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Equipment losses in World War II refers to military equipment destroyed during World War II, the deadliest and most costly war in history.

Aircraft losses

An American C-47 aircraft burns after being shot down during operation Market Garden
  • China: Total losses of the Nationalist Air Force were 2,468 (According to Chinese and Taiwanese Sources).
  • Finland: Reported losses during the Winter War totaled 67, of which 42 were operational, while 536 aircraft were lost during the Continuation War, of which 209 were operational losses. (Overall 603).[1]
  • France: From the beginning of the war until the capitulation of France in 1940, 892 aircraft were lost, of which 413 were in action and 234 were on the ground. Losses included 508 fighters and 218 bombers.(Overall 892)[1]
  • Germany: Estimated total losses for the war totaled 116,875 aircraft, of which 70,000 were total losses and the remainder significantly damaged. By type, losses totaled 4,452 fighters, 2,037 bombers, 5,428 trainers, 1,221 twin-engine fighters, 8,548 ground attack, 3,733 reconnaissance, and 3,141 transports.[1]
  • Italy: Total losses were 5,272 aircraft, of which 3,269 were lost in combat.
  • Japan: Estimates vary from 35,000 to 50,000 total losses, with about 20,000 lost operationally.[2]
  • Netherlands: Total losses were 81 aircraft during the May, 1940 campaign.[2]
  • Poland: Total losses were 398 destroyed, including 116 fighters, 112 dive bombers, 81 reconnaissance aircraft, 36 bombers, 21 sea planes, and 9 transports.[2]
  • Soviet Union: Total losses were over 106,400 including 88,300 combat types.[3]
  • United Kingdom: Total losses in Europe were 22,010, including 10,045 fighters and 11,965 bombers. (This figure does not include aircraft lost in Asia or the Pacific.)[2]
  • United States: Total losses were nearly 45,000, including 22,951 operational losses (18,418 in Europe and 4,533 in the Pacific).[2]

Naval losses

USS Arizona burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Country Carriers Battleships Cruisers Destroyers Escorts Submarines Total Notes
Australia 3 4 2 9
Canada 6 11 17
Germany 4 7 44 785 840 Includes scuttled ships
Greece 3 4 4 10 Kilkis & Lemnos considered cruisers by displacement
Italy 1 11 84 84 180
Japan 19 8 37 134 130 328 3 Further battleships foundered
Netherlands 2 9 3 14 28
Norway 2 4 4 10
Soviet Union 1 3 33 c.100 c.137
United Kingdom 8 5 30 110 58 77 288
United States 11 2 10 71 10 53 157
Poland 1 3 1 2 7

References

  1. ^ a b c Ellis, John (1993). World War II - A statistical survey. Facts on File. p. 258. ISBN 0-8160-2971-7.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Ellis p. 259
  3. ^ Kirosheev, G. I. (1997). Soviet Casualties and Combat Losses. Greenhill. p. 255. ISBN 1-85367-280-7.  
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