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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 22, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 22 1942 MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS AXIS FORGES ROLL ACAINST EGYPT South Fortresses SHELLS CAUSE japs Aspired to Grand Goal NO DAMAGE TO OREGON COAST Vancouver Island Is Abo Shelled Radio Station Windows Broken By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Submarine shelling of lonely Vancouver island in Canadas British Columbia and gunfire upon the Oregon coast from an unidentitied craft lurking off shore Monday brought war to the doorstep of an alert and expectant Pacific northwest The two attacks at points sep arated by several hundred miles came almost exactly 24 hours apart Offical reports indicated that no casualties and little damage were suffered at cither spot First target was a dominion Ju Iur as me Japanese were government radio station at Estcconcerned they had planned on v van Point onthe western coast ot an offensive only Vancouver Island The shelling there began at p m Pa cific war time Saturday and con tinued for a halfhour The shells landed on the beach or on the rocks well beyond the building said LieutGen Ken neth Stuart commanderinchief of Canadian west coast defenses A few windows in the radio of fice were broken by the concus sion Then at oclock Sunday night residents from Seaside on the ocean to Astoria on the Co lumbia river at lie northwest tip of Oregon were awakened by the sound of gunfire and the whine of speeding missiles Six to nine shells landed in the area north of Seaside the army said in a communique from western defense headquar ters at San Francisco appar ently from an unidentified craft offshore Firing lasted 15 minutes No damage or casual ties reported Eyewitness Oregonians agreed with the army that the firing had been of no effect but many felt certain they had heard more than nine shots One was Robert Lucas associate editor of the Astoria Budget Awakened by the sound lie said I hurried upstairs to have a look toward the sea and heard from 12 to 16 shots The shells seemed to be landing somewhere with a great thud but I couldnt tell what the objective was Lucas and others also told of seeing flashes from a gun or guns which the editor described as bright orange and fanshaped and much like lightning playing on the horizon No shells landed in Astoria Seaside or any other community so far as could be determined from residents in the 30mile area The armys announcement that they fell north or Sea side suggested they might have Ployed uselessly into some part of the IB miles of sandy waste lands between he ocean city and the Columbia river This theory was held by at least one resident ot the coast The Japs picked a swell place for harmless target practice he remarked Royal Canadian and American naval units were reported to have launched an immediate hunt for the submarine presumably Japa nese which attacked Estcvan Point Japs Say Coast Panic Stricken TOKIO Japanese Recorded by United Press New York The official Japa nese Domci news agency reported Monday that the entire American Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico was panic stricken by the latest bombardment1 of the Oregon coast The Domei account based on American announcements that an unidentified ship fired between six and nine shells at a strip of the Oregon coast pointed out that the attack followed by less than 24 hours the shelling of Van couver island by Japanese sub marines The Vancouver attack was termed the first blow at the Canadian mainland Broadcast in Buy war savings bonds and stamps from 5our GlobeGazette carrier boy By WENDELL WEBB WITH THE PACIFIC FLEET vast size of the Japanese armada routed in the battle of Midway seems convincing proof that it was pointed for an invasion of Americas west coast An unofficial but reliable tab ulation of the enemys strength indicates Midway island was re garded as only the smallest goal in a grander scheme of con quest The tiny defense outpost is less than 1200 miles from Pearl Harbor and around 3000 miles from Americas west coast far to the reach of modern war i The unprecedently large long range invasion force strung out for hundreds of miles as it steamed toward the little Hawaiian island included four battleships five air craft carriers eight cruisers and undetermined numbers of destroy ers submarines transports tank and seaplane tenders So far as the Japanese were But by the night o June 4 fleet and landbated American army aircraft after launching their most amazing counterat tack turned what had started out as a defensive action