Americans Warn Citizens To
Flee To Safety
N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 2.30. WASHINGTON, July 27. In an unprecedented move, MajorGeneral Curtis Lemay, Commander of $he United States Twentieth Air Force, broadcast a warning to Japan announcing cities that are on the list for destruction within the next few days, reports the Associated Press Guam correspondent. General Lemay advised the civilians in the cities named to flee to safety and restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who would end the war.
Super Fortresses showered 60,000 warning pamphlets on each of the following 11 cities: — Ichinomiya, Tsu, Uhiyamada, Nagaoka, Nishinomiya, Aomori, Ogaki, Koriyama, Uwajima, Kurume and Hokkaido.
General Lemay said: "We cannot, promise that only these cities will be attacked, but the 11 will be destroyed and at least four of them very soon. So heed this warning and evacuate immediately."
Admiral Nimitz's communique says that marine aircraft yesterday attacked with bombs and rockets radio and radar stations on Arnai Island in the Ryukyus, south-west of Japan. Privateers sank three and damaged five fishing vessels in the Sagami Gulf, south of Tokyo Bay. Search aircraft sank a small freighter in the Tsushima Straits.
Saving Planes to Resist Invasion
Acknowledging a shortage of Japanese aircraft, Tokyo radio said that the available planes were being saved "for the coming homeland battle. We are patiently awaiting the Super Fortresses trying to crush our fighting strength and demoralise our people."
A Domei news agency correspondent, writing from a front line base on the Japanese homeland, reported that tank corps are strenuouslypractising day and night. A tank corps commander, when interviewed, stated: "We can bring into full play our strategy tank warfare by taking every advantage of the peculiar topography of the Japanese mainland.
"Fathomless - mountains and valleys will overwhelm the enemy," he added. "His tanks will be rendered immobile. American flame-throwing tanks will spearhead the attack, but they are slow and vulnerable to our body-crashing tactics."
Raids by Mac Arthur's Planes
The Far East Air Force dropped over 400 tons of bombs tin enemy airfields and shipping in the Shanghai area, states General Mac Arthur's communique. They set fire to installations at Kiangwan, Woosung, Lunghwa, Tachang and Tinghai aerodromes and hit six freightertransports in Hangchow Bay and a gunboat on Whangpoo River. Reconnaissance bombers hit Fusan town, waterfront and facilities in Korea. They harassed enemy coastal craft off South China and damaged others in the Gulf of Siam.
Despite adverse weather, Seventh Air Force heavy bombers from Okinawa made craters in the runways of Kikai Island, in the Ryukyus, and struck the important Tsuii air centre on Northern Kyushu, setting fire to fuel storage facilities. Thirty enemy fighters intercepted, of which seven were shot down and one probably destroyed.
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JAPANESE CITIES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945
JAPANESE CITIES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945
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