National Affairs: Dangerous Precedent

As the big Army C-54 Crescent Caravan swooped down on Washington's National Airport, a picked escort of 50 white-gloved soldiers snapped to attention. Down a long steel ramp came the flag-draped coffins of five U.S. airmen, past an honor guard at present arms. Five hearses were waiting. From a common burial ground in the mountain village of Koprivnik, the U.S. flyers shot down over Tito's Yugoslavia (TIME, Sept. 2) had come back to the U.S. They were taken to a chapel at Arlington Cemetery to await final funeral services later this month.

But the diplomatic furor which blazed up with the flyers'...

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