National Affairs: Kidnaped

For more than a month, the world's most powerful nation huffed & puffed, but it could not budge a minor Soviet slave state. Four U.S. flyers, lost over Hungary on a routine C-47 cargo flight from Germany to Yugoslavia, had been forced down by Red fighter planes (TIME, Dec. 17). Hungary rudely ignored Washington's request that the men be released, refused to let them have counsel or see U.S. legation representatives. Before the U.N. in Paris last week, Russia's Andrei Vishinsky piled insult on injury: he branded the U.S. flyers as spies, publicly hoped that they would be punished by "our...

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