Did you know … ?

The only US force actually fighting the Japanese inside China was the 10th Air Force, formerly the “Flying Tigers.” But in the spring of 1944 it had only 100 warplanes it could devote to attacking the huge Japanese offensive, “Ichigo,” inside China. (100 fighters were assigned to the campaign in Burma and 200 to defend the B-29 fields in Szechuan, which were targeted only on the Japanese home islands). By comparison, U.S. Air Force in Europe at the end of the war had 17,000 operational aircraft and had lost 18,000. During the war, the Soviet Union received 25,000 US war planes. (With six months to go in the war, the 10th Air Force was up to 900 aircraft for all its missions.)

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