World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Acres Added

The U.S. picked up some more Pacific real estate last week as troops landed unopposed on Kume Island (20 sq.mi.), 50 miles beyond Okinawa in the East China Sea, only 345 miles short of the China coast. Another airfield might be bulldozed out of Kume's forested hillsides, and Okinawa's left flank would be made more secure against attacking Jap planes. Radio Tokyo reported U.S. minesweepers clearing the way for an invasion of Okino Erabu (15 sq.mi.), 40 miles northeast of Okinawa. This suburban property would give similar protection to Okinawa's right flank.


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