The Japanese made a big mistake the day their bombs wrecked Tony Grant's transport plane. For they left Tony stranded on a Burmese airfield with a bunch of wild, undisciplined American pilots and their Curtiss fighters.
So what happened? Tony joined the Yanks and gave them some new ideas on how to win the war. Soon the very sight of these planes was enough to make the toughest Japanese quake in his boots.
They say it's dangerous to revisit things you remember from long ago, especially in childhood. Things change so much that you are almost always disappointed. So, when Alan Williams suggested re-issuing this story as part of our By Special Request season, I had reservations as I'd read the book often as a child - and enjoyed it so much - that I was sure it was going to be a let-down.
Fortunately this was not the case as the team of Brunt, James and Porto deliver a cracking story which was just as sound as I remembered. Phew!
On this showing, it's a pity that Sandy James only ever illustrated two Commandos and Porto did but three covers. Gordon Brunt, though, wrote around 35 stories. If they're all as good as this, they should be in the next request season.
Calum Laird, Commando Editor
Note: Original released as Commando No 451 (January 1970) and re-issued as No 1291 (February 1979).