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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 17, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTOHY AND ARCHIVES DES MOINES I A VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AIL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAYTJANUARY 17 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 85 AIR CRASH Flyers Among Victims Crisis Near at Singapore BRITISH ADMIT JAPS GET HOLD ON MUAR RIVER Nipponese Declare Australian Defense Lines Have Been Cut By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor An official Tokio broadcast as serted Saturday that Japans in vasion armies had broken through Australian defense lines in the Batu Pahat sector only 50 miles northwest of Singapore and it was apparent that a crisis was near in thp fate of Britains stronghold British headquarters in Singa pore acknowledged that Japan ese troops had gained a foothold on the south bank of the stra tegic Muar river 90 miles north of Johore strait which separates Singapore island from the main land Singapore dispatches said a ma jorY in the Malayan jungles to the northwest Domei the official Japanese news agency declared that Japa nese troops reached the Batu Pahat sector at dawn Saturday with a spearhead of mechanized forces striking down the west coast of Johore state from Malac ca straits settlement In fighting near Gemas north east of Malacca Domei said Japa nese troops hadwiped out half of an Australian force of 1000 inon Frontline dispatches to Tokio said Japanese driving from Ge mas on the JohoreNegri Sem bilan border had fought their way into Batuanam four miles east and were battling Australian troops there There was no further report from Singapore on the activities of Australian reinforcements who were crediied Friday with havins smashed a tankled Japanese infantry column in their first taste of action Far to the north other Japanese invasion columns were reported striking into British fended by rnixed forces of Ameri can aviators Chinese and British imperial an attempt to cut off Chinas backdoor route of war supplies Dispatches from Rangoon the Burmese capital said contact wa made with the Japanese at Myitta in a broad valley 12 miles inside Burma In conceding the dangerous new Japanese thrust toward Singapore British headquarters declared Fighter aircraft delivered successful attack on launches and barges laden with troops near the mouth of the Muar river One of the launches blew up when attacked and heavy cas ualties were inflicted en personnel in the barges The communique also a c knowledged a Japanese advance into Johore state reporting that British artillery was heavily pounding Japanese troops in Gcmas rail junction town 110 miles north of Singapore At Singapore itself the island colony underwent two daylight raids as 70 Japanese planes bombed the area leaving 150 killed and wounded One Japanese plane was shot down two others probably de sro3ed and two damaged RAF flyers struck back with attacks on Japanese shipping off Malacca inflicting heavy dimage on massed small craft and bombed Japanese transport col umns in the GemasTampin area in the north Malayas dread malarial jun gles were acknowledged to be weakening the invaders DNB the official German news agency quoted Tokio reports that 10 per cent of the Japanese troops in Malaya were suffering from ma laria or other ailments Roberts Fatally Burned in This Crash Owen Allen Roberts of Mason City died of burns suffered when the cab of his trailer truck shown above caught fire after crashing into another semitrailer on highVav 18 Inday Coroner R A Evans of Kossuth county announced the verdict rf ae Churchill SHOWDOWN ON Back to British Take Halfaya Pass Vigorous Shakeup in War Cabinet Expected Will Address Commons m iv i FAR EAST FACED 5500 Axis Give Up Fall of Citadel G Provides Coastal Route to Supply English By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Prime Minister Winston Churchill returned to England by flying boat Saturday after his momentous conference with President Roosevelt at Wash ington to face an immediate showdown with a critical parlia ment on the grave allied strate gic position in the far east Churchill said he had 3287 miles in 18 hours flown This is the landmile distance from Bermuda to Plymouth In nautical miles the distance is 2860 The prime minister was ex pected to take the earliest op portunity to address the house of commons on his united na tions agreement with President Roosevelt and his talks with Prime Minister William Lyon iMacKenzie Kins at Ottawa and to review not only the far east ern position but he war as a whole It was believed also that one ol his first official acts would be the most vigorous shakeup of his war cabinet and the high command since lie entered office as the Ger mans entered 1940 the lowlands in With Churchill were Lord Beav erbvook the war cabinet supply Defense Savings Stamps for sale at business office WINSTON CHURCHIU to England minister Admiral Sir Dudley I Pound first sea lord and chief of navy staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Charlcs Portal chief of air staff and Sir Charles Wilson REVEAL CHURCHILL WENT TO FLORIDA WASHINGTON white house said Saturday that Presi dent Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill had reached a complete understanding on joint planning for present and future military and naval operations during the British leaders visit of a little more than three weeks in this country Satisfied officially that Church ill had arrived safely back in Lon don Stephen T Early presiden tial secretary said the chief ex ecutive was perfectly delighted to hear of the prime ministers safe arrival home Early disclosed also for tlc first time that the prime minister spent about a weeks vacation in Florida it the home of a friend during the latter part of his stay in this coun try and that around the same time the president also was ab sent from Washington tor several days Early said that the