World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Birds of Destruction

While Allied fortunes in North Africa were in suspense, the European air offensive rattled on in high gear. From The Netherlands to the Mediterranean, Allied planes pounded at Hitler's continental fortress.

> U.S. four-motored bombers, escorted by some 300 Allied fighter planes, soared in a day-long procession across the Channel, bombed and strafed a Nazi-held airfield and supply lines in Holland and France.

> Four miles up, R.A.F. raiders circled over northern Italy. Static electricity in the sub-zero night sky flashed brilliantly around their ships. Inches of snow gathered inside one plane's front-gun turret. Again & again the bombers struck at Turin,...

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