Yeah my Dad was on his way to some sort of staging area when the little darlings surrendered. The survival rate among TBF flyers and crew was not too high.
posted on 05/06/2004 7:52:32 PM PDT
by AEMILIUS PAULUS
(Further, the statement assumed)
To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
*Yeah my Dad was on his way to some sort of staging area when the little darlings surrendered*
So was my grandfather, only it was P-38's.
*The survival rate among TBF flyers and crew was not too high*
My grandfather swore, till the day he died, that had it not been for Hiroshima & Nagasaki his whole squadron would've been wiped out down to the last man, himself included. He also estimated that they would've probably killed, in strafing runs & fragmentation bombing runs, *at least* 1,000 Japanese defenders for every *one* of them whom went down due to flak, A.A. fire, etc.
The Atom bombs *saved* lives in light of that terrible arithmetic, IMHO. My grandfather was speaking from the perspective of the Army Air Corps.--just imagine what would've happened after the Army Divisions and Marine Units had splashed ashore in an invasion of the Japanese Mainland!
posted on 05/06/2004 8:49:54 PM PDT
by A Jovial Cad
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