Unlikely as it may seem, there may actually be other posters out there better able to make such a judgement than us.
In which case, I'm quite sure they would have been aware of the archive long since
You, for example, are limited by your over reliance on the internet compared to published books or primary sources.
Sid - you've not been keeping an eye on what I've been posting over the last while. I very happily use books etc. when there is a net-published version for me to link to
- hence using Poston, Richards, etc. I don't actually enjoy typing out large chunks of books that aren't on the Net (I'm fed up tyoping out Hooton...), and have always been cautious about conducting a discussion on ANY subject whee the source material is out of the view of 99.99999999999% of readers. Not everyone has the time to wait on interlibrary loan nor have they groaning shelves full of reference books.
(For example, a survey of half a dozen of his books would answer Dili's internet-specific question above in great detail).
Except where he runs up against the limits mentioned before in relation to Shores&Cull....or he could just go to Gunby & Temple's emcyclopediac RAF Bomber Losses: v. 1: Middle East and Mediterranean 1939-1942
and Norman Franks' similarly-comprehensive RAF Fighter Command Losses of the Second World War Vol 1: Operational Losses Aircraft and Crews 1939-1941 vol 1
, and Royal Air Force Fighter Command Losses of the Second World War: Volume 2. Operational Losses: Aircraft and Crews 1942-1943 vol 2
. The last missing brick would be Ross McNeill's volumes on Coastal Command operational losses.
Dili, I'm not aware at the moment of a tabulated
listing of TOTAL
RAF losses by theatre on the Net - though the totals themselves are probably in Richard's Official History. It's online on Hyperwar. The yearly
Bomber Command losses are on the Statistics Update page of this set of pages devoted to Bill Chorley's books http://www.rafinfo.org.uk/BCWW2Losses/default.htm
- go halfway down the page and you'll get the tables. As various revisions are done these are becoming more and more definitive - but ONLY for Bomber Command
Dili, none of the above are actually overly dear either
compared to average prices for purchasing paper nowadays! Though Bill Chorley's books are a couple of £Sterling more expensive than the others. It depends what you want them for, of course...it's possible any local aviation
enthusiats near you have copies or know someone who does. I only know of their existence because friends here in NI more interested in that side of things have access to them. (Chorley's are among the list of "must-haves" for people who track down aircraft crash sites...especially ones that might have unrecovered bodies...)