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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 14, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                                OH NORTH IOWA DAILY PAfoesV EDITED FOR THE HOMc HOME EDITION VOL XLVI THI NIWSfAPIR THAT MAKfS ALL NORTH IOWANS NtlGHIORS ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU UEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 267 BRITISH HUNT NAZIS USING CHUTES rt rind German Mine Sweeping Trawlers Raids Hit Dover Gate 10 HOLD FATE OF OPPOSITION TO DRAFT BILL Showdown in Senate to Come on Compromise Proposal of Maloney WASHINGTON sen ators thus fatnoncommittal were reported Wednesday to hold the fate ot opposition efforts to compel a substantial modification of the BurkeWadsworth compul sory military training bill The showdoun will come tai the compromise proposal of Senator Maloney D Conn to defer conscription until it was proved that voluntary enlist ments could not produce the ne cessary army manpower by Jan 1 At the opening ot the fourth day of the draft bill debate ad ministration leaders disclosed that an informal canvass had shown that with the exception of the ten uncommitted legislators the senate almost evenly di vided on the Maloney proposal The leaders said there was a margin of two or three votes against the Maloney measure among those senatorswhose views were known They conceded that the result would be close in any event and were not optimistic about reaching a vote before next week Once the Maloney proposal has been reected or accepted it was predicted that the con scription bill would win final senate approval Inasmuch as the Maloncy compromise pro vides that registration go for ward pending thc showine made hy a further trial of voluntary enlistments Senator Barklcy of Kentucky democratic leader told reporters he expected BurkeWadsworth bill opponents to reach their peak strength on that ballot In debate to date anticonscriptions have argued that the army can gel all thc volunteers it needs while proponents of the draft have maintained that the voluntary system was inadequate for the present emergency While the senate disputed Ihe draft the house opened consider ation of senateapproved legisla tion empowering the president to call out the national guard and the regular army reservists for a years active training Leaders hoped to complete action in two days Delay however materialized for another item related to the defense proposed excess profits tax Chairman Doushton D N Cur of the house ways and means commit tee said Wednesday that because of technical difficulties in draft ins the tax provisions the bill would not be ready for the house floor before Monday He added however that he expect ed house approval by the end of next week PLANE SINKS TRAWLER r LONDON CUR admiralty said Wednesday that the mine sweeping trawler Elizabeth Angela had been sunk by a German air attack and that one man had been killed The Weather FORECAST IOWA Considerable cloudi ness showers and thunder storms Wednesday night and Thursday not much chanjrc in tcmpcralurc MINNESOTA Partly cloudy north considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and thunderstorms south Wednes day night and Thursday little chansre in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday go Minimum Tuesday nifht 65 At 8 a m Wednesday 79 Rain Wednesday 08 inch Thc case with which clouds produce rain was shown again early Wednesday when showers added to thc heavy rainfall of re cont weeks YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 60 Rain 20 Bombs and Leaflets Hit Italy ROME warplanes which n communique said came from the direction of Switzerland rained bombs and leaflets early Wednesday on rich industrial cen ters in northern Italy hilling 22 civilians and wounding more than 50 others The heaviest attack apparent ly was launched on the busy city of Milan where 30 explo sive and incendiary bombs were said to have landed in a resi dential section The Milan death toll was put al 12 and the wounded at 44 Also bombed were Turin Alessandria Torona and Augus ta near Syracuse The Italian high command said the raiders failed to damage any military objectives or industrial establishments The leaflets asked the Italians why they consented to fight beside their hereditary enemy Ger British Bombers Cross Alps Twice to Attack Italy LONDON Caproni factory at Milan and the Fiat plant in Turin two of Italys most vital aircraft works were seriously damaged by Royal Air Forcebombers which flew 1600 miles iti a double cross ingof the Alps the air minis try The RAF planes after climb iiiff more than three miles to avoid Ihc snowcapped peaks smashed he factories and set them afire in attacks lasting until