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Air And Land Offensives In

Pacific Islands N.Z. £ress Association—Copyright Rec. 1.30. WASHINGTON, Aug. 5. Australian fighters attacked roadways and encampments along the west and north-west coasts of Borneo, says General Mac Arthur's communique. The Thirteenth United States and Australian Air Force units continued to neutralise airfields in the North-eastern Celebes and started fires at a seaplane base in the Kangean Islands, north of Bali. bombers and fighters attacked shore targets in the Moluccas, as light naval units destroyed enemy watercraft in t he Netherlands Indies. Australian planes effectively bombed villages in Wewak sector, New Guinea, also isolated defence positions in North-western New Guinea. New Zealand fighter-bombers destroyed personnel in areas near Kavieng. Bad weather, prevented other missions. Though hampered by adverse weather, Fifth Air Force medium bombers wrecked warehouses, factories and railway yards near Takanabe, East Kyushu. No flak or interception was encountered.

Seventh Fleet reconnaissance planes attacked cargo ships near Foochow, also in Amoy harbour, destroying or severely damaging five vessels.

A further 4740 more Japanese dead were counted and 444 were taken prisoner In mopping up operatiqns in the mountains north of Luzon and Mindanao. Our casualties were 24 killed and 61 wounded.

General Mac Arthur's headquarters announced that the entire Ryukyu Islands chain was placed under General Mac Arthur's command as from midnight on July 31 as a base for a mighty invasion force under General Mac Arthur's primary responsibility. The statement said that all Army forces in the islands except the Eighth Air Force were now operating under General Mac Arthur's direct control. General Stilwell's Tenth Army and General Kenney's Fifth and Seventh Air Forces were now moving up there. These islands, with the Philippines, form a great semi-circular base from which a mighty invasion force is being forged for the final conquest of Japan. General Mac Arthur said that the Thirteenth Air Force, which in recent months has been the main United States air force in the Southern Philippines, New Guinea and East Indies, is moving to the Ryukyus.

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FAR AND WIDE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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FAR AND WIDE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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