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THE NOME NUGGET VOL. 44. No. 11. NOME, ALASKA, MONDAY, Jan. 26, 1942. Per Copy iu I i p» n* U. S., Dutch Forces Sink at Least £7 <rap Ships In 43-5lour Dallle UNDATED, Jan. 26 (AP) — U. S. and Dutch and air forces, locked in a great running battle wit a Japanese invasion armada n the Strait of Macassar, sunk or damaged at least 27 transports and warships in four days of fighting and may have shattered the attempt to invade Nava, heart of the United Nations' defense of the southwest Pacific. The next few days will tell, what strength if any, the Japanese armada will be able to negotiate the narrow short cut to the inner arc of the Netherliands East Indies. The Japanese, however, won at least one foothold p on this sea road to Java, the Dutch oil port of Balik Papan, on the Strait side of the island of Borneo, but the size of the invasion fleet indicated that Tokyo is shooting for higher stakes to the south. The Strait of Macassar is the most direct route between Japanese concentration points in the Philippines and the rich island of Nava, at which the United Nations have cen tered their supreme command and much of their arm ^ ed strength. Skerabaja, great Dutch naval has \ less than 350 miles southwest of the southern mouth of the Strait. The score against the Japanese in the Macassar Straits battle, thus far reported by communiques from the Java headquarters in Batavia to Washington, fol lows: Destroyed 9 transports and one destroyer; dam aged a warship of unclassified type; 5 cruisers, 2 de stroyers and 9 transports damaged. Ships hit by bombs or torpedoes include at least 5 transports probably sunk, and a cruiser may have gone down when torped oed by a sub. It was so resisted that it was impossible * I r the 'ternr .incurs to determine «th-e result of the battle which started Thursday afteiuoon. Dutch airmen roaring out of their jungle-shielded bases, scored 12 direct hits with heavy and medium calibre bombs on 8 ships. U. S. naval air forces joined the attack on the following day and the hot equatoiial waters of Macassar Strait were churned by bombs and torpedoes from flying fortresses and light and heavy bombers, submariens, cruisers and destroyers. Slight damage to one of the United Nations warships was r the only naval damage acknowledged so far as the co^t of the attack. ___ Australian Artillery Smash Jap Drive Singapore. Jan 24 (AD— Australian gunners, drag | ding up field pieces, pour ej a torrent of shells int Jap columns attempting 1 ^ drive south on the mail highway here, smashing a ; number of tanks & trucks. \ full scale battle was join ’i north of Yong Pang, 67 niles above Singapore. On he British imperial army’s eft flank, fighting contin ed near Batu Pahat. . > L f Concentration of Japanese naval forces in Davao Bay (1), suggested the next ma jor jor move may be against the Dutch East Indies — Borneo, Celebes, and New * Guinea (broken arrows). Davao is farther south than the Jap bases in Thailand and Indo-China 2), from which thrust were made at North Borneo, Sarawak and Malaya (heavy arrows,. Major Dutch naval base, Amboina (3), was attacked ALLIES WIPE OUT SEVEN JAP RAIDERS n o< n, Jan. 24 (AP) — >J. S. and British fighter pi ! uts utterly wiped out a for mat ion of 7 big twin-engin ed Jap bombers in a wild ,.u fi ht at the outskirts of the city. Four Jap pursuit 'hips were also reported shot down. All Allied plan es returned safely to their bases. BRITISH VESSEL SINKS JAP SUB London, Jan. 24 (AP) The idmiralty announced that a British ship operating in the far east destroyed a Jjp sub. A depth charge b: ought it to the surface and gunfire sank it. IV me of the crew were taken pri soner. The hoard of inquiry into the Jap attack n Hawaii accused rank ns? officers of “a, re'.icti.cn of duty" in a report to the TVcddont Saturday. Left to right: Brig Gen Joseph T. McNarney, Admiral Will am H St-ndley. AssnGate Justice Owen J. h1 o1 erts of the Supreme Court, Rear \dmiral Joseph M. Reeves and Major Gen Frank Ross McCoy. _’ Jap Invaders Suppnrled By Warship Guns Force MacArlluir’s Army Rack UNDATED, Jan. 2-1 (AP)—Hordes of Jap invasion forces, supported by barrages from warship cuns, fore ed MacArthur’s American and Filipino defenders to all back in heavy, bloody fighting on the west coast of Batan Peninsula, but fierce counter attacks hurled the Japs away at other points. A War Department bulletin said the troops, although fatigued by 6 weeks of incessant fighting, arc