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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 18, 1942, Mason City, Iowa DEPARTMENT OF t r T c i v s i A s c H i v e 3 v i 0 NORTH JOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII MASON CITY IOWA THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE M ONE NO 214 CLAIM SEVASTOPOL LINES PIERCED Nimitz in Pacific INDICATES BIG BLOWS AT JAPS ARE IN OFFING U S Bombers Prepare to Help Hard Driven Armies of Chiang By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A picture of tremendous growing American strength in th battle of the Pacific where U airmen have already exacted 10tol toll in Japanese men am planes was drawn by Admira Chester W Nimitz Thursday alonj with a hint that new sledge ham mer blows against Japan are in the offing We are greatly increasing ou battle strength Admiral Nimit declared Our ships planes and pilot are being added in constantly in creasing numbers The commander in chief of the U S Pacific fleet told veterans of the two great airsea battles of Midway island and the Coral sea lhat white American air craft carrier personnel had suf fered hard losses since the war began with little rest or relief it will soon be possible to or ganize additional carrier groups ana rotate them We cantake satisfaction in the knowledge that in every meeting with the enemy since Dec 7 hi losses have greatly exceeded ours In the Coral sea and Midwav actions his personnel losses wen atleast 10 times greater than our andhis plane losses in almost the same ratio U S PREPARES TO HELP CHINESE ARMIES Meanwhile American bomber were preparing to help General issimo Chiang KaiSheks hard driven armies in China Announcement that Col Caleb V Haynes of North Carolina veteran oE the battle of Burma natJ been appointed chief of the us bomber command in China indicated that the new American force would soon go into action APS TIGHTEN LINES ON KEY RAILROAD eu5 from the China ighting front again was dark headquarters acknowl edged that Japans invasion armies now had seized all but 50 miles of he 450mile Chekiang Kiangsi railway which feeds supples into the heart of China ims offensive is an important part of the Japanese campaign to tighten their cordon around the still free regions of southern China and thereby strangle Gen Lhianfis wartime capital at Chungking Informed Chungking quar ters said they believed Japan ltack Russian Siberia before the summer is over but declared hat at the moment the Japanese were concentrat ing on reinforcing their air strength in the China and Burma theaters 1 army intelligence re ports indicated that Japanese had now massed 500 planes in for an attack on India or on far southwest had increased the number actually in China to 300 ine Chinese said there was no confirmation of rumors that the Japanese had shifted many planes from southeast Asia and occupied China to Manchunkuo for an attack on Siberia However many new airdromes were reported ready to receive eleventhhour reinforcements for an assault on the soviet and the Kwanlung army in Manchukuo was said lo have been restored to its full strength of 33 divi sions about 600000 troops by the return of divisions which had been withdrawn for the Japanese drive into Malaya the Philip pines and the Dutch East Indies 7 Tons of OldTf Arrives Home on Lieutenant Knapp Mason Cityan Bombed Jap Carrier i j f A tr o Dropped 1000 Pound Bomb on Enemy Ship res Removed From 1000 Foot Deep Canyon PRESCOTT Ariz many years a service station dis posed of old tires by rolling them into a 1000foot deep canyon Ivow the proprietor has hired eight boys with burros to brine them back Theyve brought up seven tons Buy war savings bonds and stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy A modest selfeffacing 26 year old veteran of the Coral sea battle m which American forces handed a stinging defeat to a Japanese invasion armada in May returned home from the war for a few days leave Thursday and was given a heros welcome as hundreds greeted him at the Rock Island ation and a parade with police sirens leading the way followed his arrival He is Lieut Paul J Knapp son if Mr and Mrs A S Knapp 622 North Federal avenue who was a dive bomber pilot on the U S aircraft carrier Lexington lost in the Coral sea battle if The young war veteran was greeted by his parents as he stepped down from the train Their eyes filled with tears of Joy they embraced their son oblivious of the hundreds cheer ing him Representatives of the American Legjon the V F w and the 40 and 8 veterans of another war then welcomed the youth A bit reluctant to discuss the Coral sea fight in detail Lieuten ant Knapp upon his return home told of the dramatic fight during Wade Lexington Survivor Also Arrives in City CIarence Martin Wade Thompson hospital attendant on the Lexington also arrived on the Rock Island Thursday Wade a son of Mrs Jay Hamlin of Thompson was ex pected to visit a sister Mrs Jo seph Balek Central Heights before going home Oh thank God thanfc God said Mrs Hamlin over the tele Phone when notified at Thompson that her son had ar rived in Mason City I knew he would come Mrs Hamlin stated she re ceived a telegram from her son at San Diego the day before the announcement was made of the sinking of the Lexington I wired him to come on she said vhich he dropped a 1000 pound pmb on a Japanese aircraft car rier and later saw his own ship he Lexington hit and sinking To begin with he said