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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 13, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             1 NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS THIS PAPEK CONSISTS SECTION ONE OIL FIELDS FOOOPRODUCTS FOR SHIPMENT TO ALLIES BURN Series of Explosions After Outbreak of Fire Reported to Chief DUBUQUE Approximately 260000 pounds of powdered eggs destined for lendlease shipment to Americas war allies went up in flames here early Saturday the Iowa Egg Products company building was destroyed in a spec tacular fire Fire Chief William Ryan es timating the loss at 5500000 an nounced he was notifjing the federal bureau of investigation the war department and the state fire marshal Preston Durbrow managing partner of the Iowa Egg Products company gave the estimate of 260000 pounds of dried eggs de stroyed and said the loss 000 for the building and contents and the adjoining building of the Iowa Produce company also owned by Durbrow and his broth er Robert and also destroyed in the fire was fully covered by in surance Cause of the fire was not de termined but the fire chief said he had received reports that there had been a series explosions shortly after the blaze started Threatened by the flames was the Midland Chemical company buildinsr situated just across the street from the egg products structure Firemen played tons of water on the Chemical company buildinr which suffered ex posure damage but did not catch afire V Thousands of Dubuqucrs who flocked to the site of the blaze on lower Main street were kept at safe distance by police The fire chief said the blaze was discovered at a in Satur day by the night watchman for the chemical company He notified his employer who telephoned firemen Fire headquarters received the alarm at the fire chief said and all five stories of the brick building were a mass flames When firemen arrived Also destroyed in the blaze was the fourstory building of the Iowa Produce company which adjoins the egg products building In addition to the chemical com pany exposure damage was suf fered by the Dubuque Wholesale Grocery company the T J Mul grew Coal and Ice company the Trausch Baking company and the Illinois sheds U S Sent Torpedoes at Lexington SAN DIEGO Cal U S aircraft carrier Lexington was sunk by American torpedoes to prevent greater loss of life after fires and explosions started by a Japanese attack had raged for seven and a half hours the com mander of an American dive bomber squadron said Saturday We finally had to put it under with our own torpedoes revealed Lieut Commander Weldon L Hamilton chief of the Lexingtons divebomber squadron in an in terview He said Capt Frederick Sher mans order to abandon ship undoubtedly saved a great loss of life from flames and explo sions which was the important thing Im convinced it would be floating yet if we hadnt been forced to do that Commander Hamilton said only 8 per cent of the men on the Lex ington were lost while the Japa nese lost at least 95 per cent of the complement on the carrier we sunk Aircraft from the carrier were searching for an enemy task force m the area around Tagula island in the Coral sea on May 7 when they stumbled upon a Jap force of a carrier and several cruisers thai had not been reported he said It was a divebombers dream1 he said Our torpedo planes attacked the carrier headon and the scouting squadron came in from the side and pounded the flight deck with light bombs We were hidden in the sun and dived fast downwind I let the first heavy bomb jro It plunked squarely amidship on Oie flight deck I zoomed up and turned to watch the squadron come down I was spellbound It was almost mdcscribaole I couldnt believe one bomb could cause that much destruction 4Motored Bombers of Liberator Typ j 4 Motored Undisclosed Base U S HUNTS JAPS Another Large Contingent of Yanks Lands in Ireland With Mechanized Equipment ON ALEUTIANS Landings of Small Scale on Athi Island Are Reported by Navy WASHINGTON WAmerican army and navy airmen combed the small bleak islands of the north ern Pacific Aleutian chain Satur day in a rising effort to search out and disperse small Japanese inva umts which have landed at Attu and the Harbor of Kiska in the Rat island group after lialf of deck had burst into flames The other bombers were plopping damaging nearmisses into the water at the bow I screamed into my radio Use the wind use the tar et S6t hem back on the Then Central railroad fruit The fire chief said that Robert and Preston Durbrow are own ers of he two buildings de stroyed The Eues Product com pany building had been vacant for many years until it was taken over last fait tlle