AIR AGE: Then Silence

From the airways of Europe, the U.S. and the cold Atlantic last week came a monotonous toll of the dead and the lost:

¶Bound from the Azores to Bermuda, a four-engined British South American Airways transport radioed an 11 p.m. "All's well." Then silence. At week's end, despite the greatest peacetime air search of the Atlantic, no vestige of the plane had been found. Aboard were a crew of six and 21 passengers, including Australian-born, battle-greyed Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham, 52, who commanded the Allied tactical air forces at the invasion of Normandy.

¶Bound from Oakland, Calif., to El Centro,...

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