What About the Al­lies?

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Letters - DAVID PA­TON Ep­som, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia

I un­der­stand your mag­a­zine is mainly in­tended for the Amer­i­can mar­ket, but to quote a cu­ra­tor say­ing “Flak-bait is an ex­am­ple of the weapons Amer­i­cans needed to win World War II” (In the Mu­seum, Apr./may 2015) in­sults all the Al­lied ser­vice­men who gave their lives in that war. World War II was won not by America but by an al­liance of na­tions that in­cluded America.

“A His­tory of the War in 25 Air­planes” in­cluded not one of the fa­mous Bri­tish air­craft, such as the Lan­caster, Hal­i­fax, and Stirling bombers, let alone the Spit­fire and Hur­ri­cane fight­ers, which won the Bat­tle of Bri­tain in 1940.

Ed­i­tors’ re­ply: Our cov­er­age was keyed to the May 8 World War II an­niver­sary flight over the Na­tional Mall, so we wanted to in­clude as many of the air­planes par­tic­i­pat­ing as pos­si­ble. We should have made our in­ten­tions clearer, and we prom­ise more cov­er­age of World War II air­craft from other na­tions in fu­ture is­sues.

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