early hours Wednesday the ministry said in a special bulletin amplifying a previous communique One pilot saw a dull dare from the blazingCaproni works miles behind him the state ment said many said they were being made the pawns of Hitler and warned them that the terrors of war are now at your door Earlier reports from Switzer land said a large number of un identified foreign planes had flown over the country during the night probably headed toward Italian industrial centers and had then returned by the same route No bombs were dropped on Swiss territory but alarms were sounded in three regions over which planes flew during Ihe night sending thousands of Swiss tumbling from their beds into shel ters Milan lies 615 miles from Lon don across northern France and In eastern Africa British Somaliland forces were reported sfronely resisting Italian attacks in the vicinity of Adadleh soulh of the seaport of Berbera Thc hiffli command declared hou rver that thc Italian drive o reach Berbera was continuing The newspaper Picolo reported Italian planes had been bombing British fortifications and bases if British Somaliland had set oil depots on fire and machincgunned truck columns Other sections of the press said Germanys object in beginning th air offensive against Britain wa to wipe out thc Royal Air Force so the British will be powerless lo the Germans from lantJing troops on thc island CORDINGLEY IS AGAIN IN LEAD WATERLOO Covding ley the big Des Moines amateur regained at least a temporary lead in the Iowa open golf tournament here Wednesday when he fired an other 71 over the drenched Sunny side course for a 142 total at the halfway mark GOSHEiV N Y Scott a brown colt owned by C W Phellis of Greenwich Conn scored a straightheat victory Wednesday in thc fifteenth rc newn of the rich Hambletonian stake after being backed down to oddson in the betting by a crowd of 300000 spectators WILL MEET IN ST PAUL H1BB1NG Minn sota Lcgionaircs voted Wednesday to hold their 1941 convention in St Paul German Bombers Continuing Raids Under Cover of Heavy Clouds Press Former Pace with deathladen missiles for Britains factories docks and homes seven bfthe Gigantic Air Fight of 150 Planes in England Described By ROBERT BUNNELLE A SOUTH COAST TOWN England fight ing planes fended off a terrific attack along the coastline here Wednesday in a gigantic air battle which involved 150 planes Machine gun fire and the roar of cannons and anti aircraft fire filled the air From the shore four planes could be seen as they crashed into the sea The German raiders fiercely attacked barrage balloons and brought down several Six big nazi Junker 88s swooped on a lightship in the LOOK INSIDE chaIUICJ bombs FOR FRANK KNOX Navy Secretary Says Crisis Most Serious PAGE 2 Topnotch Horses Enter North Iowa Fair Races PAGE 9 Junior Achievement Show Held at Garner PAGE n Parents of lowans Gassed on Honeymoon Are Denied Damages SAW FRANCISCO parents of a young honeymoon ing couple who were asphyxiated in an auto court at Daly City last November were denied 5150000 damages from the owners in a ver dict of a federal court jury filed i here Wednesday j The man who took this story each British fighters dived on them from high above and the bombers moved away in thc direction of the French coast The lightship was badly hit and sank The fight at times became such an involved mass of wheeling twisting diving planes that it was impossible to tell which were British and which were German Once we could see the splash of bombs in the sea off to the east Several dropped on laud Suddenly a fresh swarm of German raiders appeared and befran blasting away at the bar rage balloons Some of thc bal loons were ripped through and through and fell A shell from a Messerschmitl cannon hit the eround and exploded near where we were An empty machine gun clip dropped al our feet anfl fragment of anti aircraft shells sprinkled down While we were watching the atI tnck on the lightship we heard the scream nf a diving plane in front of us With a fearful noise it plunged at a balloon right over our heads Tiie balloon went down in flames and its cable fell behind the sheller where we were stand ing Every gun on the antiaircraft front was hammering away Thc around shook with the thunderous bursts Near the close of the raid an other balloon near U5 WHS shot down But the plane that got it was ringed in antiaircraft fire and the pilot seemed to be in trouble as he wheeled away to get out of range All through this fighl planes were extending their activities to northeast England The bombing attack on the lightship was preceded by ma chine gun fire Bullets splattered lie deck The crew members took to a lifeboat and were picked up by a British speedboat which raced