World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Crescendo

The tempo of airborne blows against Japanese positions in the Pacific was quickening; the weight of the blows was increasing. U.S. Army and Navy air forces were confidently advertising coming events. The Japs read the signs and proclaimed the obvious truth: new invasions were imminent.

Lieut. General George C. Kenney sent heavy bombers north to Palau, 560 miles east of Mindanao. They struck at noon with 90 tons of bombs. Simultaneously, fighter planes from Vice Admiral Marc A. ("Pete") Mitscher's Pacific Fleet carriers swept the islands in force, destroying ammunition and fuel dumps. There was not a Jap fighter...

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