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  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 7:12:09 AM PDT · 23 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Rebelbase
    Would the 8th be composed of B-17s or given B-29s?

    I don't know what the plan is. It seems like it would make sense to transition to B-29s, due to the distances involved and existing air base infrastructure. Doolittle would be the guy to supervise such a move. What a remarkable man he was. But they better get moving. It could take a few months for training and transport to the Pacific. I don't expect they will see action much earlier than the end of August.

  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 6:36:46 AM PDT · 14 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tainan
    Very interesting article by H.W. Baldwin.

    Based on your endorsement I read the article. Indeed interesting. I wonder if it penetrated the fog for American readers. I admit to not following events in China with near the attention I have to other PTO campaigns, where Americans were the dominant Allied force.

  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · 13 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to jjotto; StoneWall Brigade

    Do you see your grandfather’s name on the roster, StoneWall? It seems that at this point Murray is probably at Pearl Harbor for repair of the bomb damage, or else recently returned to action. I see in the history that Murray covered the Army operation at Aitape in New Guinea. My father was there for that one.

  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 4:33:22 AM PDT · 7 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/27.htm

    May 27th, 1945 (SUNDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: HMS DIPPER, RNAS Henstride, 761 RN Sqn Seafire a/c, S/Lt(A) Wilfred Adris “Nip” OWEN RNVR, Canadian, Lost, flying accident, dove into ground SE, of Abbotsbury, Dorset, UK, Interred, KEMPSTON CEMETERY, UK.

    HMCS Lockeport departed Canada for UK.

    HMCS Nene arrived Sheerness in preparation for return to RN.

    Departed UK, with ON-305, last westbound convoy WW.II. a. HMCS Jonquiere and HMCS St Stephen.

    CHINA: Nanning: Japan has suffered a major setback in southern China with the the loss of Nanning. The southern gateway city only 78 miles from the Indochina border has been a vital link in Japan’s main overland supply lifeline to its armies in Burma, Thailand, Malaya and Indochina. Nationalist troops advancing from the north and west recaptured Nanning, Kwangsi province’s capital. They also cut the north/south highway linking Indochina with the rail junction at Liuchow. The road, which has been recently improved, has served as the main route for moving Japanese troops and supplies.

    BURMA: An entire army is moved by air for the first time ever, when US aircraft fly the Chinese Sixth Army from Burma to China.
    JAPAN: The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands flies Mission 185: During the night of 27/28 May, nine B-29 Superfortresses drop mines in Shimonoseki Strait and in the Moji area of Japan; one B-29 is lost.

    The slow meticulous US advance on Okinawa is met by fierce resistance from the Japanese.

    American marines today claimed to have crossed the Asato and captured part of the Okinawan capital of Naha as forces of the US Tenth Army battle to complete the conquest of this strategically important island just 340 miles south of mainland Japan. The north of the island has been under Allied control since 20 April, but heavy rains - and fierce resistance by General Ushijima’s Thirty-Second Army - have slowed the US advance in the south. Infantry of the 7th Division is embroiled in a particularly tough fight for Shuri Castle, the key position on Japan’s defensive line in the south.

    Japan launches a heavy air offensive against the US fleet. Japanese submarines make unsuccessful attacks on US convoy routes to Guam and Leyte.

    Off Okinawa, Japanese suicide craft damage nine U.S. Navy vessels:

    - The destroyer USS Braine (DD-630) is hit in quick succession by two suicide planes. The first hits forward seriously damaging the bridge and the second hits amidships blowing number two funnel overboard and demolishing the amidships superstructure. Braine retires to Kerama Retto for emergency repairs.

    - The destroyer USS Anthony (DD-515) is slightly damaged by a kamikaze.

    - The destroyer escort USS Gilligan (DE-508) is hit by a dud torpedo from a kaiten carried by submarine HIJMS I-357.

    - High-speed minesweeper USS Southard (DMS-10, ex DD-207) is slightly damaged by a kamikaze which crashed 15-yards (13.7 m) ahead of the ship.

    - Minesweeper USS Gayety (AM-239) is damaged by a near-miss from a 500-pound (230 kg) bomb which explodes just astern. Five men were killed and two wounded by flying debris, and the fantail bursts into flames. The fire is extinguished and the ship heads to Kerama Retto for repair. - High-speed transport USS Loy (APD-56, ex-DE-160) shoots down three suicide planes during two attacks. The third aircraft exploded close aboard the starboard beam and sprayed the ship with fragments and 18 of her crew are wounded and there is some internal damage.

    - High-speed transport USS Rednour (APD-162, ex-DE-592) is struck by a kamikaze on the stern, starting fires and blowing a 10-foot (3.0 m) hole in her main deck killing three and wounding 13 of her crew. After driving off yet another suicide plane, Rednour entered Kerama roadstead for temporary battle damage repairs.

    - Surveying ship USS Dutton (AGS-8, ex-PCS-1396) is struck by a Japanese plane which crashes the ship, carrying away part of the bridge, blowing one of her crew overboard, and holing her, fortunately above the water line. She heads for Kerama Retto for repairs.

    - Large support landing craft LCS-52 is damaged by kamikaze that misses.

