Freed by Americans flown back home



Freed by Americans flown back home


Account of Flying Officer A S Woolf baling out of bomber after an attack on Stuttgart, injured and transferred to German hospital near Nancy he was liberated by American forces and flown home. On the reverse 'Japan ceases to be great naval power' article.




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FLYING OFFICER A.S. WOOLF, of Erdington, member of a bomber crew forced to bale out during a raid on Stuttgart, received leg injuries in landing and was taken prisoner. Later he was transferred to a German hospital near Nancy, where he remained for two months before being freed by American forces. He was flown to this country, and is now making good progress at an R.A.F. hospital in the West Country.


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Japan ceases to be Great Naval Power

THE extent of the damage inflicted on the Japanese Fleet by the American Navy in the triple battle of the Philippines was so great that it is considered impossible for Japanese shipyards to repair the damage in reasonable time ever again to challenge the now undisputed sea power of the U.S.
Not a single major ship got away undamaged, and if the Americans are able to bring the destructive power of their great air arm to bear on Japan’s [missing words] the Japanese Fleet will be out for good.
The entire Japanese carrier fleet is believed to have been destroyed, says Reuter.
Three carriers have been listed as sunk in the Japanese force which Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet smashed between Formosa and Luzon, and there is no evidence any carriers escaped.
The Japanese are not believed to possess any other carriers ready for action although some are being built.


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