World: Victory at Hengyang

On the red-brown earth of an airdrome near Hengyang, in southeast China, lay the shattered Zero fighter of a Japanese flight commander. In the grey streets of Hengyang city, in hundreds of broken bits, were splashed the remains of Japanese B-4 bombers. Round the city, in the fields and hills, were the fire-blackened skeletons of other Jap ships. All 17 of them were evidence of the Jap's fate when he gave up bombing Chungking after one attempt and tried another target.

To Hengyang, railroad junction and key point in the southeast China airdrome system, moved a flight from...