Monday, Dec 20, 1943
The Russians “rip into a 50-mile front and gain 19 miles” even as the Americans open the road to Cassino. Air raids in the Pacific expand to Rabaul from a base in Bougainville. But the war is far from over as the Nazis unleash a new weapon, a rocket glider. British sailors in an Allied convoy observing the gliders streak toward them at a “terrific speed,” said “the attack looked like the day of a Martian invasion was here.” These new big bombs were mounted on radio-controlled gliders about 25-ft long with a 15-ft wingspread. “It’s lucky we didn’t get hit,” said gunnery officer Robert Daley. This may be the start of a new chapter in the history of aerial warfare.