World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Cigars & Bombs

Major General Curtis E. ("Ironpants") LeMay has lately become known as "The Cigar." He usually has one clenched in his teeth (it helps to cover a slight facial paralysis, the result of an old wound), and the boys of his 21st Bomber (B29) Command, in sincerest flattery, have also become cigar puffers. Last week their stogies stuck up at a cocky angle. Their morale and their operational results were soaring.

Bombing Japan from the Marianas, near their extreme round-trip range (3,600 miles), the Superfortresses now have a handy way station—Iwo Jima—on which...

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