manufacture of the powdered Claire Limbeck who formerly operated a showplace dairy farm near McGregor had been asso ciated with the Durbrow Brothers in the egg products venture but recently had sold out to the bur In the report last week Henry De Boer state supervisor of the agricultural marketing adminis tration announced that ifie had purchased 81000 pounds of dried eggs from the Iowa Products company from April 13 through May 13 of this year paying 95 cents per pound Several carloads of dried eggs had been shipped only Friday The fire chief said that 580 000 insurance had ben carried on the Egg Products building and 000 on its contents Lightning Strikes in Different Places But Hits Same Man OWOSSO Mich struck m different places all right but hit the same man twice Robert Hudson Bennington Mich contractor was knocked unconscious Thursday when a bolt struck near him as he supervised a job at the Michigan Sugar com pany Only 111 effect was a head ache Friday he was knocked down by another bolt while working on hospital construction He suffered a minor eye injury MT slalted getting direct his We placed five heavy bombs 15 a Perfect fivespot pattern on the deck Smoke was trailing be hind the ship in a vast smoke screen and the torpedo bombers served1 the screen unob torpedoes right into the sides of the carrier and it staggered visibly The carrier was twisting and urning to avoid us but I dont think it made half a turn before it sunk It was still under when it went rioun It submerged like a submarine moving1 weather con ditions a navy serted air attacks have Already forced the invaders to retire from copulated regions of the tiny is ands at the extreme western tip of the Aleutian archipelago Attacks of the army and navy forces in the area against these operations are continuing the navy said The announcement emphasized that it had only been in the past day or wo that weather conditions had permit ted flying operations Attu is the lip ot a dagger point ing toward Japan being only some 700 miles from the northern tip of Nippons Kurile chain bhould the enemy continue to oc cupy the island it would not only blunt that potential offensive dag ger but likewise would give the Japanese a base to use against the other Aleutian islands and tfie Alaskan mainland Kiska located some 100 miles to the southeast of Attu has similar strategic possibilities although the military value of both is de creased somewhat by poor ter rain and weather conditions Both are mountainous frequently blan keted m fog and are bounded by Troops Disembark Quickly Will Prepare for Attack on Nazis By LEO S BISIIEK A NORTHERN IRISH FORT U large contingent of United States troops arrived at this port Saturday to reinforce the growing American army which with its British allies is to take the fight to Germany on asecond European front Included among lie reinforce ments were a small detachment of Negro soldiers detailed for the services of supply and more up tothcminute mechanized equipment including tanks The crossing of this new American force was without in cident and probably was one of the swiftest Tired and restive after their Jap Had Face Lifted in Effort to Pose as of Spanish Extraction SAN FRANCISCO Toyosaburo Korematsu 23 San Leandro Cal Japanese had his face lifted m an attempt to con ceal Ins racial identity and escape evacuation from the Pacific coast military area Assistant U S At torney A J Zirpoli reveaied Sat Zirpoli said Korenatsu under went the plastic surgery after the outbreak of war so he would ap pear to be of Spanish extraction rle carried the masquerade so far as to notify his draft board his name was Clyde Sarah and to pose as a bpamard in wooing an Italian Zirpoli said Korematsu attempt ed to persuade the girl to go east with him and marry but she earned he was Japanese and ad vised him to surrender He refused and federalauthorities him May 30 arrested May Get Life Term for Taking 2 Pennies NEW YORK Hyman Crupnick 49 may get a life term m prison for stealing two cents He is charged with entering an apartment and taking two pennies a womans puree Having convicted three times of from been 1 n iiiuts felonies Crupnick faces a life term as a fourth offender if found guilty on the burglary charge outlying reefs which make off shore navigation hazardous The navy announcement of the landing issued Friday night said Information just received by the navy department is to the effect that the Japanese have made more landings on a small scale on Altu island at the extreme tip of Ihe Aleutian Archipelago and Japa nese ships have been reported in the harbor of Kiska in the Rat Island group Japanese operations in the Aleutian area are still in prog ress according