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: Santa Fe on Luzon is liberated by US forces.

    Heavy fighting continues on Mindanao.

    CANADA: Departed UK, with ON.305, last west bound convoy WW.II. a. HMCS Jonquiere and HMCS St Stephen

    Departed St. John’s with convoy HX.358, for UK. last eastbound convoy of WW.II: a. HMCS Arrowhead, HMCS Eastview, HMCS Hepatica, HMCS Trillium, HMCS Peterborough and HMCS ST Lambert.
    Minesweeper HMCS Lockeport departed Canada for UK.

    Corvette HMCS Norsyd commenced refit Halifax , Nova Scotia.

    U.S.A.: Destroyer USS Sarsfield launched.

  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 4:32:00 AM PDT · 6 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    19 Bombers Lost (Moscow) – 2-3
    Ready to Bring New Destruction to the Japanese (photo) – 3
    Doolittle to Lead 8th in Pacific War – 3-4
    Top Award Asked for B-29 Epic Fight – 4
    Marines Deepen Bridgehead in Naha Despite Thick Mud (Rae) – 5
    War Has Passed Their Way (photo) – 5
    Two-Hour Battle Fought on Yontan After Japanese Landing on Airfield (Lawrence) – 6
    U.S. Airmen Smash 33 Japanese Ships – 6-7
    Russians Seem Prepared to Stay On Danish Island of Bornholm (by Kai Myring, first-time contributor) – 7
    4,956 Strikes Set New Mark in ’44 – 8
    War News Summarized – 8
    450,000 Jobs to End on Plane Cutbacks – 9
    Texts of Day’s War Communiques – 10-11
    The Veteran (Hurd) – 11

    The News of the Week in Review
    For Our Air Fleets Operating Against Tokyo a Great Base is Blasted Out on Okinawa (photos) – 12
    Fifteen News Questions – 13
    Okinawa is a Lesson for Invasion of Japan (Rae) – 14-15
    “It’s Later Than You Think” (cartoon) – 15
    “In the Pacific Theatre” (cartoon) – 15
    Answers to Fifteen News Questions – 15
    How the Japanese Armies are Distributed (map) – 16
    Our Strategic Position in China is Improving (Baldwin) – 17

  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 4:30:46 AM PDT · 5 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    The first of the following two excerpts is continued from May 14.

    1

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    2

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 4:29:38 AM PDT · 4 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 25.

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    John Toland, The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 4:25:47 AM PDT · 3 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 4:24:56 AM PDT · 2 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • TOKYO LAID WASTE BY B-29íS, ROYAL PALACES DEVASTATED; FIGHTERS SMASH AT KYUSHU (5/27/45)

    05/27/2015 4:24:25 AM PDT · 1 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • JAPANESE LOSE 111 PLANES IN ATTACK OFF OKINAWA BUT HIT 11 LIGHT SHIPS (5/26/45)

    05/26/2015 1:37:23 PM PDT · 13 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson to Stosh

    I guess its legal. I have seen “No U-Turn” signs but never a “No U-Boat” sign.

  • JAPANESE LOSE 111 PLANES IN ATTACK OFF OKINAWA BUT HIT 11 LIGHT SHIPS (5/26/45)

    05/26/2015 4:41:41 AM PDT · 6 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/26.htm

    May 26th, 1945 (SATURDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: Corvettes HMCS Lachute and West York departed Londonderry as escort for Convoy ON-305.

    GERMANY: Lüneberg: Sergeants Ray Weston and Bill Ottery bury Himmler in an unmarked grave.

    BURMA: Allied forces occupy Bassein, 90 miles west of Rangoon.

    JAPAN: The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands flies Mission 184: During the night of 26/27 May, 29 B-29 Superfortresses mine waters in Shimonoseki Strait and at Fushiki, Fukuoka, and Karatsu, Japan.

    Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese imperial family escaped with their lives today as flames started by B-29 fire-bomb attacks surrounded their main palace in Tokyo and destroyed the nearby business district of Marunouchi. Twenty-six Marianas-based B-29s were lost.

    Later Tokyo Radio confirmed US Army Air Force claims that parts of the imperial palace and Omiya palace had been damaged, but said that both the emperor and empress were safe and uninjured. The raid was the second in 48 hours, with 464 B-29 Superfortresses dropping 4,000 tons of incendiaries on the Marunouchi district just south of the imperial palace. With scores of new buildings - many supposedly fire and earthquake proof - the area was, until today, the pride of modern Japan.

    The Tokyo raid came as Japanese flyers, absent from combat in recent weeks, launched desperate mass Kamikaze attacks on US ships off Okinawa plus bizarre suicide raids on the island’s Yontan and Katena airfields. Planes deliberately crash-landed on the two airstrips before heavily-armed commandos jumped out with orders to cause maximum damage. All were killed immediately. Offshore, Japanese flyers damaged 11 US ships, sacrificing 111 aircraft in the attack.

    Kamikazes are again active off Okinawa damaging two ships:

    - High-speed minesweeper USS Forrest (DMS-24, ex-DD-461) is attacked by three aircraft. AA fire downs two but the third crashes her starboard side at the waterline, killing five and wounding 13 of her crew. The ship remains afloat and heads for Kerama Retto for repairs.

