National Affairs: No. 31

Over Hamchang, Korea, one day last summer, three silvery U.S. F51 Mustangs wove purposefully down through the clouds; the shallow river below was jammed with enemy armored cars and trucks trying to cross. Calling to his flight to follow, Major Louis J. Sebille, a fighter pilot in World War II, pushed over and went into the attack. Red tracers thudded into his plane.The engine sprayed cooling fluid, began to overheat. Major Sebille's wingman radioed him to turn back. "I'll never make it," the C.O. answered calmly, "I'm going back and get that bastard."...

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