World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Flight to the West

Hell-riding pilots of China National Aviation Corp. had one of the toughest assignments of their bullet-spattered careers last week: to fly out officials, soldiers, wives, children and loyal Burmese from Burma to India through skyways thick with Jap planes.

Seven Pan American transports (C.N.A.C. is owned jointly by China and Pan Am) were stripped down for the task, seats and other impediments removed so that on some trips 21-passenger planes carried 70 refugees. Night after night these unarmed, unarmored planes shuttled through the skies, in one three-night period evacuating 1,200 from an...

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