Gamecock has an excellent point. Of course, the fact that nobody actually dies when they are shot down is also getting away from the historical aspect of the sim. I'm not sure why that isn't a problem for the "purists"…
No, that's not a good point. Wanting historical accuracy and wanting to die are two different things on two very different levels.
No, the fact that we don't die is everything. It's not a history sim, it's a flight sim. We're just "flying" the aircraft, we're not reliving history.
If we died, that would be reality, not history, and not a simulation. It's a goofy argument. Of course we aren't reliving history. But some of us would like to come as close as we can within the safe confines of our computer caves.