World Battlefronts: JAPAN AND RETURN

Missing after the first Superfortress raid on Japan, TIME Correspondent Harry Zinder and the crew of a wrecked B-29 turned up later last week at their base. Zinder cabled:

We took off in the early afternoon with clouded mountains beckoning; by darkness we had crossed into Jap-held territory. The Superfortress' four big engines throbbed rhythmically under the careful hands of her pilot, 26-year-old Captain Robert Root. Beside him, watchful and calm, was his copilot, blond Lieut. Clifford Anderson. I sat on the cold escape hatch just opposite Lieut. Peter Coury, the flight engineer, who kept steady watch on his multitude of instruments.

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