TURKEY: Secret Weapon

Last winter Colonel James Coward, Air Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bagdad, took off from Frankfurt in a C-47 to fly back to his post. Aboard were three crew members and two boxer dogs that Coward had bought. Coward wanted to refuel in Athens, but the field was fogged in. Istanbul and Ankara, when he approached, were also fogged in. His gas gone, he set the plane's automatic pilot and bailed out with his crew. Lacking parachutes for the dogs, he left them in the plane.

Anatolian peasants saw an airplane come through a narrow opening in the hills,...

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