Quemoy, battered by one of the fiercest and most concentrated attacks of shellfire in history, carries evidence everywhere of devastation.
Quemoy, battered by one of the fiercest and most concentrated attacks of shellfire in history, carries evidence everywhere of devastation. No sooner had a Chinese Nationalist C-46 plane landed on the island the other day, loaded with Pressmen and cameramen, than it too was under fire on the airstrip. Correspondents stepped out, stepped back and saw for themselves first-hand what the bombardment was like. As the plane took off, it passed another C-46 - but this one helpless on the ground, wrecked by shells on August 31.
There are a reported 50,000 civilians on Quemoy, now in urgent need of medical supplies. US authorities hope to be able to droop supplies by air within the next few days.
Many families are now homeless in quemoy, many sit disconsolately outside devastated houses, or sort through rubble and ruin for possessions once carefully treasured. At the airfield near Kinmen City, chief town of Quemoy, ambulances loaded with wounded Servicemen wait for planes to take them to hospital in Taipei, Formosa.