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  • B-29’S SEAR JAPAN IN 4-WAY STRIKE ON FOURTH OF JULY (7/4/45)

    07/04/2015 4:49:03 AM PDT · 6 of 8
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/6/04.htm

    July 4th, 1945 (WEDNESDAY)

    GERMANY: Berlin: Watched by several thousand Berliners, the British occupation force arrived in the former capital of the Third Reich this afternoon. Women and children clambered over heaps of rubble to gain a better view as the 11th Hussars of the 7th Armoured Division appeared after a 14-hour, 120-mile journey from the British occupation zone. They had been held up for three hours at Magdeburg waiting for the Russians to give them permission to enter their zone.

    They passed lines of Russian infantry riding in horse-drawn carts. Beside the gleaming fresh paintwork of the Hussars’ tanks, the Russians looked shabby and tattered. Berlin seems populated almost entirely by women and thousands of them are employed by the occupation powers clearing the rubble, brick by brick. At first they worked 13 hours a day; that has now been reduced to seven. There are long food queues, fuel is scarce and most buildings lack glass.

    Berlin: Rumours that Hitler is still alive start to spread.

    BORNEO: Thirteenth Air Force B-24s bomb Japanese defensive positions near Balikpapen, Borneo in support of Australian troops. Meanwhile, the Australians capture Manggar Airfield which will be needed because the three escort aircraft carriers supporting operations, part of Task Group 78.4, begin retiring to Leyte.

    BURMA: RAF Republic Thunderbolt fighter-bombers of No. 42 Squadron, knock out three 105-mm field guns which are hindering the British Army’s advance. (22)
    COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: General MacArthur announces the complete liberation of the Philippine Islands.

    Mindanao: US and Filipino guerrilla forces sweep Sarangani Bay, to try to clear a stubborn pocket of Japanese resistance.

    JAPAN: The USAAF’s XXI Bomber Command dispatches 159 Iwo Jima-based P-51s to attack the Yokosuka naval base, and airfields in the Tokyo area (Imba, Tsukuba, and Kasumigaura); they claim 9-25 aircraft on the ground; one P-51 is lost. At the same time, Okinawa-based Far East Air Forces P-51s fly a massive sweep along the west coast of Kyushu .

    General Spaatz will command the US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF) when it is activated in mid-July .

    (Jack McKillop adds) On 16 July 1945, General Carl Spaatz assumed command of the U.S. Army Strategic Air Forces (USASTAF). USASTAF will have administrative and operational control of all B-29 units, plus supporting fighter units, in the Pacific, i.e., the Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands and the Eighth Air Force which is transferred without personnel and equipment from England to Okinawa on 16 July.

    To celebrate the 4th of July, 8 Eleventh Air Force B-24s radar-bomb the Kataoka naval base on Shimushu Island, Kurile Islands, with napalm.

    CANADA:

    Corvette HMCS Baddeck paid off Sorel, Province of Quebec.

    HMC ML 085 paid off.

    The Prince-class auxiliary anti-aircraft cruiser HMCS Prince Robert departed Esquimalt for duty with the British Pacific Fleet. The ship arrived at the RN’s main base at Sydney, Australia, on 10 Aug. It was intended that Prince Robert would help to provide escort in the forward operating areas for troop convoys carrying invasion forces for the final assault against Japan. (DS)

    U.S.A.: The keel of the USS SALEM is laid down in Boston. (Russell Folsom)

  • B-29’S SEAR JAPAN IN 4-WAY STRIKE ON FOURTH OF JULY (7/4/45)

    07/04/2015 4:46:43 AM PDT · 5 of 8
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    B-29’s Sear Japan in 4-Way Strike on Fourth of July (Moscow) – 2
    Japan’s Food Cut; B-29’s Sear Supply – 3
    War News Summarized – 3
    Australians Win Big Airfield, Stab Nearer Balik Papan Oil (Parrott) – 4-5
    Australian Fighting Men Under Fire on Balik Papan (photo) – 5
    Ill Slaves Burned by Foe on Borneo – 6
    U.S. Fliers Blast Foe’s China Base – 6
    Our Kerama Bases Won Okinawa Sky – 7
    Mrs. M’Arthur Visits Our Wounded in the Philippines (photo) – 7
    Kinkaid Optimistic on Blows at Foe – 7-8
    Home July 4, 1946 is Stilwell Hope – 8
    Reparations Rule by Big Three Seen (Pertinax) – 8
    Western Allies Take Over Occupation Zones in Berlin (Daniell) – 9-10
    Leopold Expected to Abdicate Soon (Anderson) – 10
    ‘Lost’ Americans Throng to Paris – 10
    Russia Seeks Hand in All Big Groups (Callender) – 11
    Harold Denny, 56, Journalist, Dead * – 12-13
    Max Braun, 52, Led Anti-Nazis in Saar – 13
    Vichy Leader Returned to France (w/photo) – 14
    Hopkins’ War Role (by Arthur Krock) – 14
    Discharge ‘Gripes’ (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 15
    Churchill Wind-Up a Mixed Reception (by Herbert L. Matthews) – 15
    Day’s Communiques – 16
    Truman Cuts Federal Work Week to 44 Hours in All but 6 Agencies – 16

    * Harold Denny’s entry from our Index by Author:

