BUTTE, MONTANA, SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 7,1945
Fighter PlanesHit Tokyo in
16 More Nipponese
Ships Are Sunk
by American Flyers
By EDWARD L. THOMAS
GUAM, Saturday, July 7.—(U.P)—Upwards of 600 B-29 Superfortresses spilled almost 4,000 tons of fire and explosive bombs into five Honshu cities over a 275-mile stretch from Tokyo to the inland sea early Saturday after more than 100 Mustang fighters had raked the Tokyo area by daylight, destroying or damaging 33 Japanese planes.
The preinvasion air onslaught against Japan .was now In Its 32nd consecutive day and growing by the hour as all types of warplanes in the arsenals of four U. S. Army Air forces as well as Navy and Marine forces blasted the enemy almost round the-clock.
The B-29's struck Bhlmotsu, Aiashl. Chlba, Shlmizu and Kofu, raising to 31 the number of Japanese cities scourged by the sky giants In their campaign to knock out the enemy's war factories by fall.
'Vinegar Joe' Sees
Long War; Admits
He Could Be Wrong
By RUSSELL ANNABEL
OKINAWA, July 6.—(U.P)—
Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, commander of the U. S. 10th Army which conquered O k i n a w a , said Friday that it will take more than air power to knock Japan from the war—"it will take invasion to defeat them." Speaking to a press conference, the grizzled veteran known as "Vinegar Joe" said: "The air war is all out now. Many Japanese cities have been destroyed and we are working on the secondrate cities. But it will take invasion to defeat them. We must meet them personally and kill them. We will have to get in there and really give the Japs a beating on their home ground."
Aussies JumpAcross Bay
Troops Move Inland
By HUGH CRUMPLER
MANILA, Saturday, July 7.—(U.P)—Australian troops expanding their new eastern B o r n e o beachheads h a v e crossed Balikpapan bay to Penadjam cape on the western bay shore and are moving Inland against light opposition, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced Saturday.
Units of Maj. Gen. Edward J. Milford's Seventh Australian division made the new landing, which put them ashore in an area where Japanese antiaircraft defenses were clustered before the Allied Invasion of the Balikpapan area.
The Australian Army department had announced the new landing prior to its issuance in MacArthur's communique. Penadjam cape is three miles northwest of Balikpapan
The amphibious landing was carried out Thursday without opposition, and the Australians now have secured both sides of the excellent Balikpapan harbor.