World Battlefronts: BATTLE ASIA: Our Bases Are Missing

"One of these days," said wisecracking young Captain Gerald McAllister of the Fourteenth Air Force, "some correspondent is going to write about the ships sunk and the troops killed by the Fourteenth, and it's going to wind up like this: 'From all of these missions, eight of our air bases are missing.' "

That day, McAllister had flown over Kweilin as the last fighter strip was blown up by U.S. demolition men. The once great base was checked off as the seventh of the missing. The Japs were only three minutes away as...

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