BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Chickens that Got Home

As a German plane, obviously crippled and unable to climb, fluttered past a British destroyer, one of the ship's smaller guns picked off the raider. Instantly a message flashed from the convoy's British commander: "Thought it not done to shoot a sitting bird." Back flashed a reply from the gunner: "Yes, but I wasn't going to have it perching on my deck."

Last week the commander, Rear Admiral Edye Kington Boddam-Whetham (pronounced boddom-wettem), proudly told the story himself in Moscow. Weathered, towering (6-ft.-3) Admiral Boddam-Whetham had good reason for proud chuckles: he...

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