World: The Dash That Failed

The dashing attempt of the U.S. Navy to turn the tide in the Battle of Java became public property at last. The U.S.S. Langley, hulking old aircraft tender, was bombed and sunk Feb. 27. She was knocked out by Japanese land-based bombers as she approached Java with a cargo of U.S. fighting planes that might have won the battle and preserved the key of the Indies for the Allies. More than half of the survivors who were picked up by destroyers and transferred to the naval oiler Pecos, were lost two days later when...

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