    Denny, Harold
    3/4/38, Moscow, Soviet Aide Asserts Guilt, Again Reversing Himself
    10/11/38, Moscow, Soviet Fliers Denounce Lindbergh as ‘Hired Liar’ for German Nazis
    11/27/38, Moscow, Blow to Isolation Talk
    12/12/38, Moscow, World Climate Growing Warmer, Say Russians, Citing Arctic Data
    3/11/39, Moscow, Stalin Says West Seeks to Foment Soviet-Reich War
    5/4/39, Moscow, Ill Health is Cited (L)
    6/1/39, Moscow, Appeasing Scored (L)
    7/16/39, Moscow, Soviet and Britain on Better Terms (W)
    7/27/39, Moscow, New Moscow Talk Brings Optimism
    7/30/39, Moscow, Mystery Clothes Talks in Moscow (W)
    8/12/39, Moscow, Three-Staff Talks Opening in Russia
    9/17/39, Paris, Soviet Moves Puzzling
    10/20/39, With the British Forces, in France, British Air Chief Visits France; Finds His Force Superior to Nazis’
    10/27/39, With the British Forces in France, British ‘Digging In’ on Western Front
    11/3/39, With the British Forces in France, Two Nazi Planes Downed
    11/23/39, With the British Forces in France, Briton Wins Air Duel
    12/5/39, With the British Forces in France, King George on Visit to Troops in France; Crosses on Bridge of British Destroyer
    12/25/39, With the Finnish Army on the Karelian Isthmus, Christmas Battle to be Finns’ Fare
    12/26/39, With the Finnish Army, on the Karelian Isthmus, Finns Push Battle over Foe’s Border; Menace Rail Line (L)
    12/27/39, With the Finnish Army, on the Karelian Isthmus, Bombing of Viborg Misses Objectives
    12/28/39, Helsinki, Pierce Soviet Line (L)
    1/1/40, Helsinki, Win Major Victory (L)
    1/2/40, Helsinki, Seaport is Bombed (L)
    1/3/40, Helsinki, Soviet Lost 12,000 in Battle on Lake
    1/5/40, Helsinki, Finnish Pamphlets Rain on Leningrad; Reds Bomb Tornea
    1/6/40, Helsinki, New Finnish Blows Dealt to Russians
    1/7/40, Helsinki, Why the Russian Army has Bogged in Finland (W)
    1/8/40, With the Finnish Army, on Karelian Isthmus, Karelian Drive “Frozen Up”
    1/9/40, With the Finnish Army, on Karelian Isthmus, Victory is Biggest
    1/10/40, With the Finnish Army, on Karelian Isthmus, Finns Make Front Almost Like Home
    1/11/40, With the Finnish Army, on Karelian Isthmus, Border Cleared at Fourth Point
    1/12/40, Helsinki, Finns Fear Curtailed Aid
    1/13/40, Helsinki, Russian Bombers Raid Finnish Cities in Mass Attacks (L)
    1/14/40, Helsinki, Helsinki Bombed as Soviet Presses Offensive in Air (L)
    1/15/40, Helsinki, Soviet Bombs Hit U.S. Envoy’s Home
    1/20/40, Helsinki, Red Bases Bombed (L)
    1/23/40, Helsinki, Russians Repulsed on Five Fronts in Renewed Offensive, Finns Say
    2/1/40, With the Finnish Army, on the Central Northern Front, Soviet Prisoners Deplore Bombings
    2/2/40, With the Finnish Army, on Central Northern Front, Finns Drive Foe at Kuhmo
    2/5/40, With the Finnish Army, on the Central Northern Front, Rout of Russians at Suomussalmi Described as Finns’ Masterpiece
    2/9/40, With the Finnish Army, on the Arctic Front, Russians Renew Attack in Arctic
    2/13/40, Helsinki, Reds Try to Flank Isthmus Line with Attacks over Ice at Both Ends
    2/14/40, Helsinki, Helsinki Alarmed (L)
    2/15/40, Helsinki, Soviet Dents Line (L)
    2/16/40, Helsinki Russians Widen Area of Drive
    2/17/40, Helsinki 22 Positions Fall
    2/18/40, Helsinki, Mannerheim is Confident
    2/19/40, Helsinki, Finns Find Pressure Eased
    2/20/40, Helsinki, Defeat of 18,000 Russians Halts Red Drive to Flank Isthmus Line
    4/27/40, London, Hard Norse Task is Seen by British
    5/2/40, London, News Lacking in Britain
    5/3/40, London, British Silent on Plans
    5/7/40, A Scottish Port, Norway Veterans Return to Britain
    5/9/40, A Northern British Port, More Allied Norway Units Return; Get Hint They May be Sent Back
    5/14/40, With the British Army in Belgium, British Fliers Smash into Nazis; Aim at Air Mastery in Belgium
    5/16/40, With the British Army in Belgium, British Fiercely Attacked, Say Line Holds in Belgium
    5/17/40, With the British Army in Belgium, Battle at Louvain
    5/18/40, With the British Army in Belgium, British Fall Back behind Brussels
    5/19/40, With the British Army on the Western Front, British Lines Firmly Held
    5/22/40, London, Britain Withdraws Writers with B.E.F.
    5/24/40, London, Churchill Admits Fight in Boulogne
    5/26/40, London, Bombers Hammer at Nazis’ Columns>br> 5/27/40, London, R.A.F. Lists Victory in 4-Hour Air Duel
    5/28/40, London, British in Counter-Attacks
    6/1/40, London, Britain Hails Men (L)
    6/11/40, London, British Navy Guns Hammer at Nazis
    6/12/40, London, British are Hoping for New ‘Miracle’
    6/23/40, London, British Torpedo and Bomb the Scharnhorst; Submarine, Planes Waylay Nazi Battleship
    6/27/40, London, Nazi Coast Raided
    10/3/40, Washington, Navy Forming New Atlantic Force in One Command for Efficiency
    10/4/40, Washington, Parachute Troops Adopted by Army
    10/24/40, Washington, U.S. will Dispatch Air Reinforcement to the Philippines
    10/30/40, Washingon, Capital Hears of Parleys to Get Vital Raw Materials of Britain
    11/21/40, Washington, U.S. Sells Britain 26 Air Fortresses
    3/17/41, Freetown, Sierra Leone, De Gaullists Cowed in French West Africa by Purge and Fear of Reprisals on Kin
    4/23/41, With the British Army, in the Western Desert, British Stand Off Axis Drive on Suez
    4/24/41, With the British Army, in the Western Desert, British Quicken Libyan Offensive; Take Captives in Tobruk Sorties
    5/14/41, With the British Forces, in the Western Desert, Nazis Break Off Sortie into Egypt
    5/15/41, With the British Forces, in the Western Desert, Tanks and Luck Aid Axis in Egypt
    5/20/41, With a British Advanced Striking Force, in the Western Desert, Desert Push Puts British Far Ahead
    5/27/41, Cairo, Big Phase of War Balanced in Crete
    6/2/41, Cairo, Evacuated from Beaches
    6/11/41, With the British Army, in the Western Desert, Nazi Desert Attack Likely
    6/18/41, With the British Advance Force, Before Solum, Egypt, British and Nazis on Even Terms at Last in Desert Battle of Tanks
    6/20/41, Cairo, German Tank Coup Won Desert Fight
    9/28/41, A British Air Base in Egypt, Reporter Flies on Bengazi Raid
    10/29/41, With British Forces, in the Egyptian Desert, Three Britons Flee Axis Camp; Walk Week in Desert Till Saved
    11/20/41, With a British Armored Force, in the Western Desert, U.S. Tanks Lead Desert Drive
    11/22/41, With the British Armored Force, in Libya, British Unopposed in Entering Libya
    11/27/41, With the British Forces, Outside Tobruk, Desert Tank War is Hard to Follow
    6/3/42, Writer Captured in Libya Tells of Desert Tank Battle
    6/4/42, Rommel Lectured Britons on Tactics
    6/5/42, Reporter Yielded by Italy to Reich
    6/6/42, Life in Berlin Gestapo Jail a Study in Mental Torture
    6/7/42, Gestapo’s Inquiry Strangely Eased
    6/8/42, British are Brave as War Prisoners
    6/9/42, Prisoners of War Go Hungry in Italy
    6/10/42, Prisoners in Italy Ran a ‘University’
    7/19/42, We Can Out-Rommel the Rommels (NY Times Magazine)
    11/1/42, Desert War Reopened by Big Allied Drive (W)
    12/23/43, Madrid, Liberal Trend in Spain Discerned in Arrese’s Speech and Amnesty
    1/25/44, London, U.S. Bombers Hit at Reich; Pounding of Coast Goes On
    2/5/44, London, U.S. Bombers Rock Frankfort Again
    2/11/44, A U.S. Eighth Air Force Heavy Bomber Station, in England, 84 Planes Bagged
    3/4/44, London, P-38’s over Capital (L)
    3/5/44, London, Fortresses Strike (L)
    3/11/44, London, Parliament Acts to Invite Congress
    3/19/44, London, Pole Tells Story of Ghetto Battle
    3/24/44, London, Allies Assert Death Blow for Luftwaffe is in Sight
    4/26/44, London, U.S. Navy Practices Landing in Britain
    5/14/44, London, Offensive in Italy Rasps German Invasion Nerves
    5/21/44, London, Eisenhower Tells Patriots to Get Data for Invasion
    5/22/44, London, Eisenhower Order Alarms Vichyites
    5/25/44, London, Eisenhower Asks New Invasion Data
    5/28/44, London, Eisenhower Calls for Clear Roads
    5/31/44, London, ‘Heavies’ Again Pound Reich; Rock Luftwaffe Plants, Bases
    6/1/44, London, Reich Rail Points, Ploesti Attacked
    6/4/44, London, Bases in Russia Long-Kept Secret
    6/6/44, London, RAF Bombers Out
    6/7/44, London, Planes Blast Out Paths for Assault
    6/8/44, London, Bombings Curtain Our Ground Front
    6/9/44, London, Allies Rain Bombs over 150-Mile Arc
    6/17/44, With American Forces in France, St. Sauveur Taken as Nazis Weaken
    6/18/44, With American Forces in France, U.S. Troops Fight All Day and Night
    6/19/44, With the American Forces in France, Americans Slash Germans in Bitter, Close Battles
