THE AIR WAR: Brawl in the Alley

Lieut. Colonel William E. Bertram of Chicago was heating water on a gasoline burner—for a bath in the half-shell of a discarded belly tank. Bertram gave his story of last week's first big battle between the enemy's Russian-made MIG-15s and U.S. F-84 Thunderjets: "We were hitting a bridge halfway between Sinuiju and Sinanju. I saw a MIG on the tail of one of our guys and went to help and then four more MIGs went through me. I went up into the sun and skidded around and caught some more tracers going by.

"Then I saw another 84, called...

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