TIME Correspondent Jack Belden last week cabled this firsthand account of a U.S. Army air force raid on a big Japanese base below Hankow on the Yangtze River.

At dawn we came out on the field. Red and purple clouds trailed across the eastern sky, suffusing our dispersed fighters and bombers in a soft glow.

Colonel Caleb V. Haynes led us to a huge Chinese map and let his finger come to rest on the town of Kiukiang, the strategic Japanese-held Yangtze River port below Hankow. Chinese Intelligence had reported that 30,000 Jap troops...

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