on nay 7 we attacked a Jap force potted by our scouters We had expected it and werent surprised vhen the enemy attack group consisting of a carrier cruiser and lestroyer showed up north of PCW Guinea I was in our attack group that day About a m one of our couts sent in the report he had potted the enemy We altacked and saw the Jap carrier in the nidst of the other warships ivery one of our men seemed to hit the carrier My plane landed a bomb on the carrier I am quite ure but we didnt meet with much didnt ev iect us he added modestly A mile on his face he remarked Maybe it sounds bloodthirsty lut it was really a nice sight see ng that carrier go down Asked if he had any Jap planes ttempt to intercept him he re lied Oh a couple of them made aphaard efforts to set me but hey were ineffectual We returned to the Lexington nd were told to await orders to eturn to attack duty but for ome reason those orders never amc Along about sunset we ought thexmain Jap attack force ut nothing materialized The next day I took off as a cout but saw nothing my econnaissance he said As an ifterthought he added Oh I aw an enemy sub and went after t with the intention of strafing but it dove to safety before I ould do anything It was on May 8 the day after we sank the carrier lhat the Jap attack force hit the Lexington The weather was in their favor and they struck heavily at the ship I was out on defense patrol at the lime and hurried back There were Jap planes everywhere and I tried to intercept some but its difficult almost impossible to slop an attack force of such Given a rousing reception by his fellow he ainved home ou leave after participating in the Coral sea battle Lieut Paul J Knappis picfurcfd vith mem bois ot 1m family ust before police escorted a caravan of strength once it gets within striking distance V f Ucnt after one plane at a level of about 50 feet above the water and forced him into a wing over About that time one of Ineother American planes ucnt after him too and he dove head long jiito the ocean I dont knov which one ot us got him After the Lexington was hit this was about a m received orders to land aboard ii to refuel and get more ammuni tion but 1 had half my ammuni tion left so I stayed up to intercept the Japs The shio burned all day Once their work was done the enemy didnl stay long and their work had cost them a good many planes Their attack cars down Federal avenue in his honor Next to the wheel hw Kathrynbehind her is a brothei Jack am air and Mrs Knapp are seen in the rear seat with their soil just in back of thorn Lock photo force was in worse shape ours when it was over I landed on another ship than at ut mivjumi snip at about 4 in the afternoon I learned we didnt lose many pilots in the fight nnd many reported lost were later picked up on remote islands About p m we heard a terrific explosion and outjangled nerves gave way as we thought here we go again But the blast came from the Lexington just be fore it sank he said The pilot relumed to lhe Unit ed States June 2 nnd expressed himself as being very glad lo be home The first reaction of a dive bomoer pilot going to the attack is nervousness he said Describin the May fighting he said We were flying at a high altitude but even though it was cold I dont think that was what made us shiver Once you get into action however you forget everything but your too busy lo think of yourself You dont have time to gel nervous You have to judge the ships position the wind and be on the watch for enemv plancs After you pull out of lhe dive your chief concern is o get f Lieutenant Knapp spnke highly of the Japs famed Zeroplanes saying those fighters are light st and very manouverable He dispelled the Japs story Of harikari in which they suppos ed Commit suicide if they dont their duty mullarkcy he plane is hit and done for then the Pilot may crash into an objective but Us only because he knows hejs through he said personal The local man is iend of Lieut Edward J OHare recently cited by president Roosevelt for downing ive Jap bombers in a few min utes He was stationed on the same ship and at the lime OHare was compiling his alltime record was I iO miles away on a scoul K mission Lieutenant Knapp was stationed on the Lexington since January ot When the Japs attacked Pearl HarborDec 7 his ship out at sea and he hasnt hac many dull moments since For Ihe present he is well con tent to be home again and sec liis family and friends He is hinhlv confident Ihe Japs will be de feated and believes that Ihc lidc was turned in the recent Midway bailie Florida Barge Bill Passed by House to Face Senate Opposition WASHINGTON fay the house after long and heated debate legislation for a barge ca nal and pipeline across Florida and for a second pipeline between the Tinsley oil fields and the Atlantic faced stiff senate op position Thursday The house action late Tuesday followed previous refusal lo op prove the bill which was backed by administration leaders as a safe means of getting oil to the casl The same issue which prompled the house that the legislation was the opening wedge m a new drive for construction of a Florida ship ex peeled to come up in the senate As passed by the house the bill authorized a total expenditure of 593000000 of which 313000000 was earmarked for the pipeline from the Tinsley fields to the CharlestonSavannah area and 580000000 for the Florida canal and pipelines and enlargement of the gulf intracoasla waterway and its