movements of Churchill were so closely guarded that even the president had no idea ulien Churchill leff the white house where lie went to start the transatlantic trip or how he made it The British lead er arrived here on Dec 22 WILL RELEASE LIST DES M01NES WThc internal revenue office here announced it is so busy with other matters that the list of slot machine operators expected to be icady about Jan la cannot be released until later Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Occasional light ram Saturday afternoon and Saturday night colder Saturday night IOWA Occasional light rain in the cast portion Saturday afternoon becoming colder in the west and central portion Saturday night MINNESOTA Occasional light rain extreme southeast Saturday afternoon colder Saturday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday Minimum Friday night At 8 a m Saturday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation Snowfall 34 26 35 11 23 61 2 inches British siege forces Saturday raptured the axis Tobruk stronghold at Halfaya HelUire pass on the Egyptian Libyan frontier 300 miles behind tile main battle sector as the holdout gar rison of more than SSOO German and Italian troops laid down their arms in unconditional surrender Cut off from warier and other supplies the garrison hoisted the white flag amid a tempestu ous assault by British dive bombers artillery and euns of the British fleet I The fall of the cliffguarded citadel announced by British middle east headquarters wiped out the last axis resistance in the LibyanEgyptian border area and gave the British access to the main coastal route of supply to their advanced armies driving into Tiipolitania While axis forces held the pass the British had been compelled to detour reinforcements and sup plies over a hazardous desert trail almost 100 miles to the south Cairo military quarters elated over the capture pointed out that British troops engaged in the Halfaya sicse would now be able to reinforce the main im perial forces pursuingGen Er win Rommels axis armies alonir the Gulf of Sirte Premier Mussolinis high com mand made no mention of the Halfaya garrisons capitulation but acknowledged that supply diffi culties were growing and that British warships and RAF bomb ers were heavily bombarding the pass Report Free French Destroyer Seized 3 Boats at Spanish Isle MADRID The newspaper Arnba said Saturday that Free French destroyer had entered the harbor of Santa Isabel in the Spanish island of Fenando Poo off the west coait of Africa and had seized three merchantmen an chored there Arriba the official organ of the Falange the sole po litical party in nationalist Spain warned that Spanish armed forces henceforth would fight to prevent such seizures JAPS FIERCELY ATTACK BATAN DEFENSE FORCE Infantry Artillery and Aircraft Join in Battling Right Flank BULLETIN WITH JAPANESE FORCES ON BATAN PENINSULA LU ZON ISLAND Official Japa nese Broadcast Recorded bv A P General MacArthurs forces stubbornly holding out on Batan peninsula were in gcn eral retreat Saturday toward the coast of Manila bay presumably in hopes of finding shelter on Corregidor Island The Tokio radio said Japan ese observation planes reported American and Filipino artillery men were abandoning battery positions and that larjrc columns were joining in a general re treat toward Manila bay and the west coast of Batan penin sula G en Douglas MacArthurs forces Sat urday fought stubbornly against a fierce Japanese attack by infantry artillery and aircraft directed bv superior enemy forces against the right wing of their northern Batan province lines The American and Filipino troops the department com munique admitted arc greatly out numbered by the Japanese assault troops A heavy Japanese attack against the right flank of he American and Philippine troops in the Batan peninsula is now in progress the war department reported This attack is well supported by aircraft and ar tillery The assailants greatly oulnum bcr the defending troops How ever our soldiers are stubbornly contesting the attempted advance Mention by the communique o the right flank of lines indicated that the Japanes assault is being launched in th Hermosa area in an effort to driv down the eastern Batan coasts road toward Mariveles communi cations port through which Mac Arthur maintains contact will Corregidor fortress The language of the com munique particularly its fail ure to state whether MacAr thiirs forces were maintaining their forward lines against the Japanese seemed to indicate that the heavy pressure of the Japanese in the past three days may have made some inroads into MacArthurs carefully pre pared positions The Japanese arc supporting their frontal operations by sending small infiltration groups into the hills and jungles in efforts to get behind the American lines and also have claimed their forces have made new landings on the Batan shore in MacArthurs rear Apparently finding that MacAr thurs field fortifications flnd ar tillery fire were too strong for frontal penetration without great losses the Japanese were sending small bodies of picked men across the hills and deep forestation of northern Batan in an effort to encircle the American lines and snap their communications There were Japanese reports thus far not confirmed bv STac additional troop landings along the Balan coast periiaps south of Subic bay on the rugged western shore line The combination of new troop landings and the dispatch of small groups of Japanese specialists ranging in size it was presumed from a dozen to 50 to 75 into the U S lines confronted MacArthur with a major problem There has been no American re port of the exact lines MacArthur is holding in northern Batan It is presumed however that the lines arc somewhere just south of Hci niosa probably a few miles north of Balanga the largest eastern Batan town CAROLE LOMBARD Victims of Air Crash NAZI FIELD MARSHAL DIES VorfReJGhenau Victim of Apoplexy Berlin Broadcast Reports BERLIN Official Broadcast Re corded by