World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF INDIA: Quiet in the Bay

Ominous quiet fell over one of the Allies' most ominous war zones, the Bay of Bengal. Where was the great Japanese naval force — three battleships, five carriers, supporting cruisers and destroyers — which raised havoc in the Bay last fortnight? If the warships and bombers were still in the Bay, they kept to their holes in the Andaman Islands. They made no move across the Bay toward India, nor toward Ceylon at India's southern door.

Only British and U.S. flyers broke the quiet. R.A.F. bombers from India or Ceylon, raiding the Japs' Port Blair in the Andamans, wrecked a...

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