The Hemisphere: What It Was Like

Right up to the dramatic climax of President Arbenz' forced resignation, the war in Guatemala was a strange, onesided air war, fought by three mysterious F47 Thunderbolts and an absurd little Cessna sports plane, all under the command of the leader of the anti-Communist rebels, Colonel Castillo Armas.

The F-47s, probably operating from Nicaragua, functioned as a strategic air force, doing the relatively heavy jobs.

For two days they bombed and strafed Chiquimula, a provincial capital (pop. 9,000) at the south end of the 130-mile front paralleling the Honduran border.

After that Castillo Armas'...

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