AIR: Last Parade

The cold prairie winds sent shivers down their spines and swirled the dust of west Texas in grey clouds. But it was not dust that misted the eyes of the famed 19th Bombardment Group. The old outfit was on its last parade.

The 19th had fought a costly war continuously from the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Manila (TIME, Dec. 7) until it was relieved in Australia last fall. It had lost 65% of its original strength in battles, crashes and prison camps. Now it was being broken up. Now its battle-seasoned officers...

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