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"Japanese Must Know They Are Licked"

N.Z. Press Associaton.—Copyright Rec. 11 a.m. NEW YORK, July 31 "Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet is still on the rampage, bombarding Japan and generally raising hell" reports the New York Sun correspondent with the Fleet. "it is prowling in enemy waters and steaming to within 35 miles of Tokyo Yet the Japanese nothing. Their vaunted suicide planes are conspicuous by their absence Their surface fleet has gone Their shore batteries are silent. Such failure to retaliate leads to the inescapable conclusion that the Japanese must know they are licked On the battleship South Dakota's b r id S e J- wat ched as about 1000 tons of nigh explosive fell on an enemy target which was plainly visible in the hills along the coastline. It was an impressive and thrilling experience."

U.S. Destroyers Attack

A force of United States Third Fleet destroyers entered Suruga Gulf, Honshu, and bombarded military installations at Shimizu, south of Tokyo, shortly after midnight on Monday, says Admiral Nimitz's communique. Shimizu is a deep-water port and has a population of 60,000.

Preliminary reports of the bombardment of Hamamatsu by British and American heavy units on Sunday night show that railway workshops were damaged, a propeller factory set on fire and military barracks, textile works and other buildings damaged. The Allied ships encountered no opposition until after the bombardment.

Preliminary reports of carrier aircraft strikes: against military installations and shipping in the Honshu region to-day show the following damage by United States planes:— Fifty-eight aircraft destroyed and 68 damaged on the ground, six small vessels sunk and 34 damaged, including an escort-carrier. The British carrier aircraft shot down two planes and destroyed five and damaged five on the ground. They sank a lugger and damaged 12 cargo ships, three destroyers and four destroyer-escorts.

Final Reports of Naval Strike

A communique from Admiral Nimitz says that final reports of damage by American carrier planes on Saturday in the Inland Sea area include a hangar and three roundhouses destroyed, 13 hangars, two lighthouses, nine factories, oil tanks, barracks and two radio stations damaged. . . Twenty-one aircraft were snot down, 115 were destroyed on the ground and 156 damaged on the ground. Two destroyers, one destroyerescort, three freighters and a submarine were sunk. Ten destroyers and destroyer- escorts and 15 freighters were damaged. Fiftynine small craft were destroyed or damaged. , The heavy cruiser Tone Is beached. The carriers. Amagi and Katsuragi lost large portions of their British 0 carrier planes inflicted damage, including a warehouse destroyed, and the Kawasakaaircraft plant at Akashi, port installations at Sato, fabricating shops, an electric train, shipyards, factory, hangar and a radio station damaged. A destroyer was sunk and fi freighters sunk or damaged. A submarine and a large transport weie damaged. Many small craft were sunk or damaged. . mot , if , 9 - Allied losses were 27 American and eight British aircraft in combat.

Damage By Aircraft The Far East Air Force in the oast three days, says the correspondent destroyed or damaged five CSs and 91 merchant vessels in Japanese home waters. indicates *hat the enemy is trying to keep the lifelines between Japan i°nd k th P e continent open «OT«Mg Far Ea P st te A?r Force flew more than mmsM industry. .

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HALSEY'S FLEET STILL ON RAMPAGE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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HALSEY'S FLEET STILL ON RAMPAGE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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