out from shore Antiaircraft fire accounted for at least three dive bombers which ed by fighters cut across the coast from France I saw the R A F planes wheel back zoom up in the air and then with a bursting roar of motors they began the attack Best estimates were that there were about 100 Germanplanes in this bunch When thVjiijJriUsti op ened nazis fiVSt formed a big circle The British ringed around them on the outside and started to dive in and out of thc formation Then quickly the single big bat tle broke up into a series of dog fights Other planes could be heard on higher level out of sight ap parently making for inland tar gets while thc big mass kept the defenders busy along he chan nel From then on it was a wild jam boree of fighting planes and I could hear bombs exploding in land with earthshaking rumbles between bursts of antiaircraft fire the chatter of machineguns and thc din of cannon Military Sources Declare RAF Swept From English Channel BERLIN the pace set for the ultimate attempt to invade waves of nazi planes from Germany Dutch and Belgian bases renewed their at tacks on her strategic centers Wednesday under cover ot heavy clouds Military sources declaring British planes have been swept from the air over the channel said they expected the British air force again would be unable lo prevent the German airmen from carrying out their new tasks The high command reported 132 British planes were destroyed in Tuesdays general combats but admitted the British navy still was to be encountered in the North sea A submarine chaser flotilla ran into a flotilla of British destroyers there Tuesday the German com mand reported and forced it to retreat into the fog after a short skirmish German submarines con tinued their tasks unhampered Wednesday mornings communi que said reporting the return of one Uboat which had sunk 41 611 tons ol shipping including 11400ton auxiliary cruiser 4L With fog over Hie North sea and heavy clouds over the channel as sertedly favoring German ail operations Germans were reticen concerning the objectives assignee foithe new action Wednesday But the high commands com munique in general supported previous reports that thc German Tuesday hammered at airdrome and armament plants far behind coastal defenses and did tre mendous damage in the most successful raids yet carried out against England Many hangars barracks oil reservoirs and shops were de clared wrecked and burned in at tacks on airports at Eastchurch and Detling in Kent where tin British base fighters to protoc After a half hours deliberation thc jury overruled the claims of Mr and Mrs Harry A Allen par ents of the bride Cleo Lucille Al len Welch and Mrs Mary C Welch mother of the bridegroom James Welch All are from Des Moine Iowa Welch 23 and his 21yearold bride of a week apparently failed I to turn off a gas healer when they j retired on the night of Nov 2 The bodies were found two days later over the telephone in London could hear he explosions of anti aircraft fire as Mr Bunnelle spoke I can see anliaircraft bursts right outside fhc telephone booth now Bunnelie told The German attack apparently did little damage observers said before the raid got under way f two formations of 27 British fighlcrs patrolling the skies I As they slowly circled a big I cloud of German bombers escorti he south side of the Thames es uary and at Andover and Odi iam which baek up the defenses f the great southern naval base of Portsmouth Other airports were attacked it Farnborough and Middlewallop Armament plants at Exeter and Plymouth on the southeast were declared to have been effectively bombarded as well as Port Failities at Wai send Bournemouth and Ply mouth on the south and Hartle pool on the east coast Besides the 132 British planes hot down in these operations and n British attacks on German occupicd territory the Germans said they shot down 12 barrage balloons and lost but 28 of their own planes These striking successes as de scribed by the high command in creased the belief among observ ers that the Iongthreatened land sea and air attack on Britain would not be long delayed The belief was heightened by German assertions that British planes have been swept from the air in the vicinity of Dover logical focal point for an at tempted that the nazi raiders are paying increasing attention to British ground de fenses Gun emplacements searchlights airfields and highways in this ire were attacked Tuesday it wa said German commentators said the assaults on England no long er could be regarded as indi vidual raids but must be viewed as a general action developing in accordance with a welllaid Plan While the Gentian raiders ham mered at Britains defenses Berlin Wednesday morning received what was taken to be first