Over the Wire

Japs Bomb Port Darwin

Fourteen heavy Japanese bombers in two formations raided Port Darwin, northwest Australia, again Monday and there were increasing indications today that the Nipponese would attempt to occupy the entire Australian sub-continent.

There was little change in Burma, where the Japs appeared to be re-grouping their forces preparatory to advances in force on Mandalay and Prome.

Chinese forces, described in London dispatches as "shock troops" armed with American lend-lease equipment, were moving into southeast Burma, where a major battle was expected in the region of Toungoo, on the Rangoon-Mandalay communications line.

In India, where past political divisions of the polyglot country have made difficult that unity which London now so ardently desires, the British Viceroy addressed rulers of the native states and assured them that Britain will win the war.

The Viceroy, Lord Linlithgow, was attempting to prepare the ground for Sir Stafford Cripps, British Government representative now flying to India with a compromise proposal to meet the demands for immediate independence.