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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 9, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME or HISTORY AND ARCHIVES INES I A HOME EDITION THE NEWSFAPIR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII CENTS A COPV SD WIRES MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 9 1942 NO 180 U S TRIUMPHS IN SEA BATTLE 4 Tokios Temporarily Ceases V T im APPEARANCE OF SPEEDY SUBS IN GULF REPORTED Officers Apparently Familiar With Shallow Waters 2 Boats Sunk NEW ORLEANS ap pearance in the Gulf of Mexico of very fast submarines commanded by officers apparently familiar with the shallow waters was an nounced Saturday by the Eighth Naval District together with the loss ot two merchant vessels They were the first reported lost in the Gulf The ships a medium sized United States vessel anda smaller Honduran merchant man both inbound were at tacked Wednesday afternoon and evening One was sunk by a torpedo and the other set afire by shells and abandoned There was no loss of life among the 87 crewmen aboard the two ships or the six passengers aboard one Augusto A Senna of New Bed ford Mass a passenger reported he saw a torpedo headed for the medium size vessel about noon Wednesday but it missed by 100 The ship began racing for the nearest port and ten minutes later a large apparently new Ger man submarine painted dark green surfaced and began shel ang the vessel with a fiveinch gun The ship reached a speed of 16 knots but the submarine be gan overhauling it and a direct nit disabled its steering gear The ship began circling and was abandoned As the 41 crewmen and siv passengers steered clear aboard two rafts and a lifeboat the sub marine rammed a torpedo into the engine room and the ship sank quickly The survivors reported they heard someone on the submarine say in perfect English Sorry we cant help you hope you get ashore The survivors were picked up lour hours later by a coast guard f cutter and brought here Friday Engineer F H Abrewster 5 of New Orleans was hit by shell fragments in the legs and back N f C Hart steward of San Francisco i was hit in the and stom f ach Both were hospitalized here At p m and at a point about ICO miles distant the small ship of Honduran registry sighted a sub which with one lucky shell fired from two miles away hit its main mast the wheel house and and knocked two mates uncon scious The ship was disabled and abandoned As the last three lifeboats got cleatthe sub surfaced nearby and pumped about 100 more shells into it The ship was a mass of flames when last seen by the survivors who were picked up at a m Thursdayand brought ashore Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Scattered light showers Saturday afternoon and early Saturday night cooler Saturday afternoon and Satur day night light frost Saturday night IOWA Scattered light showers south and east portions Satur day afternoon and earlv Satur day night cooler Saturday night and in north portion Sat urday afternoon and in south portion Sunday forenoon light frost in extreme north portion Saturday night MINNESOTA Cooler Saturday afternoon and in south and cen tral poritions Saturday night continued cool Sunday forenoon heavy frost Saturday night freezing temperature north por tion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 72 Minimum Friday night 50 At 8 m Saturday 62 Rain 0 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 53 Minimum 33 Precipitation trace Flyers Attack Coast of East India NEW DELHI India lese bombers attacked the Chit tagong coast of eastern India Sat urday for the second time in 24 hours as the last of the British imperial forces in the Chindwin valley northwest of Mandalay fell back into the mountains for a stand near the Indian frontier A communique which an nounced the continued with drawal of forces earlier lireat ened with Japanese encircle ment described the operation as successful despite intensive divebombing and machine gunning attacks from the air No contact was made with the invaders land forces the war bul letin added It said of the aerial attacks that little if any military damage was sustained but it is feared that ci vilian refugees enroute to India suffered casualties There was no immediate in formation on the extent of cas ualties in the air raid Saturday morning on the area already bombed and machine gunned Tjy the Japanese Friday Chittagong is a Karnaphuli river post near the Bay ot Bengal coast 165 miles northwest of Japaneseroccupied Akyan Burma giving its name to a large district of Ehorelands and city is the terminus of the AssamBengal railway a steamship port of call and a logical goal in any Japa nese attempt to invade India by sea A high level bombing attack followed by a machinegun at tack was carried out by Japanese aircraft in the