World Battlefronts: U.S. Strikes a Blow

The headlines proclaimed that the U.S. Army Air Forces had opened "a new American front," the first on which U.S. crews in U.S. planes could strike directly at Hitler. The fact was that U.S. airmen, flying from R.A.F. bases in North Africa, were in position to peck at the Axis anywhere from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. But there were not yet enough men and planes in evidence to do much more.

Somewhere west of Cairo, about two weeks ago, a few U.S. airmen and bombers appeared at an R.A.F. airdrome. Under Colonel...

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