From: USA now in Brasil
July 4, 1944 Hyde Park, New York
47469 men are based at Iwo Jima.
7th Division is located at Sapporo.
Hoyo Fortress is located at Osumi.
52nd Division is located at Kanazawa.
3rd NLF is planning for an attack on Darwin.
59th Ind. Mixed Brigade is located at Hailar.
39821 men are based at Bonin.
54th Division is located at Okayama.
4th Naval Construction Battalion is located at Lautem.
9th Ind. Brigade is located at Changsha.
65th Brigade is located at Lunga.
10th Area Army is located at Chengting.
3rd Air Army is located at Rabaul.
Radio transmissions detected at Townsville.
Pe-2R takes recon photos of Shikka 2 LCUs 16180/146/0
Pe-2R takes recon photos of Linhsi vacant
Pe-2R takes recon photos of Mukden 35 bombers, 7 aux, 3 LCUs 3680/24/0
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Kratie vacant
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Songkhia many ships, 1 LCU 1180/4/0
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Kendari many ships, 32 bombers, 5 aux, 7 LCUs 13060/147/87
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Lautem 11 LCUs 23520/75/0
PB2Y Coronado takes recon photos of Marcus Island 30 fighters, 38 aux, 11 LCUs 25580/81/0
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Woleai 1 LCU 440/2/0
PBY Catalina takes recon photos of Jaluit 1 LCU
F-5A Lightning takes recon photos of Port Moresby 7 LCUs 15440/7/147
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Gasmata 3 LCUs 520/2/0
PBY Catalina takes recon photos of Rennell Island vacant
The SS Jack, 16 miles NE of Songkhia, found a lone AP and hit it with a torpedo which did heavy damage and caused fires. Troops were seen jumping overboard.
SS Sea Rover, 9 miles off of Muntok, struck a TK with a torpedo and the 2 DDs, 3 PGs and 3 PCs pounced on her. The sub endured a prolonged and accurate depth charge attack. She has light systems damage and since her mines have been laid she'll head back home as planned. She discovers that there are other APs around too.
Ichang was under an air umbrella of 15 X Jack, 4 X Nick and 19 X Tony when out of the sun dove 47 X P-38J. It was a Lightning quick (pun intended) slashing attack that saw 7 Jacks shot down (1 damaged), 2 Nicks killed and 9 Tonys downed (1 damaged). 3 P-38Js were lost and 3 more were limping home.
Bangkok was being protected by a CAP of 44 X Zeke, 17 X George, 10 X Jack and 25 X Frank who challenged the 44 X P-38J who swept into their airspace. 20 Zekes were downed (1 damaged), 6 Georges were killed (2 damaged), 2 Jacks went down and 14 Franks will never fly again at the cost of 11 Lightnings shot down and 3 more damaged.
Krung Thep was bombed by 31 X B-29 (2 damaged), 28 X B-24J and 14 X P-38J. The airfield took heavy damage, there were many secondary explosions and moderate casualties. Another strike of 41 X B-29 followed and added moderate damage to the field, a few more secondary explosions and light personnel losses. Allied troops had extremely light losses from an artillery attack while the Allied guns supported an assault that gained no ground. The Japanese had extremely heavy losses and Allied casualties were heavy.
The 90th Naval Guard Unit, on Palau, was hit by 5 X P-39D, 32 X P-38G and 3 X P-47D for light casualties.
Then the 2nd Amphibious Brigade was next as 11 X P-39D and 6 X P-47D came on, but missed their target.
The IJA 36th Ind. Mixed Brigade, at Tavoy, was hit by 101 X Liberator VI (5 damaged), 42 X B-25J (1 destroyed), 48 X Mosquito FB.VI (1 damaged) and 24 X Thunderbolt II. The unit had very heavy casualties. Allied artillery caused very heavy casualties today for the Japanese.
Ed's Old Gals have topped off their oil bunkers and magazines and prepare to depart to inflict more pain on Palau. Ed is making his flag on the BB Tennessee for this trip. His orders remain the same, “Give 'em hell.”
The invasion force is almost ready to depart Townsville for Port Moresby as the last of the supplies and troops are being loaded.
The following is a text written by Elanor Roosevelt for today.
HYDE PARK, Monday—This column will come out on the Fourth of July. That day was devoted to the setting off of firecrackers in my childhood. We started by putting the biggest bunch we were allowed to have under a tin can, lighting the fuse, and waiting with baited breath until the big noise would shatter the peace of the summer morning and awaken my grandmother. We saved our pocket money for weeks beforehand, and begged all we could from our elders, but at best our firecrackers never lasted beyond breakfast time.
The day was a joy to us and a discomfort to our elders, but it was the dogs who suffered most. They crawled under the beds and sofas and stayed there until our supply of firecrackers was exhausted. When evening came our elders set off some firecrackers for us, and we were allowed to hold the Roman candles, which we did with considerable trepidation. That was the climax of a perfect day.
In those days I am afraid I thought very little about why we celebrated this day, but today when firecrackers are out of the question, children and their elders are much more apt to think of the real things which make July 4 an important date to all of us.
The fathers of our country were young men when they wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence—it was a young man's document and it expressed the faith and hope and ideals of youth. Ex-President Hoover, in his speech the other night, said that the Republican Party recognized that this was a time when youth would take over. Comparatively few states have made it really easy to be in the armed services, still assurance was given to both the men and the women in the services that they would be consulted and have a voice in our policies for the future. This is in line with our tradition—good, sound, old American doctrine.
People in the older nations of Europe must have laughed at the young upstarts who thought they could put into words anything which would so inspire a people that a new country would be founded and shape its policies in accord with their declaration. The amusement did them no harm, and neither will it hurt the young people of today if they speak out their convictions and write from their hearts.
Many of the things which were said in the original declaration I think the youth of today will reaffirm. It would be hard to improve on: "We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." These are brave words, and the men who wrote them meant them, for they ended thus; "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." That is what the youth of today is carrying out. God grant their elders help them.
The Red Army took Polotsk.
The general strike in Copenhagen ended with the Germans relenting. They lifted the curfew.
The US 1st division, in Normandy, advanced 200 yards today. They took 6 POWs and had 1400 casualties.
Victory Points Allied 34683 Japanese 32789