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FOUR CITIES STRUCK Three Fresh Targets For Super Fortresses N.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 10.30. WASHINGTON, July 16. About 500 Super Fortresses showered 2500 tons of incendiaries on the four Japanese cities of Oita, Hiratsuka, Kuwana and Numazu before dawn to-day. The Associated Press correspondent on'Guafti says it was the first raid carried out under the newlyorganised command of United States Army Strategic Air Force under General Carl Spaatz. Oita is the most important Kyushu city on the Inland Sea. It is a naval and air depot and supplies the airfields at Saiki and Usa. Hiratsuka, with a population of 43,000, is an important aircraft and armaments centre. Kuwana, with a population of 42,000, is actually part of the Nagoya war production centre and supplies anti-friction bearings, electrical equipment and machine tools. Numazu, with a population of 55,000, has several ordnance and armament plants. Cities Partly Destroyed The Twentieth Air Force announced that Super Fortresses destroyed 75 per cent of Gifu, to the north-west of Nagoya. In all 38 cities have been attacked with incendiaries, 32 of which show nearly 163 square miles of urban and industrial areas damaged or destroyed. Twelve cities have been more than 50 per cent destroyed. They include Toyohashi, Shizuoka Okayama, Takamatsu, Himeji, Tokushima, Kofu, Shimuzu and Gifu. Nine cities have been onethird destroyed, including Kogoshima, Yokohama, Yokkaichi, Nobeoka, Kure, Shimonoseki, Kochi, and .A-lCcLshi Super Fortress crews returning from the : Kumamatsu oil refinery raid reported that results were good to excellent, says the Associated Press Guam correspondent. Over 100 Mustangs, based in Iwo Jima, struck six Nagoya airfields yesterday and destroyed or damaged 37 planes, including seven of the eight interceptors. Three Mustangs were lost. An Army Air Force summary ; shows that losses of Super Fortresses averaged only slightly more than one plane per mission. A total of 216 missions were flown and 191 ' Super Fortresses were lost from all causes, including weather from June 6, 1944, to July 9, 1945.

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NEW COMMAND BEGINS BOMBING OF JAPAN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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NEW COMMAND BEGINS BOMBING OF JAPAN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945