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FLEET CLEARING WAY TO SINGAPORE

BRITISH CARRIERS Lively Action Off West Coast Of Malay N.Z.P.A. and British Wireless Rec. 2 p.m. COLOMBO, July 30. "Guns of the British aircraft carrier Ameer, operating off the west coast of the Malay Isthmus to the north of the Malacca Strait, destroyed a Japanese aircraft while it was making a suicide attack on the British East Indies Fleet during mine-sweeping operations on Friday," states a naval communique. "One of our sweepers, H.M.S. Squirrel, struck a mine and was later sunk by our gunfire.

"Carrier-borne aircraft attacked enemy installations, airfields, troop concentrations, shipping and other installations."

Channel Through Minefields Another report says that in the three-day operations off the west coast of the Malay Peninsula, the British ships swept a wide channel through the Japanese' minefields. The main part of the fleet was concentrated off Puket Island, where the Japanese incorrectly reported landing operations. British carrier aircraft attacked an airfield on the Kra Isthmus, enemy shipping in the Gulf of Siam and other airfields round Penang in the northern Malay States.

With the attack against the- air-craft-carrier Ameer the first Japanese suicide plane appeared in the South-east Asia area, says the Associated Press special correspondent with the British Fleet. The Ameer was part of the task force covering the minesweeping of the approaches to the Malacca Straits, the sea gate-

way to Singapore. During the operation airfields, railways, ships and planes in the wide area of the Indies were bombed and strafed. It was one of the most successful airsea strikes yet made in these waters. The "bag" included a steamer, schooners and smaller craft, and 15 locomotives. Three ai Craft were shot down, and many p.anes were destroyed on the ground. The Fleet is steadily clearing a way to Singapore. Sittang Fighting Continues

One of Bangkok's main railway stations, the No. 1 terminal, was yesterday bombed by Air Command Liberators, says a. South-east Asia Command communique. Rolling stock was derailed and a section of the track was destroyed. Operations to clear out enemy troops between the MandalayRangoon Road and the Sittang River continued, although greater resistance was shown by the enemy in several villages and strongpomts. A village 26 miles north cf Pegu was cleared by our troops. A break in the monsoon, with sunny skies and good visibility, gave Air Command Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mosquitoes a field day on Saturday along the Sittang front. More than 150 sorties were flown, and wherever the Japanese were seen thev were strafed. Many successful strikes were obtained against a wide variety of targets.

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FLEET CLEARING WAY TO SINGAPORE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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FLEET CLEARING WAY TO SINGAPORE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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