Over THIRTY THOUSAND!!!!!
And these puppies held a number of men, no?
I dont know what the hell i’m talking about so you’ll have to forgive me.
I’m assuming they were bombers.
The aircraft I cited were all “heavy” 4-engine bombers. The crew of a typical US or UK heavy bomber was around 10 men (more or less depending on type). Pilot, co-pilot, engineer, navigator, radioman, bombardier, and several gunners. A B-17 had (at least) a top gunner, two waist gunners, a ball gunner and a tail gunner.
As you might imagine, the casualty rates in the bomber forces were appalling.