World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SKIES: Just Another Village

Since 1942, when the British and U.S. air forces really began to work over Germany, they have subtly insulted Adolf Hitler by ignoring his fabulous mountain castle at Berchtesgaden. Last week it seemed for a while that the insult had been spoiled. Berchtesgaden had been attacked by U.S. Thunderbolts from Italy.

The story was quickly qualified. The planes, it turned out, had strafed Berchtes-gaden's rail yards—four miles from Hitler's house. Some pilots dropped their auxiliary fuel tanks (which usually explode when they hit) near the castle. Hitler may have been scared—if he was home. The squadron leader...

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