Friendly fire seems to have been accepted as an occupational hazard, up to a point. Tired, terrified and twitchy men are going to make mistakes sometimes. The air forces (note the plural) gave themselves a problem as they did tend to oversell their accuracy - particularly the well-known USAAF's 'bomb in a pickle barrel' claim. Even worse, they may have believed it themselves. I'm not suggesting that an umpteen hour bombing mission was stress-free, but I don't think the air forces' crews/pilots could excuse mistakes in the same way that infantry and tankers could excuse theirs, what with all those clean sheets, warm beer/WAAFs and bacon and eggs before and after the nasty bit. It's also inevitable that the closer the 'friendship' of the firer and the fired upon, the less noise will be made about it. Sentries shooting their colleagues, not many will hear about it (until they put it in a mini series, that is) and the circumstances are easier to accept. One service bombs or shoots down another, they may have harsh words. One ally blats another and it'll be all over the papers. Going back to the earlier point, to what extent is friendly fire a bigger news today because of the overhyped accuracy and infallibility of modern technology? The difference is that the media today was extremely anti-war, particularly the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The media don't care about those people, they only want to splash headlines about "friendly fire" and anything else that goes wrong there just to make more money. In todays' modern war, if one or a couple soldiers got killed by friendly fire, yes you're correct it's all over the newspaper. Take Pat Tillman for example. In April 22 2004, American Ranger and former famous football player for the Arizona Cardinals, Pat Tillman, was accidentally shot and killed by American troops during combat operations in Afghanistan. The U.S. government covered it up and saying that he was killed by enemy fire. They even make money off him trying to portray him as a hero. When the news and investigations later leaked out that Tillman was killed by friendly fire, there was a huge outrage for it than the actual friendly fire incident. Just recently during a 2011 Libyan uprising, in 17 March 2011, A MiG-23BN aircraft flying for the Free Libyan Air Force was mistaken for Gaddafi's Libyan Air Force fighter by Rebel ground forces and was shot down over Benghazi, Libya. The pilot was killed as a result when he ejected too late. Accidents like these can happen in War and it happens to everyone especially during the heat of the battle.