South Viet Nam: The Test to Come

"There are two air forces in South Viet Nam," said an official in Saigon, "the Vietnamese and the U.S." Since the U.S. role, technically, is to instruct government pilots, Vietnamese trainees accompany the American pilots on bombing and strafing missions against the Communist Viet Cong. When fast action is needed, it is the U.S. air power that does the job. Last week that help was badly needed.

The usual method of the 25,000 Communist Viet Cong guerrillas is to attack in small numbers at scattered points, ambushing a government patrol or raiding a...

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