RAF BC gets a bad rap for Dresden but the Americans were also involved. The first of the 4 attacks (2 American, 2 RAF BC) was to have been made by American heavy bombers but was cancelled due to weather.
To be fair, they DID target a railroad yard. But one that was teeming with civilians at the time, and the attack IIRC was dispersed partially due to weather, making it something of a moot point. USAAF bombing was no more accurate than RAF bombing when they were bombing through cloud as you know.
Harris got it hung round his neck, but if David Irving is to be believed, he actually went to the air ministry to question the necessity of it. Not out of any concern for Dresden, he didnt see anything there worth risking aircrews lives on a long trip. He was overruled.
I do find it faintly amusing when Russians hoist this old petard though. Dont they know that Dresden was on a list of targets that the Soviet requested were bombed? If it was a war crime, and I disagree, but if it was, there were as many guilty as head's of state in that war.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 16 May 2019 - 0648 AM.