National Affairs: The Hardest Thing Is Nothing

Three flyers climbed stiffly down from a C-47 transport at Chungking's Seven Dragon Slope airdrome. They were thin, and their faces were old and unsmiling. To fresh young U.S. flyers on the field, they seemed like apparitions from another war, another age. They had only now ended a flight begun from the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet three years, four months and one week before. They were some of Jimmy Doolittle's men who had bombed Japan.

Back at last, they did what any bomber's crewmen do at the end of a mission: they...

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