    6/20/44, With the American Forces in France, Americans Rush On in Rain as Speed Bewilders Nazis
    6/21/44, With American Forces in France, Americans Eager to Enter Cherbourg without Pause
    6/22/44, With the United States Troops before Cherbourg, Allied Guns Ready to Drive Foe Out
    6/23/44, With American Forces before Cherbourg, Bombs and Shells Open Path for Assault on Cherbourg
    6/24/44, With the American Forces, before Cherbourg, Germans Battle Furiously under Fight-or-Die Order
    6/25/44, With the American Forces before Cherbourg, Germans Surrender in Daze at Might of American Blows
    6/26/44, With the American Forces before Cherbourg, Blasting of Forts Viewed from ‘Box Seat’ on Cliff
    6/27/44, With the American Forces at Cherbourg, Pockets of Nazis Kept on Sniping as Americans Overran Cherbourg
    6/28/44, Cherbourg, France, Cherbourg Given to French as Their First Liberated City
    7/2/44, Cherbourg, Allied Officials Keep Hands off All Civic Affairs of Cherbourg
    7/4/44, With American Forces in France, Americans Push On in Mud and Water
    7/5/44, With American Forces, in France, U.S. Guns Crash in Unison to Mark Fourth
    7/6/44, With the American Forces, in France, Normandy Battle is Hedge to Hedge
    7/10/44, With American Forces in Normandy, German Snipers Fight to End as Americans Capture La Haye
    7/12/44, With American Forces in Normandy, U.S. Planes and Guns Hammer Foe into Grogginess on Hill Near St. Lo
    7/12/44, With American Forces, in Normandy, P-47 Fliers Smash Nazi Tank Assault
    7/17/44, With American Forces in Normandy, Floods at Lessay Curb U.S. Advance
    7/18/44, With American Forces in Normandy, St. Lo Battle Savage and Bloody as Germans Try to Hold Key Base
    7/23/44, With American Forces, in Normandy, Our Men Drive Forward in France (W)
    7/24/44, With American Forces, in Normandy, German Captives Confused by Plot
    7/26/44, With American Forces on the Norman Front, Germans Shaken by Big Air Blow
    7/27/44, With American Forces in Normandy, Germans’ ‘Crust’ Cracked at Last
    7/28/44, With the American Forces in Normandy, Foe Reels before Blitzkrieg Mightier than His in 1940
    7/31/44, With the American Forces, in Normandy, U.S. Drive Becomes Romp as Nazis Crack under Fire
    8/12/44, With the American Forces in Brittany, Brittany Fighting Proves to be Tough
    8/16/44, On the First United States Army Front, Norman Trap Lines 1,000 Miles of Ruin
    8/25/44, Near Paris, Allied Arms near City
    9/1/44, With United States First Army in France, First Army Sweep Becomes a Rout
    9/5/44, With American First Army, in Belgium, Americans Destroy Army that Set Out to Rule World
    9/8/44, With American Armored Column at Namur, Belgium, Enemy Resistance Pockets Only Amuse U.S. Infantry
    9/11/44, With the American First Army, in Belgium, Van of First Army at German Border
    9/12/44, With American First Army at the German Border, Bombs and Shells Pave Way to Reich
    9/13/44, With the American First Army, in Germany, Germans’ Hostility in Eupen Shows Americans How Reich Will React
    9/14/44, With American Forces, in Germany, Westwall’s ‘Dragon Teeth’ Ripped Out by U.S. Guns
    9/20/44, With American Forces in Germany, Nazi Order to Flee Flouted by People
    9/21/44, United States First Army Headquarters, Germans Fight with Desperation
    9/22/44, United States First Army Headquarters, 3 American M.P.’s Vanish in Germany
    10/22/44, With American Troops in Aachen, All Aachen Resistance Ends as 1,000 More Surrender
    10/24/44, Aachen, Germany, Berlin Rescinds Mass Evacuation of Civilians in Rhineland Area
    10/27/44, Aachen, Germany, Aachen Refugees Give Aid to Jews
    11/4/44, Verviers, Belgium, Aachen Refugees Give Aid to Jews
    11/5/44, With American Forces in Germany, Schmidt Blasted to Ruin after Foe Retakes Hamlet
    11/6/44, With American Forces in Germany, American Position Near Schmidt Called as Treacherous as St. Lo
    11/8/44, First United States Army Headquarters, Americans Battle Foe in Vossenack; Fight in a Church
    11/9/44, United States First Army Headquarters, Foe Retakes Town on Huertgen Front
    11/10/44, United States First Army Headquarters, Huertgen Area Simmers
    11/18/44, With the American First Army in Germany, Professor Leads First Army Sweep
    11/19/44, With American First Army in Germany, German Guns Blown to Bits by Air-Artillery Teamwork
    11/21/44, With American First Army, in Germany, Hitler Highway Clogged as Foe Flees Eschweiler
    11/22/44, With American First Army, in Germany, Eschweiler Folk Flee to Our Lines
    11/23/44, With United States First Army, in Germany, Americans in Slashing Drive, Begun at 3 A.M., Upset Foe
    11/25/44, Headquarters American First Army, Germany, Rain, Mud and Foe Slow Push on Ruhr
    11/28/44, With American First Army in Germany, Each Yard to Roer Costly to Allies
    11/29/44, With the United States First Army, in Germany, Trench Network Snarls First Army
    12/3/44, With American First Army in Germany, Germans Now Led by Expert Hands
    12/5/44, With American First Army in Germany, Lucherberg’s Fall Hard Blow to Foe
    12/7/44, With the First United States Army, U.S. 1st Infantry Division Honors Men and Memories of 6 Months
    12/12/44, Langerwehe, Germany, Battle for Roer River Won as Germans Flee to East
    12/13/44, Before Dueren, Germany, Doughboys Shove Germans, Many Unnerved, upon Roer
    12/17/44, With American First Army, in Germany, German Assaults on 1st Army Fierce
    12/17/44, With the United States First Army, Weather Fights Against Us (W)
    12/18/44, With American First Army, in Germany, German Assault is a Major Effort
    12/20/44, With United States First Army, Our Men Confident (L)
    12/20/44, With the United States First Army, Joy Becomes Gloom in a Belgian Town
    12/21/44, With the United States First Army, 1st Battles in Fog that Aids Germans
    12/22/44, With the United States First Army, Our Men Belt and Jolt Foe on Line Built under Stress
    12/23/44, With the United States First Army, Fog at Front Lifts on a Scene of Ruin
    12/26/44, With United States Forces, in Belgium, Belgian Foxhole Belies Christmas
    12/28/44, With United States Forces, Nazi Thugs Murder Belgian Villagers
    12/28/44, With the United States Forces, Writer Killed by a German Bomb; Hit while Resting behind Front
    12/29/44, With United States Forces, in Belgium, New German Thrust Looked for as Present Drive Grinds to a Halt
    12/31/44, With American Forces, on the Western Front, U.S. Battalion’s Stand Saves Regiment, Division and Army
    1/3/45, With the United States Forces, Nazis Admit Massacre of Belgians; Officers Ordered Civilians Killed
    1/5/45, Northern Flank of the Belgian Bulge, Ice and Fog Slow First Army Tanks
    1/7/45, On the Northern Flank of the Belgian Bulge, Rundstedt Faces Trap in Belgium
    1/8/45, On the Northern Flank of the Belgian Bulge, Cutting of St. Vith-La Roche Road is an Important Victory for Allies
    1/9/45, On the Northern Flank of the Belgian Bulge, 1st Army Drives On in Biting Blizzard
    1/10/45, On the Northern Flank of Bulge, Belgium, U.S. Men Closing Trap on Germans
    1/11/45, Samree, Belgium, Trap on Germans May Get Only Few
    1/14/45, On the Northern Flank of the Belgian Bulge, Driving Yanks Go Foodless 48 Hours
    1/15/45, On the Northern Flank of the Belgian Bulge, Belgian Highways Avenues of Death
    1/17/45, On United States First Army Front, Houffalize Ours in Historic Victory
    1/18/45, Houffalize, Belgium, Houffalize Scene of Awful Ruins
    2/2/45, On United States First Army Front, Reich Line Softer on Western Front
    2/4/45, With American First Army, in Germany, Americans Storm Medieval Castle
    2/24/45, With American First Army, on the Roer, Massive Barrages Precede st and 9th Army Attacks (with Sydney Gruson)
    2/27/45, With the American First Army, on the Cologne Plain, Tanks Speed Up 1st Army Drive Along Hitler Highway to Rhine
    3/2/45, With a United States Armored Unit, on Cologne Plain, Engineers Hardy in Bridging Erft
    3/3/45, With the American First Army, in Germany, Luftwaffe Tries to Halt 1st Army
    4/4/45, London, Beloved by His Troops
    4/20/45, Buchenwald, Germany, Despair Blankets Buchenwald Camp
    4/23/45, On the United States First Army Front, U.S. Armies Tense as Junction Nears
    4/28/45, At a Red Army Outpost, on the Elbe, First Link Made Wednesday By Four Americans on Patrol
    5/1/45, At a Red Army Headquarters in Germany, Red Army Honors Hodges on Link-Up
    6/4/45, With the United States First Army, in the Port of New York, Hodges Nearly Captured By Enemy in Bulge Dec. 18

