Kingsport, Tenn., Sunday, February 4, 1945
Far Outdistance Official
Claims That Put Them 15
Miles Plus From PI
General MacArthur's Headquarters,
Central Luzon, Sunday—(AP)—
Yank columns are fast approaching Manila, far outdistancing the official reports today which put them less than 15 miles on the north at 6 p.m. Friday.
"American big guns are close enough this. (Friday) evening for Manila residents.
to hear them, Reported Associated Press. C6rrespondent. Russell Brines with the Thirty-Seventh Division .which.is in a neck and neck drive with the First Motorized Cavalry Division for the honor of being the first to .enter the city.
(Broadcast, reports from Luzon today- referred to "patrols reaching the "outskirts" without specifying places.)
Blow Of War
Nearly 4,000 Allied warplanes pounded German installations yesterday, Berlin itself being rocked by the most concentrated assault ever made on the German capital.
In a wild, 45-mmute period, more than 1,000 U. S. Eighth Air Force Flying Fortresses, escorted by more than 900 fighters, blasted Berlin. They were in sight of Marshal Gregory : K. Zhakov's Russian assault against the Oder River line 30 to
40 miles to the east as they poured some 3,000 tons of high explosives and fire bombs on military targets of the refugee-packed city.
This raid, a diversionary stab at the oil center of Magdeburg by 400 U. S. Liberators, cost the Americans 55 bombers and five fighters missing, a communique said. Twenty-one Luftwaffe planes were shot down in combat near Berlin and 14 others were destroyed on the ground.
Weather was good for bombing, and for the first time in-the war, there was no German air opposition over the Reich capital. What dogfights there were occurred as Mustangs and Thunderbolt pilots, carried out sweeps' over scattered areas some distance from the city.
At the same time planes of the U. S. continent-based First Tactical ; Air Force blasted rail targets east the Rhine and north of Alsace.