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Enemy Aircraft Attempt

Attack On Fleet

Rec. 2 p.m. WASHINGTON, Aug. 9.

A force of 1200 British and United States carrier aircraft continued their attack to-day, for the second day running, on Northern Honshu, states- a message from Guam. At the beginning of the attack Allied warships bombarded the war industries centre of Kamaichi, causing considerable damage. Destroyers sank four light enemy vessels.

The aircraft went for military installations, also 'aircraft and industrial targets, and did great damage.

Japanese planes attempted to attack the United States Third Fleet yesterday for the first time since coastal operations began more than a month ago, reports the Associated Press correspondent with the fleet. The fleet's anti-aircraft guns thundered into action as scattered Japanese planes appeared overhead. None came very near. The correspondent says that from the battleship, on which he was stationed, he saw two planes burst into flames and hurtle into the sea. No damage was reported by any of the warships. . , Meanwhile, 1200 carrier planes from Task Force 38 were apparently having a field day over Northern Honshu, which they attacked before dawn in a close follow-up of Russia s declaration of war. Returning pilots reported catching and destroying scores of Japanese planes on the ground. These were apparently about to take-off from the Matsushima airfield when the Americans swooped down. Two small enemy ships were sunk and at least six others were damaged. One pilot saw 15 Japanese planes burning, while anothei pilot saw eight.


Scientists Tried To Get.Secrets Of Atomic Research AT AMERICAN LABORATORY Rec. 1 p.m. NEW YORK, Aug. 9. A year before Pearl Harbour a group of Japanese scientists unavailingly attempted to obtain secrets of atomic research, reports the Associated Press correspondent in a dispatch from Berkeley, California. They spent most of 1938 and part of 1939 at a radiation laboratory, and were shown every courtesy and given cyclotron blueprints. They assisted in the construction of a cyclotron for Tokyo University. One day the assistant-director, Dr. Cooksev, caught one of the Japanese snooping. He was forthwith barred from the laboratory. Later three eminent Japanese made a hurried visit to America, but. the new rule, promulgated for their benefit, barred them from the laboratory during their two days at Berkeley. American scientists filled the Japanese with a constant flow of accurate but useless information. Dr. Lawrence disclosed that 20 British scientists, under Professor Massey, London have been working on atomic bomb research at Berkeley since 1943. Berkeley's 4800-ton cyclotron has been one of the country's most closely guarded secrets. It will be impossible to confine the knowledge of the atomic bomb "to the good and socially-minded," said Dr. Hooton, professor of anthropology, Harvard University. He said: "Evil men will seize upon it and use it." Dr. Hooton warned that in the hands of irresponsibles it would invite the destruction of civilisation and the extinction of the species.


Millions Of Pamphlets Being Dropped By Planes URGED TO SEEK SURRENDER Rec. 1 p.m. NEW YORK, Aug. 9. Three million pamphlets are being dropped daily on the Japanese home islands featuring the atomic bomb and Russia's entry into the war. The pamphlet warned that a single atomic bomb was actually equivalent to the load of 2000 Super Fortresses on a single mission. It added: "This awful fact should be pondered. We solemnly assure you that it is grimly accurate. Before using this bomb to destroy every resource whereby the war is being prolonged, we ask you to petition the Emperor to end the war "Our President has outlined for you 13 consequences of honourable surrender. We urge you to accept them and begin the work of building a new'and better peace-loving a Th" Associated Press Manila correspondent says that leaflets showered over Japan announced Russia's declaration of war. Brigadier-General B. F. Feller revealed that the leaflets were printed well in advance on a gamble that Russia would attack Japan. Tokyo radio said that as late as 2 p.m. to-day, Japan had still not received notification of Russia s declaration of war from Mr. Sato, Ambassador at Moscow.

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TWELVE HUNDRED PLANES OVER HONSHU, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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TWELVE HUNDRED PLANES OVER HONSHU Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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