  • B-29’S SEAR JAPAN IN 4-WAY STRIKE ON FOURTH OF JULY (7/4/45)

    07/04/2015 4:41:53 AM PDT · 3 of 8
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  • B-29’S SEAR JAPAN IN 4-WAY STRIKE ON FOURTH OF JULY (7/4/45)

    07/04/2015 4:40:16 AM PDT · 2 of 8
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    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
  • B-29’S SEAR JAPAN IN 4-WAY STRIKE ON FOURTH OF JULY (7/4/45)

    07/04/2015 4:39:46 AM PDT · 1 of 8
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    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
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  • TRUMAN PRESENTS CHARTER TO SENATE FOR RATIFICATION AS WORLD’S HOPE FOR PEACE (7/3/45)

    07/03/2015 5:00:15 AM PDT · 6 of 20
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/6/03.htm

    July 3rd, 1945 (TUESDAY)

    GERMANY: US occupation troops arrive in Berlin. (Pat Holscher)
    BORNEO: Sepinggan airfield falls to the 7th Australian Division. Thirteenth Air Force B-24s plus carrier-based Navy and Marine aircraft continue to support the Australian forces around Balikpapan, Borneo. Headquarters of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) First Tactical Air Force lands and they assume operational control of all air support missions.

    JAPAN: The USAAF’s XXI Bomber Command of the Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands, dispatches 509 B-29s to participate in 1 mining and 4 incendiary missions during the night of 3/4 July; 3 B-29s are lost:

    Mission 246: 26 B-29s mine Shimonoseki Strait and waters at Funakawa and Maizuru during the predawn hours of the 4th; 2 other B-29s mine alternate targets. This is the last mine laying mission of Phase IV of Operation STARVATION, the mining campaign carried out by B-29s.

    Mission 247: 116 B-29s attack the Takamatsu urban area destroying 1.4 sq mi (4.6 sq km), 78% of the city; 3 other hit alternate targets; 2 B-29s are lost.

    Mission 248: 125 B-29s hit the Kochi urban area destroying 0.92 sq mi (3.0 sq km), 48% of the city; 1 B-29 is lost.

    Mission 249: 106 B-29s attack Himeji urban area destroying 1.216 sq mi (3.99 sq km), 63.3% of the city.

    Mission 250: 129 B-29s hit the Tokushima urban area destroying 1.7 sq mi (5.6 sq km), 74% of the city; 2 B-29s attack alternate targets.

    CANADA: Corvette HMCS Dunvegan paid off Sydney Nova Scotia.
    Corvette HMCS Quesnel paid off Sorel, Province of Quebec.
    Frigate HMCS Antigonish commenced tropicalization refit Pictou Nova Scotia.

  • TRUMAN PRESENTS CHARTER TO SENATE FOR RATIFICATION AS WORLD’S HOPE FOR PEACE (7/3/45)

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    Asks Quick Action (Reston) – 2
    President’s Talk to Senate – 3
    ‘Now You Be a Good Boy, Harry’ (photo) – 3
    World War Can Be Avoided for 50 Years, Stassen Says (Hagerty) – 4
    Byrnes Confirmed by Unanimous Vote – 5
    First U.S. Occupying Units Reach Their Zone in Berlin (Daniell) – 5-6
    Russians Demand Voice on Tangier (Schmidt) – 6-7
    War News Summarized – 7
    Pact Between China and Soviet Is Expected From Soong’s Visit – 8
    League Assembly Still Has Duties – 8
    Big 3 Conference Limits Reporters – 8
    Australians Push for Enemy Airfield near Balik Papan (Parrott) – 9-10
    More China Coast Lost by Japanese – 10
    Australian Forces Moving Into the Outskirts of Balik Papan (photo) – 11
    50 B-29’s Strike Enemy ‘Gas’ Plant (by Warren Moscow) – 12
    Tokyo Previews Japan’s Invasion; Pictures Suicide Defense Blows – 12
    New Army Area Named in Pacific (by Robert Trumbull) – 13
    11 Yanks Marooned in Greenland; Planes Supply Them for 6 Months – 13 Report Mercury Valued at $5,000,000 Found on Nazi Submarine at Portsmouth, N.H. – 14
    Tears of Joy as a Mother Meets Her Son (photo) – 14
    Churchill Chided over ‘Laski Bogy’ (by Herbert L. Matthews) – 15
    Modernized Army Decreed in Mexico (by Camille M. Cianfarra) – 16
    Latest Casualties of Army and Navy – 17
    Day’s Communiques – 18
    U.S. Writer Is Threatened in Argentina, Takes Refuge in the American Embassy – 18
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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • TRUMAN PRESENTS CHARTER TO SENATE FOR RATIFICATION AS WORLD’S HOPE FOR PEACE (7/3/45)

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  • TRUMAN PRESENTS CHARTER TO SENATE FOR RATIFICATION AS WORLD’S HOPE FOR PEACE (7/3/45)

    07/03/2015 4:56:05 AM PDT · 2 of 20
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    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
  • TRUMAN PRESENTS CHARTER TO SENATE FOR RATIFICATION AS WORLD’S HOPE FOR PEACE (7/3/45)

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    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.
  • AUSTRALIANS ASHORE AT BALIK PAPAN, DRIVE INLAND NEAR BORNEO OIL PORT (7/2/45)

    07/02/2015 9:26:21 AM PDT · 21 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to PeterPrinciple

    Watch for Takasagu Maru in the news during the next two weeks.

