From the September 25, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Two hundred Allied planes yesterday raided several cities in the central Philippines, including Legaspi and Cebu, the Japanese News Agency reported. Gen. MacArthur’s communique told of a further advance by marines in the Palau islands which cost the Japanese 7,000 killed and reported that a Navy bomber sank two freighters off Mindanao, in the southern Philippines. Other planes destroyed a 1,000-ton vessel off Borneo.

Allied ground and naval forces killed 835 Japanese in the back areas of New Guinea, and captured 201.

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SBD Dauntless Dive Bombers in Flight. The Dauntless played a decisive role in US Navy engagements during WWII.

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SB2C Helldiver dive bombers prepare for takeoff on the USS Yorktown II for strikes against Japanese targets

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TBM Avenger Torpedo bombers fly in formation en route to their target. The Avenger saw its first combat during the Battle of Midway as a land based contingent of VT-8.

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