extension lo the Mexican border Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Scattered showers and thunderstorms Thursday nCternoon Thursday night and Friday forenoon Not much change in temperature IOWA Not much change in tem perature with scattered thunder storms Thursday afternoon and Friday forenoon MINNESOTA Scattered thunder storms Thursday afternoon Showers east portion Friday forenoon cooler northwest Thursday afternoon and Thurs day night Cooler north and ex treme west Friday forenoon IN MASON CITY JlobcGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 74 Minimum Wednesday night 53 At 8 a m Thursday 64 Prccip tracc YEAR AGO Maximum so Minimum go Threat of Jap Raid on West Coast Reduced Stimson Says Declares Nipponese Landing on Aleutians Was of Minor Caliber WASHINGTON of War Stimson said Thursday the losses inflicted on the Japanese in the Pacific had temporarily but substantially reduced the threat of an attack on the Pacific coast which he has repeatedly said might be expected War and navy department in formation is he said that the Japanese thus far had made only a very small landinc in the Aleutian islands off Alaska but he stressed that fog and un favorable weather obscured de velopments in the norih Pa cific Information is still incomplete the secrelary also lold his press conference on the earlier air and sea engagement off Midway But after three dsys righting the enemy fleet was scattered all over the Pacific ocean hustling away as fast as it could in the opposite direction without air protcction he added In the Aleu tians Stimson said the American and Japanese forces thus far had had only fleeting glimpses of each other through the eyes of airmen He promised that the govern ment would make available every bit of information we can about the Aleutians as well as the earlierengagements off Midway island in the Pacific and in the Coral sea near Australia Stimson was asked whether air and naval losses inflicted on he foe in the last several weeks had diminished the thveal 10 the Pacific coast Temporarily I should say the Ihreal was much less he re One reason the report was still incomplete on the Midway fight the secretary said was that many naval flyers were stili at sea on aircraft carriers which were prohibited by radio si lence orders from forwarding reports Outlining the difficulties of ch aining a clear and complete pic ture of a modern sea and air en gagement Stimson noted that the only contact between the Ameri can and Japanese forces off Mid way was by means of hundreds or airmen They were shooting in manv cases at the same target without knowing that lhe other fellow was shoolmg at it he said Flying at about 300 feet n second there is liltlo time for observation fncyilably when Ihc reports come in there is immense confu sion At Midway where Ihc weather was clear Ihe informa tion available gave us a good general picture ot the outcome but there was much confusion as just what ships were hit I spent throe or four clavs studying the army and navy re ports as they came in from the Midway battle and didnt know at the end just how many ships wpre or what kind of units Canadian Air Force Operating With U S in Alaskan Tasks VICTORIA B C ions of the Royal Canadian Air rorce are operating withUnited Slates forces in Alaskji it became known Wednesday night as Licut Gen Kenneth Stuart chief of lhe Canadian general staff assumed temporary command of Canadas Pacific forces Canadian antiaircraft units are also on duty in Alaska General uart revealed This was the first public an nouncement that Canadian forces were participating in operations with the United Slates army Value of Sugar Stamps Increased But Rations Will Not Be Changed WASHINGTON PjThe valu of sugar stamps 5 and C has bcci increased to two pounds each but each stamp will cover four weeks instead of two so the weekly ra tion for each consumer will remain at a half pound SUtmp No 4 now valid for the purchase of a pound will expire at midnight June 27 the office of price administration announced 5 good for two pounds may a1 VP to July 26 Under the new plan grocers will have fewer stamps to handle KILLED IV CHASE SIOUX FALLS S Dak Ot Lconard Cummins 23 Sioux Fa was shot and kill early Thursday after a fivem chase by police in which office paid Cummins attempted to their car by running it into curb lls led mile icers reck Dutch Queen Makes Flight From England OTTAWA Wilhel ma of the Netherlands arrived the Canadian capital Thursday afler a flight from Britain The Glycar o 1 d monarch hose govern icnt one of the milled na tions has func tioned at Lon don since tho German occu pation of Hol land in May 1340 planned lo spend a few lays in Canada ith her daugh e r Princess uliana and her v o gran d le Ji tw daughters be fore continuing WILlIELailNA on lo the United States While in the United Stales she will visit President and Mrs Rooscvellr it was officially an nounced URGE SYNTHETIC RUBBER PLANTS Gillette Tires Can Be Made 8 Months After Factories Are Ordered WASHINGTON IP Produc tion of lires within eight months after construction ot synthetic rubber manufacturing plants is authorized was predicted Thurs day by Senator Gillette Dlowa as legislation was introduced de signed to create an agency lo in crease supplies of artificial elas tic The measure conceived by the senate aericulturc subcom mittee of which Gillette is chairman would establish a rubber supplies agency with sole authority over production