World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Burma's Allied Sky

U.S. and British flyers won shoestring control of the air over Burma last week. It was not decisive, for the Japanese could, if necessary, double their air power in Burma overnight—something that General Sir Archibald Wavell and Brigadier General Claire L. Chennault each wished that he could do.

But this control was at least a first sign of well-planned coordination between the air forces based in China and those in India. Both concentrated against Jap airfields and communications.

General Chennault's Air Task Force, based in China's Yünnan Province, worked hard all week. Having won control of the air over Yünnanyi, most...

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