SANDUSKY, OHIO, FRIDAY, MAY 18, 1945
4 OIL PLANTS
American Bombers Over
Jap Islands and Homeland
Wreaking Wide Destruction.
GUAM. May 18 (UP) —
A m e r i c a n planes have wrecked four of Japan's biggest oil supply plants and a hitherto unknown aircraft assembly works, it was disclosed ' today.
The 21st Bomber command announced that 400 B-29s had "rendered inoperative" the oil centers in attacks on southern Japan-May 10.
A "50 percent knockout blow against the new Kumamoto aircraft assembly plant in north central Kyushu by carrier planes last Monday was revealed in a delayed dispatch from a Task Force off Japan.
Detailed results of the second American B-29 fire raid in three
days on Nagoya yesterday awaited reconnaissance photographs. Returning crewmen said all southern Nagoya. including the giant Mitsubishi aircraft works and the dock area, was in flames when they left.
The Bomber Command said that B-29s which hit Qshima, |a small island off southwest Honshu, on May 10 destroyed all but five of the 65 oil storage tanks
MANILA. May 18 (UP) —
American troops on Mindanao today closed in on Valencia and its important two-strip airfield after a surge of six miles along the Sayre Highway.
A communiqué which gave the 31st Division's position as of Wednesday put the leading elements in the outskirts of Valencia and only two miles from the airdrome To the north the 40th Division met stiff opposition from Japanese artillery and mortar positions in the Mangina Canyon.
The two Divisions were 31 airline miles, or 45 miles along the winding Sayre Highway, from a junction which would split Mindanao lengthwise.
On Luzon, seasonal rains continued to hamper American advances but the battle for IPO Dam appeared nearing a close. The 43rd Division continued closing
in on a Japanese force trapped in the Dam area, northeast of Manila.
Waiting for Moscow Attitude
of Gromyko May Be
Ignored By Other Conferring
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 (AP)—The outspoken opposition of many small nations to the Big-Power plan for a veto control of future peace-keeping machinery
today nears a United Nations conference test vote.
It appears possible that the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France may accept some modification of the veto where peaceful settlement of disputes
is concerned although Russia could block this. They all stand firmly on the proposal that no force should be used against any nation except when all five
Prospects are that on a showdown the Powers can put over the voting formula as they want it with the argument that unless they stick together on great future