Something I have in common with other historians is a certain desensitisation when reading about both heroic and tragic events of the past. That is not to say we become cold, warmongering hawks – in fact, it is the opposite. We are numbed by the words we read and the pictures we see because of the volume with which we consume them, but it is never a case of “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic”.
A 6 Squadron Vampire as the dust swirls in. We mark the 80th anniversary of the wartime jet... but we'd hate to have to clean out that cockpit!