National Affairs: Legends Laid

During the early, tense days of World War II, when the U.S. people had little to hearten them, they eagerly grasped at two legends: 1) Captain Colin Kelly had sunk the Jap battleship Haruna by plunging his Flying Fortress "almost into the mouths of flaming Japanese guns"; 2) Major James P. S. Devereux, when asked if his handful of embattled Wake Island marines needed help, radioed: "Send us more Japs!"

The Haruna story has long since been set straight, although the legend persists. Actually, the late Colin Kelly bombed a ship from 20,000 feet, was killed when his plane was attacked and...

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