World: Against the Airfields

Summer skies over southeastern China burnt away to clear fighting blue last week, and the Japanese launched their annual offensive against the forward bases of the 14th Air Force. Four times during the first day, in waves totaling some 130 fighters and bombers, the Japs swept over two fields. Their objective: to drive the American Air Force out of the eastern lowlands back to the mountains, where it would no longer menace Japan's diminishing shipping. Their success: one U.S. plane destroyed on the ground, at the cost of 16 of their own shot down, a probable 19 more.


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