BATTLE OF JAPAN: Fairwings over the Empire

The blockade of Japan was on in earnest. Their fat southern empire cut off and written off, the Japanese were trying feverishly to stockpile the home islands against invasion day with raw materials from North China, Manchuria and Korea. U.S. analysts concluded last week that Japan now had only a single unbroken line of communication with the mainland —the one from northeastern Korean ports, across the Sea of Japan, to small ports on the northwest coast of Honshu. The great funnel through which the lifeblood of imports was once transfused into Japan was already fouled with wrecked ships sunk...

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