RENO, NEVADA, FRIDAY MORNING. JULY 13. 1945
THIRD FLEETNEAR COAST,
GUAM, Friday, July 13 (U.P)—
Pre - Invasion AirOffensive in
Five fleets of 500 to 550 B-29 Superfortresses hurled more than 3,000 tons of fire bombs into four cities and an oil center across a 500-mile stretch of Honshu and Shikoku Islands early today, as Japan reported that the U. S. Third Fleet, blacked out for more than 60 hours, was preparing to strike again
39 Cities Blasted.Raising to 39 the number of Japanese cities blasted in their knockout campaign which began last March, the giant bombers struck at Utsunomiya, Ichinomiya, and Tsuruga on Honshu, and the City of Uwajima on the southwestern tip of Shikoku, and pinpoint attacked the big oil refineries in 1he Kawasaki area on the southern outskirts of Tokyo.
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Britain Paid Million and Half Casualties to Survive
LONDON, July 12. (U.P)—The cold but unforgettable statistics of Britain s blood, sweat and tears in nearly six years of war revealed tonight that the empire paid 1,427,634 casualties to survive. They included 532.233 dead, 559,372 missing and 336,039 wounded. They came from all parts of the commonwealth and the empire, but the majority were from the home islands.
The figures included 146,760 dead, injured and missing in theblitz and in buzz bomb and rocket attacks. These were all civilians and classified as "as casualties due to enemy action in the United Kingdom." The figures include 63,208 women and 15,359 children under 16. The figures on the fighting forces included casualties in the Far East. Separate figures for the European and Far Eastern war were not disclosed.
While Britain's losses in World War II will not be known until the war against Japan ends, in World War I, Britain and the empire had nearly 3,200,000 casualties, but this figure included prisoners of war, of whom a considerable number returned.
Broken down, casualties of this war were 750,338 from United Kingdom, 101,008 from Canada, 92,211 from Australia, 39,783.from New Zealand, 36,- 765 from South Africa, 177,315 from India and the colonies, 36,376.
These figures do not include merchant marine casualties, which totaled 45,215, including 38,867 dead, or the British home guard, which lost 1,763 on active duty.
Armed forces losses were 336,772 killed,-98,113 missing, 468,-338 wounded and 330,523 prisoners.
Eisenhower Bids FarewellTo Staff; Allied Supreme
Headquarters Is Dissolved
PARIS, July 12. (UP)— General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower has returned to Europe to bid farewell to the officers and men he welded into the mightiest military combination the world has ever seen, it was disclosed today.
He "arrived in Frankfurt yesterday, a few hours before it was announced in Paris that his old command, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, would cease -to exist at 12:01 a. m. Saturday — Bastile day