Chittagong area during Friday afternoon May 8 said a communique issued by Brit ish headquarters Slight damage was caused and there were some casualties This was followed by a further raid in the same area this morning Details are not yet available RAF aircraft carried out recon naisance over the forward lines in Burma during the day the com munique said to check upon Jap anese dispositions in the drive which has carried the invasion armies from Rangoon across the Chinese border SUGAR MACARTHUR r ration book listed his hourold daughter as Sugar MacArthur Jap Invasion Move Seen as Bottle Cause Strait CapeYork tSily C O 300 QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA BRIS BANE JAPAN ADMITS 31 PLANES ARE LOST IN FIGHT Make Additional Claims to Sinking Destroyer and Damaging Cruiser TOKIO From Japanese Broad Imperial headquar ters announced Saturday that a smallsized Japanese aircraft lauler converted from n tanker lad been sunk in the Coral sen naval battle and acknowledged the loss o 31 planes Japanese forces however have sunk an allied destroyer and heavily damaged a cruiser in addition lo successes previ ously reported and have shot down 89 enemy planes a com munique declared London naval observers believe the great Coral sea battle between Japanese naval d fqualroncs the Tted nations ileet out of a JaP convoys drive WBrt black arrows the Hebrides or New CaU Pans Says Fighting Chinese Report Maymy o Is m Hit c in Madagascar Hills Is Being Continued LONDON Paris radio reported Saturday that two cen ters of resistance are being main tained in Madagascar hills south of Britishoccupied Diego Suarcz and that 12 British planes have been shot down thus far in the interior fighting The radio said that news from the island was scarce but that the resistance was being kept up by some French forces which retreated from Diego Suarez upon its fall GOVERNORS LUNCHEON IOWA CITY annual governors day luncheon alumni gatherings the inlrasquad foot ball game and the motherdaugh the opening days program of the University of Iowas 1942 com mencement season here Saturday HeroBulkeleys Heir Lieut John D Bulkeley TJ S navy torpedo boat hero home from the Philippines gets his first glimpse of his son John Duncan Bulkeley Jr on his arrival in New iork The baby was born April 3 Bulkeleys wife left and mother assist at the Joan 19 months waits dejectedly for her turn in the limelight Recaptured on Burma Front Japanese Column Is Reported Cut Into Half Dozen Sections CHUNGKING URI Chinese forces have recaptured the town of May my o on the Burma front and bottled up another Japanese column that is facing annihila tion a communique said Satur day night The communique said that an other 500 Japanese trapped on the Burma road northeast of Chefang were still belea guered by Chinese troops who had also wiped out 1000 soldiers in fighting the Japanese thrust into China W The recapture of Maymyo which the Japanese occupied a week ago had encircled a Japa nese unit that moved westward from Lashio to that sector the communique said Chinese troops advancing north westward from Taunggyi recap tured Maymyo it added on Wed nesday A spokesman said the allied po sition on the west bank of the Salween river in Yunnan province had improved in the last 24 hours as the Japanese mechanized units were drawn into ambushes The Japanese column movinjr alone the Burma road was said to have been cut into half a dozen sections by the Chinese and most of the sections were believed encircled or cut from their supply lines The communique however ac knowledged the fall of Chefang 24 miles in side the Chinese bro dcr There was no official word here regarding Japanese claims that they had captured Myitkiyina on the BurmaChina border JAPS CLAIM TO BE 50 MILES WITHIN BORDER TOKIO From Japanese Broad casts forces are driving northward from Lungling 50 miles inside Chinas Yunnan province from the Burma border and in a machinegun attack de molished more than 55 Chinese trucks which were intercepted while trying to escape from Bliamo and Lashio in Upper Burma a Domei report said Saturday Domei said the scene of the clash was in the vicinity of Hewitung bridge on the Nu river more than 30 miles northeast of Lungling DENIED CHANGE OF VENUE WEBSTER CITY Judge Sherwood A Clock denied County Attorney Lloyd Karrs mo tion for a change of venue in the retrial of Jane Belknap former Hamilton county hospital super intendent charge on an embezzlement Search Puget Sound for Bodies of 3 After Bombing Plane Crashes McCORD FIELD Wash Army crash boats searched an arm of Puget Sound near Ketron island Saturday for the bodies of three officers who apparently died when their bombing plane crashed into the water on a routine training flight Aboard the plane were tt Col Perry O Huff 41 Silver Springs Md Capt Angus C B MacPhee 26 