RENO, NEVADA, WEDNESDAY MORNING. JULY 25, 1945
Fierce New Attacks
On Inland Sea
By WILLIAM F. TYREEUnited Press War Correspondent
GUAM, Wednesday, July 25. (U.P.)
More than 1,000 carrier planes of Adm. William F. Halsey's American and British Third Fleet launched devastating new attacks on Japan's Inland Sea today after damaging seven warships, including the enemy's last two known remaining serviceable battleships, in yesterday's dawn-to-dusk assaults, it was announced today.
Two battleships — the Ise and Hyuga—were damaged along with two heavy cruisers, a light cruiser a large aircraft carrier and an escort carrier, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced.
An hour later, in a second war bulletin, Nimitz disclosed that the heaviest carrier a s s a u l t s yet launched against the Japanese homeland were continuing into a second day with waves of planes taking off from the decks of gigantic American and British carrier at dawn.
19 JAP CITIES
Vast Homeland Area;
Left In Ruins
GUAM, Wednesday, July 25. (U. P.)
—B-29 Superfortresses have destroyed 50 per cent of 19 Japanese cities, with Numazo, 80 miles southwest of Tokyo, leading the list, it was disclosed today.
Numazu. with a population of 55.000.was nearly 90 per cent destroyed in an attack July 17. It took first place from Gifu. 74 per cent destroyed
Photographs revealed that 1.2 square miles of Numazu's total area of 1.4 square miles was burned out.
Cities now more than 50 per cent destroyed are: Tokyo, Kobe, Hamamatsu, Yokkaichi, Toyohashi, Shizuoka, Okayama, Kure, Kochi, Tokushima, Takamatsu.Himeji, Kofu, Akashi, Shimizu. Gilu. Wakayama, Ichinomiya and Numazu.
70 Per Cent Wrecked
It was also disclosed that more derailed study of damage done to the great naval base of Kure by Superforts,that nearly 3,000,000 square feet of the city's prowling naval arsenal had been wrecked. That represents 70 per cent of the arsenal.