World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Road Open--Men at Work

The Japanese homeland has been left "wide open" by U.S. victories in the air, on the sea and on land in the western Pacific, said Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher last week, when he returned to California for a 30-day leave. Gnomish "Pete" Mitscher, dried and puckered by wind and sun, brought back the staff which had helped him plan and execute a historic cleanup of Jap ships, planes and fighting men. In nine months (Jan. 29 to Oct. 27), his fast carrier task forces of the Pacific Fleet — operating part...

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