The Fourteenth Air Force had lost most of its bases in eastern China (TIME, Dec. 11), but it refused to be downed.

From secret northern bases, bomb-carrying Mustangs flew out to pound and strafe Jap airfields at Tsinan, in Shantung Province, 800 miles northeast of Chungking. In two assaults, 67 Jap fighters and bombers were smashed. The outfit which gave the enemy this stinging surprise was the "Yellow Scorpions" squadron, named for the gaudy spinners on the planes' noses. The squadron had first distinguished itself in Burma; when it was transferred to China,...

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