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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta IVeto York iwis larppl Airman had bomb goal TOKYO Tainotsu Takaliashi was a 22-year-old airman in the Imperial Japa- nese Army and his country was at war with Hie United States. Even so, he stiffened when he learned about his assign- ment: Bomb New York It was Aug. a, 1IJ15---27 years Japan's mili- tary leaders realized they wero fast losing the war. An atomic bomb annihilated Hiroshima three days earlier; a second devastated Naga- saki on Aug. 9. Japan surrendered on Aug. 14. But, meanwhile, its lead- ers cast about desperately for ways to turn the tide of de- feat. Takahashi's mission......a one-way suicidal out of this desperation. He was a wireless operator at an air base north of Tokyo. He was ordered to report to The Lethbridge Hotel Presents Live Entertainment Thursday, Friday, Saturday August 10, 11, 12 Featuring "HYWAY" another base for a secret nission. "1 didn't know what It was .11 about, and my superiors said Takahashi re- calls. Uut he gradually pieced, together details: Three limg-rango K1-77S, twin-engined planes clcvel- for civilian use, were (o jNuclear iiirvivoi's renew appeal NAGASAKI (Rcuter) Sur- vivors ot the Nagasaki atomic >omb explosion 27 years ago renewed their appeal lor world Wednesday at rites for the souls of the, dead. The bell ot the Uragami Cathedral, destroyed in the blast, tolled and sirens wailed across the city at a.m., the moment wiien the world's second atom bomb exploded. Hiroshima, the first atom bomlxHl city, marked its anni- versary last Sunday. Officials added the names ol newly-identified or newly- dead victims to the official bomb memorial here, raising the toil to people. But Nagasaki believes at least people died in the original holocaust. Nagasaki Mayor Yoshitakc Morotani said the city would continue (o appeal for lasting peace in tho world. be refitted. They would carry bombs, extra fuel and a crew of two: a pilot and a wireless operator-navigator. Taka- bashi was to be one of the latter. The KI-77 could fly at miles an hour. MAIJK ALLOWANCES Five years earlier, a KI-77 and a crew of eight flew 200 miles non-stop on a circu- lar route over Manchuria. This exceeded the miles to New York, but allowance was being made for the heavy bomb load. To guarantee success lor tiie mission, Takahashi says, the planes were to climb to feet where the east- bound jet stream would glvo Uicm extra speed and dis- tance. Once over New York, the planes were to drop their bombs and then, crash. Takahashi, now a Bank ex- ecutive in Tokyo, says: "I'm happy the war ended More the mission could begin. I d'dn't even bave lime to be transferred to another base, and I never got to meet any of the others who were se- lected for the mission." The Japanese defence agency says the war de- stroyed many important mili- tary documents, and it has nothing in its archives or. the mission. But it says it has heard it mentioned and some Japanese military leadeis may well have planned it se- cretly. Takahashi paid his first visit to New York last Octo- ber. BINGO 1251 3rd Avenue Soulh EVERY THURSDAY 8 p.m. 16 GAMES JACKPOT IN 48 rJOS. IDA GAME PICTURE FRAME BONUS JACKPOT IN 53 NOS. IN 54 NOS. IN 55 NOS. If BO Hngo called oiler 55 nos., we will conlinuo for NO ONE UNDER T6 YEARS AUOWED1 PUBtlC-UPSTAIRS ELKS AND GUESTS DOWNSTAIRS for ELKS and GUESTS in CLUB ROOMS ENTERTAINMENT THURSDAY, AUG. FRIDAY, AUG. GLOWS" SATURDAY, AUG. HITS AND A MISS" Thursday, Auguil 10, 1972 THE IE7HBR1DGE HERAID 7 New air charter plan discussed By BOB DOUGLAS OTTAWA (CP) A lour-day onlerencc called to work out ic details of a new inler- utional air charter plan got n d c r way here with an igrecmenl to spend the first Police identify mishap victim MICA CREEK, B.C. (CP) ECMP today identified one ot the two men killed in a climb- ing accident on Clemenceau Icefield.Aug. 2 as William Tout Sharp, 43, of Toronto, assistant dean of the arts and sciences department at the University of Toronto. IICMP previously identifier his companion as Roland Mor- rison, 31, of Willowdale, Out. The two were part of a group of about 35 members ot (he Al- pine Club of Canada climbinj, in the area, 41 miles northeast of here near the Alberta bord cr. Police said the two were kill ed while traversing a narrow ledge when overhanging ice broke above them and swep them cff. A third man was caught 1 he ice but was able to cut him self free and returned to has camp lor help. Coroner's inquest CORNER 2nd AVE. AND 13th STREET NORTH Weekend Entertainment In The Clubrooms FRIDAY "JERRY ond THE TRAVELLERS-- SATURDAY "TAMARAX" MEMBERS AND INVITED GUESTS KATS UPRIGHT At mealtime the manatee floats upright in Lhe water, look ing as though it is sitting at a invisible table. INTERRUPTED SNACK Startled by camera flashbulb, black bear pauses while scavenging for tidbits ot North Vancouver district garbage dump. A shoilage of no urJ food" berries end appies, has brought bears flocking to ,hc.dump, o lowing fruitless efforts to catch them in bar rel traps, canservat.on officers shot I wo boars but report another 1 7 inhabiting the a _ wo days straightening out air harter statistics. The conference of European nations, the United States and Canada is meeting here to pre- Tiirc a replacement for the con- .roversial affinity charter rule. The working group is ex- pected to reach agreement on a replacement this week and present the proposal to a meet- ing