Bomber Command Crews
Bomber Command was formed in 1936, coincident with Fighter Command, Coastal Command, and Training Command. About 125,000 men served in Bomber Command, with an average age of 22 years. About 44% of those crewmen died.
Gaven Henry’s crew is an almost perfect exemplar of these Bomber Command statistics. The average age of the crew when they were posted to 103 Squadron in late October 1944 was 23 years. The three youngest died in March 1945, all 20 years old at the time, for a crew fatality rate of 43%.