Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

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Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 26 Nov 2020 10:31

Hi Guys,

Which were the worst days for US deaths in WWII?

There were 2,501 US deaths on D-Day and 2,403 at Pearl Harbour.

Were there worse days?

If so, what were they?

Thanks,

Sid.

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Re: Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by AnchorSteam » 04 Dec 2020 06:39

If you are talking KIA Then those were probably the big ones, but there will be many that come surprisingly close .... such as the day at Bari when the LW bombed a ship full of poison gas. The Troopship that was sunk on Christmas Day in 1944 will also be a big one.

However, what about WIA and POWs? If you want to get into really big numbers, look into Bataan & Corregidor in 1942. I think the worst day in Europe was when 2/3rds of the 106th Division went "into the bag", a terrible way for the Battle of the Bulge to start off for the US Army.

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Re: Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 05 Dec 2020 15:46

Hi Anchorstream,

Thanks for those suggestions. I was wondering about the Battle of the Bulge, but I have never seen US fatalities broken down day by day for it. Likewise for any of the more expensive Pacific island landings. It also occurred to me that perhaps there might have been a large number of fatalities in a major naval battle, but no battleships were lost after Pearl Harbour and the carriers lost seem to have been evacuated pretty efficiently.

I was particularly after fatalities as I was wondering how US daily Covid-19 death rates at present compared with the worst days in WWII. We are now apparently well past Pearl Harbour and D-Day.

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by Richard Anderson » 05 Dec 2020 17:24

Sid Guttridge wrote:
26 Nov 2020 10:31
Hi Guys,

Which were the worst days for US deaths in WWII?

There were 2,501 US deaths on D-Day and 2,403 at Pearl Harbour.

Were there worse days?

If so, what were they?

Thanks,

Sid.
Sid, US Army ground forces suffered a total of 4,252 known casualties (KIA, MIA, WIA) on 6 June 1944. I rather doubt that over half of those were killed or DOW. Incomplete figures for KIA and unreconciled MIA indicate about 1,400 died on 6 June, including Navy personnel of the NCDU and Beach battalions.

BTW, the 2,403 American dead at Pearl Harbor includes 68 civilians.

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Re: Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 06 Dec 2020 05:07

Hi Richard,

The figure of 2,501 US dead on D-Day comes from the National D-Day Memorial Foundation in the USA. It also gives 1,913 other Allied fatalities.

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Sid

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Re: Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by Richard Anderson » 06 Dec 2020 07:03

Sid Guttridge wrote:
06 Dec 2020 05:07
Hi Richard,

The figure of 2,501 US dead on D-Day comes from the National D-Day Memorial Foundation in the USA. It also gives 1,913 other Allied fatalities.

Cheers,

Sid
The rather interesting page on Ms. Tuckwiller's ten-year search actually says 2,499. Nevertheless, it cannot be correct even, I suspect, if she included all USAAF and Navy deaths on D-Day.
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Re: Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 26 Dec 2020 19:51

Four days vs a single day, the seizure of the Tarawa Atoll cost 1600+ dead. 644 died when the CVE Liscome Bay was sunk 23 November during the battle on Betio & Makin Islands.

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Re: Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by Thumpalumpacus » 27 Dec 2020 00:12

For one single day of WWII, it looks like D-Day, at around 2500.

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Re: Worst days for US deaths in WWII?

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 27 Dec 2020 01:18

Sid Guttridge wrote:
05 Dec 2020 15:46
... It also occurred to me that perhaps there might have been a large number of fatalities in a major naval battle, but no battleships were lost after Pearl Harbour and the carriers lost seem to have been evacuated pretty efficiently. ...
A quick check shows the assorted cruiser/battleship actions off Guadalcanal typically were under 400 killed per battle. Tho per capita of the crews involved the losses were severe.

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