With a perfunctory acceptance of U.S. apologies, the Russians last week turned back the nine U.S. Air Force men whose C118 (DC-6A) transport got lost in bad weather, was forced down just inside Soviet Armenia fortnight before. But the U.S. moved on from apology to strong protest when it heard the shocker in the airmen's report: their unarmed transport was shot down in an unprovoked attack by Soviet MIG interceptors.

The plane had just come out of a storm and was flying at 15,000 ft. when the interceptors showed up. Believing that he...

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