-Apr-44 84,585 921,560 1,006,145 6,090 169,578 175,668 90,675 1,091,138 1,181,813
1,181,813
1-Jul-44 88,615 922,812 1,011,427 6,199 168,207 174,406 94,814 1,091,019 1,185,833
1,185,833
1-Oct-44 92,577 907,600 1,000,177 6,276 164,968 171,244 98,853 1,072,568 1,171,421
1,171,421
1945 1-Jan-45 98,070 897,795 995,865 6,355 159,810 166,165 104,425 1,057,605 1,162,030
1,162,030
1-Apr-45 99,926 881,736 981,662 6,316 153,306 159,622 106,242 1,035,042 1,141,284
1,141,284
1-May-45 101,064 874,965 976,029 6,278 151,008 157,286 107,342 1,025,973 1,133,315
1,133,315
1-Jul-45 103,023 859,548 962,571 6,233 146,719 152,952 109,256 1,006,267 1,115,523
1,115,523
1-Sep-45 100,107 840,760 940,867 5,638 130,253 135,891 105,745 971,013 1,076,758
1,076,758

In essence, from 1942 the enrolled strength of the RAF/RAFVR/AAF/RAFO/WAAF was about 1,000,000 men and women, all starting from a force of 175,692 in September 1939. In the whole of the Second world war, there have been 124319 deaths. Which is quite high and amounts to a one death for every ten persons serving.

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