still-rattling with undimin ished enthusiasm and courage. “Heavy losses were suffered by both sides." Dutch bombers slashed at a new concentration of Jap invasion ships off Balik Papan, east coast of Dutch Borneo, scoring direct hits on a large transport, a de stroyer and capsizing a large passenger liner. The Dutch already have destroyed the rich Balik Papan oil fields in pursuance of the “scorched earth" policy. Sir Stafford Cripps .retiring British ambassador to Moscow hinted broadly at a press conference that Rus sia now has 9 million men under arms and may join the battle with Japan. After 18 months, Moscow said. Russia and Japan had longstanding difficulties, which only force could settle. “The Russians intend to make the* conquest of Germany absolutely complete and thorough.” The Navy spokesman at Washington tersely an nounced the destruction of an unspecified number of Axis submarines preying on ships on the Atlantic coast. In Burma, American and British fliers shot down a record bag of 21 of 60 Jap planes attacking Rangoon. Rommel’s Forces Drive British Back 40 Miles Cairo, Jan, 26 (AP — The British acknowledged that they driven still farther back in Libya by Rommel’s counter attacking armored columns. The Axis forces are apparently aiming to by-pass Bengasi, in a ma jor comebacg against Brit ain’s eighth army. The new center of the desert batle was placed, by a communique, north and northeast of Zouietmsus and meant that Romel ad vanced more than 40 miles from Agedabia to Antelat and Saunna, forming a tri angle where a big tank battle raged over the week end. ftave $2.1)0 by pay’ng ir.- ad 'ance for ycur subscription. Fix Blame Hawaiian l ^preparedness WASHINGTON. Saturday (AP)—The special eom nission which investigated the Jap attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7th, accused eommonder-in-chief of the fleet, Admiral Husband Kimmel, and commanding general of the Hawaiian department, Lieut. General Walter Short of “dereliction of duty” in a blame-fixing report today to President Roosevelt, The commission, headed by Associate Justice Roberts, declared these Uv ». who replied shortly after the attack, of fading t«> consult or confer with one another about warnings and “appropriate measures of defense, required by the imminence of hostilities.” Fleet Scores 7 to 0 Against Japs WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (AP) — Cruisers and de stroyers of the U S. Asiatic fleet thundered into action against the Japanese in the first large scale naval en gagement of the war, with a score tonight of 7 to 0 in favor of Uncle Sam. The 7 represented enemy trans ports or warships definitely! and conclusively sunk, but a Navy communique told that other units of a large Nipponese convoy, attempting to pass through Mac assar Straits, including escorting destroyers, were heavily damaged and probably sunk in addition. U. S and Dutch army aircraft also participated in the battle over the waters between Borneo and Celebes. A communique from the southwest Pacific, heard from quarters of the United Nations on Java estimat ed that 3 enemy ships were sunk and 4 probably sunk, and no less than a dozen damaged throughout the 48 hours that the engagement proceeded. The United | States lost not a single vessel. In addition to 37 vessels sunk by the Navy, the Army accounted for 11. making , a total of 48 Japanese ships destroyed. I!. S. Ore Carrier Sunk in Atlantic NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 26 (AP) An Axis undersea raider attacked the American ore carried Venore, off the North Carolina coast, late Friday and 22 members of its crew are unaccounte for, the 5th naval district announced. 21 crew members were brought ashore at Norfolk last night. The ship was owned by the Ore Steamship Co. and was hit at least twice by torpedoes Friday and sank in the Atlantic Saturday morning, the Navy said. Conference Adopts Resolutions RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 26 (AP) The political com mittee of the Pan American conference adopted a proposal to declare the U. S. and all her allies non belligerents and approved the principles of the At lantic charter, embodied in the war aims of the U. S. and Britain. The action on both resolutions was unani mous. Also approved were resolutions calling for an immediate meeting of the general staffs of all Ameri can nations, and proposing that no American nation represent the interests of a warring government not on this continent or in any other American nation.