hand evi dence thc British arc strikm back For the third time since thc be ginning of the war air raid sirens in the German capital screamed an alarm mid residents scurried from their beds to air raid shel ters They remained there for 47 minutes Mo bomb explosions or gunfire were heard in the down town area but suburban dwellers aid they heard distant shooting Informed sources said later that British planes had penetrated to the vicinity of Potsdam 20 miles west of the capital but had been turned back by aniiaiicraft fire without dropping any bombs No estimate of the number of British craft was made Thc total number ot British plines destroyed in four days of massed attacks on cluding the raids of last Thursday estimated nt 3S3 with Ger man losses of SIGNS OF NEAR ZERO HOUR OF NVASION SEEN Bombers Attacking in Great Waves Spur Blitz to New Fury FROM CABLE REPORTS of afast ipproaching zero hour Tor icrmanys threatened irmi ion of England mounted iminouslyWednesday even as nazi bombers attacking in yrreat waves spurred the rout lay old blitzkrieg to new leiglits ot fury These danger signals for Britain were noted mine sweeping trawlers were discovered by British destroyers some where in the North viously engaged in clearing he waters for a possible crossing oE troop transports 2 Increasing n u in b e r s or German m a r k e d para chutes were found iit Eng lands industrial 17 at an early the ministry of home security ap pealed to the public to report urgently a n y information abotit the landing of para chute troops who might seek to paralyze the areas factor ies RAINY SEASON1 OCCURS IN IOWA More Soggy Wealher Reported Wilhoul Signs of Any Letup 3 Public dancing again was barred in Germany as it was duringthe nazi blitzkrieg against Poland and during the offensive against Hol land Belgium and France 4 Getman bombers concen trated in fierce hugescale attacks on the area of Dover gateway for n possible land invasion Dover is 22 miles across the channel from thc Germanheld French coast DNB the official nazi news agency said the fighting was still raging at 6 p m 10 n m C S T with an estimated 20 British planes shot down and only five German planes destroyed A London dispatch said Enc iands vast industrial zone in thc Midlands was subjected lo he longest and fiercest bombing since Ihe war beitan Five per sons were hilled Oilier waves nt German bomb ing and righting turned Englands south const tulo a bat tlefield in a series of fights involv ing 300 planes H was Ihe fourth straight day of aeiial blitzkrieg with Britain car rying the war to the rooftops of her axis foes before dawn in two longrange raids into Italy and Germany British Hunt for Nazi Parachutists Thousands of British defender Wednesday night searched the English and Scotch countryside for German parachutists as hints were given that strong new COUM lerbtows by airagainsl Germany DES SIOhVES fPi Iowas I Ilaly alc Planned rainy season remindful of the aVaKc h l s l luinl llu1 touched off by discovery ot opei German parachutes dangling jr country rose gardens and village cricket grounds in two areas ol of them the kev midlands industrial one region of Scotland tropics in the density of the down pour brought move wet soggy weather to the state Wednesday and tlie weather bureau saw no signs of a letup The Des Moines airport reported a 324 inch fall Tuesday with about two inches in one hour The forecast called for cloudy weather with showers and thunder storms Wednesday night and Thursday Southern Iowa had the heaviest precipitation the bureau said Cloudbursts did some scattered damage washing some fields and flooding some basements and stores in the vicinity of Des Moines The heavy rains however have washed the chinch bugs from corn in some sections the bureau re ported The mecury Wednesday morn ing averaged about five degrees l f aCria mifht indicated across staunchly that ihc German army n i 11 Other heavy ramlall reports in eluded Davenport 191 inches i DCS Moinc city jBoonc 118 Dubuouc 107 Amcsj l9i Mount Ayr 83 and Albia 76 Whether parachulisls actually landed on British soil for thc first time since start of the war was not revealed by authorities But the precautions were sweeping and widespread In Berlin responsible German quarters said flally that para chutists had been landed Tues day night in the vicinity of Bir mingham and Manchester great centers of British industry anil sites of key defense plants Thc Berlin sources said hat small croups of parachutists were dropped with orders to carry out acts of sabotage be hind Ihc British defense lines These stalemenls were not con firmed however by official quarters parachutes bearing German markings were found in   

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