to the informa tion received although contin uing army and navy aircraft al ticks have forced them to re tire from the populated regions of the islands Afiacks of the army and navy forces in the area against operations are continuing Weath er conditions in these outlying islands precluded air search op erations until well within the last 24 hours Naval authorities had expected a Japanese attempt to get a foot hold on the stepping stones to the Alaskan mainland since the ineffectual Japanese air raids on the naval base at Dutch Harbor June 3 There was a tendency to regard the attacks as an enemy attempt to regain prestige lost in the failure of drives toward Ha waii and Australia However it was accepted that the Japanese might hope to set up aircraft reconnaissance bases in the islands Attu has a small radio station and a native village with a church and trading post but is considered of little military value DIES AT ST PAUL ST PAUL Right Rev MonsignoiJames C Byrne 83 vicar general of the Roman Cath olic archdiocese of St Paul died Friday night He formerly was president of St Thomas college oyage across thesubmarine fested Atlantic the troops includ ing the Negroes disembarked quickly and climbing into trucks were hustied to prepared camps vithoul fanfare Living symbols of the pledge hat the United States like Bri tain had agreed with Russia as to the urgent need for a second Report Greatest American Convoy on West Front NEW YORK fP Britain Saturday hailed the arrival of a powerful new AEF contingent m northern Ireland and the BBC indicated the tronps came with the jrrcatest American convoy which ever crossed the Atlantic The BBC broadcast recorded the CBS shortwave station m New York also used the dateline phrase western front for he first time in com menting on the arrival This report about the land in of American armored units comes immediately after the re port that the greatest American convoy which ever crossed the Atlantic has safely arrived in Great Britain the BBC said front he crowding troops and their great masses of equipment were disgorged from a convoy Many tanks and guns of all de scription were unloaded at emer gency pace so the ships could start home ant take on troops tanks and guns The ships intend to keep up tnat ever increasing flouof men and materials which is the watchword of the American army m Europe The complete lack of cere mony was the most impressivo part of the arrival because the men were on business Thev were the most boisterous lot of Ameri cans since the first troops landed in northern Ireland Jan 26 They were the fourth contingeni to ar rive There were no flags no bunt ing no bands no speeches The troops hooted whistled and cheered the dock workers await ing them Wheres the mayftr1 bowed solemnly and roared Welcome to Ireland Did you bring Sergeant York with you Heil be along later the troops shouted back The gangplanks were hoisted and the convoys commanding of ficer went down it to the dock to be greeted by Maj Qen Russell f Hartle commanding American troops in northern Ireland if Hartle came Tvitnthe first contingent Since then he had welcomed tno first March 4 the second substan tially larger than hose before it and bringing quantities of tanks May 18 Hartle watched closely up ne new troops and their armament I accompanied this convoy which set out with a United States navy escort and crossed VIRTU ALL1 unchallenged and the loss of a shot without single life Not a was fired at the convoy Two sections of dispatch with held by censors at point of oii Jin to a big they shouted The dockers pointed nnning foreman There he is they said The foreman rose to the occa sion He raised his derby hat Order for 550 Miles of 24 Inch Pipe Is Placed for New Line WASHINGTON JP leum Coordinator lekes an nounced Saturday an order for miles of 24inch steel tubing lad been placed with the Na tonal Tube company Pittsburgh to build the worlds largest oil carrying pipeline from Texas to the Salem 111 area The line expected o be com pleted in December will deliver iome 300000 barrels of oil daily o southern Illinois for transship nent to ihc eastern seaboard lo V relieve the petroleum short age in this area Total cost of the Une includin nghtsofway has been estimated between 533000000 and It is understood the line will be built by a corporation formed bv the oil industry and the RFC an nounccd Friday it would finance the project Buy war savings bonds and stamps from your GIobeGazctfe carrier hoy Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Scattered light showers and cooler Saturday afternoon Continued cool Sat urday night and Sunday fore noon IOWA Scattered light showers in east portion Saturday after noon