World War: IN THE AIR: Luftwaffe's Split

Britain's Air Ministry claimed last week that British air operations on the Western Front were keeping 50% of the Luftwaffe's fighter strength away from the Eastern Front. Without offering facts to support the statement, the Air Ministry boasted: "The heavy R.A.F. offensive is bringing aid to Russia on a scale that few can imagine."

Better documented aid to Russia was the British bombing record for September. Listed for the month were:

> 198 R.A.F. attacks against 82 Axis targets. Twenty-eight of the raids were against German military and industrial targets, 120 on ports,...

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