World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: End of an Era

Major General Claire Lee Chennault, 54, genius of U.S. air power in China, quit his job last week. In Kunming he announced that he had resigned as commander of the Fourteenth U.S. Army Air Force. He said he planned to retire from the Army and return to the U.S.

To the Chinese people (who called him "Old Leatherface") and to American airmen in his command, the news marked the end of a great era. Closer to Chiang Kai-shek than any U.S. military man, Chennault had, said one Chinese, "endeared himself to China more than...

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