Tacoma Wash and Capt R C Alexander 45 Seattle Absence of noncommissioned crew members in the plane wa not explained A board of inquiry was named to investigate the crash 10 Minute Jury Recess Stretches to 17 Hours NEW ORLEANS jurors were given a 10 minute re cess in a wearying federal con demnation the recess stretched out to hours One juror misunderstood thought Britains relations with Vichy in broadcast at 9 p m 2 p m Cen tral War Time Sunday the sec ond anniversary of the lowland invasion which preceded the fall of France Headquarters Friday reported the sinking of one United States battleship and two aircraft car riers and heavy damage to a British battleship and an Austral ian cruiser Commenting upon these re ported Japanese successes Admi ral Sancichi Takahashi veteran naval officer declared in an in terview with the press The late Australia seems to have been sealed andher days seem to be very much numbered The cruiser reported heavily damaged in Saturdays communi que was said to have been sent to llic bottom by a Japanese torpedo plane in a headon crash The ship was not identified as to na tionality or class Torpedo planes also were credited with sinkingr the de stroyer mentioned in the bulle tin The Japanese communique said Imperial naval units continu ing to attack in the Coral sea area have further caused heavy damage to a cruiser o an uniden nammcnrm U S Losses Compared With Those of Japan Comparatively Light ALLIED HEADQUARTERS Australia AP An nouncing categorically the basic outline of a clearcut naval victory in the greatest sea fight of the war Gen Douglas MacArthur declared Saturday that American losses in re pulsing the proud invasion armada Japan sent into the Coral sea had been relatively light and branded Tokios claims oE damage flatly as false and fantastic In successive communiques MacAiihmdeclared 1 great naval and air battle off the northeast coast of Australia has temporarily ceased naval forces fought with admirable cour age and tenacity and the enemy has heen repulsed attacks will continue enemy version of he battling is entirely fictional and has no semblance to a true communique of fact claims of damage inflicted on our naval forces are fantastic losses compared with his own are relatively light The only reason they have not been published at the present time is because Smashes Jap Threat to Australia him a torpedo plane They also sank a destroyer Meanwhile in air since May 7 they have shot down 89 enemy planes During the engagement one smallsized aircraft carrier of our own side converted from an oil tanker was sunk while 31 or our planes have not yet returned MISSION TO GO TO SOUTH AFRICA U S to Study Possible Use of Vast Resources for Allied War Effort WASHINGTON UP The it United States is sending a special lYiission to His union of Soutli Africa to study development of vast resources for the united na tions war effort it was disclosed Saturdaj An informed official said the mission composed of members of an interdepartmental committee is the forerunner ot several ul timately to be sent to neutral and allied nations throughout the the savage attacks which put 11 combats of their ships at the bottom ot the Coral sea and left six badly Churchill Expected to Outline Relations With Vichy m Broadcast LONDON Ministe oo uuuuguuui me Cnurchill is expected to dwell on world lo explore their potential Rtlf Q HTJ VIM11 John Bryck Ruthven Sold 11 Tons of Scrap Brennan Says RUTHVEN Brennan Palo Alto county salvage chairman said Saturday John Bryck who previously had de clined all offers for his estimated 80 tons of junk metal has sold 11 tons and plans to sell the rest of the scrap sivrrciniAX KILLED CRESTON n Taddicken 22 switchman was Killed Saturday when he fell un der the wheels of a Burlington switch engine backing up in the east end of the Crcston yards ties in replacing raw material sources cut off by the axis South Africas selection as the spot for the first explorations was seen as an indication of its grow ing importance in allied strategy in the Indian ocean area It was pointed out that ships carrying munitions from the United States to India the middle cast and Madagascar could pick up sub stantial amounts of raw materials on their return to this country Specific materials to be devel oped in each area are considered military information David Sharpstone of the Metals Reserve corporation a subsidiary of the Reconstruction Finance corporation already is in South Africa The war production board will be represented by Colin Wickersham and the board of ec onomic warfare by Hickman Price both of whom are due there momentarily The state department also will be represented relying on its lo cal consular and diplomatic ofli cials ADVANCED ALLIED BASE Australia United States vic tory in the great sea battle off northeast Australia