World Battlefronts: Another Ploesti

The slowly dwindling Japanese ersatz empire was raided nearly every day by the U.S. Air Forces which rim it—the Fifth and Thirteenth in New Guinea, the Fourteenth in China, the Tenth in India, the Seventh in the Central Pacific and the Eleventh in the Aleutians. But most of the Pacific lay in comparative quiet.

Most important of last week's raids was staged by Major General St. Clair Streett's Thirteenth Air Force—a 2,500-mile round trip from New Guinea to Balikpapan on the east coast of Borneo. Said General MacArthur: "The advance of our bomber line now has made possible heavy bomber attacks on...

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