Army Air Forces Statistical Digest,
World War II

Table 174 -- Flying Time of Airplanes in Continental US, By Type and Principal Model of Airplane: Jan 1943 to Aug 1945 (Web Note: Large table broken into three pages. Click here for 1943 and 1945)

(In thousands of hours)

Type and Model Grand Total 1944 1944
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Total 81,367 35,755 3,524 2,935 3,620 3,224 3,646 3,324 3,200 2,969 2,681 2,747 2,049 1,836
Combat Airplanes 23,132 10,443 697 644 764 813 994 967 958 971 950 1,015 843 827
Very Heavy Bombers                            
B-29 686 149 3 2 1 3 5 13 15 23 21 22 20 21
Heavy Bombers                            
Total 9,842 4,920 337 320 366 406 509 456 452 445 428 459 381 361
B-17 5,045 2,520 168 167 180 214 268 230 227 224 223 234 195 190
B-24 4,766 2,388 168 152 185 191 240 225 224 220 204 224 185 170
B-32 12 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Others 19 12 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Medium Bombers                            
Total 4,135 1,599 110 90 115 111 120 128 122 128 172 190 159 154
B-25 2,641 998 60 48 63 65 73 77 76 84 114 123 108 143
B-26 1,239 530 42 36 44 39 39 43 40 38 53 62 49 45
Others 255 71 8 6 8 7 8 8 6 6 5 5 3 1
Light Bombers                            
Total 1,309 503 40 35 41 45 56 53 47 44 41 42 30 29
A-20 451 234 17 17 20 24 30 24 21 22 21 19 12 7
A-26 317 52 - - 1 1 2 4 4 4 4 8 9 15
A-36 78 9 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - - - -
Others 463 208 20 17 19 19 23 24 21 18 16 15 9 7
Fighters                            
Total 6,780 3,155 201 191 234 241 293 309 311 318 275 287 243 252
P-38 909 364 31 27 31 24 20 27 31 33 34 38 31 37
P-39 648 258 36 32 29 27 34 28 26 20 9 7 5 5
P-40 1,748 1,014 37 37 51 69 107 103 107 115 107 107 92 82
P-47 2,373 1,065 79 79 97 97 92 97 95 99 79 90 77 84
P-51 773 287 16 12 19 17 26 30 28 28 27 25 28 31
P-59 5 2 - - - - - - - - - - - a 2
P-61 47 12 - - - 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2
P-63 191 106 1 2 3 2 8 17 16 18 13 14 6 6
P-80 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Others 85 47 1 2 4 4 5 6 7 4 4 4 3 3
Reconnaissance                            
Total 380 117 6 6 7 7 11 8 11 13 13 15 10 10
F-4, F-5 136 52 2 2 2 2 4 3 6 7 6 9 5 4
F-6 23 4 - - - - - - - - 1 1 1 1
F-13 12 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Others 209 60 4 4 5 5 7 5 5 6 6 5 4 4
Transports                            
Total 7,584 3,952 316 285 363 331 391 410 396 356 313 325 252 214
C-54 120 32 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 3 3 4 5 6
C-87 40 15 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
C-46 491 35 3 5 3 4 11 8 14 13 21 30 17 16
C-47, C-53 2,824 1,339 73 74 81 88 126 137 139 148 130 133 111 99
Other Heavy & Medium Transports 327 158 17 14 20 19 19 17 11 10 8 8 8 7
Light Transports 3,782 2,263 221 190 256 217 232 245 227 181 150 149 110 85
Trainers                            
Total 49,060 20,871 2,437 1,952 2,435 2,032 2,209 1,908 1,809 1,605 1,381 1,384 936 783
Advanced 21,410 9,407 820 728 949 901 986 890 863 784 690 732 547 517
Basic 14,261 6,501 816 674 859 698 716 567 516 447 400 409 236 163
Primary 13,389 4,963 801 550 627 433 507 451 430 374 291 243 153 103
Communications                            
Total 1,591 489 74 54 58 48 52 39 37 37 37 23 18 12
Liaision 1,581 486 74 54 58 48 52 39 37 37 37 23 18 12
Rotary Wing 10 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
a Represents total flying time for the year since less than 500 hours were flown in any one month