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THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO—Ted W. Lawson—Random House ($2).

After Pearl Harbor, 24 Army Air Forces officers were called together in a hotel in Minneapolis. Volunteers were wanted for a "dangerous, important and interesting" mission. No other information was forthcoming. All 24 volunteered.

By roundabout routes, they flew to Eglin Field, Fla. Lieut, (now Captain) Ted Lawson picked up four men on the way. There was matter-of-fact Dean Davenport, co-pilot ("I liked the way he flew"), Charles McClure, navigator, Bob Clever, bombardier, and David Thatcher, gunner-engineer. "Without realizing it, I had picked my crew....

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