  • AUSTRALIANS ASHORE AT BALIK PAPAN, DRIVE INLAND NEAR BORNEO OIL PORT (7/2/45)

    07/02/2015 4:46:55 AM PDT · 5 of 36
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/6/02.htm

    July 2nd, 1945 (MONDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: London: Mountbatten is ordered to launch Operation Zipper, the liberation of Malaya in August.

    GERMANY: A “Special Statement of Fact” memo to SMGO (Senior Military Government Officer) Det. F1H2, in the American Zone, is issued on the subject of an “Asylum at Kaufbeuren, Swabia”.

    Although this is two months after the end of the war and the insane asylum was within “rifle shot” of a US Army Military Government detachment, inmates were still dying by the nurses’ actions of “slow starvation”, and “fast starvation.” “A more of less alive boy weighed 10 kilos.”

    (Stan Sandler from [Det F1F3] “Special Statment of Fact, 2 July (sic), ibid., memo to SMGO [Senior Military Government Officer] Det. F1H2, Subject: “Asylum at Kaufbeuren, Swabia, 5 July 1945; memo, Regional Military Governor, Headquarters, Regional Military Government, Bavaria, Subject: “Report on Kaufbeuren (Murder Camp)”, 7 July 1945, RG 332, ECAD, 1944-45, box 54, “Detachment F1F3 folder. (Apparently the US Holocaust Museum also has documentation on this episode.))
    JAPAN: During the night of 2/3 July, the Twentieth Air Force flies Mission 245; 39 B-29s bomb an oil refinery at Minoshima, Japan and one other hits and alternate target.

    In the first mission of its kind, the submarine USS Barb (SS-220) surfaces and launches rockets at Japanese shore installations on Kaiyho Island.

    BORNEO: The US Thirteenth Air Force supports Australian troops in Borneo. B-24s bomb defenses in the Balikpapan area, P-38s and carrier based Navy and Marine aircraft support Australian forces as they complete the capture of Balikpapan and its oil installations and B-25s hit the Bintula personnel area.

    CANADA: Cruiser HMCS Ontario departed the Clyde for 4th Cruiser Sqn of the British Pacific Fleet.
    Minesweepers HMCS Ingonish and Lockeport paid off and returned to RN at Sheerness.
    Corvettes HMCS Orillia and Riviere Du Loup paid off Sorel, Province of Quebec.
    HMC ML 092, 093, 097 and 099 paid off.

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    Early Losses Low (Parrott) – 2-3
    Balik Papan Area Rich in Oil – 3
    Greece Defends Drastic Measures (Sedgwick) – 3
    4,000 Tons of Fire Missiles Bring Ruin to 4 Enemy Cities (Moscow) – 4-5
    Advances Squeeze Foe in Luzon Hills – 5
    U.S. Navy Rounds Epic of Macassar – 5
    Okinawa Invasion Balked Baka Bomb – 6
    Military Field Mass Celebrated at Naval Center (w/photo) – 6
    Accident and Enemy Suicide: They Strike Two Units of Our Pacific Fleet (photos) – 7-8
    War News Summarized – 7
    Chinese Win Isle Off South Coast – 9
    Japanese Revive 20 Year War Talk – 10
    3 Polish Bureaus to Stay in London – 10
    Our Chemical War Arm (Baldwin) – 11
    The Texts of the Day’s War Communiques – 12
  • AUSTRALIANS ASHORE AT BALIK PAPAN, DRIVE INLAND NEAR BORNEO OIL PORT (7/2/45)

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  • AUSTRALIANS ASHORE AT BALIK PAPAN, DRIVE INLAND NEAR BORNEO OIL PORT (7/2/45)

    07/02/2015 4:43:54 AM PDT · 2 of 36
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    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
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    07/02/2015 4:42:57 AM PDT · 1 of 36
    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.
  • TROOPS OF ALLIES WILL RETIRE TODAY FROM SOVIET ZONE (7/1/45)

    07/01/2015 2:19:50 PM PDT · 31 of 33
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    I do not understand the Churchill cartoon associating him with socialism. Any insight?

    My take is the cartoonist is saying the socialists want to smear Churchill by saying he is a different - and more sinister - man than the war leader known by British voters. The smear campaign is a socialist dirty trick, so the tool box.

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    07/01/2015 4:55:58 AM PDT · 5 of 33
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    July 1st, 1945 (SUNDAY)

    GERMANY: British troops withdraw from Magdeburg, which now becomes part of the Soviet occupation zone.
    JAPAN: During the night of 1/2 July, the Twentieth Air Force dispatches 564 B-29s of the USAAF’s XXI Bomber Command on one mining and four incendiary missions.
    Mission 240: 152 B-29s attack the Kure urban area destroying 1.3 square miles (3.4 square km), 40% of the city; 2 other B-29s hit alternate targets.
    Mission 241: 154 B-29s hit the Kumamato urban area destroying 1.0 square mile (2.6 square km), 20% of the city; 1 other B-29 hits an alternate target; 1 B-29 is lost.

    Mission 242: 100 B-29s bomb the Ube urban area destroying 0.42 square miles (1.1 square km), 23% of the city.

    Mission 243: 126 B-29s attack the Shimonoseki urban area destroying 0.51 square miles (1.32 square km), 36% of the city; 5 other B-29s hit alternate targets; 1 B-29 is lost.

    Mission 244: 24 B-29s mine Shimonoseki Strait and the waters at Nanao and Fushiki.

    148 Iwo Jima based P-51s are dispatched to hit airfields in the Nagoya area (Kasumigaura, Itami, Hamamatsu, and Nagano); they claim 2-0-0 aircraft in the air and 3-7 on the ground; 2 P-51s are lost.

    Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Eighteen (VPB-118) based at Yonton, Okinawa with PB4Y-2 Privateers, fly their last mining mission off Korea having dropped 195 aerial mines.

    For the first time since the Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942, B-25s attack the Japanese home islands; 33 B-25s, operating in two flights from Okinawa, and escorted by USMC F4U Corsairs, bomb Chiran Airfield on Kyushu Island: two others hit Yaku-shima Island in the Osumi Islands.

