World Battlefronts: Mechanical Man

The Japs fought desperately this week in their own front yard. In one of the greatest air battles of the Pacific war, hundreds of Jap planes took to the air, flew against a U.S. task force which was assaulting Saipan. Inside a few brief hours, said the U.S. Navy, more than 300 had been destroyed. On the island itself, U.S. troops fought on.

The U.S. assault on the key Jap base in the Marianas had begun nine days before. For four days a U.S. naval force had pounded Saipan. Bombers from U.S. carriers had carried...

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