World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF CHINA: Morning, Noon & Night

"Last year on this day I trembled in a dugout when Japanese planes droned overhead. This year we are comfortably eating here."

Veteran, bespectacled General Ho Kuo-kwang, commander of China's air defenses, breathed these thankful words last week at a banquet in Chungking. All day there had been mass meetings, speeches, athletic contests. Forty-eight boys & girls, the youngest only seven, had leaped bravely from a parachute tower. Winner of the contest was nine-year-old Sung Kuo-shua. The celebration was of Chinese Air Force Day—and the blossoming of new hope in China's old,...