    Elements of Task Forces 30 and 38 set sail from Guam and Leyte Island, Philippine Islands for attacks on the Japanese home islands. The aircraft carriers assigned are:

    Task Group 30.6, the Antisubmarine Warfare Group

    - USS Anzio (CVE-57) with Composite Squadrons Thirteen and Sixty Six (VC-13 and VC-16)

    Task Group 30.8, the Logistics Support Group

    - Task Unit 30.8.1

    - USS Roi (CVE-103) as an aircraft transport

    - USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) with VC-93

    - USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) as an aircraft transport

    - Task Unit 30.8.2

    - USS Admiralty Islands (CVE-99) as an aircraft transport

    - USS Hollandia (CVE-97) as an aircraft transport

    - USS Kitkun Bay (CVE-71) with VC-63)

    Task Force 38

    - Task Group 38.1

    USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) with Light Carrier Air Group Thirty One (CVLG-31)

    USS Bennington (CV-20) with Carrier Air Group one (CVG-1)

    USS Hancock (CV-19) with CVG-6

    USS Lexington (CV-16) with CVG-94

    USS Jacinto (CVL-30) with CVLG-49

    - Task Group 38.3

    USS Bataan (CVL-29) with CVLG-47

    USS Essex (CV-9) with CVG-83

    USS Monterey (CVL-26) with CVLG-34

    USS Randolph (CV-15) with CVG-16

    - Task Group 38.4

    USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) with Night Carrier Air Group Ninety One [CVG(N)-91]

    USS Cowpens (CVL-25) with CVLG-50

    USS Independence (CVL-22) with CVLG-27

    USS Shangri-La (CV-38) with CVG-85

    USS Yorktown (CV-10) with CVG-88

    BORNEO: The reinforced 7th Australian Division (Reinforced) (less one brigade), General Milford, land at Balikpapan. Naval support is from the TF commanded by Admiral Barbey.
    An Australian Army corps lands at Balikpapan, Borneo to seize the oil fields. The area had been bombed by the US Thirteenth Air Force for three weeks and the Navy had been shelling the area for two weeks. This is the last major amphibious operation of WWII.

    Preceding the landings, 83 Thirteenth Air Force B-24s bomb beach targets and the landings themselves are screened by B-25s laying a smoke screen. Also supporting the landings are USMC and USN aircraft of Task Group 78.4 consisting of:

    - USS Block Island (CVE-106) with Marine Carrier Air Group One (MCVG-1) comprised of Marine Fighting Squadron (carrier-based) Five Hundred Eleven [VMF(CVS)-511 and Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron (carrier-based) Two Hundred Thirty Three [VMTB(CVS)-233].

    - USS Gilbert Islands (CVE-107) with MCVG-2 comprised of VMF(CVS)-512 and VMTB(CVS)-143.

    - USS Suwanee (CVE-27) with Escort Carrier Air Group Forty (CVEG-40) consisting of Fighting Squadron Forty (VF-40) and Torpedo Squadron Forty (VT-40.During the day a flight ofUSNaircraft from Suwanee bombs and rockets barracks that have been captured by the Australians who had neglected to advise the aviators; several Australian soldiers are killed.

    Because of the massive firepower at his disposal the Australian commander chose to attack directly at the heart of the enemy’s defences, relying on saturation bombardment to obliterate resistance. Earlier the Australian government told MacArthur that it did not want the 7th Division used. MacArthur insisted that another division could not be substituted in time.

    CHINA: Chinese forces liberate Liuchow.

    CANADA: Corvettes HMCS North Bay and Stellarton paid off Sorel, Province of Quebec.

    HMC ML 074, 089, 095 and 096 paid off.

    825 (TBR) Sqn reformed, ASH-fitted Fairey Barracuda II aircraft at RNAS Rattray for HMCS Warrior.

    U.S.A.: Vol III No 11 of US Intelligence Bulletin picks up what was covered in Tactical and Technical Trends. (Bill Howard)

    In the U.S., New York State establishes the New York State Commission Against Discrimination to prevent discrimination in employment because of race, creed or natural origin; it was the first such agency in the United States.

    During WW II, the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) produced numerous documents, most commonly known are the Intelligence Bulletins. The Military Intelligence Special Series continues with “Japanese Parachute Troops.” (William L. Howard)

    German PoW Lt-Gen Willibald Borowietz is killed in an auto accident. He is the highest ranking PoW buried at Fort Benning, Georgia. He holds the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. (Elliott Minor, Associated Press Writer, Published November 15, 2004)

  • TROOPS OF ALLIES WILL RETIRE TODAY FROM SOVIET ZONE (7/1/45)

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    Troops of Allies Will Retire Today From Soviet Zone – 2
    Balik Papan Bombed Again; Tokyo Holds Invasion Near – 3
    Liuchow is Seized; Indo-China Pierced – 4-5
    U.S. Fleet Scouts Amamis, Says Foe – 5
    Marshalls Wan U.S. Protectorate – 5
    Allied Reich Rule Assailed by Tokyo – 6
    Japanese Prisoners of War Are Brought into San Francisco (photo) – 6
    Paper Balloons Bring Japanese Bombs (photos) – 7
    War News Summarized – 7
    Exile Poles’ Chief Won’t Yield Office (Gruson) – 8
    Repatriates Seen as Threat in Reich – 8
    Norse King Urges Allied Solidarity – 9
    Churchill Stands on Personal Vote (Matthews) – 10
    The Veteran (Hurd) – 12
    American Aids Russian in Germany (photo) – 12
    Through with the War: A British Soldier Comes Home (photo) – 13
    Day’s Communiques – 13

    The News of the Week in Review
    Fifteen News Questions – 14
    Tory and Labor Views of the British Election (cartoons) – 15
    British Election Hangs on Churchill Prestige (Daniel) – 16
    The Soviet Union’s Strategic Position in the Far East (maps) – 17-18
    Big Questions in Asia Now Center on Russia (Baldwin) – 18-19
    Low Birthrate Worries Britain – 19
    “Heavy, Heavy Hangs Over His Head” (cartoon) – 19
    Germany’s Economic Power Broken for Years to Come (Middleton) – 20
    Answers to Fifteen News Questions – 21

    The New York Times Magazine
    ‘Occupy Germany for Fifty Years’ (by Leopold Schwarzschild, first-time contributor) – 22-23
    The Great Decision by Which We Still Stand (by Julian P. Boyd, first-time contributor) – 24-27
    Independence Day, 1945 (by Theodore C. Agins, Lieut. U.S.N.R. , first-time contributor) – 28

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  • TROOPS OF ALLIES WILL RETIRE TODAY FROM SOVIET ZONE (7/1/45)

    07/01/2015 4:51:48 AM PDT · 2 of 33
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    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    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
  • TROOPS OF ALLIES WILL RETIRE TODAY FROM SOVIET ZONE (7/1/45)

    07/01/2015 4:51:10 AM PDT · 1 of 33
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    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.
  • AMERICANS INVADE KUME, 345 MILES FROM CHINA COAST (6/30/45)

    06/30/2015 4:42:56 AM PDT · 7 of 25
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/5/30.htm

    June 30th, 1945 (SATURDAY)
    UNITED KINGDOM: Submarine HMS ASTUTE is commissioned.

    JAPAN: PB4Y-2 Privateers of Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Eighteen (VPB-118) based at Yonton, Okinawa, continue sewing aerial mines off the coast of Korea.

    CHINA: Chungchin falls to Chinese forces, which advance into Indochina.
    BORNEO: US forces bombard Balikpapan.

    NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES: Six RAAF Liberators on No. 25 Squadron hit Tanjong Perak airfield near Surabaya. (Michael AlexanderMitchell)
    MARIANAS ISLANDS: the 509th Composite Group, scheduled to deliver the atomic bomb attacks on Japan, begins combat flight training from Tinian Island. For most crews, this involves five or six practice missions such as a navigation training flight to Iwo Jima Island, bombing Rota Island in the Mariana Islands during the return flight, two or more short bombing missions against Rota or Guguan Island, Mariana Islands, one long bombing mission against Truk Atoll, and one against Marcus Island. All of these missions are in flights of two to nine B-29s.

