World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SKIES: The Endless Scourge

"Achtung . . . Achtung . . . Achtung. . . ." The bleak warning rolled endlessly from German loudspeakers as the Allied air offensive rolled endlessly on against German oil and transport.

One day last week 1,250 U.S. heavies, escorted by 1,000 fighters, bombed four synthetic oil plants in the Leipzig area. Only a dozen German fighters were seen, and four of these were shot down; but the flak was the thickest and deadliest that U.S. crews had ever encountered. "Flak burst in a mass," said one radioman, "a forest of it so dense that we could only get...

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