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PUBLISHED: 15:13 22 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

SIR, — I wonder if the reporter who wrote up the piece on Unearthing wartime secrets (Herts Advertiser, December 11) ever got round to World War II in his (or her) school history studies. The write-up states: Harry Green explores the story of seven Wor

SIR, - I wonder if the reporter who wrote up the piece on 'Unearthing wartime secrets' (Herts Advertiser, December 11) ever got round to World War II in his (or her) school history studies.

The write-up states: 'Harry Green explores the story of seven World War II soldiers who died during aircrew training' and goes on to say: 'the seven crew members of Lancaster 7575 which formed part of the army's Bomber Command'.

A few hundred or so soldiers did learn to fly gliders which landed the airborne infantry but they were trained by the Royal Air Force. The many thousands of British and Dominion airmen (RAF, RAAF, RCAF, RNZAF and others) would firmly deny that they flew night after night as soldiers. Indeed Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris would have had something to say about it.

The RAF has recently celebrated its 90th anniversary as an independent air force and it is surprising that your reporter was so badly informed.

DESMOND GOCH,

Paddock Wood, Harpenden.

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