AIR: The Rippers

On an October day a year ago, pert WAVE Ensign Marie Thompson stood on an East Coast airfield and with a kiss for all hands sent 36 Navy flyers off to the Pacific. They were the pilots of Fighting Squadron Two. Last week WAVE Thompson had the news that all but four of the boys she had kissed goodbye were on their way home, that the squadron had made one of the great combat records of the war.

Young and Cocky. Fighting Two started out with young and cocky confidence. Their emblem was a green dragon tearing a Jap flag...

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