    - The submarine chaser PC-1603 is damaged.

    CANADA: Frigate HMCS Royalmount begins tropicalization refit Sydney , Nova Scotia.

    U.S.A.: The US government cancels the 98 out of 100 Hughes D-5s. Also known as the F-11 it had two Pratt and Whitney R-4360 engines driving eight bladed contra-rotating propellers. (John Nicholas)
    Destroyer USS Brinkley Bass launched.

    Destroyer USS Steinaker commissioned.

  • JAPANESE LOSE 111 PLANES IN ATTACK OFF OKINAWA BUT HIT 11 LIGHT SHIPS (5/26/45)

    05/26/2015 4:40:25 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Battle Fantastic (Rae) – 2-3
    6 Suicide Planes and 2 Bombs Hit Destroyer Laffey, She Gets Home – 3
    Destroyer Little Lost Off Okinawa – 3-4
    Marines Find Many Naha Houses Standing And a Lot of Japanese in Ruins of City (Lawrence) – 4
    War News Summarized – 4
    Palace in Area Hit (Moscow) – 5-7
    Marines Engage in Bitter Fighting as They Drive Into Okinawa Capital (photos) – 5-6
    Luzon Guerrillas Win Towns in East – 7-8
    Tydings Stresses Ties With Philippines, Field for Investment and Need fro Bases – 8
    Chinese Win More of Foe’s Corridor – 8-9
    Surly Germans Still View Allies’ Victory as ‘Fluke’ (Middleton) – 9
    Military Training is Urged by Bard – 10
    A War Bond is the Admission for Visit to This U-Boat (photo) – 10
    Browder Shift Seen Aiding Flynn And Strengthening Liberal Party (Hagerty) – 11
    The Texts of the Day’s War Communiques – 12
  • JAPANESE LOSE 111 PLANES IN ATTACK OFF OKINAWA BUT HIT 11 LIGHT SHIPS (5/26/45)

    05/26/2015 4:39:15 AM PDT · 4 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Billboard Top 10 (or Top 11) for the Week of May 26, 1945

    #1 – “Sentimental Journey” – Les Brown, with Doris Day
    #2 – “There! I’ve Said It Again” – Vaughn Monroe
    #3 - “Bell Bottom Trousers” - Tony Pastor, with Ruth McCullough
    #4 - “Candy” - Johnny Mercer, with Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers
    #5 - “Dream” - Pied Pipers
    #6 – “Caldonia” – Louis Jordan
    #7 - “Dream” - Frank Sinatra
    #8 - “My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time” - Les Brown, with Doris Day
    #8 – “You Belong to My Heart” – Bing Crosby, with Xavier Cugat Orchestra
    #9 – “Laura” - Johnnie Johnston
    #10 - “Caldonia” - Woody Herman

  • JAPANESE LOSE 111 PLANES IN ATTACK OFF OKINAWA BUT HIT 11 LIGHT SHIPS (5/26/45)

    05/26/2015 4:38:40 AM PDT · 3 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • JAPANESE LOSE 111 PLANES IN ATTACK OFF OKINAWA BUT HIT 11 LIGHT SHIPS (5/26/45)

    05/26/2015 4:36:59 AM PDT · 2 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • JAPANESE LOSE 111 PLANES IN ATTACK OFF OKINAWA BUT HIT 11 LIGHT SHIPS (5/26/45)

    05/26/2015 4:36:19 AM PDT · 1 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • BIG 3 MEETING DEFINITELY PROJECTED; HIMMLER, CAUGHT, ENDS LIFE BY POISON (5/25/45)

    05/25/2015 4:25:41 AM PDT · 6 of 35
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/25.htm

    May 25th, 1945 (FRIDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: London: Churchill asks all Allied commanders who had received information through “Ultra” to reveal neither the information nor its source.

    Submarine HMS Truncheon commissioned.

    Frigate HMCS Monnow departed Londonderry for Sheerness.

    JAPAN: The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands flies Mission 183: During the night of 25/26 May, 464 B-29 Superfortresses bomb the urban area of Tokyo immediately south of the Imperial Palace just north of that bombed on 23/24 May, including financial, commercial, and governmental districts as well as factories and homes; six others bomb targets of opportunity; they claim 19 Japanese fighters; 26 B-29s are lost on this mission, the highest single-day loss of B-29s in World War II. A total of 3,262 tons of incendiaries are dropped and the resulting fires destroy 16.8 sq mi (43.5 sq km), the greatest area wiped out in any single Tokyo raid.

    Mines previously laid by B-29s off Japan sink a Japanese cargo vessel and a merchant tanker.

    Off Okinawa, kamikazes sink two U.S. Navy vessels and damage seven others.

    - The high-speed transport USS Bates (APD-47, ex-DE-68) is sunk. The ship is attacked by three aircraft at 1115 hours; the first plane dropped a bomb, scoring a near miss which ruptured the starboard hull of the ship, and then crashed into the starboard side of the fantail. The second plane, almost simultaneously, made a suicide hit on the pilothouse. Shortly thereafter the third plane made a bombing run scoring a near miss amidships, portside, rupturing the hull. Twenty-one of her crew were either dead or missing from the attacks. The crew abandoned ship and at 1923, the still burning Bates capsized and sank.

