World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Air Attrition

British and American flyers steadily pushed up the tempo of air combat over Europe. The Luftwaffe fighter command showed further symptoms of anemia. German air power was far from being knocked out, but its defenses could no longer be stretched out to cover all the vulnerable targets.

In three days' operations last week, U.S. bombers and fighters, flying from Britain and Italy, shot down 268 Nazi planes. By midweek a major American sweep over Nazi airfields and "mystery targets" in France sent hundreds of heavy and medium bombers out and back with out ever sighting an enemy aircraft.

Next day a fleet...

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