Tokyo, April 20, 1943 (UP) -- Japan gave Tuesday what purported to be the story of the American raid on Tokyo April 18, 1942, in a statement by Maj. Gen. Nakao Yagaki, chief of the Army press section.
The statement alleged that Maj. Gen. James H. Doolittle, who led the raid in person, did not take part.
"The plane of Doolittle did not appear over Japan and he left the bombing attack to subordinates," Yagaki said, according to the German Transocean Agency. "Doolittle himself flew hastily to China. He naturally was in the greatest security."
Yagaki was quoted as saying:
"It has been stated some of the fliers deliberately and consciously attacked non-military establishments, such as hospitals and schools. These fliers killed sick persons and innocent school children.
"Those who executed such inhuman deeds were not treated as war prisoners generally are. They have been heavily punished. This policy will be applied also in future in increased measure."
In the version of the Yagaki statement heard by the United Press at San Francisco, Yagaki claimed, "Most of the planes crashed at sea or on land. Only a few men escaped with their lives. Some were severely damaged or set afire in forced landings in which all crew members were killed. In this way almost all American planes were completely destroyed without inflicting any considerable damage."