Operational Fatigue: the Air Branch of the Royal Navy’s Experience during the Second World War

By A. H. Goddard, published February 2005

Abstract

The aircraft-carrier based Naval airmen of WW2 faced distinctly different physical and psychological challenges from their land based counterparts. Five paradoxes are examined by this study: that despite the low numbers of casualties experienced, there was a high level of psychological breakdown; that the level of stress was independant of the number of flying hours; that the discomforts of shipboard life did not adversly impact on morale; that morale within the Branch was generally high, despite all the pressures placed upon it; that the high level of morale was sustained despite the adoption of an Operational Tour which RAF Bomber Command considered essential to the psychological health of aircrew.

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Filed under: WW2 | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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