THE ENEMY: Curtains for Bed Check

Nobody was sure of Bed Check Charlie's ancestry. Some Air Force officers thought he might be a Russian-built PO2 single-engined training biplane. To G.I.s the canvas-covered,wire-strutted plane looked like a cross between a box kite and an orange crate. They had named him Bed Check in the first place because at Pyongyang last fall, they used to stay awake nights until he came buzzing over from behind the enemy lines, dropped a bomb, a sack of bolts or nails, or maybe fired a few shots from a pistol and then headed for...

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