into a pell mell race to destroy the crippled and scattered shins of the enemy Within three days the harried Japanese armada desperately trying to beat its way bach home was scattered over a lare area of the Pacific How much of the enemy force reached home may never be de termined but from the standpoint of an observer of the action the American communiques on enemv losses have been most conserva tive The navys official announce ments claimed the sinking of at Jeast two carriers and probably four the damaging of ten other CIaJtincIuding thrce battleships and the sinking of a destroyer POWDElTPLANT BLAST KILLS 3 2 Others Injured as Unit of Uniontown Pa Factory Is Wrecked UNIONTOWN Pa Three men were killed and two injured Monday by an explosion which wrecked a unit of the Liberty powder plant near this south The plant is a division of the Olm corporation Officials said the blast occurred in one building Other buildings on the properly were undamaged TRAPPED IV GRAVEL HOPPER SIOUX FALLS S Dak Harry Frisdahl 52 was killed Sunday when trapped in a gravel hopper Frisdahl a worker at the gravel pit suffocated before fel low workmen could reach him Army Bomber Finds Sub Victim An army bomber on patrol along the Atlantic coast has just spotted another sub marine victim as dawn lights up the waves Part of the planes wing can seen at t e right Survivors ot the partly submerged ship are pulling awav center Is a mu i r the Japs Occupy Kiska Set Up 2nd Toehold on Aleutians Landings Made Under Cover of Heavy Fogs Shrouding Region WASHINGTON invasion forces Monday are 200 miles closer to the North Ameri can mainland having established a second toehold in the Aleutian islands But when the weather per mits American airmen arc con tinuing heir aerial bombard ments of the enemy forces now on Attu and Kiska islands off Alaska The latest report re vealed that American bombers have hil another cruiser and sunk a transport Thc navy announced Sunday night that Japanese forces under cover ot almost continuous fogs that roll out of the Arctic region have landed on Kiska island That is about 200 miles east of Attu thc very western end of the the navy announced on June 13 had been occupied by Japanese The navys announcement of hits on a cruiser and the sinking of a transport brought to nine and possibly 10 thc number of Japanese vessels which have been sunk or damaged by army and navy flyers in the Aleutians Previous naval communiques re de one ported three cruisers one stroyer one gunboat and UJC transport damaged Lieut Gen Henry H Arnold army air chief has disclosed the sinking of a western Pennsylvania coal mining as disclosed the sinking of a center mimng Japanese cruiser and the hitting of an aircraft carrier But it never has been clarified whether the cruiser Arnold mentioned was one of those reported by the navy The occupation of Kiska was not a surprise since one of the navys first announcements on enemy action in the Aleutian area reported that vessels of the enemy invasion fleet had been seen in Kiska harbor one of the best natural anchorages in the Aleutian chain Thc navy indicated that the in vasion force at Kiska like that on Attu was small It said tents and minor temporary structures were observed to have been set up on land The weather has been the major factor on action in and around the Aleutians and thus far has been favorable to enemy operations There has been no mention in communiques yet of anyfleet action by the U S navy in that area all reports referring only to aerial activity The fog which is almost always present in the area hampers aerial obser vation and attack tactics Last Saturday a spokesman for the 13th naval district at Seattle said the action in the Aleutians was a strange struggle of give and take with the enemy get ting smacked whenever there is rift in the fog banks w Its a weird wild country up there said There are treat palches of tog and rain in which an enemy can hide as a band of guerillas may hide in the bush There are Silcrally thousands of small bays anil inlels The laps know the country but so docs lie navy Delegate Anthony D Dimond of Alaska viewed the new occu pation ns fraught with danger Not only does it put the enemy in position to cut off aid to Russia in ease of a Japanese attack on Siberia but it gives them facili ties for an attack on the western hemisphere he said Years Traffic Toll Up to 208 for Iowa Six persons died last week ot injuries suffercd in Iowa traffic accidents bringing the years to tal to 203 compared with a figure of 229 for the corresponding date in 19iJ John Edward Young 23 Dskaloosa machinist was killed Saturday in an automobiletruck collision 