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BLITZING JAPAN

DOOMED CITIES HIT

Iwo Jima Bases Eliminate Weather Hazards r

N.Z. Press Associaton.—Copyright Rec. 10 a.m. NEW YORK, July 29

Between 550 and 600 Super Fortresses early to-day dropped 3500 tons of incendiary bombs on Ichinomiya, Ujiyamada, Tsu, Ogaki, Aomori and liwajima, which are six of 11 cities showered with leaflets by the Twentieth Air Force intimating that they were on the list for destruction. The Super Fortresses also bombed the Shimotsu oil refinery.

Part of the bombing force for the first time fuelled on Iwo Jima and then bombed Aomori, the most northerly city the Super Fortresses have yet attacked.

The fuelling of planes at Iwo Jima means that all Japan is within range of Super Fortresses. Colonel John Fowler, commander of the Iwo Jima staging centre, said: "Japan's notoriously bad weather now has three hours less to go sour. From Iwo Jima we can hit Japan between bad weather spells. Super Fortresses returned without suffering losses. Opposition is normal in spite of advance warnings."

AGGRESSIVE PATROLS

Fighting In The Sittang Area Of Burma AIR ATTACKS ON RAILWAY Rec. 11.30 a.m. COLOMBO, July 29. "Aggressive patrolling continues in the area between the MandalayRangoon Road and the Sittang River," says the south-east Asia Command communique. "In the Pyu sector strong opposition has been encountered by our troops in open country eight miles north of the town.

"Our troops in a village 26 miles north of Pegu, which is in the bend formed by the old Sittang Channel, were attacked by the enemy, who had established themselves in the north half of the village. Enemy artillery was active in this area on the Mawchi road.

"Our artillery engaged positions 28 miles from Toungoo. Troops, strongpoints and enemy-held villages, east of the Sittang River, were attacked by Spitfires and Thunderbolts. Reports of the Liberators attack on the Bangkok-Singapore railway on July 27 show that a span of the Bhejburi Bridge was destroyed and two other bridges damaged." One hundred Japanese, including two officers, attempting to escape by boat down the upper reaches of the Sittang River, two miles south of Toungoo, were attacked by two of our guerilla forces, says a correspondent at South-east Asia Command headquarters, quoted by British Official Wireless. Two boats were skilfully manoeuvred to withm a few yards of the fleeing Japanese, who were all killed.

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BLITZING JAPAN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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BLITZING JAPAN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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