MEDITERRANEAN: Galatea & Allen Go Down

By now, envious U.S. correspondents in the Middle East are convinced that Britain's Mediterranean sea battles are run on the personal schedule of A.P.'s Laurence Edmund ("Larry") Allen. With half a dozen scoops in his pocket, he brought forth a scorcher last week. When the British released news of the Galatea's loss, they released Allen's full version of the sinking. The original Allen story (TIME, Dec. 29) had told of a grueling seven-hour plane-ship duel. Last week's story began where the other left off:

"At midnight on Dec. 15 the cruiser's announcer system warned: 'First degree readiness heavy armament.' ... I...

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