World: Safe at Last

Parachuting down from a dogfight and head-on crash in the Guadalcanal sector, Lieut. Henry E. Matson opened his eyes and said: "Safe at last." Then . . .

"There I was right on the fifty-yard line of the darndest dogfight you ever saw. Zeros and American planes were thicker than flies at suppertime. They were all shooting — seemed to be shooting at me. My burns weren't hurting much, but I was pretty sure they would after a while, so I pulled out my first-aid kit and had myself a shot of morphine. I worked my way down out of the...

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