World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: On the Nose

"There she is, right on the nose!" Lieut.

Colonel Joseph B. Wells had to shout to TIME Correspondent Theodore H. White; thunderous twin engines were driving their B-25 bomber over the turbulent waters of the South China Sea. Wells pointed a finger at Shinchiku airdrome on Formosa, one of Japan's great nests of air power and transshipment centers. The only newspaperman to accompany "the most dangerous mission ever attempted by fighters and bombers of the Fourteenth Air Force" White cabled: "Surprise and good navigation were vital to success. The mission was to be at almost suicidal level—even five minutes warning...

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