February 26th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The WMC takeover - losing our last mining giant

EDITORIAL: A challenge to the biotech corporations?

SCHOOLS: The battle for our children's minds

SPECIAL FEATURE: 1.5 million dead Armenians (but don't tell the EU)

ECONOMICS: Australia's plight in dire need of a remedy

SUGAR INDUSTRY: Anger at stalled sugar package

ENERGY: Ethanol needed for new fuel, engine standards

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Conspiracy against public health / Half a loaf is better than one / Palm oil - a New Class aphrodisiac

IRAQ: Shi'ite win in Iraq elections vindicates US role

CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS: China's anti-secession law raises tension

CHINA: Beijing's ban on sex-selective abortion

POPULATION: Why Australia must decentralise to new states now

OPINION: The tsunami of bias

The Holocaust Industry (letter)

Communist killings (letter)

Putin a second Stolypin? (letter)

The Left and the Iraq War (letter)

Misinformation about WW2 bombing (letter)

No reaction to Dutch infanticide (letter)

Link queried (letter)

Sure-fire recipe for disaster (letter)

BOOKS: DAWKINS' GOD: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life, by Alister McGrath

BOOKS: GOD UNDER HOWARD: The Rise of the Religious Right in Australian Politics

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Misinformation about WW2 bombing (letter)

by Jack Thomas

News Weekly, February 26, 2005

I feel the need to correct John Barich's assertion that B-29 Superfortresses bombed Sofia, Bulgaria, in the early part of 1944 (Letters, News Weekly, January 29, 2005).

The aircraft could not have been B-29s as their first operational raid was on June 5, 1944, when 98 aircraft departed India to raid the Makkasan railway yards at Bangkok.

The aircraft employed in the bombing of Sofia may have been B-17 Flying Fortresses, or more likely B-24 Liberators, as these were more generally used in the Mediterranean and Near East theatre.

As a World War II RAF Bomber Command pilot, I find misinformation increasing as the years pass. I recognise that it is not intentional, and I am happy to set the record straight.

Jack Thomas,
Forster, NSW

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