    - The medium landing ship LSM-135 is also sunk.

    - During the night, the destroyer USS Guest (DD-472) is attacked by a kamikaze which glanced off her mast and crashed alongside causing minor damage.

    - At 0905 hours, the destroyer USS Stormes (DD-780) is struck by a kamikaze which crashes into the aft torpedo mount and its bomb explodes in the magazine under her number three 5-inch mount. By noon, repair parties had extinguished the fires and plugged the holes. Twenty-one members of the crew were killed and 15 injured.

    - The destroyer escort USS O’Neill (DE-188) is hit by a kamikaze which kills two and wounds 17.

    - The high-speed transport USS Barry (APD-29, ex-DD-248) is struck by a kamikaze below her bridge. Twenty-eight of the crew are wounded by shrapnel. The explosion of the plane’s gasoline tanks and bomb ignited fuel oil escaping from ruptured tanks and the fire threatens the forward magazine which could not be reached to flood. The abandon ship order is given at 1340 hours and all hands take to the boats. By 1500 hours the water had risen until the forward magazine was covered, minimizing the danger of explosion. A skeleton crew, together with parties from two other ships, reboard Barry and the last fires were extinguished at 0630 hours the next day and she is towed to the anchorage at Kerama Retto.

    - The high-speed transport USS Roper (APD-20, ex-DD-147) is struck by a kamikaze and is damaged.

    - The high-speed minesweeper USS Butler (DMS-29, ex-DD-636) is struck by bombs from a suicide plane which explode under Butler’s keel, killing nine men and blowing out steam lines and flooding the forward fire room causing the loss of all steam and electric power. Power is regained and she proceeds to Kerama Retto tomorrow for temporary repairs.

    - The minesweeper USS Spectacle (AM-305) is struck by a diving kamikaze at 0805 hours; the aircraft strikes the ship under her port 40-millimeter gun tub, causing extensive damage and blowing many of her crew overboard. Her rudder is jammed so she drops anchor to avoid running over her men in the water. Spectacle’s losses were: eleven killed outright, four who died of wounds, six wounded, and 14 missing in action. She is towed to Ie Shima for temporary repairs.

    A Japanese plane torpedoes a U.S. freighter in Buckner Bay killer six merchant sailors and a stevedore.

    NORTH BORNEO: Pte Leslie Thomas Starcevich (1918-89), Australian Military Forces, silenced two machine guns holding up his men, repeating the feat later. (Victoria Cross)

    AUSTRALIA: Destroyer HMAS Bataan commissioned.

    CANADA: Tug HMCS Glendon commissioned Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Light cruiser HMCS Ontario completed refit to trials and work-ups.

    U.S.A.: The motion picture “The Body Snatcher” is released in the U.S. Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson short story, the film is directed by Robert Wise and stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The plot involves a renowned surgeon and teacher of anatomy in Edinburgh who pays a cabman, to clandestinely bring him exhumed bodies of the recently deceased for classroom demonstration purposes. With cemeteries being increasingly guarded, the cabman resorts to murder to provide the doctor with fresh bodies. This was the last film in which Karloff and Lugosi appeared in together.

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff, after extensive deliberation, issued to General MacArthur, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and Army Air Force General Henry Arnold, the top secret directive to proceed with the invasion of Kyushu. The target date was after the typhoon season.

    Submarine USS Chopper commissioned.

    Red Cross knitting for war effort

    CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - Despite a shortage of wool, the knitting department of the upper Pinellas Red Cross completed a large number of garments last year.

    These garments included 296 pairs of walking toe cast socks, 33 turtleneck sweaters, 11 afghans, 60 V-neck sweaters, 113 pairs olive drab socks, 109 pair gray socks for hospital use and 560 washcloths, according to Mrs. William Kuntz, chairman.

    The knitting department at the production center in City Park will remain open all summer if the wool supply warrants.

    (North Pinellas History is compiled by Times staff writer Theresa Blackwell. She can be reached at tblackwell@sptimes.com )

  • BIG 3 MEETING DEFINITELY PROJECTED; HIMMLER, CAUGHT, ENDS LIFE BY POISON (5/25/45)

