Where's the airborne?
I have enjoyed and subscribed to America in World War II and have enjoyed the historical accounts. My experience in the war was as a flight officer and pilot in the 438th Troop Carrier Group, 90th Troop Carrier Squadron, in the European Theater. [Troop carrier units flew the paratroopers of the airborne divisions to their jump or glider landing destinations.] I find myself puzzled that your magazine has no mention of the airborne that led every initial invasion and landing in the war! Namely: D-Day Normandy, Southern France, Central Europe, Northern France, Ardennes, France, Rome-Arno, Italy, Rhineland, Germany, Sicily, and Holland. I'm sure Hitler and Italy would have been thankful to have the airborne forces ignore them, but it is puzzling that your magazine has ignored the airborne!
George R. Whitten
Editor's note: The editor pleads "not guilty!" Our very first issue (May 2005) featured an article on Major General Maxwell Taylor; commander of the 101st Airborne Division, and his division's operations. More recently, our August 2006 issue's story on the Southern France Invasion ("Riviera D-Day," by Eric Ethier) had extensive coverage of airborne parachute and glider troops' activities. And there have been lots of references and stories sprinkled throughout our issues about the deeds of the airborne troops. There will definitely be features on airborne units and their operations in future issues, as we come up on the anniversaries of the war's many great D-days. We just can't fit the entire American WWII experience into every issue--though we promise to keep trying!
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|Author:||Whitten, George R.|
|Publication:||America in WWII|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2007|
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