World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Victory for a Day

Last week a Navy Department bulletin caused a reporter to write from Washington: "United States fighter planes have scored a smashing victory over the Japanese at Guadalcanal, shooting down 37 of an attacking force of 98 planes, with a loss of seven American craft, the Navy announced today in a communiqué that told of the greatest aerial battle in the Solomons since last winter."

The next day the Navy issued another communiqué. This one showed that, far from being a smashing victory, the battle was: 1) an exchange of equipment which, if anything, favored the Japanese; 2) an alarming indication...

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