Letter: In Brief

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Sir: I'm sorry that S W Addington (letter, 3 June) thinks it a pity I was not taken prisoner by the Japanese. During two years of operations as a naval fighter pilot I ran little chance of being taken prisoner; mostly we either got back to the aircraft carrier or died a violent death. Mr Addington had every right to feel grateful for the dropping of the atom bombs. What he didn't know then was that, if the Allies had responded to the Japanese wish to surrender, he could have been released well before August 1945.