Code Name: Gravedigger:
We see Ulysses Hazard, Gravedigger, standing in front of a firing squad. They fire and Hazard crumples to the ground, dead. The stretcher bearers refer to him as a traitor.
A week later, a figure enters a graveyard and looks at a newspaper headline and story written by Wayne Clifford (of Dateline: Frontline) describing a foiled assassination attempt on Winston Churchill, who is recuperating in a hospital. The figure walks to a headstone labeled "Ulysses Hazard," and then we see the figure is Hazard himself, musing about the "hare-brained scheme" he's now part of.
In flashback, the previous issue's story is retold: Hazard creeps onto a garbage scow and attacks a British soldier. He goes back further and it is revealed that a Major Birch, whose story had been told in one-page interludes since the earliest issues, is a German impostor, drugging Gravedigger to turn him into an assassin. Hazard bursts in on Churchill in his office. Churchill acts like Hazard was expected. After the Prime Minister defeats him in hand-to-hand combat, hazard grabs for his face, which tears away. Hazard has been fighting with the Unknown Soldier. Hazard faints immediately. The next scenes show Hazard's various hallucinations as he recovers from the mind-control drugs.
Recovered from his addiction, Hazard goes before the real Prime Minister Churchill and assures him he's willing to die for his country. The scene returns to the graveyard, where Hazard is joined by the British intelligence agents. The agents tell him the real Major Birch has been found, held prisoner in Berlin, and that Hazard is being tasked to recover him. Meanwhile, the German impostor goes to the hospital mentioned in Clifford's cover story and, once in the hospital room, fires six silenced shots at "Churchill." The Unknown Soldier comes out of the shadows, taunting the agent that he just assassinated a mannequin. The German backs up and falls out an open window as the plane carrying Hazard to Germany flies overhead.
Hans von Hammer is, according to his code, allowing an English flier whose plane is out of ammunition to land to be captured instead of shooting him down, even after the Englishman shot down three German observation balloons. A fellow German flier comes in and shoots the Englishman down. The Germans land and von Hammer calls the flier, a Bruno von Kessel, a butcher and slaps him across the face. von Kessel challenges von Hammer to a duel, a challenge von Hammer accepts.
As von Hammer is flying back to base, he thinks of his father and remembers a phrase of his childhood: "Duty before one's self!" At that moment he sees a German supply train being bombed by an English plane. He shoots down the plane when he gets into "the kill position."
On the ground, von Hammer meets his aging, infirm father, who resents being fussed over by his nurse, Kristina. Kristina and von Hammer go horseback riding. In the woods, von Hammer explains how he has been made a killer by the war. Kristina is unafraid, and von Hammer kisses her. The Enemy Ace's only friend, a wolf, shows up, scaring Kristina and the horses, but von Hammer calms them, claiming the wolf is a kindred spirit, another killer.
Returning home, von Hammer witnesses a French flier strafing his front porch. His father is hit and dies in his son's arms, saying he died quickly in battle, that his son should not grieve. Hans von Hammer looks at the sky and swears vengeance on the French flier.
Wayne Clifford is embedded with a British unit fighting in the North African desert. The story opens with British soldiers enjoying a bath in a tub appropriated from Shiek Abi Ben Nasser, who imported it from the US. Clifford is not interested in the story of the tub and feels regretful for fleeing the British censors for the sand and boredom of the desert.
A British force returns to base after a victorious battle. Far behind the other correspondents, Clifford is forced to put together a story from the remnants he can patch together. The British commanding officer, a Colonel Hardwicke, holds a press conference, taking much of the credit for the successful action. He is labeled a hero by the other members of the press. Clifford has a feeling he might not be hearing the whole truth. Another reporter, one of those who cheered Col. Hardwicke, explains he did it to get the colonel's attention so he could go out in the field and get the story first. He also explains Hardwicke has an eye to get into politics after the war.
Later, Clifford wrestles with his conscience about buddying up to Hardwicke. At the moment he vows not to go along to get along, an Italian shell announces an attack. The Italians quickly break the British lines, putting the lie to Col. Hardwicke's battlefield resolve. Clifford, fearful for his life, seeks cover. Sprinting across the battlefield, he comes upon the colonel in nightclothes paralyzed with fear. He tackles Hardwicke and as the Italians approach, Hardwicke begs Clifford to hide him under the Sheik's imported tub. Clifford complies, and the Italians leave him alone, laughing at him and kicking the tub as they pass.
Safe, Hardwicke now buddies up to Clifford, asking him to leave the episode out of the story he intends to write. Clifford relishes the idea of destroying Hardwicke with his story, but finally agrees to keep the colonel's cowardice out of the newspaper. The story ends with Clifford again wrestling with his conscience.