The Press: At the Cannon's Mouth

The Japs had already offered to surrender when the New York Herald Tribune's solemn, bespectacled Homer Bigart last week climbed into a Japan-bound B29. He wanted to see how the flyers felt on such a mission.

Before the take-off he heard the men moan as the radio picked up a San Francisco announcer shouting: "I hope all you boys out there are as happy as we are at this moment. People are yelling and screaming, and whistles are blowing." Outbound, the crew prayed for a message that never came, ordering them to dump their...

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