World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Invading the Jap Ocean

Blue exhaust flames flicker like fireflies in the predawn darkness. On the flight decks of U.S. carriers, dive-bombers, torpedo planes and fighters are being revved tip. One by one they soar out, their red and green riding lights skimming lower over the shadowy superstructures of a multitude of warships. Gaining altitude they form in flights, circle, flock toward the dark horizon.

This scene, which has taken place many times before when U.S. task forces struck Japanese islands, took place again last week, but this time it marked something more and different.

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