Marshal Gen Walter von Reichenau has died of apoplexy it was announced officially Saturday He was 57 years old Until recently von Reichenau was in command of an army group operating on the southern sector of the Russian front Gable Forced to Turn Back From Search Von Reichenau who directed the German armys drive through northern France was promoted to the rani of field marshal general at the conclusion of that cam paign At the start at the war in September 193D he held the rank of colonelgeneral and was com mander in chief of an army on the southern front in Poiand It was von Reichenau who con ducted the negotiations which re sulted in the surrender of the Bel gian army During the first World war von Heichcnau served with the general staff and came out of the war a major By successive promotions he attained the rank of majorgen eral in 1934 at which time he was mentioned as a possible successor to Gen Werner von Blombcrg as minister of defense WALTER VON REICHENAU lowan Indicted for Draft Violation Takes Examination for Army DES MO INKS David Garrctt 23 Marshalltown under indictment for violation of the selective service act was re leased by United States District T i areay aDDr Judge Charles A Dewcy Saturday the current fiscal year to take thp ovaminnfirtn fo T to take the examination for en trance into the army Garrett ar rested in Dallas Tex told the court that through failure of a friend to forward his mail he had not received his notice to report to his board for induction He said 1 was ready and willing to serve CLARK GABLE to turn back LAS VEGAS Nev enhuilcct Clark Cubic turnc back Saturday from the mountain side climb toward the wiockage a transport plane AIR TRANSPORT SEEN AFIRE ON NEVADA RANGE Plane Crashes More Than 8000 Feet Up Table Mountain LOS ANGELES Carole Bombard fun loving wife Clark Jable and 21 other passengers in rkiding in army flyers were pre sumed lulled Saturday night in the jiash of a Transcontinental and Western air transport near Las Vegas Ncv The army air corps ferry com mand at Lane Beach Cal said the army flyers aboard the crushed luxury liner were mem bers of a ferry command return ing to the Pacific coast for new assignments TWA said they boarded the plane at Albu nuerque where four other pas sengers were put off to make room for the pilots The 21passengcr Douglas Sky Club made a brief stop at Las Vegas and took off at p m p m About p m workers at the Slue Diamond mine saw a flare and heard an ex plosion A few minutes later Pilot Art Cheney of Western Air Lines saw a fire on Table mountain about 40 miles southwest Las Its a TWAplaneahdIrcant find any signs of life CIfene radioed He said he turned on his landing lights in an effort to dis cover whether anyone was mov ing about the wreckage The plane crashed more than 8000 feet un Table mountain in the rugged Charleston range The ground is covered with several inches of snow Doctors in two ambulances and searchers in 25 automobiles ten Las Vegas tor the scene but were not expected to reach the wreck age before morning if Supt W T McMillan of the Blue Diamond mine said thr scarcljcrs would iivc to use pnclthorscs for nearly JO miles of the journey into the Charles Inn range which rises from the Moliavc desert floor Cable who had been wailing at Lockheed air terminal Burbank Cnl to welcome Carole home learned instead of the crash He Flip of Coin HOLLYWOOD flip of the coin nriparcntly resulted in acii the death of Carole Lombard wife Carole Lombard and 21 j stuilio friends said Saturday llOl t 1 liaj r persons leaving the search to an experienced crew of Indians soldiers and hardrock miners Gable who flew to the scene to join the search after i sleepless night was forced to return to Las Vegas because the party lacked horses enough for all the search ens Gable had accompanied the party along a winding rutted road so far as automobiles could pass Griefstricken his eyes ringed with anxiety and loss of sleep Gable sought to walk on but was pcisuaciccl by friends to give up the obstaclestudded climb Roosevelt Asks 11 Billion More for Navy in 43 WASHINGTON President Roosevelt Saturday asked congress for in additional SI 1000000000 for the navy the budget bureau disclosed The bureau gave no details ex cept that 57000000000 would be for the fiscal year 1943 This would be in addtion to fnc 000 Mr Roosevelt requested in the budget which he submitted to con gress Jan 7 The other S4000000000 of the request is to supplement 56000 000000 already aDDron June 30 The fund would bring to approximately 000000 the total made available to the navy or he fiscal years 1042 and 1943 to speed the twoocsun j fleet to completion mid expand and i augment existing facilities She ivnnlerl to fljIn Indian apolis her stuilio asent Ottn VliiiMer wanted to travel by train They compromised in an agreement to fly one way and ride the rain the other then flipped a nickel to decide he order ot travel Tails said they would go by rain to Indiana and return by air Heads would have eliminat ed the return trip by air chartered nn airplane and flew tr Las Vegas where he formed a searching party Miss Lombard 34 was return ing from Indianapolis with her mother Mrs Elizabeth K Peters and Otto Uinklcr publicity man for MetroGoldwynMayor studio Slic had gone there to help sell dctcnsc bonds Gable is chairman of the actors committee which as signs motion picture stars to as sist the United States treasury in bond sales over the country lUiss Lombard born in Fort Ind had volunteered for the trip to her home slate She1 worth in one day Thursday Winklcr a former Los Angeles newspaperman handled Gables publicity and was understood to have made the trip at the actors request Capt Wayne Williams a vet eran TWA pilot was at the con trols He recently had been trans ferred to the AlbuquerqueLos Angeles run from Kansas City TWA said he gave no hint of trouble that the only message re ceived from him after he left Al buqucrquc was a routine report
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