BATTLE OF KOREA: Deadly Flak

The hottest fighting in Korea nowadays is the battle of U.N. planes against Red antiaircraft guns. The U.S. Fifth Air Force had some grim announcements last week: in fighter-bombers (56 Thunder jets and Shooting Stars; 55 propeller-driven Mustangs) have been lost to enemy AA. fire in the past five months. January was the worst month of the air war, with 52 U.N. planes lost in combat, and 44 of them were downed by flak. Already heavy and deadly, Red flak is growing constantly more so. Said a U.S. airman gravely: "The free ride is over."

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