Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26, 1945; B-29s Hit Japan in Huge Force:





Final Work


Held Monday

BV Associated Press


President Truman flew to this temporary international capital Monday to acclaim and be acclaimed by wounded veterans and statesmen about to seal with a final vote a charter intended to stop wars.
For all of them, men maimed in the Pacific and delegation chiefs at the United Nations conference, the Chief Executive had a warm greeting, a smile and a friendly handclasp.

To Herbert V. Evatt, Australian foreign minister and outspoken champion of the cause of smaller nations at the two-month old conference Mr. Truman declared:

Pleased With Result

"You have all been working hard here. We are all pleased with the final result."

Tonight, while delegates turned out for a' final working session to adopt formally the charter of a new world organization, the President looked over in the seclusion of a hill-top hotel an address with which he will conclude the conference at. 5 p. m. (P.W.T.) tomorrow.


Huge Force

Of B-29 Hit

4 Jap Cities

Manufacturing Centers

Targets of Very

Great Superfort Formation

By Associated Press


Superfortresses in very great strength struck Monday at military and industrial targets in four Japanese manufacturing areas.

Headquarters of the 20th Airforce said the early daylight attack (June 26 Japanese time) was directed against "multiple important" targets located in the areas of Nagoya, Osaka, Akashi and Gifu.

Further details awaited the return of the 21st Bomber Command crews to their Marianas bases.


Japanese Make

4 Small Raids

On Okinawa

By Associated Press

GUAM, June 26.—Four small Japanese' aerial assaults, the first against Okinawa ground installations since that island was secured Thursday, caused minor damage to American airfield installations Sunday.

Two of the raiders were shot down. ' Presumably, no attacks were made against U. S. shipping off Okinawa, since Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz made nomention of such a raid in Tuesday's communique.

Mopping up operations Sunday netted another 794 Japanese prisoners of war for a total of 8,696. Of. the total, 2,854 are reported to be labor troops. Yesterday, night reported 101.853 Japanese had been killed.
Bodies Sought

American patrols searched conquered Okinawa for still lurking foes and for bodies of comrades, hoping to solve the mystery of what happened to U. S. soldiers and marines captured by the Japanese during the 82-day battle for the island.


Hard Air Blows

Rained on Japs

By Associated Press

MANILA, Tuesday, June 26.—

A series of hard aerial blows at the Japanese on Borneo, Formosa and at many points throughout the East Indies was reported Monday by General Douglas Mac-Arthur.
Ground action on Australian invaded Borneo was limited to patrol operations, MacArthur's communique reported, with no indication how near the Australians had reached to the Miri oil fields on the north coast.
Off Borneo, Allied planes destroyed four coastal vessels and damaged others being built in the Pontianak area on Borneo's west coast.


Japs Are Told

To Win or Die

By Associated Press


Members of  the Japanese People's Volunteer Corps were ordered Monday to commit suicide rather than be taken prisoner as they prepared to go under personal command of Emperor Hirohito.
The volunteers were warned in a new handbook that if the home islands are invaded they will be called out to take part in the actual fighting , the Japanese Domei News Agency reported in an F.C'.C.-recorded broadcast.
Hampers Defense

As preparations, for the feared invasion were made, Japanese imperial headquarters again claimed Allied landing attempts at Balikpapan in Southeast Borneo had been "completely checked" and belatedly conceded the fall of Okinawa. The Balikpapan report was without confirmation.

Domei frankly admitted the loss of Okinawa rendered defense of the home islands more difficult. However, the high command made a fantastic claim of 80,801 American ground casualties on the island and 600 warcraft   Or transports sunk or damaged.




PHILIPPINES—Yanks tighten vise on 20,000 trapped Japanese in Cagayan Valley of Northern Luzon. Page 1,

OKINAWA —Japs make four small air raids on captured Okinawa, but fail to score damaging hits. Page 1.

JAPAN—Jap civillian army ordered to die or win defending, homeland against Allied invasion.  Page 1.



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