U.S. Army airmen destroyed 11,042 enemy aircraft on the world's battlefronts during 1943, while 2,885 U.S. planes were losta basic ratio of 3.8-to-1.
The War Department, which used "extreme caution" in compiling these official figures, counted an additional 6,942 enemy planes as probably destroyed or damaged.
The ratio in various theaters (U.S. Navy figures are not included):
¶In Asia and the Southwest Pacific6.5-to-1.
¶ In Alaska and the South and Central Pacific2.8-to-1.
¶ In Western Europe4.3-to-1.
¶In the Mediterranean2.7-to-1.
The real meaning of these satisfactory figures was not always clear from the figures alone.
The differences between the ratios in different theaters show variations in the combat...