In an hour before dawn, two winds met. One was moist and warm, the other cold and dry. Comingled — the warm wind climbing the front of the cold — they became a single ferocity which shot upwards pummelling, as it went, the Shenandoah, U. S. Navy dirigible.

On duty in the ship's control cabin were 16 men including the master of the vessel, gallant, air-tested Lieutenant Commander Zachary Lansdowne. For two hours they had fought their ship this way and that through a series of pesky...

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