793.94/15175: Telegram

The Ambassador in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

429. Another air raid was conducted by Japanese planes on Chungking this morning commencing about 12:40 and lasting until about 2:10 a.m. Bombs were dropped in various areas of the city though the downtown business section appeared to be the main target. A number of bombs fell in the Lungmenhao district on the south bank of Yangtze. The British gunboat escaped a direct hit by the narrowest of margins while one bomb falling within one hundred fifty feet of Peck’s92 quarters caused about thirty Chinese civilian casualties. Casualties and property damage as a result of raid appear to have been small and confined almost exclusively to civilians. The Embassy has thus far received no reports of injury to American life or property in consequence of raid.

Repeated to Peiping, Hankow, Shanghai. Shanghai please mail to Tokoyo.

  1. Willys B. Peck, Counselor of Embassy in China.