World: The Wings of Destruction

In the bloody fighting around Chu Pong last week, tactical air support often made the difference between victory and sheer annihilation for the hard fighting men of the 1st Air Cav. Time after time, U.S. fighter-bombers swept down in the nick of time to break up human-wave assaults by the North Vietnamese. In four days of fighting, the Air Force flew 260 sorties over the torn battleground. That was just part of a week's work for the 550 South Viet Nam-based planes that dropped more than 1,500 bombs and sprayed some 500,000 rounds of 20-mm. cannon shells on the enemy in...

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