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Footage captures US air raids on Japan in dying days of WWII

March 17th, 2015

In one sequence, filmed on July 24, 1945, US forces attack the Imperial Japanese Navy’s aircraft carrier Amagi as it sits at anchor off Kure, Japan’s most important naval base during the war.

The footage also shows attacks on the heavy cruiser Tone and Oyodo, a light cruiser, with near misses clearly rippling out on the surface of Etajima Bay.

The grainy images also show rocket attacks on land targets, including factories manufacturing aircraft in Kure, while another clip, shot through the rear canopy of the US aircraft, shows a pall of smoke rising above the Kure Naval Arsenal after a raid on June 22, 1945. The war ended less than two months later.

Japanese records indicate that 162 B-29 Superfortress bombers attacked Kure shipyard – the home port of the battleship Yamato, which had only been sunk in April 1945 – dropping more than 700 tons of bombs.

“As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, we are hoping to pass down to younger generations the reality of war by collecting important wartime footage”, Soei Hirata, head of the civic group, told the Asahi.


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D-Day ‘Great Escaper’ Bernard Jordan’s wife dies days after him

January 10th, 2015

Brighton and Hove mayor Brian Fitch paid tribute to Mrs Jordan. He said: “They were a very close couple who will both be sadly missed.

“Irene went into the care home first after Bernie had looked after her at home, so it came as a bit of a shock that he died first.

“They had been married for more than 50 years and were a devoted couple. After he had gone, she probably gave up the will. They were religious people who are now reunited together.”

A ceremony celebrating Mr and Mrs Jordan’s lives will be held at All Saints Church in Hove on January 30 followed by a private funeral, Mr Fitch said.

A minute’s silence will be held at the next full meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council to remember the couple.

Mr Jordan’s disappearance sparked a police search last June 5 and his whereabouts emerged only when a younger veteran phoned later that night to say he had met Mr Jordan and he was safe.

Second World War veteran Mr Jordan, a former Royal Navy member and ex-mayor of Hove, told reporters on his return that his aim was to remember his fallen “mates”.

He had decided to join British veterans, most making their final pilgrimage to revisit the scene of their momentous invasion, to remember the heroes of the liberation of Europe.

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Some 156,000 Allied troops landed on the five invasion beaches on June 6 1944, sparking an 80-day campaign to liberate Normandy involving three million troops and costing 250,000 lives.

Mr Jordan had hoped to return to Normandy this June. Brittany Ferries, which carried him across the Channel last summer, offered him free crossings to D-Day events for the rest of his life after learning of his exploits.

Following his death, the Royal British Legion said Mr Jordan’s decision to go to France highlighted “the spirit that epitomises the Second World War generation”.

On his 90th birthday, days after he returned from his escapade, he was inundated with more than 2,500 birthday cards from around the world.

Mr Jordan was later made an honorary alderman of Brighton and Hove in a special ceremony at Brighton Town Hall.

He joined an elite list to receive the honour, including Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, former Olympic champion Steve Ovett, and First World War hero Henry Allingham, who became the world’s oldest man before his death aged 113 in 2009.


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