World War: IN THE AIR: Sweeps and Swats

For British bombers and fighters this was the ninth successive daylight sweep over northern France. Since the sweeps started early in June, the British had shot down 168 German planes while losing only 68 of their own. Besides, they had attacked many airfields, power stations, railways, bridges. This day was as fair as a day in June can be, and so the sky-sweeps expected to run into plenty of fight. But when they flew back to their bases, they had to confess that for the first time during the sweeps they had not...

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