Sir: On the subject of RAF bombers on postage stamps (Letters, 11, 14 June), I find the following entry from my diary dated 26 May 1943, shortly after a return to England after a couple of years overseas.
Yesterday a civilian said to me, "Gosh, wasn't it a lovely raid we had last night!"
I replied: "Oh, I didn't hear anything."
"Oh, I meant the Druisburg raid."
"Oh", I said, "I thought you meant London."
"Heavens no," came the answer. "I would have said a terrible raid if it had been London."
This nice distinction between the lovely and the terrible amused me.
I wish people who now castigate the actions of Bomber Command would allow of some reference to the context in which the air war took place.
E A JOHNSTON
East SussexReuse content