    CANADA: Tug HMCS Atwood assigned to Sydney for ASW towing vessel duties
    Auxiliary HMCS Lakewood assigned to Prince Rupert for ASW towing vessel duties.

    U.S.A.: Washington: Truman appoints James F. Byrnes to succeed Edward Stettinius as secretary of state.

    On this date, the USN has 67,952 ships and craft and 4,031,097 personnel consisting of 3,383,196 sailors; 476,709 Marines; and 171,192 Coastguardsmen.

    Destroyer USS POWER is launched.

  • AMERICANS INVADE KUME, 345 MILES FROM CHINA COAST (6/30/45)

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    June ends like it began – with messed up microfilm. Fortunately only one page was disfigured. Unfortunately it is page 2, where the communiques and much of the war news is to be found. July is better – HJS.

    Americans Invade Kume, 345 Miles from China Coast – 2-3
    50 B-29’s Batter Air Fuel Refinery on Honshu Island (Moscow) – 3
    War News Summarized – 3
    Balik Papan is Hit Heavily 4th Day (Parrott) – 4
    Rescued from ‘Shangri-La’ by Difficult Pickup of Glider – 5
    Japan Transfers Most of Industry to Manchuria for Protracted War – 5
    Ruthenia is Ceded to Soviet in Accord Signed by Czechs (Daniel) – 6
    3 Germans Hanged for Slaying Airman – 7
    Russians Captured With Nazis Riot at Fort Dix; 3 Commit Suicide – 7
    Day’s Communiques – 8

  • AMERICANS INVADE KUME, 345 MILES FROM CHINA COAST (6/30/45)

    06/30/2015 4:41:03 AM PDT · 5 of 25
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    Billboard Top 10 for the Week of June 30, 1945

    #1 – “Sentimental Journey” – Les Brown, with Doris Day
    #2 - “Bell Bottom Trousers” - Tony Pastor, with Ruth McCullough
    #3 – “There! I’ve Said It Again” – Vaughn Monroe
    #4 - “Sentimental Journey” - Hal McIntyre
    #5 – “You Belong to My Heart” – Bing Crosby, with Xavier Cugat Orchestra
    #6 - “Bell Bottom Trousers” - Guy Lombardo, with Jimmy Brown
    #7 – “Sentimental Journey” – Merry Macs
    #8 - “Bell Bottom Trousers” - Kay Kyser, with Ferdy Slim Quartet
    #9 – “Caldonia” – Louis Jordan
    #10 - “Gotta Be This Or That” - Benny Goodman

  • AMERICANS INVADE KUME, 345 MILES FROM CHINA COAST (6/30/45)

    06/30/2015 4:40:24 AM PDT · 4 of 25
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    Continued from June 10.

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

  • AMERICANS INVADE KUME, 345 MILES FROM CHINA COAST (6/30/45)

    06/30/2015 4:39:32 AM PDT · 3 of 25
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  • AMERICANS INVADE KUME, 345 MILES FROM CHINA COAST (6/30/45)

    06/30/2015 4:38:45 AM PDT · 2 of 25
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    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
  • AMERICANS INVADE KUME, 345 MILES FROM CHINA COAST (6/30/45)

    06/30/2015 4:38:17 AM PDT · 1 of 25
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    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.
  • “Blood on the Sun” (Movie Review-6/29/45)

    06/29/2015 5:12:17 AM PDT · 4 of 8
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    I believe you’ve posted similar articles from newspaper files before. They are truly enjoyable to read.

    Daily since August 16, 2009. Glad you enjoy them.

  • 500 SUPERFORTRESSES FIRE FOUR KEY JAPANESE CITIES; SASEBO NAVY BASE A TARGET (6/29/45)

    06/29/2015 5:09:42 AM PDT · 6 of 17
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/5/29.htm

    June 29th, 1945 (FRIDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: Minesweeper HMS Marmion commissioned.

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Prague: The government cedes 4,781 square miles of Ruthenia to the USSR.

    JAPAN: Two missions are flown during the night of 29/30 June by Twentieth Air Force B-29s without loss:.

    Mission 238: 32 B-29s drop 209 tons of bombs on the Nippon Oil Company refinery at Kudamatsu, Japan.

    Mission 239: 25 B-29s mine the W Shimonoseki Strait and waters around Maizuru and Sakata.

    34 P-47s from Ie Shima Island hit airfields at Kanoya and Kushira on Kyushu Island, Japan with rockets and machinegun fire, and attack shipping while returning, claiming seven small vessels sunk.

    US Navy PB4Y-2 Privateers based on Okinawa continue their nightly aerial mining missions off Korea.

    NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES: Nine Liberators from No25 Squadron under Wing-Cmdr John Hampshire raided Malang in daylight. They staged through Corunna Downs (Western Australia) at 0800. Bombing began at 1422 in a tight box formation with 200 feet stepped down between each element of three aircraft. “The bomb pattern fell between the No1 Hangar and the barracks area at the southern side of the airfield, bracketing the main bomber strips. Interception by fighters was expected but no attempt was made and anti-aircraft fire, although encountered, burst well away from the Liberators” [Odgers p 476]. (Mike Mitchell)
    U.S.A.: President Truman approves the invasion plans for the invasion of Japan. These plans provide for landings in southern Kyushu on November 1, 1945 to be followed by landings on Honshu near Tokyo on March 1, 1946. The first landings will utilize troops already in the Pacific Theater. The 2nd landings will include forces transferred from Europe. British and other Allied forces are included as support forces. British aircraft, in the VLR (very-long-range) “Tiger” bomber force, staging from Okinawa, are included. But no British or Imperial ground troops were to be used in either landing, though a “Commonwealth Corps” would have been a follow-on force for CORONET. (JN and MJS)

    Destroyer USS Charles P Cecil commissioned.

    CANADA: Corvette HMCS Morden paid off Sorel, Province of Quebec.

  • 500 SUPERFORTRESSES FIRE FOUR KEY JAPANESE CITIES; SASEBO NAVY BASE A TARGET (6/29/45)

    06/29/2015 5:08:47 AM PDT · 5 of 17
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    3,500 Tons Dropped (Moscow) – 2-3
    7th Fleet Fights Foe’s Planes in Macassar Strait Waters (Parrott) – 3
    Mass Suicide Corps Trained by Japan – 3-4
    Ryukyu Glory Won by Little Warships (Lawrence) – 4
    U.S. Fliers Batter 3 Ships Off Japan – 4
    Propaganda War Swaying Japanese – 4-5
    Invasion of Japan Forecast by King (Blair) – 5
    Ten Commando Pilots of Unarmed Planes Are Home Eager to Fly Armed Ones in War – 5
    Parleys in India Come to a Halt – 5
    These Japanese Preferred Surrender to Suicide on Okinawa (photos) – 6-7
    A Hero’s Return: Wounded Pilot Landing Flaming Plane on Carrier (photos) – 7-8
    War News Summarized – 8
    Nazis’ Scientists Planned Sun ‘Gun’ 5,100 Miles Up (Hill) – 9
    Secret Force Did Hard Jobs in Italy – 10
    2,000 U.S. Soldiers in Discipline Camp (Callender) – 10
    Senator for Speed (by C.P. Trussell) – 11
    Turkish Officials Awaited in London – 11
    ‘We Must Lead Way to Peace of World,’ President Warns (by Bertram D. Hulen) – 12
    Radio-Phone for Autos Ready; Motorists Can Have 2-Way Talks – 13
    Blockade of Japan (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 14
    SS General Belittles Nazi Chiefs when Questioned by U.S. Officers – 14
    Day’s Communiques – 15
    6 Marianas Isles ‘Seized’ by Voice – 15
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    06/29/2015 5:07:39 AM PDT · 4 of 17
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    Prime Minister to Sir Alexander Cadogan 29 June 45

    Is it possible that we are pursuing a policy of treating the Austrians the same as the Germans in the matter of non-fraternisation? All this matter requires grave and urgent attention. We are dignified and insulting, and the Russians are boon companions and enslavers. I never realized such follies were being committed.

