by Jack ThomasNews Weekly
Misinformation about WW2 bombing (letter)
, 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,