World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Deadly Dividends

In the faded blue skies over the Marshalls, death kept a steady vigil. Swarms of Zeros raced up to meet the U.S. raiders. Japanese gunnery improved. (Commented a U.S. general dryly: "Jap gunners are getting more practice now.")

Targets of the U.S. Seventh Air Force spread over a watery expanse greater than all of Europe. Last week the Seventh's chief, quick-witted, popular Major General Willis H. Hale, tallied up the dividends of 60 days of bombing:

¶ Two principal enemy air bases in the Marshalls have been "neutralized" to 20% of their original...

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