The Daily Telegram Adrain Mich 31 Jul 1943 1

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The Daily Telegram Adrain Mich 31 Jul 1943 1 - Slight Cains Made In Drive On Vital Jap...
Slight Cains Made In Drive On Vital Jap Solomons Air Base PLANES BATTER ENEMY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALLIED HEADQUARTERS In The South Pacific, July 31—Tanks and flame throwers were hurled Into the battle for Munda today. Behind these 1 dread weapons, American troops crushed forward a. few yards more. The extent of their gains was not announced. It was,the.first reported use of flame throwers in the month-old fight for the enemy's important central Solomons airbase. Use of tanks Jiad been attempted before but the rugged terrain deeper in the jun- j;le had stopped them. .While the armored units were blazing ahead southeast of Mundaj American forces north of the airdrome battered back a Japanese counter-attack. U. S. navy torpedo and divebombers, covered by Wildcat fighters, struck heavily at coastal positions west of the airdrome where the Japanese still cling to beachheads. Strong formations of the navy's Dauntless and Avenger bombers pounded enemy gun positions around Bairoko harbor 10 miles north of Munda. Americans hold the coast north of Bairoko and the road leading south to Munda. New evidence of the growing Allied aerial might was contained in today's communique from General MacArthur's headquarters Liberators bombers, escorted by a powerful force of fighters, attacked BalJale airdrome in the northern Solomons, causing huge fires Twenty-five Japanese Zeros were in the air over the enemy stronghold but they "avoided combat,' 1 the communique said. 11 Barges Destroyed The crippling attack againsi Japanese shipping continued. • A1 least 11 barges were destroyed and many others were damaged or destroyed. Seven , heavily loaded barges, attempting to run troops and supplies from New Britain. to New Guinea across Vitiaz strait were intercepted and sunk by motor torpedoboats. Four others were destroyed by Martin Marauders in low-level sweeps along the western coast of New Britain. Sharp fighting continued in the area between Mubo and Salamaua, New Guinea, but: its progress was Hot detailed. ' 3apanese'dive-bbmb- ers made two futile attacks against American and Australian troops in this sector and six enemy bombers escorted by 19 Zeros, ineffectively bombed and strafed Australian positions near Bena Bena in east- central New Guinea. Allied aircraft dropped 25 tons of demolition bombs in the Bob- dubi and Tambu Bay area of New Guinea but bad weather prevented observation of results. Reconnaissance planes bonibet and strafed enemy installations on Cerani island west of New Guinea and on Unea island north of New Britain. Ferde can camp are faced of labor. Canyon and from before oroke that closer line At before battered six miles villages pronged the key The German drive to the before The continued German cases fighting.--:'- North continued succeeded out of munique sector Germans disabled South were Germans, captured disabling number of continued in the launched

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  1. The Daily Telegram,
  2. 31 Jul 1943, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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