    05/25/2015 4:24:01 AM PDT · 5 of 35
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Parley ‘In Works’ – 2
    War News Summarized – 2
    Anglo-U.S. Rule Set Up in Austria; Joint 4-Power Control Held Near (Daniel, Bracker) – 3
    Arch Criminal Dies (MacDonald) – 4
    Himmler the Tool of Hitler Terror – 4-5
    German Commanders and a Nazi Leader Who Are Now Prisoners of Allies (photo) – 5
    Germans’ Losses at Least 3,500,000 (Middleton) – 6
    Army Needs 1,600 More War Dogs at Once For Use in Campaigns Against Japanese – 6
    Secret Factory in Yonkers Made Pipe For Allies’ Invasion Lines Under Channel – 6
    Pipe Lines Under the Channel that Fed Allies Fuel (photos) – 7
    Foe Lands Above Foochow AS Chinese Gain on Coast – 8
    6th Marines Pour Into Naha Battle (Rae) – 9
    Naha Entry Made on Scout Findings (Lawrence) – 9-10
    U.S Forces Split Foe on Mindanao – 10
    Okinawa: Pushing Ahead and Plasma on the Move to Save a Marine (photos) – 11
    Carabao Answer to Deep Luzon Mud (by Lindesay Parrott) – 12
    Osmena Pledges Grant of Bases – 12
    Carrier Planes Hit Kyushu, Foe Says – 13
    American Air Might Strikes on Japanese Home Island (photos) – 13-14
    Australians Ask Hirohito’s Death – 13-14
    Gen. Hodges Takes Atlanta by Storm – 15
    A Native Georgian Receives a Royal Welcome in Atlanta (photo) – 15
    July Liquor Distilling Allowed; 50 Million Gallons Expected – 16
    Britain’s Future Strategic Needs (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 17
    Texts of Day’s War Communiques – 18-19
    Soviet-U.S. Amity Urged by Wallace – 19
  • BIG 3 MEETING DEFINITELY PROJECTED; HIMMLER, CAUGHT, ENDS LIFE BY POISON (5/25/45)

    05/25/2015 4:22:49 AM PDT · 4 of 35
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 21.

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    John Toland, The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

  • BIG 3 MEETING DEFINITELY PROJECTED; HIMMLER, CAUGHT, ENDS LIFE BY POISON (5/25/45)

    05/25/2015 4:20:49 AM PDT · 3 of 35
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • BIG 3 MEETING DEFINITELY PROJECTED; HIMMLER, CAUGHT, ENDS LIFE BY POISON (5/25/45)

    05/25/2015 4:19:40 AM PDT · 2 of 35
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • BIG 3 MEETING DEFINITELY PROJECTED; HIMMLER, CAUGHT, ENDS LIFE BY POISON (5/25/45)

    05/25/2015 4:18:56 AM PDT · 1 of 35
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • 550 B-29íS SET TOKYO FIRES; MARINES IN CORNER OF NAHA; GERMAN GOVERNMENT ENDED (5/24/45)

    05/24/2015 4:44:53 AM PDT · 6 of 21
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    U.S.A.: The 22-minute documentary "Target Tokyo" is released in the U.S. Narrated by future U.S. President Ronald Reagan, this film tells the story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces' Twentieth Air Force on 24 November 1944. Crews are followed from their training at Grand Island, Nebraska to their bombing embarkation point on the island of Saipan, Mariana Islands. From there, the B-29 attack on the Nakajima's Musashino aircraft plant outside Tokyo is depicted. Many USAAF leaders, including General of the Army Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, Commanding General USAAF, are featured in the film.

    “Target Tokyo”

  • 550 B-29íS SET TOKYO FIRES; MARINES IN CORNER OF NAHA; GERMAN GOVERNMENT ENDED (5/24/45)

    05/24/2015 4:43:59 AM PDT · 5 of 21
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/24.htm

    May 24th, 1945 (THURSDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: Corvette HMCS Baddeck departed Sheerness for Canada.

    FRANCE: Paris: De Gaulle awards Montgomery the Grande Croix of the Legion d’Honneur.

    GERMANY: Field Marshal Ritter von Greim, appointed commander of the Luftwaffe in the last days of the Third Reich, commits suicide.

    JAPAN: Aircraft from Task Force 58 attack airfields in southern Kyushu used by Kamikaze pilots.

    Off Okinawa, kamikazes are active during the day:

    - The destroyer escort USS William C. Cole (DE-641) comes under attack at 1830 hours when a Nakajima Ki-43, Army Type 1 Fighter Hayabusa, Allied Code Name “Oscar,” attempts a suicide run while Cole was northeast of Ie Shima and crashed within a few feet of the destroyer escort’s starboard beam. The plane passed so close to the ship that one of its wingtips bent a “spoon” of a tube of a torpedo mount which had been trained to starboard.

    - The high-speed transport USS Sims (APD-50, ex DE-154) is attacked by an aircraft that crashed close aboard to starboard spraying the ship with shrapnel which wounded eleven crewmen.

    - A large support landing craft [LCS(L)] is also damaged.

    On Okinawa during the night of 25/25 May, five Japanese transport aircraft carrying at least 69 Army commandoes, crash land on Yontan Airfield. The commandoes destroy nine aircraft (three F4U Corsairs, two PB4Y-2 Privateers and four transports) and damage another 29 (22 F4Us, three F6F Hellcats, two B-24 Liberators and two transports), ignite 70,000 US gallons (265,000 liters) of aviation fuel, kill the Marine control tower duty officer, and wound another 18 Marines before the last Japanese is killed at 1255 hours on 25 May.

    The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands flies Mission 182: During the night of 24/25 May, 25 B-29 Superfortresses lay mines in Shimonoseki Strait and at Niigata, Nanao, and Fushiki in Japan.

    Mines laid by USAAF B-29 Superfortresses sink a Japanese cargo vessel off Japan.

    NEW GUINEA: Australian troops surround Wewak.

    CANADA: Frigate HMCS Victoriaville commenced tropicalization refit Saint John, New Brunswick.

