National Affairs: Shakedown

The Navy was playing at war in two oceans last week. This was no cunningly timed cutlass-rattling. It was simply that both the fleet and the Marine Corps had green personnel who needed shaking down.

In the Pacific, the admirals wanted to know how Pearl Harbor would fare if an enemy tried to repeat the Japanese coup of five years ago. From the decks of three aircraft carriers, 230 planes were flown against Oahu.* The defense was alerted and did its best in mock dogfights, but the attackers won by "destroying" the vital airfields which...

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