WAR IN ASIA
THE AIR WAR
"Boy, those Chinks are taking off from that hill. Swell work! Come on back any time, and thanks a lot."
Such messages, from U.S. ground controllers to tactical airplane pilots, are routine in Korea's brief winter daylight. By last week they were being sent in increasing numbers at night. Using air-dropped magnesium flares, of 600,000 to 1,000,000 candlepower, the Air Force was beginning to turn night into day over selected areas of the front lines. The flares brilliantly illuminated vehicle columns, tanks, ammunition and supply dumps, or enemy infantry positions for allied artillery or night-flying B-26 Invaders...