AVIATION: The Embattled Farmers

"Grumman planes saved Guadalcanal" —Navy Secretary Forrestal.

The Hellcat is a tough, round-bellied fighter plane that looks like two beer barrels, end to end. The U.S. Navy calls it the greatest sea fighter in the world. The Japs respect it above all other planes. Wherever the Hellcats have roved in the skies above the Pacific, they have conquered. At Guam, Ensign W. B. ("Spider") Webb nosed his Hellcat into a cluster of Jap dive bombers, joined them in their landing circle, leisurely shot down six. In the first attack on the Bonin...

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