CHINA: Base of Supply

One morning early in April a pair of U.S.-built Nationalist Mustang fighters swooped down to strafe Communist shipping in Hangchow Bay south of Shanghai. They were suddenly jumped from above, shot down by Communist planes: It was the first time in China's civil war that the Nationalists had met with aerial opposition. A rescued Nationalist pilot said his attackers flew Russian-built LA9 fighters. Six days later, the Nationalists claimed their pilots had encountered 25 Russian-made planes in the Shanghai area.

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