    U.S.A.: The 22-minute documentary “Target Tokyo” is released in the U.S. Narrated by future U.S. President Ronald Reagan, this film tells the story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces’ Twentieth Air Force on 24 November 1944. Crews are followed from their training at Grand Island, Nebraska to their bombing embarkation point on the island of Saipan, Mariana Islands. From there, the B-29 attack on the Nakajima’s Musashino aircraft plant outside Tokyo is depicted. Many USAAF leaders, including General of the Army Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, Commanding General USAAF, are featured in the film.

  • 550 B-29íS SET TOKYO FIRES; MARINES IN CORNER OF NAHA; GERMAN GOVERNMENT ENDED (5/24/45)

    05/24/2015 4:42:43 AM PDT · 4 of 21
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Peak Japan Blow (Rae) – 2-3
    U.S. Forces Drive to Split Mindanao – 3
    Allies Keep Japanese Off Balance Throughout Far East (map) – 3
    Marines Force River Line; 7th Takes Strategic Hills – 4
    Big Okinawa Base to Speed Up War (Lawrence) – 5
    Explosions on Land and Sea in the Pacific (photos) – 5
    Chinese Press On toward Air Bases – 6
    Doenitz, Jodl, Others Held; German Regime Is Dissolved (Middleton) – 7-8
    Streicher, Anti-Semite, Is Seized By Jewish Mayor From New York – 9
    2,600 Are Indicted for War Crimes – 9
    Churchill Resigns to Force General Election in Britain (Daniel) – 10
    On His Way to Quit as Prime Minister (photo) – 10
    War News Summarized – 11
    The End of a Notorious German Prison Camp (photo) – 11
    Russia Stressed by British Labor (Gruson) – 12
    Britons at Parley Formally Retire – 12
    The Texts of the Day’s War Communiques – 15-16
    Huge Pacific Task Seen by Red Cross – 16
  • 550 B-29íS SET TOKYO FIRES; MARINES IN CORNER OF NAHA; GERMAN GOVERNMENT ENDED (5/24/45)

    05/24/2015 4:41:33 AM PDT · 3 of 21
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • 550 B-29íS SET TOKYO FIRES; MARINES IN CORNER OF NAHA; GERMAN GOVERNMENT ENDED (5/24/45)

    05/24/2015 4:40:36 AM PDT · 2 of 21
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • 550 B-29íS SET TOKYO FIRES; MARINES IN CORNER OF NAHA; GERMAN GOVERNMENT ENDED (5/24/45)

    05/24/2015 4:40:09 AM PDT · 1 of 21
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • ďA Medal for BennyĒ (Movie Review-5/24/45)

    05/24/2015 4:36:32 AM PDT · 2 of 3
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...

    Our lack of blockbusters continues. This Steinbeck-written feature doesn’t seem as promising as Crowther makes it out to be.

  • ďA Medal for BennyĒ (Movie Review-5/24/45)

    05/24/2015 4:35:18 AM PDT · 1 of 3
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • BOLTON: RELEASED EMAILS PROVE HILLARY RESPONSIBLE FOR MURDER OF AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI

    05/23/2015 2:06:49 PM PDT · 11 of 72
    Homer_J_Simpson to McGruff

    Do you have a source for that graphic? I would like to save it for posting throughout the 2016 campaign or until “H” is hounded out of contention, whichever comes first.

  • Controversy over Ďglobal warmingí in Wyoming school curriculum

    05/23/2015 6:21:21 AM PDT · 9 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to george76

    Alan Simpson retired but he won’t go away. Sounds like has become a Howard Zinn fan.

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:52:11 AM PDT · 8 of 19
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/23.htm

    May 23rd, 1945 (WEDNESDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: British PM Churchill forms a caretaker government to serve until the elections. This action is due to the withdrawal of the Labour Party from the coalition government.

    The general election - the first for ten years - will be on 5 July. The run-up to the contest to decide Britain’s post-war future began today with Mr. Churchill going to see the King.

    He resigned as prime minister and thus automatically ended the wartime coalition government. The constitutional wheels had been well-oiled. Four hours later the king asked Mr. Churchill to form a new government. He agreed. But would the king then graciously dissolve parliament next month to allow the July election?

    The king assented. Mr. Churchill at once started forming a caretaker team in which Labour leaders and most of the Liberals will refuse to serve. Earlier this week the prime minister asked Labour to stay in the coalition government at least until Japan is defeated. Under pressure from party activists Mr. Attlee replied: “We will carry on only until October.”

    Mr. Churchill said that this was unacceptable for it would herald a period of damaging uncertainty. There is a feeling at Westminster that Labour’s vote-gathering organization is in a higher state of readiness than that of its rivals. This explains the tactical manoeuvring over the date.

    The Allies reveal PLUTO - the Pipeline Under The Ocean - which supplied them with fuel after the D-Day landings.

    Minesweeper HMS Mariner commissioned.

    HMC MTB 748 paid off.

    GERMANY: Heinrich Himmler now captured by the British, commits suicide between being searched and his first questioning. He died as he was being examined by a British doctor at Second Army HQ, Luneburg. He had been stripped and searched, but when the doctor put a finger in his mouth Himmler jerked his head back and crunched a tiny phial of cyanide. Stomach pumps and emetics failed to save him. He was left in a heap on the floor until he had been seen by a Red Army liaison officer. Himmler, who was 44, went on the run after Germany’s surrender. Stopped by a British patrol near Hamburg, he claimed to be a rural policeman called Heinrich Hitzinger, but under interrogation he removed the black eye patch he was wearing and put on the familiar full-moon glasses.

