World: First Installments

Japan paid dearly last week for the failure of its troops on Iwo Jima. Over Nippon's home islands, flying protection for Superfortresses, roared fast PSI Mustang fighter planes from Iwo's fields, 760 miles away. In the greatest air battle ever to rage in Japanese skies, they helped send 173 enemy planes spinning down, raising Japan's week-end air loss to a calamitous 600-plus.

Jap planes came to the Superfortresses as they droned in on their fixed bomb-run courses over the Mitsubishi engine plant at Nagoya and the Musashino-Nakajima factory in a Tokyo suburb. The big...

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