National Geographic : 1943 Jan
Above New Guinea Clouds, B-17's Wing toward a Rendezvous with "Bursts of Red Death" at28,000 Feet While ripping up the Japanese airdrome at Lae, six Fortresses met six Zeros. The pursuit planes "streaked the atmosphere likechimney swifts exercising for fun," says Mr. Walker. He tells how it feels to stand by a machine gun as the enemy blazes hurricanes of shells (page 55).Onthis mission allourplanes returned; no casualties. One, possibly two, Jap fighters were shot down.