World Battlefronts: Defeat of an Air Force

The Anglo-U.S. heavy bomber forces searched the remnants of the Reich for targets last week, and found moderately good hunting: rail yards, airfields, oil and ordnance depots, an explosives plant, shipyards and shipping, U-boat pens. One day when U.S. Eighth Air Force bombers and fighters attacked airfields in the Berlin area, the Luftwaffe reacted violently, sending up the biggest swarms of jet planes the Americans had ever seen. All over the blue sky, twisting white vapor trails mingled with the black streaks of burning, falling planes.

Some of the Germans dove on the bombers with jets open. "They would straighten out," said...

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