10 Myths: Don’t Like

Flight Journal - - EDITORIAL - Richard War­rick, Lawrence, Kansas

I’m nei­ther a “lib­eral or a paci­fist,” whom Bar­rett Till­man ob­vi­ously de­spises, but I be­lieve, as do many em­i­nent his­to­ri­ans, that strate­gic bomb­ing in Europe was not nearly as ef­fec­tive as Till­man be­lieves. Nor has it any­thing to do with his id­i­otic claim that these his­to­ri­ans suf­fer from “col­lec­tive guilt.” He re­ally needs to do some read­ing about World War II. And he should start with the post­war Strate­gic Bomb­ing Sur­vey, which found that some­thing like one Amer­i­can bomb out of 10 landed within a mile of the in­tended tar­get. The Soviet Army over­ran the Ro­ma­nian oil­fields. Our air raids on Ploieşti did al­most no long-term dam­age to pro­duc­tion. The strate­gic bomb­ing sur­vey showed that the com­plex’s pro­duc­tion was re­duced nearly 90 per­cent be­fore the Sovi­ets ar­rived.—Bar­rett Till­man

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