World Battlefronts: Back to Burma

Two U.S. pilots winging over the head-hunter-inhabited Naga Hills on a routine patrol flight toward Burma were the first to spot the Japanese attack force heading into India. A few Jap planes were drawn into battle, but most of them roared on toward the Assam terminus of the aerial Burma Road.

Soon lean, tall, Red Cross Worker Robert Porter, breakfasting in an army mess, heard a noise he had learned to heed in China. He called: "Those are the Japanese." Unbelieving officers scrambled from the mess hall for a look, agreed with Porter only when one officer exclaimed: "They must be Japanese....

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