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JAP NAVY SUFFERS British And U.S. Fleet Planes Blast Shipping N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 11.0. WASHINGTON, July 25. Tokyo radio says American warships bombarded Kanagawa, on the Japanese mainland, this morning. Two hundred carrier planes attacked targets on Hokkaido to-day and others hit communications and airfields on Honshu. United States Third Fleet cruisers and destroyers bombarded the Kushimoto' seaplane base, the Shiohomisaki airfield and radio station and other military installations in the vicinity of Kushimoto, at the southernmost tip of Honshu, Japan, early to-day, says Admiral Nimitz's communique. The force is under the immediate tactical command of Rear-Admiral J. C. Jones. Admiral Nimitz announced that yesterday's, carrier strike on the Kure naval base, Western Honshu, and the Inland Sea, damaged 18 Japanese warships, including five carriers, five cruisers and three battleships. The figures include the preliminary figures cabled

earlier. _ , . About 75 Super -Fortresses attacked the Mitsubishi oil refinery, the Hayama petroleum refinery and the Asaishi oil company works, an near Kawasaki, ten miles south of Tokyo, at midnight to-night. It was the second strike within 36 hours. British and American planes yesterday carried out attacks on combatant merchant shipping, airfield installations and other military targets in an area extending from Northern Kyushu through the Inland Sea to Nagoya, an earlier message The following damage was inflicted on combatant vessels in the vicinity of Kure: —The heavy cruiser Tone and the light cruiser Oyodo left burning badly; the battleships Ise and Hyuga, the heavy cruiser Aoba and a large aircraft-carrier damaged. British aircraft, concludes the communique, inflicted the following damage in early strikes yesterday:— Twelve aircraft destroyed and 13 damaged on the ground and in the water; a Kobe type of escort aircraftcarrier damaged north of Takamatsu, Shikoku; two freighters damaged near Suta, on the coast of Shikoku; one small cargo vessel, three luggers and four junks sunk. The battleships Ise and Hyuga, damaged in the carrier plane raid against Kure, are 30 years old. They are 32,000-ton vessels, recently converted to semi-carriers with flight decks at the stern.

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SEA POUNDING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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SEA POUNDING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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