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Mayor right to support bomber command memorial; Letters.

AS A FORMER "Bomber Boy", it pleases me that our Lord Mayor supports the erection of a memorial to the 55,000 aircrew members of RAF Bomber Command who lost their lives over Germany between 1939 and 1945. We were not considered worthy of a special campaign medal.

Although I feel for those who lost their lives in the Dresden (and other) raids I would suggest that those who have the temerity to criticise the erection of our memorial as "sad and macabre" should reflect a little on their own history over the past century.

I am not able to pass an opinion on the military value at the time of Dresden but I think a parallel could be drawn with Guernica which was destroyed by German aircraft during the Spanish civil war and with Warsaw when Germany attacked Poland in 1939. Also the so-called "Baedeker" raids on non-military targets in this country and the systematic destruction of London's East End working-class districts, not to mention the indiscriminate V1 and V2 weapons.

It would seem to me those who sow the wind have no legitimate cause for complaint when they reap the whirlwind even when the blow falls heaviest, as always, upon those least responsible.

Stan Hurrell, James Green Road, Tile Hill Coventry.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 14, 2010
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