Yes, at a greater casualty. But with what kind of technology disparity? and war machinry? You have to remember after WWII, no one, not even the Russians dare to challenge the superiority of USA, but Mao did.
Yes, Chinese people are grateful for the helps from US airmen during the war and that is why they were remembered by momorials and many stories on TV..and it get mentioned all the time.. Let's not forget many Chinese lost their lives protecting the american airmen durign the war, simple they were friends.
China can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
As for smartness, I do not think Chinese are any smarter or dumber than any other race...... it is all about education.. Unfortunately, Americans are so brain-washed today by a tightly controlled media, it is even worse than the old soviet or China before 1979.