2 miles north of there 25 CARGO SHIPS LOST IN WEEK Hitler Orders Even More Intensive Drive in UBoat Warfare By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The united nations Monday counted 25merchant ships sunk in the Atlantic last week as the deadline neaied order for even more intensified Jboal activity The navy added one to the total Sunday with the announce ment that a small Norwegian ves sel had been sent tothe bottom of the Gulf of Mexico This brought the announced toll in thc Atlantic and adjacent waters to 290 since Pearl Harbor Hitler has ordered his subma rine commanders to intensify the blockade to include shipping north of tho West Indies and Ire land and cast to Europe effective Friday In answer to this threat Senator Hill D Aln urged that giant cargocarrying undersea craft be built and three more United States de stroyers and a launched at east coast shipyards Thc destroyers Jenkins and Lav allctte went down the ways at Kearny N J thc subma rine Haddo at Grot on Conn More than 100 seamen and pas sengers were lost in last weeks attacks but at least 650 were rescued More than 80 were re ported missing Lindbergh Leases Detroit Suburb Home DETROIT Charle Lindbergh lias leased an estate i Bloomtield Hill a fashionable suburb with plans to move there with his family his week it was learned Monday from a rental agency Lindbergh is now a con sultant on aeronautics with the Ford Motor company a position he assumed after the United States entered the war Weather Report FORECAST MASON Monday night Temperatures below nor mal Monday afternoon through Tuesday forenoon IOWA Not much change in tem perature Monday night and Tuesday forenoon Gentle to moderate winds MINNESOTA Not much change in temperature Monday night and Tuesday forenoon Occa sional light rain or drizzle northeast and extreme north portion Monday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 80 Minimum Sunday night is At 8 a m Monday 61 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum in night At 8 a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 84 64 NAZI HEAVY HEAVY LOSSES German Vessels Appear Off Beleaguered City Dispatches Indicate By HENRY C CASSIDY MOSCOW de fenders dropped back from tlie north and south fortresses guard ing the Crimean naval base Mon day before enormous German pressure exerted ceaselessly de spite the heavy casualties esti mated at 100000 which axis forces have suffered in less than three weeks A fresh nazi wedge was forced in the fortifications to the north where the enemy massed a huce force of infantry artillery and tanks press accounts said In the south where the Russians had dropped back to the central lines a furious battle was reported under way for a hill dominating the sector Monday marked the start of the second year of the war for tho soviet As the battle for the last remaining bit of Crimea entered its climactic stage German vessels appeared Sevastopol dis patches from the beleaguered city said Two German torpedo cutters with speeds exceeding 45 miles an hour detected by two small Russian rowboats on a mission close to he shore The Russians claimed to have damaged one The rowboats also were said to have found an en emy submarine on the surface TJic vessels could have come from Rumania Bulgaria or the occupied Russian port of Odessa Sporadic fighting was reported continuing on the Kharkov front miles to the north The Ger mans were said to be to restore lines in a sector where they previously had lost four Ukrainian villages but he attack of two companies was reported repulsed The Germans besieging Sevas topol already were lodged in the outer defense lines The fate of the historic Cri mean fortress appeared to he in the balance as the second year of the costly German campaign in soviet Russia opened hut Russias peasant president Michael Kalinin found cause to assure his people that the end of Ititlerism is inevitable Where a year ago the German armies struck against Russia dur ing the night this year accordini to Mondays midday communiqu of he soviet information bureau no significant changes took placi at the front in the hours of dark ness The war bulletin told however how Russian units in three days of fighting in the Leningrad sec Along Streets BERLIN From German Broiid hard street fighl ng house after house in the ship building section along Sewernaja jay on Sevastopols northern de was stormed by German troops Monday according to high command sources A group of Russian forces was iurrounded and annihilated it was said On the south side of Sevasto pol too Rumanian and Ger man troops drove a wedge into the Russian defense belt cap turing a chain of