    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

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    06/29/2015 5:07:12 AM PDT · 3 of 17
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  • 500 SUPERFORTRESSES FIRE FOUR KEY JAPANESE CITIES; SASEBO NAVY BASE A TARGET (6/29/45)

    06/29/2015 5:06:31 AM PDT · 2 of 17
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    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
  • 500 SUPERFORTRESSES FIRE FOUR KEY JAPANESE CITIES; SASEBO NAVY BASE A TARGET (6/29/45)

    06/29/2015 5:06:02 AM PDT · 1 of 17
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    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.
  • “Blood on the Sun” (Movie Review-6/29/45)

    06/29/2015 5:00:43 AM PDT · 2 of 8
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    Netflix has this movie on DVD. I haven’t received it yet, but yesterday chajin suggested it is a rush job so I am not expecting much. Bosley Crowther encourages the low expectation.

  • “Blood on the Sun” (Movie Review-6/29/45)

    06/29/2015 4:59:19 AM PDT · 1 of 8
    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.
  • ALL LUZON FREED AS TWO FORCES JOIN; OUR SHIPS HIT CONVOY IN OKHOTSK SEA (6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 5:11:36 AM PDT · 6 of 18
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/5/28.htm

    June 28th, 1945 (THURSDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM:
    Minesweeper HMS Bramble commissioned.

    Rescue tug HMS Warden launched. 9DS)

    POLAND: Warsaw: The Government of National Unity is formed; it includes several members of the old London-based Polish government in exile.
    COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: MacArthur”> MacArthur announces that US offensive operations on Luzon, Philippine Islands are complete. It has been 5 months and 19 days since the invasion. Operations against the remaining 23,000 Japanese troops will continue until the end of the war. Most of this fighting will be left to Filipino units. Mindanao is the only other island of the Philippines with significant bodies of Japanese capable of organized resistance.

    JAPAN: The Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands dispatches 487 B-29s to fly four incendiary missions against secondary Japanese cities during the night of 28/29 June; one B-29 is lost.

    Mission 234: 138 B-29s attack Okayama destroying 2.13 square miles (5.52 square km), 63% of the city area; one B-29 is lost.

    Mission 235: 141 B-29s hit Sasebo destroying 0.97 square miles (2.51 square km), 48% of the city area; 2 other B-29s hit alternate targets.

    Mission 236: 91 B-29s attack Moji destroying 0.302 square miles (0.782 square km), 26.9% of the city area; 3 B-29s hit alternate targets.

    Mission 237: 117 B-29s hit Nobeoka destroying 0.52 square miles (1.35 square km), 36% of the city area.

    39 P-47s from Ie Shima attack shipping at Koniya, Japan with rocket and bombing and hit Tokuno Island with rockets and machinegun fire; 26 more hit targets of opportunity in the Sakishima Archipelago including vessels, docks, an airfield, floatplane, and village.

    US Navy PB4Y-2 Privateers based on Okinawa continue mining operations off Korea.

    BORNEO: During the night, the bombardment flotilla for the Balikpapen, Borneo invasion is attacked by five to seven land-based Japanese torpedo bombers but they score no hits and three aircraft are shot down.

    CANADA: Corvettes HMCS La Malbaie and Sherbrooke paid off Sorel, Province of Quebec.

    U.S.A.: The motion picture “Blood on the Sun” is released in the U.S. This war drama, directed by Frank Lloyd, stars James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney and Rosemary DeCamp. Cagney is a newspaper reporter in Japan during the 1930s who writes stories that the officials do not like. When they think he has some valuable information, they decide to “interrogate” him. The film won a technical Academy Award.

    Submarine USS Clamagore commissioned.

    Destroyer USS Meredith launched.

  • ALL LUZON FREED AS TWO FORCES JOIN; OUR SHIPS HIT CONVOY IN OKHOTSK SEA (6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 5:09:53 AM PDT · 5 of 18
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    Drives Split Foe (Parrott) – 2-3
    U.S. Warships Sink 3 Vessels in First Blow West of Kuriles – 3
    Ryukyus Cost Navy 9,731 Casualties (Moscow) – 4
    Foe Said to Quit China’s ‘Rice Bowl’ – 5
    Americans and Japanese Planning Their Next Moves on Okinawa (photos) – 6-7
    A Mustang Returns from an Essential Trip in Pacific (photo) – 7
    Big Flat-Top Saved in Suicide Attacks (Loftus) – 8-10
    The Battle of Bunker Hill Is Again One of Freedom as It Is Fought in the Pacific (photos) – 8-9
    War News Summarized – 10
    Wining and Dining of Air Officers Charged as Court-Martial Opens – 12
    Marseille Camp Vast Staging Area (Callender) – 12
    Warsaw Unlikely to Receive Troops (Daniel) – 13
    Vatican to Expand Relief in Germany (by Virginia Lee Warren) – 13
    50,000 Troops a Month to Leave Europe, 500,000 Staying as Police – 13
    Tests on Prisoners by Nazis Described – 14
    Nazi Shrine in Nuremberg Stadium Now Serves as a Ball Field for GI’s (by Raymond Daniell) – 14
    Texts of Day’s War Communiques – 16
  • ALL LUZON FREED AS TWO FORCES JOIN; OUR SHIPS HIT CONVOY IN OKHOTSK SEA (6/28/45)

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

  • ALL LUZON FREED AS TWO FORCES JOIN; OUR SHIPS HIT CONVOY IN OKHOTSK SEA (6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 5:07:22 AM PDT · 3 of 18
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  • ALL LUZON FREED AS TWO FORCES JOIN; OUR SHIPS HIT CONVOY IN OKHOTSK SEA (6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 5:06:47 AM PDT · 2 of 18
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    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
  • ALL LUZON FREED AS TWO FORCES JOIN; OUR SHIPS HIT CONVOY IN OKHOTSK SEA (6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 5:06:15 AM PDT · 1 of 18
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    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.
  • “Rhapsody in Blue” (Movie Review-6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 5:01:55 AM PDT · 4 of 8
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  • “Rhapsody in Blue” (Movie Review-6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 4:58:26 AM PDT · 3 of 8
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    Netflix does not offer “Rhapsody in Blue.”

    Original trailer

  • “Rhapsody in Blue” (Movie Review-6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 4:57:09 AM PDT · 2 of 8
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  • “Rhapsody in Blue” (Movie Review-6/28/45)

    06/28/2015 4:56:43 AM PDT · 1 of 8
    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.
  • Rejoice! The Church's beacon just got brighter

    06/27/2015 6:14:40 AM PDT · 5 of 31
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    Very nice. I think I will subscribe to this blog.