Saturday, July 5, 2014

The War Continued 70 Years Ago on July 4th, 1944

From "The Pacific War: Day By Day" by John Davison.

JULY 2, 1944:  AIR WAR, IWO JIMA

US carrier aircraft attack Japanese forces in Iwo Jima, shooting down 16 Japanese aircraft and destroying 29 on the ground.

JULY 4, 1944:  AIR WAR, Bonin Islands/Iwo Jima.

US carrier-based aircraft have a good day hunting Japanese shipping around the Bonin Islannds and Iwo Jima.  Backed by a bombardment from US cruisers and destroyers, they help sink four destroyers and several transport vessels.

Preliminary preparations for the attack on Iwo Jima were underway.

--GreGen





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