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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 13, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII THURSPAJAUGUST 13j THIS pAPEn CONSISTS or TWO SECTIONS SECTJON ONE JOIN WITH RAF IN BEATING OFF GERMAN RAIDS U S Flying Fortresses Ready to Attack Nazis at Any Time Now LONDON fight er planes it was announced offi cially Thursday have launched their initial operations in the European theater joining the royal air force in repeated sorties along the coast of nazioccupied France A communique from the head quarters of the European theater of operations of the United States army revealed that for the past 48 hours American fighter planes have beea harass ing German positions along the French coast American fighters have joined the RAF in beating off nazi planes attempting to fly over the British coast the communique revealed The communique reported that American fighters have engaged in 31 separate operations in the 48hour period in which U S fighter participation in the Euro pean war theater has been under way A British radio report heard in New York by CBS said that u b flying fortresses manned by American crews are ready to at tack Germany any time The communique said that in the 48hour period from Aue U to Aug 13 American fightere made three operational flights over the French coast and 20 sorties in the sea area around naziheld Europe In addition said fhe com munique American fighters par ticipated in eight interception operations against Europe have heading for Britain The communique revealed for the first time that American air opearttons against Europe have been placed upon a routine 24 Me Fly Urn Bird hour basis The first American air partici pation occurred July 4 when a force of six American light bomb ers joined the RAF in attacks on nazi positions in France and Hol land Sorties Over Eurooe SOLOMONS Leor Jhompson of Gowanda N Y is the firsr fH Reveal Letter Sent to Nazi Sympathizers in America Dies Group to Include 17000 Names of Those Who Favored Germany GABLE MOBBED BY MOVIE FANS Stars Departure Is Delayed Despite Effort to Evade Crowds HOLLYWOOD UR Clark Gable who joined the army as a buck private to fight the Japs had to fight through movie fans who mobbed the station Wednesdav nighl where he boarded a train for Miami Thc bigeared real life he man and 3 buddy who enlisted with him were driven to Al hambra to avoid crowds at onion station but encountered a throng there too Their de parture was delayed several minutes Enroute to the air corps training school at Miami the actor said the sooner he got a gun the better it would suit him The army took precautions to get him there in one piece remembering the fans who tore buttons for souvenirs from the clothes of James Stew art another star when he was in ducted a while back Col Malcolm P Andrus of the army recruiting office swore Gable in on the 17th floor of the federal building while guardsmen hung around to hold off the fans However secrecy had been so well maintained that only most of the stenographers in the buildinc were on hand fa He was sworn in once for real and once for Ihc movies The 41 year old Gable wore ins customary blue serge suit a reddish neektjc and the teeth Ihe army Insisted he get before nc could go Jap hunting The others were all right for photography but not for army ra tions they said Gable himself won an argument when he got enlisted as a buck private The army wanted him as an officer for morale work The actor decided his own morale would be a lot better behind a gun and stuck to it WASHINGTON OPjThe Dies committee it was learned authori tatively Thursday will send to President Roosevelt this week p copy of a confidential letter sent from Germany to trusted nazi sympathizers in the United States advising them that Walter Kappe had been appointed to head a fifth column front in this country and paving the way for his work Thc FBI is seeking Kappe in connection with its investigation of a nazi sabotage rine and lias charged he was associated with six saboteurs executed here last Saturday a military com mission trial Signed by Kappe whom the FBI describes as head of a con templated German sabotage or ganization the letter bearing the salutation Hcil Hitler said I have accepted the leadership of the comradeship USA on the grounds that a central office of thc comradeship USA must also exist in time of war I depend upon the cooperation of In view of the fact Kappe has had more than a year and a half to operate in this country since the letter was written the com mittee was reported to have tak en the position that all persons identified with nazi movements in America should be under con stant surveillance LOSS IN RAPIDS FIRE Blaze Guts Third Floor of Building Used as Paint Factory CEDAR RAPIDS I Fin which swept through a three story building housing the Klinger Paint faclory and several offices caused an eslimated damage of here early Thursday The third floor ot the building was gutted by the blaze while considerable damage was done to the wall paper stock and to ma chines in another office by smoke and water Merchandise in an adjacent shoe store also was damaged and water seeped into the basement