Over the Wire

Fortresses Smash Rabaul

SOMEWHERE IN NEW GUINEA-- Flying Fortresses gave the Japanese base of Rabaul one of its heaviest beatings of the war during the night. But the thing that tickled the squadron leader the most was that the Japs were being robbed of sleep.

Some time before midnight Cap. Ken McCuliar of Batesville, Miss., brought his fortress over the New Britain island base and stayed there for several hours as his mates followed him in and began blazing away.

They destroyed at least 20 Japanese planes on the ground, started over 20 fires on the Lakunal and Rapopo airdromes and generally battered the enemy