of synthetic rubber derived from alcohol obtained from farm or forest products Rubber from farm crops can be produced at reasonable costs needs less precious materials for plant construction and most vi tally important said Gillette We can produce tires in eight months from the time plant con struction is authorized We have already lost four months since this committee de veloped these facts the senator added in n statement It is crimi nal to waste more precious lime H is shameful to have this program stalled by anyone thinking of post war competi tion in the rubber and alcohol industries Lost time means loss of lives prolonging the war and tremchdous loss to our en tire city and farm people in every walk of life In the moantime Senator Thomas a member of the subcommittee told the senate lhal four major rubber compa nies1 were trying lo gel control of the entire synthetic program so that they might stand to gain when the war is over He named the big four as Goodrich Fire stone Goodyear and another and said they supplied dollaraycar men and technicians to war pro duction agencies alleging they thus controlled decisions as to al location of funds and plants for the program Stork Kicks Out One of 12 Spokes in Wheel of Justice S P O K A N K slort failed io stop the wheels of justice but did manage lo kick out one ol the 12 spokes A superior com trial went right ahead with an 11 man jury when Juror Kcllogt Finlcy was excused He had jus become the father of a baby girl 2 Killed as Concrete Block Wall Collapses NAZIS DECLARE BRITISH FORCE IN LIBYA SPLIT English Acknowledge Withdrawal From Points of Tobruks Defense By UOGER GREENE Associated Press War Editor Grave new threats to the Brit ish armies in North Africa and the Russian defenders of Sevas topol were reported Thursday as the German high command assert ed that nazi troops had driven into Sevastopols immediate de fense ring and had split lhe Brit ish Libyan armies into two parts A bulletin from Adolf Hitlers field headquarters said the Ger man siege armies storming Se vastopol the last hic soviet stronghold in the Crimea had raplurcd Fort Maxim Gorky and driven within 2 mjics of the harbor entrance The communique described Fort Oorky as the most modern and strongest bastion of tfie whole fortress1 While the Germans pictured the groat Black sea citadel as crum oling under the battering of shock Iroops bombers and siege guns soviet dispatches de clared that close artillery fire had thrown back wave after wave of tankled nazi The enemy attempted by cvev means to break through our de fense but failed said Pravcla olficial newspaper of the com inunist party All enemy attacks were suc cessfully beaten off with heavy losses even tanks did not help the Germans they retired beinc unable o stand our ar tillery fire Besides capturing Fort fjorky in he main fortifications north of IE city the axis assault forces also drove back stubborn red army troops on the southern fortifica tions the Hitler command said Ihe nazi claim of having knifed into Sevastopols ring of fortifi cations was unconfirmed else where the Russians declaring they had beaten off a scries of savage new attacks In he Libyan desert sirucglc British imperial headquarters acknowledged thai British Iroops had withdrawn from the key defense points at Sidi Ke zcgh and El Adorn The German high command said the British forces had been split into two parts A nazi communique said stron German and Italian tank format tions were pursuing the cast bound British column which was described as fleeting toward Bardia 15 miles from the Egyp tian frontier The communique asserted that several desert forts on tiic south ern perimeter ol Tobruks de fenses had been captured Sidi Rczcgh is 25 miles south cast ol Tobruk and 50 miles from the Egyptian frontier El Adem is 18 miles due south of Tobritk An Italian war bulletin as serted thai aerial reconnaissance disclosed the British were begin ning a general withdrawal toward Ihc Egyptian frontier Dispatches from Cairo said the British desert armies had apparently split into two forces one fallingback lo fortified po sitions near the Egyptian bor der the other remaining to de fend Tobruk year theBritish withstood eight months of violent siege at tiie Mediterranean coastnl fort ress until relieved by a new ex peditionary force striking out of Egypt The setback at two vital points the halfmoon front apparently meant that the British were now falling back on Tubruks main de mies Australians New Zealand crs and Indian troops made his tory with their stand against axis siege armies last year Numerically outnumbered in inks and other armored equip ment after 24 dnys of fierce desert fighting the British evidently elected lo retire behind Tobruks perimeter of solid fo wall al the Cornhusker ordnance planl Thursday killed two men and injured nine others Col U M Van Gisen commanding officer said The plant is under construc tion CIVIL MAR VETERAN DIES ATLANTIC Joseph f Kcntworlhy 34 one or Momgom cry countys two surviving Civil war veterans died Tuesday An Kalian communique said axis armored columns had cap tured strong British positions in the El Artcm sector and were mopping up British troops pock eted farther west in Ihc vicinity of Ain El Gazata The fascist command said axis wnrplancs were blasting at British troops and lines of cornmumrs tions between El Adcm and I Egyptian border apparently beck
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