World: Data on Maturity

On July 4 this week the U.S. Eighth Air Force celebrated a technical anniversary by giving an aircraft factory at Le Mans in France its second bombing of the week ("They can just cross that factory off the list"). Fortresses also attacked airplane repair shops at Nantes and U-boat pens at La Pallice.

Technically, the Eighth had completed its first year of operation from Britain:* on July 4, 1942, U.S. airmen in six medium bombers attacked a German airdrome in The Netherlands. On the strength of this fact, correspondents added up a year's operations: 265 Fortresses and Liberators, twelve medium bombers...

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