- Switzerland although officially neutral kept American POWs in horrid conditions while allowing the Luftwaffe to use their airspace and resorts like Davos.
- The casualty rate among the Eighth Air Force exceeded that of the USMC, USA, etc., everyone except submariners in the Pacific.
- Black American airmen on separate occasions revolted in England killing military policemen in armed mutiny.
- The original concept behind precision daylight bombing and the "Flying Fortress" were deeply, deeply flawed. If something similar happened today some generals would get flayed alive.
Two things occurred to me while reading this book. The first thing is that if we had the press we have today back in 1942, Adolph Hitler would still be presiding over the Third Reich. The second thing is that we tend to view WWII as the last "clean war", where the powers of good and right fought the powers of oppression and darkness. While I believe our cause in WWII to be just, there was nothing clean about the deaths tens of thousands of people, at or from 30,000 feet. The men who conducted the air war fought and died in miserable conditions while bending over backwards to avoid civilian casualties, for the most part. When the Americans decided to target civilian areas, many airmen had difficulty dealing with the morality of bombing non-combatants, but they did it anyway. It was nasty, difficult business.