cooler in cast and south portion Saturday afternoon and continued Saturday night through Sunday forenoon MINNESOTA Cooler south por tion Saturday afternoon and continued cool entire state Sat urday night and Sunday fore noon Scattered frosts north por tion Saturday night TOBRUK FACES TWO THRUSTS British Acknowledge Rommels Desert Forces Are Nearing Acroma By The Associated Press On the North African front British headquarters Saturday ac knowledged a dangerous new axis thrust as German Field Marshal Erwm Rommels armored columns advanced upon Acroma only 10 miies west of the key British stronghold at Tobruk Tfle British declared however that all our positions are in tact and reported that an axis lunsre against El Adem 15 miles due south of Tobruk had been repulsed From this picture it was clear that Rommels armies now were pressing close on Tobvuk from two directions deep inside the main 50 niiie British defense line vest of Tobruk HEAVY RAF ATTACK OX PIRAEUS REPORTED An Italian communique men tioned only bitter fighting in the desert struggle without details and reported that RAF bombers inflicted great damage in an at tack on Piraeus the port of avis occupied Athens Greece A large number of houses was damaged the Italian command said listing 36 persons killed 28 injured among the Greek popu lation REDS COUNTERATTACK AROUND KHARKOV On the Russian front soviet dispacches reported that he red armies counterattacked furiously to stem Marshal Fedor von Bocks neuoffensive around Kharkov in the Ukraine and inflicted bloody losscs on the Germans in the siege of Sevastopol Hitlers field headquarters serled that German troop at mg heavily had captured ous dugouts and fortifications in Sevastopols defense system Russian headquarters said tre mendous losses in the new Cri mean campaign had led the Ger mans to make increasing use of Rumanians as cannon fodder About 200 Rumanians were killed friday alone in four futile psy choloeica attacks against de fenders of the Rrcat Black sea naval fortress A soviet communique said 50 nazi tanks were destroyed and l damaged 10 batteries put out of action and three infantry regi and a cavnlry squadron 3oOo to 7000 men were anni hilated ft was the ninth day of violent assault against Sevastopol tack IN MASON CITY Maximum Friday Minimum Friday night At 8 a m Saturday Rain YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 71 45 48 Trace 68 56 10 On miles the Kharkov front north of Sevastopol 400 the R tilt ussians did not claim the upper declared briefly that Serreon Timoshenkos hand Marshal armies attacks delivered and battled counter fiercely against advancing German troops ann and tanks HITLER CLAIMS 27 MERCHANT SHIPS SUNK In sea warfare Hitlers com mand issued a special communi que asserting that nazi had sunk 27 merchant ships and a destroyer in convoy sumably in the north and destroyed 13 other allied cargo vessels elsewhere for a i Think Japs Lost Half of Best Carriers WASHINGTON Mid way and Coral sea battles have cost Japan probably half of her best aircraft carriers and thus have broken the spearhead or her air sea striking power informed naval sources estimated Saturday And because of the importance of the air arm the Japanese are regarded as having gambled awav in the two engagements the chance of major offensive action on the American side of the Pacific even though they still have several fast carriers which could operate with the weakened high sea fleet They have lost at least six of the ten or more fully effective fleet carriers with which they started the Pacific war and sliil others have been put out of action temporarily hy bomb and lorncdo damage This is on the basis of official reports of the Coral sea battle and word from Midway pilots that three and possibly four Japanese carriers were sunk in that action Japan probably had more car riers than those listed in naval manuals But by the best avail able listings she started the war with these Syokaku or sholtakuj and Zii Kaku the newest listed designs each of 14000 tons 30 knot speed and 45 planes Soryu Knju and Koryu 10050 tons 30 knots and 40 planes Ryusyo 7 loo tons 25 knots 24 planes Akagi 2G900 tons 28 knots 50 planes1 Kaga 26SOO tons 23 knots CO planes Hosyo 7470 tons 25 knots 26 planes and the Tyukaka a new carrier cither of 14000 or 20000 tons She also had several con verted liners as carriers but these are not classed asfleet vessels The lolt has been one sunk one Relieved sunk anil one damaccd in the Java sea one sunk and one damaged in thr Coral sea and three possibly four sunk at Midway By contrast the United States has lost the Lexington and suf fered damage to another carrie off Midway These represent a tliird of the large