World Battlefronts: Second Longest

It was noon, and the tropic sun beat down on placid Macassar, in the Celebes, deep in the heart of The Netherlands Indies. Macassar had served the Jap well as an inner base through which to funnel supplies to forward areas. Last week there were six medium-sized cargo vessels in Macassar Harbor and a cruiser for protection. Suddenly the sky was darkened by a flock of fat-bellied Liberators, and a rain of explosives—incendiaries to one-ton bombs—fell on town and harbor. The Wilhelmina and Juliana docks burst into flame. A 2,000-pounder cracked the cruiser...

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