World Battlefronts: Happy Anniversary

One year ago six Japanese fighter pilots sighted their first 6-29 high over the Himalayas. They jumped the big ship, then broke off as its guns blinked. One of them went down; two others were damaged. The most formidable U.S. warplane had received its baptism of fire.

By last week Japan's own skies echoed to the roar of 6-29 motors. Airfields on Kyushu whence enemy planes have been attacking U.S. positions on Okinawa were furrowed by exploding bombs. Intent bombardiers sighted carefully and began an anniversary celebration that was to go on for three straight days of attack.

In one year the Superfortresses...