American car riers m service when the war began The obsolete Langley sunk near Java was a tender Bowman Who Sought Democratic Nomination Dies of Heart Attack DES MOINES U Bow 28 PILOTS GET TO TURKEY ARE THEN INTERNED Several Big 4Motored Bombers Forced Down Trying to Return By DANA ADAMS SCHMIDT ANKARA Turkey ican army pilots have success fully bombed the big Rumanian oil fields it was reliably reported Saturday night after a number of big fourmotored United States bombers were forced down on Turkish soil enroutc back to their unidentified base Four American planes ot the Liberator type which carry four tons of bombs each and have a ranee of 3000 miles Mere forced with a German Messerschmilt on its to an official announcement and three others were reported o have landed in Turkey due to lack of fuel At least 28 flyers were interned We accomplished our mission m the Black sea the pilots were quoted Other sources said that the bombers had attacked the Germanheld Rumanian oil fields presumably including the Ploesli oil fields and refineries about 100 miles north of Bucharest The United States declared war on Rumania and Bulgaria last week A United States long range bombing attack on the Rumanian oil uelds would be designed to help crack Rumanian morale and to aid the Russians by interfering with axis planes for a Ukraine offensive this summer Hitler re cently has been reported massing submarines and small naval units in Rumanian and Bulgarian ports on ihc Black sea in preparation for Ins projected drive toward the Caucasus oil fields There was no indication however that hese important ports such as Varna and Constanza had been lacked Three American planes landed at Ankara and were viewed Saturday by large crowds A fourth landed near Arisiyc and tliree were reported to have landed in southern Tur key How many may have con tinued across Turkey li licir bases was not indicated The distance from the closest ilhed held territory Syria to Ihe Ploesti oil fields is BOO miles or i round trip of close to 2000 miles The Consolidated bomber known o the British as the Liberator is 3 general type that has a range if about 3000 miles and a speed of more than 300 miles an hour It ias a crew of from six to nine men A flight across Turkey to Ru mania uould be comparable to he British long range bombing Hacks on Italian target but probably would involve n consid erably longer route when reck oned from any feasible allied Turkish amiaircraft fired on the American planes when thev violated Turkish neutrality and at least one hat was hii landed in iurkih territorial waters Two of seven in Ihe crew at had were injured I he planes which have a high probably came down into however due to lack oC man unsuccessful candidate ceilin ransc There were indications that the biff planes had been over southern Europe and were at tempting to jet to Britishcon trolled Syria Three of them landed m southern Turkey one at Diarbakir a town in south eastern Anatolia province only 20 minutes flying time from the Syrian border Reliable reports said that the the democratic nomination for Iowa secretary of agriculture in the recent primary election and a familiar figure in political circles here for many years died Friday night following a heart attack He suffered the attack in his automobile while on an errand and was rushed to a hospital but was dead on his arrival The body was taken to Corning Iowa his former home and fu neral services will be held there probably Monday for bomb bays of all ihc planes were grand total of 212000 tons in the last week The high command said the convoyed ships were sent to the bottom in the course of tena cious last ing for shipping lines defended by the United States navy The communique said the sink ings occurred in the Atlantic off the cast coast of America in the sea before thp p and in the ME er a member empty The flyers were housed in a fashionable villa at Hecioren on ihe outskirts of Ankara The villa belongs to Recep Peker a mi of the Turkish parliament A high Turkish source said We will give our unexpected guests the American the best possible living quarters and It nas understood that the Americans would be interned separately from more lhan 20 German Italian and French in ternees at the Yeni hotel in An kara They may be permitted to circulate frtely if they give their word not to try lo escape The 21 flyers who landed in the three ships at the Ankara air drome proper met a universally friendly Turkish population They lunched Saturday at public restaurant in the railway station here and all were in high emrits R As the highest Turkish notables as well as the man in the street   

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