ended tempor arily at least the Japanese in vasion threats to the island con tinent Americangarrisoned New Caledonia and Port Moresby mil itary authorities said Saturday These same authorities warned against too great optimism how ever and emphasized that the situation still is serious The Japanese fleet intent either upon severing Australias lifeline from the United States or an act ual invasion of the populous cast coast of the continent wheeled in desperation behind the terrific hammering of allied planes and In their desperation to escape California class and Tokio reported as they would reveal to information of value With United States warships md bombers hot on the heels of the shellmarked Japanese sea force this was the score already announced officially JAPANESE SHIPS SUNK Anaircraft carrier a heavy cruiser a light cruiser two de itJoyers four gunboats and two cargo or transport ships JAPANESE SHIPS DAMAGED An aircraft carrier a heavy cruiser a light cruiser a 9000 ton seaplane tender and two transport or supply ships The second aircraft carrier may also have been sunk on the basis of unofficial The only announced American losses hnvc been three planes The Japanese imperial head quarters claim which MacArthur declared must be regarded in the light of propaganda was boosted in Tokio earlier Saturday to seven ships sunk or damaged and 89 panes shot down The Japanese claimed they had sunk a U S aircraft carrier ot the Yorktown type a U S air craft carrier of the Saratoga type a U S battleship of the a destroyer damaged a British battleship of the Warspite class a claim denied flatly Fri day by the British an Australian cruiser of the Can berra class and one other cruiser The imperial command also made its first statement of its own losses reporting a small sized aircraft carrier converted from a tanker sunk and 31 planes lost MacArthurs account of the first two phases of the tight cased the tension which has held Australians for virtually all week as the fate of Iheir continent and perhaps the fu ture strategy of he Pacific war hung in the balance if The fact that the Japanese fleet had broken off the engagement at least temporarily was taken as clear evidence that Australias sea ramparts entrusted in part to American warships and American planes had been tested hard and had held firm It was obvious Irom the com muniques that the Australian man in the street had been right in his conviction that this was no iso lated task force skirmish but a major operation The Australians regarded the fight as a determined and bitterly pressed fight by allied planes and ships to blunt if not entirely smash the spearhead of the first major Japanese attempt since the conquest of Malaya and the Neth erlands Indies to resume a south ward thrust j Especially heartening were the fO tried to break through communiques words that our at the Russian lines on the Kalinin tacks will continue front but were forced to retreat with four of their tanks destroyed Tlic press and public echoed 0 their me Minister John CurUns killed A Russian tank crew on statement that this KreatTDal He which temporarily has ceased had to he fought as a part of the war to save this theater from fallingr uilhin axis control Aware ot the fateful future they agreed too with his words that I have no doubt other bat tles have yet to be fought as a part of a struggle which must coo crippled the remnants of the en emy fleet left long curly wakes that resembled the thrashing of a wounded snake The Japanese still have power ful naval and air forces in the vast area of the Solomon islands New Britain New Guinea the Bis marck archipelago and the man dated islands and it was this knowledge that prompted the mil itary authorities to caution against bland optimism for the future REPORTlNlPER GOT 72 NAZIS Russians Claim 1770 Gentians Killed in Localized Actions MOSCOW army units carrying out localized at in various sectors have 1770 Germans with tacks killed sniper named Galchukpersonally accounting for 72 of the enemy in a two month period the Tass news agency reported Saturday Galchuk one of the red armys best marksmen not only ac counted for an average of better than two Germans a day but trained two companions so well that one Shulcbov killed 63 and another named Skorik picked off 3B In the larger operations one unit killed 700 German officers and men in two days fighting and in another sector 400 were killed when the Russians repulsed their counterattack German infantry supported by a five day tour killed about 150 Germans and destroyed two Ger man tanks and seven antitank guns Tass said Guerrilla detachments attacked two German village garrisons near Leningrad simultaneously and killed 420 men and blew up one gasoline dump and two ammu nition dumps   

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