    Flensburg: Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, the so-called Flensburg Führer, was arrested this morning along with members of his “government”. The German high command was also dissolved and the officers placed under arrest on the orders of General Eisenhower. Admiral Hans Georg von Friedeburg, who signed the surrender at Luneburg, was allowed to visit the lavatory after his arrest; there he took poison.

    Outside the town, at Schloss Glucksburg, Albert Speer, the minister of armaments and war production, was in his bath when an Allied officer told him that he was under arrest. “A good thing too,” he said. “It was just an opera anyway.”

    The Allies were fearful that without a German government acting as a central authority the Wehrmacht units would not surrender smoothly. Now the German surrender is effectively finished.

    For some Germans, however, it is a different story. Wernher von Braun and other rocket scientists have been taken to France to be put on board a ship for the US. Reinhard Gehlen, a senior intelligence officer, brought with him the files on German agents in the Soviet Union. He too has been made welcome by the Americans.

    St. Johann: US troops dig up $4 million in mixed currencies, believed to be Himmler’s personal cache.

    ARCTIC OCEAN: Frigate HMCS Loch Alvie departed Kola Inlet with Convoy RA-67.
    JAPAN: The 6th Marine Division south of Naha, Okinawa meets heavy resistance.

    The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force based in the Mariana Islands flies Mission 181: During the night of 23/24 May, 520 out of 562 B-29 Superfortresses sent against Tokyo bomb an urban-industrial area south of the Imperial Palace along the western side of the harbor; five others hit targets of opportunity; 17 B-29s are lost; this is the largest number of B-29s participating in a single mission during World War II.

    Mines laid by B-29s sink three Japanese cargo vessels and damage a fourth.

    U.S.A.: Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-251 was commissioned with LT Robert A. Copeland, Jr. USCGR, as first commanding officer. He was succeeded 9 December 1945 by Boatswain Peter Butler, USCG. On 21 June 1944, she departed 3rd Naval District for the Southwest Pacific. On 7 December 1945, she was turned over with all equipment, stores, etc. to U. S. 6th Army at Nagoya, Japan, Captain J. J. Freeman, U. S. Army signing the receipt for the Army.

    Corvette HMCS Morden departed New York as escort for Convoy HX-358.

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:50:50 AM PDT · 7 of 19
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Port City is Passed (Rae) – 2-3
    Okinawa Heights Won by Surprise (Lawrence) – 3
    War News Summarized – 3
    The Rumble of War Machines and Prayers for the Dead Echo in the Pacific (photos) – 4
    4 Chinese Columns Hack Enemy Lines – 5
    Our Troops Seize Mindanao Airfield – 6
    Japanese Balloons Fall in West; Carry Bombs, but Prove Futile – 6-7
    Peace ‘Agitators’ Warned in Japan – 7
    Churchill Chides Labor Aides; Dissolution Move Likely Today (Daniel, Gruson) – 8
    Text of Churchill Letter – 8
    Herriot Confers with de Gaulle (Callender) – 9
    Portrait of a Thankful Man (photo) – 9
    Urges Executions of 1,500,000 Nazis – 9-10
    German Soldier Accuses SS Trooper of Killing American War Prisoners (photo) – 10
    Sees All 16 Soviets Asking League Bid (Porter) – 11
    Speech by Truman May Close Parley – 11
    Pilot of 16 War Flights Dies as Plane Passenger – 11
    Debate on Tariff is Begun in House (by Frederick R. Barkley) – 12
    8th Air Force Unit Gets Home by Plane (by William M. Blair) – 13-14
    A Stop-Over on the Flight That Will Take Them to Tokyo (photo) – 13
    Soviet Marshal Witnesses Fancy American Stepping (photo) – 14
    Says Senators Ask Jews’ Delegation – 14
    Woes in Divorce Ruling (by Arthur Krock) – 15
    Complexities Rule Parley (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 16
    They Brought Forth the Rocket Bombs (photo) – 16
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 17
  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:49:38 AM PDT · 6 of 19
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 21.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:48:40 AM PDT · 5 of 19
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 12.

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    Major General H.W. Blakeley, USA, Ret., 32d Infantry Division World War II

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:47:38 AM PDT · 4 of 19
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 8.

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    John Toland, The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:45:55 AM PDT · 3 of 19
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:44:53 AM PDT · 2 of 19
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:44:22 AM PDT · 1 of 19
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:22:00 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/22.htm

    May 22nd, 1945 (TUESDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: The cost of victory was emphasized again today with the announcement that rations of bacon, cooking fats and soap are to be cut. Supplies are now to be shared with the liberated European countries which were kept short of food by the Germans. The weekly ration of cooking fat is halved from two ounces to one ounce, that of bacon reduced from four to three ounces, and soap rations are cut by an eighth. Fish and fruit, though, are expected to become more plentiful. Rations for non-labouring PoWs are to be cut.

