With quiet stoicism, Taverner completed 41 missions over two tours as a navigator flying in Halifax bombers with No 51 Squadron. For this he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The odds on aircrew surviving a single tour of 30 missions were about 1 in 6. The odds on surviving a second tour were even worse.
5/6 ths of Bomber Command aircrew died over a 30 mission tour?
5/6ths of crews lost at least one member of crew over a 30 mission tour?
Or they’ve got the odds the wrong way around – 1/6th died?