THE AIR WAR: Year of Immunity

A fleet of Matt Ridgway's B-29 bombers, escorted by Navy jets from off-shore carriers, bored into extreme northeastern Korea one day last week and dropped 300 tons on the important communications town of Rashin, which lies on the rail line from Manchuria's Harbin down Korea's east coast. The bombers smashed warehouses, a locomotive repair shop, a marshaling yard. There was no flak and no enemy interception. It would have been a routine raid if it were not for Rashin's peculiar history in the war.

Rashin had not been hit by U.N. planes for more than a year. Since Aug. 12,...

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