    London: A gang of 25 German PoWs was put to work today in the suburbs of South-east London, to start rebuilding the country which their leader swore that he would defeat and destroy during the war. Equipped with picks and shovels, they began excavating an 18-foot sewage trench which will serve new houses, and were hard at it from 8.45am to 5.45pm. They were visited by Duncan Sandys, the minister of works, who spoke in German with some of the men. He said of them later: “We hope to get a lot of good work out of these chaps.”

    GERMANY: Bremervorde, near Hamburg: A British patrol arrests Heinrich Himmler.

    JAPAN: The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands flies Mission 180: During the night of 22/23 May, 30 B-29 Superfortresses mine Shimonoseki Strait and approaches in Japan; one B-29 is lost.

    Okinawa: US troops capture Conical Hill and enter Yonabaru.

    CANADA: HMC MTB 726 paid off.
    U.S.A.: President Truman reports to Congress on Lend Lease as of March, 1945.

    British - 12,775,000,000 tons

    USSR - 8,409,000,000 tons

    Reverse Lend Lease, mostly British, is 5,000,000,000 tons.

    The Coast Guard accepted the Army vessel, FS-34. On 4 October 1945, she was ordered to proceed to Ketchikan for further transfer to DCGO, 13th Naval District. On 6 October 1945, she departed Dutch Harbor for Kodiak and Ketchikan for Seattle. On 25 January 1946 she was at sea on a freight and supply run to Spring Island and DCGO, Seattle, advised that she would be turned back to the Army on her arrival in Seattle. On 30 January 1946, she was decommissioned as a Coast Guard-manned vessel and returned to the Army on 6 February 1946.
    Escort carrier USS Okinawa laid down.

    Minesweeper USS Shoveler commissioned.

    Destroyer USS Harwood launched.

  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:21:04 AM PDT · 4 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Mad Charge Fails (Rae) – 2-3
    Shuri Drive Aided by Mighty Barrage (Lawrence) – 3
    War News Summarized – 3
    Flame Throwers, Explosives and Small Arms Used to Rout Japanese on Okinawa (photos) – 4-5
    New Chinese Push Takes Major Base – 6-7
    Drive on Mindanao Advances 10 Miles – 7
    Japan’s Students to Meet Invasion – 7
    Hodges’ Forces to Visit U.S. Before Moving to Far East – 8
    Fighter Ace Here From Europe Is Eager to Battle the Japanese – 8
    Nazi ‘Plot’ Against Eisenhower A Great Hoax to Spur Morale (Hill) – 9
    Doctor Describes Hitler Injections (Long) – 9-10
    Soviet Preparing for Future Tests (Sulzberger) – 10
    Texts of Day’s War Communiques – 11
    Minelayer Fleet Leader Killed in Pacific Action – 11
  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:19:48 AM PDT · 3 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:18:49 AM PDT · 2 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:18:20 AM PDT · 1 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 3:53:56 PM PDT · 28 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster; Hebrews 11:6
    I was thinking of a daily thread on the Punic Wars from 264 BC to 146 BC.

    Intriguing idea. I will check with Monterey Public Library on the availability of microfilm of the Roma Gazette for years circa 200 B.C. As for the 10% increase - Done. I already put the paperwork through and you will see the raise on your next check. I will continue to process payments through the Clinton Global Initiative.

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 11:12:47 AM PDT · 19 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster; Hebrews 11:6

    You’ve got no choice. Your contract here at FU runs through Sept. 3 of this year.

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 7:18:23 AM PDT · 10 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    Another example of “can’t imagine the N.Y. Times doing this today”: The title over the page 1 photo.

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 4:27:28 AM PDT · 7 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/21.htm

    May 21st, 1945 (MONDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: Blackpool: The Labour Party votes to withdraw its support from the coalition government.

    Corvette HMCS Stellarton and frigate HMCS Sea Cliff departed Londonderry to join Convoy ON-304.

    HMC MTB 727 and 797 paid off.

    Minesweeper HMS Michael commissioned.

    GERMANY: Belsen: By order of the British, the last remaining hut of the concentration camp is burnt to the ground.

    Göring is transferred from Augsburg PoW camp to the Palace Hotel at Mondorf, where he joins other senior Nazis awaiting interrogation.

    SOUTH AFRICA: Frigate SAS Transvaal commissioned.

    SYRIA: Damascus: Fresh violence in the Middle East seems likely in the wake of decisions today by Syria and Lebanon to break off negotiations with France. Arab nationalists are attempting to assert their claims for independence, but France has so far seemed to determined to maintain its hold on the Levant through indirect rule. In 1941, when the Free French liberated Syria and Lebanon from Vichy, they offered independence. Since then limited self-government, with France controlling defence and external affairs, has been permitted, but attempts to attain full independence have been countered by French imperial troops.
    JAPAN: The US III Corps pushes hard on Okinawa. The Japanese begin to pull back from the Shuri Line.

    Bonin Islands; Iwo Jima: Three United States’ serviceman are killed and eleven injured when two Japanese bombers raid the island at night. Both aircraft are shot down by flak.

    U.S.A.: Destroyer USS Dyess commissioned.

    Destroyer USS William C Lawe launched.