I really hate my History textbook. I hate that it's extraordinarily anti-communist and willing to rationalize anything done in the name of 'democracy', not matter how atrocious. I hate how it dedicates hundreds of pages to empty parts of history, then barely covers events like World War II.
I hate how they often miss important events. The entire Pacific theater in WWII between Midway and Iwo Jima is missing entirely - almost 3 years of one of the bloodiest wars in history. Meanwhile, it fails to mention the 8th Air Force and its bombing of Europe, or the Luftwaffe, except for 3 sentences on the Tuskegee airmen.
And now, I've found a definite place where the book is absolutely wrong. I states about Francis Gary Powers and his U-2 spyplane: "Four hours after Powers entered Soviet airspace, a Soviet pilot shot down his plane, and..."
This is absolutely untrue. There are 3 possible scenarios, but in none of them was his plane shot down by another plane. In the official version, his plane was shot down by a salvo of 14 SA-2 surface-to-air missiles, one of which also brought down a MiG-19 that was chasing him. In a second version, he was brought down by a second launch of SAMs. In a third, he was attacked by a stripped-down (gunless and armorless) MiG, that either rammed him or broke the U-2's fragile wings with his jet wash.
In none of those possibilites was he shot down by a Soviet pilot. FAIL.
(The book is The Americans by Gerald A. Danzer, et al, and published by McDougall Littell.)
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