The Purifiers

The Japs have a new fighter, more formidable than the Zeros.* Maine's Senator Ralph 0. Brewster (see p. 13) declared last week that the ratio of U.S. air victories has begun to drop, that Major General Claire Chennault's Fourteenth Air Force flyers in China were so surprised by their first brush with Japan's new fighter that they lost five out of seven bombers.

Pilots in New Guinea said that the new plane was about the same size as the old Zeros (about 38-39 ft. wingspread, 28 ft. long); was powered by an in-line V-type engine (the various Zeros have radial,...

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