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JAPANESE RAID

CHITTAGONG

Stung By Allied

Bombing

OUR WAR CORRESPONDENT,

H. A. STANDISH.

CALCUTTA, Dec. 13.-The Japanese air raid on Chittagong on Thursday, the second -within a. week, shows clearly that the enemy's air command in Burma has been stung into activity by the United Nations' consistent bombing of Burma's airflelas and other strategic points.

On this occasion the Japanese esme ovei in at least the same strength as

they used la^t Saturday, possibly test-1 Ing the strength of oui defences in that area and trying to hamper any

preparations for furthei Allied ad- {

vanees along the coast towards Akyab.

The Japanese again got a hot re- ception, Hurricane interceptors and anti-aircraft Are not only shooting

down at least three raiders, but also I

breaking up and diverting the enemy j formations so effectively that the | bombing was wild and casualties ano |

damage light.

This follows the pattern of the pre- I vioiis raid, when eye-witnesses esti- ¡ mated that 90 per cent, of the bomas j fell in the river and paddy fields, and , the laiders, after this ineffective un-1 loading of their bomb losds, sheered I off hurriedly. > I Calcutta has now come to regaia ' Chittagong 8.3 its aerial Iront line and

hopes that efficient interception of j enemy aircraft, there will prevent the I long-expected attempts io bomb this |

city.

(«on* Cop.rlcrnl »wn:( )

I Australian Associated Piess.i

The New Delhi communique says ' thai R..A.F. Blenheims, escorted by fighters, successfully attacked the track, rolling-stock, and buildings st the Mandalav railway yards. No fighters were encountered, but theie , was anti-aircraft fire over the tarje* i Othei Blenheims attacked, lollint-.

stock and the railway at Naba June-1 tion. and a stationary train at Naya-1 kaung, south of Noba.. None of our i aiicrtift Is missing. I

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