'The Colonials' (an insult spoken by Regular RAF officers) demonstrated bravery during punishing night bombing missions over Germany, and when the ground campaign needed tactical bombing. Equipped with English craft, flying from the same bases, contributing aircraft and crews to the same dangerous targets- these flyers did outstanding work.
This was called 'area bombing', to deny housing, utilities and transport to Hitler's industries. To empty Essen, Munich, or Berlin of workers and create refugees. But they had to run a gauntlet of night fighters, guns, and bad weather. Especially Berlin.
Because Hitler had 'Sown the wind', read this:
'Most of the ex-airmen have had to put up with the self-righteous with their accusing stares, the kids who were not even born when the last Lancaster was struck off charge, who demand to know how decent Canadians could have brought themselves to drop bombs on civilians, putting Dresden to the torch, blowing Berliners to bits. Why didn't they refuse to fly on such missions? In vain it is explained that you really had to be there at the time, you had to experience the bitterness of the struggle, the total commitment to defeat the enemy by any means at hand. However much one may mourn the fact, declarations of brotherly (and sisterly) love are not notably effective protection against the ambitions of despots. The kids will have to discover this for themselves, and one can only hope that it will be history that teaches them.' (p. 368)
In the end, RAF saw the men of 6 Group as just fellow combatants.