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IN TOKYO RAID

N.Z. JOURNALIST

CITY WAS LEFT BLAZING

In Auckland to-day is a New Zealander, Mr. J. F. McDonald, who has been over Tokyo in a Super Fortress.

As a Britisn war correspondent, representing the London Daily Mail, Mr. McDonald saw the consequences of one of the great incendiary raids, that of April 13-14, for he was in one of the last three Super Fortresses over the target area. "Believe me," he said with a wealth.of meaning, "it was burning." Study of reconnaissance photographs afterwards showed that the area of the Japanese capital devastated in that one raid was 10.7 square miles. Mr. McDonald was last in New Zealand in 1941, when on his way from Sydney to London. Six weeks after leaving Auckland he found himself in a lifeboat on the Atlantic, his ship, the Ulysses, having been torpedoed 200 miles off Cape Hatteras. No lives were lost. He eventually reached .London in May, 1942, and spent nearly three years in Fleet Street as a member of the staff of the Australian Associated Press. Six months ago he went to the Pacific to cover the remaining phases of the Pacific war. He went with the Australian landing forces at Tarakan, Brunei Bay and Balik Papan (all in Bornei) and was with the Americans when they took Davao City, capital of Mindanao, and also during the final stages of the fighting in northern Luzon.

Mr. is going to New Plymouth to visit, his parents. Mr. and Mrs. F. .T. F. McDonald, of New Plymouth, whom he has not seen for eight years.

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IN TOKYO RAID, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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IN TOKYO RAID Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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