AIR: From the Snare of the Fowler

Air Group Twelve, crack bomber-torpedo-fighter outfit of a famed U.S. carrier, was back in the U.S. last week after 15 months of campaigning from Pearl Harbor to Trincomalee. By their own account, there was not a hero among them.

The outfit itself was the hero, and one of the greatest turned out yet by the Navy. Its skipper, Commander Joseph Clinton Clifton, a 36-year-old precision product of Annapolis and Pensacola, had seen to that. Sinewy "Jumping Joe," who was never known to sit in a chair more than 30 seconds at a time,...