'END OF JAPAN'S NAVY'
Destroyers Can Cope With Remnants Of Enemy Fleet
N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 10. WASHINGTON, July 30. A carrier pilot who returned from raiding Japan to-day said to the Associated Press correspondent on 8??. i Ad mii'al McCain's flagship: this is a Japanese 'Pearl Harbour. "
Another pilot, summing up the damage done in this raid and the two previous raids en Kure, said quietly: "This is the end of the Japanese Navy. They have nothing left of any importance."
American naval authorities asserted that destroyers alone could now cope with the remnants of the Japanese Fleet.
A force of 146 Mustangs, based on Iwo Jima, scoured the Tokyo area for an hour yesterday. The New York Times Guam correspondent says there was no opposition from interceptors. Details of Damage Major units of the Japanese Navy at Kure, previously reported to have been set on fire in early morning attacks, were further damaged yesterday as follow:—
Battleship Haruna. —Beached. Battleship Ise. —Apparently resting on the bottom. Cruiser Aoba. —Guns silenced and stern resting on the bottom. Cruiser Oyado.—Lying on its side.
Old heavy cruiser previousy reported slightly damaged.—Lying on its side. Aii-craft - Carrier.—The attack caused an explosion which sent debris 1000 ft into the air.
Other toll taken by United States carrier planes, including damage reported previous!;'', was:—
Enemy Aircraft.--Shot down, 19; destroyed on the ground, 111; damaged on the ground, 119. Enemy Ships.—Sunk, three submarines and one medium transport; damaged, one escort carrier, seven destroyers, one destroyer escort, nine medium cargo ships and transports, eight small cargo ships and transports, and 14 small craft. Preliminary reports show that British carrier planes yesterday inflicted the following damage:—
Enemy Aircraft. —Destroyed, 8; damaged on the ground, 27. Enemy Ships.—Sunk, one destroyer, two oilers, nine small freighters, 17 junks; damaged, three destroyers, two destroyer escorts, two submarines, seven medium freighters, two small freighters, one ciler, and about 100 barges, junks, luggers and other small craft. Our ships suffered no damage.
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U.S. REVENGE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945
U.S. REVENGE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945
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