The Antonio Express
MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS—LEASED WIRE SERVICE UNITED PRESS, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, NEW YORK TIMES
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAs7~SUNDAY^MoirNING, MAY ~27 1945
Wiping Tokyo From Earth
Costs U.S. Loss of 31 B-29s
Japanese Radio Admits
City Virtually Destroyed;
70-Mile Gale Fans Flames
by Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO, May 26. Japanese broadcasters said the "greater part" of Tokyo was burned out Saturday by American fire bombs, abruptly reversing their past policy of minimizing the effects of superfortress raids.
Tokyo radio accounts said the 'front building" in the imperial palace grounds was destroyed,
Japs See Tokyo Raid
As Disguised Blessing
By Associated Press
NEW YORK, May 28.—A Tokyo broadcast heard by the Associated Press listening post In New York today said that Premier Suzuki, admitting at an extraordinary cabinet meeting that the American raids had caused "considerable damage," urged the respective ministries affected by the raids to emphasize "construction" rather than "reconstruction" in restoring their operations.
"In other words," Suzuki said, "the damage, presently suffered might well prove ablessing in disguise."
and that several outlying impeial palaces, the foreign, greater east Asia and transportation ministry buildings were in ruins.
The United States, Russian and German embassy buildings and the 'Swedish and Afghanistan legations all were burned down, said the broadcast -heard by the F,C.C.
BT Associated Press
GUAM, Sunday, May 27.— American Superfortresses air almost wiped out Tokyo, at a cost of 31 of the big planes in record pre-dawn fire raids
Thursday and Saturday, re ports today disclosed. The last undamaged areas of
the world's third largest city—the government and central businessdistricts—were reported in smoking ruins.
Conflicting broadcasts from Japan indicated the Imperial
Tokyo Still Blazing
9 Hours After Raid
GUAM, May 27.— While Tokyo radio complained bitterly about the effectiveness
of American firebomb raids, a lone B-29 slipped down through the overcast shrouding- the Japanese capital and saw "very large masses" of fire more than nine hours after Saturday's attack.
palace had suffered but there was confusion as to the extent.
Twelve were lost in Thursday'! raid.Some 500 Superfortresses flying from Marianas bases, participated in each raid. They were the largest fleets, of the mighty planes ever put in the air.
33 Japanese Vessels
MANILA, May 27.—American war planes, In new strikes from Shanghai to the Netherlands East Indies, lave destroyed or damaged 33 Japanese ships, while U.S.25th Division troops driving into northeastern Luzon have outflanked the enemy stronghold of Santa Ft, General Douglas Mac Arthur announced Sunday.All the ships were merchant vessels. The heaviest toll in enemy shipping was taken at the south Borneo port of Bandjermasin on the Java Sea, where 20 vessels were sunk or destroyed in a blazing, assault.