SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 1945
Third Fleet BegsFor Honshu Battle
GUAM, Wednesday, July 11 (AP)—The Japanese air force refused to put up anything resembling a real fight over Tokyo Tuesday as more than 1000 carrier planes of the massive United. States Third fleet destroyed or damaged 152 enemy planes on the ground and shot down two snoopers near the fleet, fragmentary reports disclosed Wednesday.
Whether Adm. William F. (Bull) Halsey's world largest task force stuck around Wednesday for another strike was not made clear but even the first preliminary accounts left no doubt that the enemy air force assigned to defend the homeland was in hiding.
It obviously has been driven there by a week of strikes by Iwo-based army Mustangs, scores of which destroyed or damaged 19 enemy planes Tuesday at Honshu's port city of Kobe while the carrier Hellcats, Helldivers and Avengers were roaming the Kanto plains around Tokyo to the northeast looking- for targets.
Only one of the 19 was bagged in the air by the Mustangs, and the first reports of the powerful carrier plane blow at Tokyo did not so much as list a single enemy
interceptor shot down.
The air opposition to Vice Adm. John S. McCain's carrier raiders was so weak during the first hours that undoubtedly they returned in repeated strikes to search for camouflaged aircraft and enemy hiding places. What they found remains to be told.
The Big Question
Even with the 19 Mustang victims added, for a total Tuesday preliminary bag of 173 Nip aircraft, the biggest question was: Where is the Japanese air force?
While the carrier planes looked around for Tokyo's defenders, the Mustangs over Kobe had to turn to enemy shipping in the inland sea to keep occupied.
Allies Reach TermsOn Berlin Issues
By RAYMOND DANIELL
Exclusive; New York Times-Salt Lake Tribune
BERLIN, July 10—Representatives of the three major allied forces of occupation met Tuesday and agreed on an interim settlement of the controversy over who is going to feed the civil population of Berlin in the American and the British sectors, and invited the French representative to sit with them Wednesday at the first formal meeting of the kommandatur to govern the partitioned reich capital as a unit.
The announcement of the agreement reached by Marshal Gregory Zhukov, Lt, Gen. Weeks, the British representative, and Lt, Gen Lucius Du'B Clay, Eisenhower's deputy, who arrived earlier in th day, was made jointly by Col. Gen Gorbatoff, Maj. Gen. L. O. Lyn and Maj. Gen, Lloyd L. Parks, who, themselves, with French Gen. Geoffrey Beauchesne added, comprise kommandatur, or interallied city council of Berlin.
The basis of the agreement was not disclosed, but the statement indicated that the western allies had agreed to bring in food or its equivalent from their zones of occupation elsewhere in Germany.
The announcement said that progress was made toward solving the problem of the Berlin fuel supply on similar lines, but no definite agreement on when the United States and Britain would take over full control of their own sectors of occupation in Berlin was announced.