strongly for tified hills under cover of a heavy batterine of arlillery and antiaircraft batteries firing hori zontally these reports said The German high command declared Monday that the entire region north of Sewernaja bay on the northern side of Sevastopols defenses had been cleared of the defenders with the capture ol the Uist coastal fort This fort was taken in a hard fight the communique said Destruction of enemy forces still resisting at the utmost tip of is in progress it of the investing and Rumanian troops supported by the luftwaffc have assaulted and captured sever al forts and strongly defended heights some 260 Germans under Russian artillery fire west of Moscow and June 5 the isthmus continued On the rest front German REPORT CLASH NEAR BORDERS LIBYA IS TAKEN Prisoners Equipment Captured When Tobruk Is Captured by Rommel By CLYDE A FARNSWORTH Associated Press War Editor With Tobruk and virtually all eastern Libya regained and with the British eighth army beaten leaving thousands of its number in the Tobruk trap the oxis Afri can corps rolled eastward Mon day against Egypt imperiling the entire position of the united na tions in the middle easl V An enemy column evidently feeling out the weakened Brit ish tine along tlie Egyptian frontier clashed with British mobile units a few miles from Hie border the lirilisli reported and Rome boasted that Italian German troops were marching against Egypt V if Trying to block further rein forcement the already superior African corps under Marshal Rommel the RAF Inshetl desper ately nl Rommels forward con centration points landing fields and land and sea transport German shot down 23 Russian planes over Sevastopol and the Donets front Sunday the communique declared Railway buildings and enemy supply columns also were bombed on the southern part of the eastern front The Russians attacked on the central front ana on the Volkhov sector south of Leningrad where their force was said to bestrong and to have tank support the Germans said They were reported repulsed m the central sector but bitter tighting was said to be continuing on the Volkhov front State Convention of Pythians Is Canceled DES MO1NES of the seventythird annual low mltc superior state convention of the Knights ms llatl rcCTWered Libya f Pythias scheduled for A millks miJw Umi thc Torpedo planes hit two large enemy supply ships firing one and struck an escort vessel in a convoy south of Cape Bon Tuni sia on the SicilyLibya sea route the RAP reported Amoiifr oilier actions the RAF attacked numbers of enemy transport ve hicles on the Sidi Azciz tending ground the air communique said V British and axis mobile columns already had clashed Sunday near Sicli Azciz 12 miles north west of the LibyanEgyptian bor der strongpoint Fort Capuzzo The axis own heavy air forces leaped the British frontier posi tions to strike at defense commu nications along the Egyptian coast between Sida Barrani and Fuka The while flag that fluttered out Sunday morning over Tobnjks shattered barricades as a final mute concession that of Pythias scheduled for Ausj 25 and 26 here announced at a meeting of the groups nomin ating committee and extension board State officers elected by the two committees at the mcetin were F D Shcppard Cedar Rap ids grand chancellor Neil ver Ploegh Oskaloosa grand vice chancellor nnd R R Ilibfas Marengo secretary of more than 150 on the Kalinin front was reported There were scattered local en the Crimea now in its dav u iuu now in IIS IBltl d tor killed at least 3oO Germans The Germans first laid o In other operations the death of Sevastopol Nov 7 the current offensive there started gems of war on two continents if not in the whole world So extended and intertwined are causes and effects of this Sailing capitulation that mili tary experts were hard pressed to trace them all but it was ob vious thai the axis triumph was forcinj A drastic reshaping if not postponement or abandon ment of some plans of thc united nations Rome first to claim thc tap lure of Tobrnk with fix British gagemcnts all along the iOUO mile generals reported among thc front from he Ukraine to the IT prisoners prodajmed Monday north on thc anniversary of Adolf Occupation o Tobruk has been Hitlers fateful plunge into this completed and axis troops TIC nation but Russian attention was inarthirifi toward lie Egyptian centered on thc roaring battle in frontier The British forces which es caped the axis sweep were digging in along the Egyptian frontier The Hitler command creditcd a German mosquito tioul flotilla a crushing defeat in losing Tobruk Bardia and BitEl 1   

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