THE AIR WAR: Expensive Exchange

In last week's air battles over Korea, U.S. Sabre jets shot down 14 MIG fighters in flames, without the loss of a single Sabre in air combat. Nonetheless, the week's price was the highest paid by U.S. airmen in the past eight months. Eight wide-ranging U.S. Air Force planes were destroyed by Red gunners ("There was so much flak it looked like confetti," said a Thunder jet pilot). And Communist night fighters, guided by the Reds' accurate radar network, shot down two B-29s, each one carrying eleven crewmen.

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