of the Iowa Electric Light and Power company Firemen battled the blaze for more than two hours before it was brought under control WAS AT MIDWAY WASHINGTON navy confirmed Thursday that Maj James Roosevelt of the marines President Roosevelts eldest son was at Midway island during the with the lelter it was learned the committee will send to thc white house a list of names of approximately 17 090 persons whose past activi ties indicated nazi sympathies Jp Close to 3000 of the names are committee claims the Kyffhauser of persons the contributed to yauser bund and several thousand oth ers were identified as being as sociated with the American German Volksbund which Kappes letter described as by far the most active and most in doctrinated combat group in AmericanGermanism x x x the letter came into the committees possession was not disclosed It was written in Ger man dated at Stuttgart Ger many January 1941 and bore an admonition that those who re ceived t were to keep it confi dential It was numbered one of what presumably was a series of Instructions sent out by Kappe Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobcGazcltc carrier boy j vtin UUU Battle of Midway early in June No further information was given out Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Warmer Thursday afternoon scattered showers and thunderstorms late Thurs day night and Friday forenoon cooler Friday forenoon IOWA Scattered showers and munderstorms Thursday night and Friday forenoon Warmer east and cooler extreme west portion Thursday night Cooler west and centra portions Fri day forenoon Winds occasional ly fresh to moderately strong Scattered showers thunderstorms Huge Nazi Force Reported Massing for Mighty Assault on Volga Cityof Stalingrad Claim Gains Half Way GERMAN RADIO ASSERTS WASP HIT DAMAGED Nazis Claim 19 British Ships Sunk or Damaged in Attack on Convoy LONDON UP The German radio claimed Thursday night that the American aircraft carrier Wasp has been lieavilv damaged and set afire and 19 British ships sunk or damaged including two ircraft carriers and three cruis rs in axis navalair attacks on a big allied convoy in the western Mediterranean The German claim contained in a special broadcast commu nique of the German high com mand said that the bulk of the British Mediterranean fleet had suffered heavy damage in the threeday battle still under wav The special communique issued from Adolf Hitlers headquarters said the allied convoy of 46 war ships and merchant vessels was attempting to relieve the hard pressed British fighting forces in Egypt The Germans claimed the sink ing of the carrier Eagle and the damaging of the British aircraft carrier Furious the Wasp and three British cruis ers Nine merchant ships were sunk and six damaged according to the axis claim The British admiralty previous y acknowledged the sinking of the 24 year old aircraft carrier iaglc and claimed the sinking of one axis Uboal in the Mediter ranean but made no further com ment on the axis claims The Wasp a J470Dton carrier with a capacity of 72 to 84 plane last spring ran the Mediterranean gantlet and succeeded in deliver ing reinforcements of fighter planes to besieged Malta The carriers Wasp and Furious the latter a 22450 ton vessel with i normal complement of 748 of ficers and men and 33 planes were J86 tllc samc act011 n vhich the Eagle was sunk accord ng to the German high command V The Wasp was damaged and set afire after six direct bomb hits by attacking axis planes Ar C i Was to Malta the Germans claimed The normal complement of the hreeyearold Wasp is 1800 of icers and men including flying rsonnel The communique said that as esult of he battering axis Uboat nd submarine attacks most of the hips of the convoy had dispersed Across Caucasus Area Toward Caspian Sea By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adolf Hitlers invasion armies were reported massing huge numbers of troops for an assault on the Volga steel city ot Stalin grad Thursday and at the same time the German high command said other nazi columns had cap Hired Elista in a thrust more than half way across the Cau casus toward the Caspian sea Elista the capital ot the soviet Kalmuck republic lies 23ft miles southeast of Rostov and only 175 miles from the vitally important city of Astra khan at the Volga delta 3P The Iocs of Astrakhan would be a serious blow to Russias riverborne line of war supplies ITALIANS CLAIM ATTACK ON CONVOY CONTINUES Simultaneously Italian head quarters reported that axis planes and submarines still attacking a powerful British convoy in a three day old battle in the west ern Mediterranean had inflicted heavy losses above all to aircraft carriers The Italian command said the convoy was escorted by an im posing number of warships among which were numerous aircraft carriers A British admiralty announce ment Wednesday conceded the Joss of the aircraft earnerEagle Such a convoy might be transporting allied troops or supplies either lo reinforce Britains imperial armies in Eerypt now stalemated 80 miles west of Alexandria or via the middle cast to Russia The action still in progress lias shown results favorable to vis an Italian communique said fcxact damage will be an nounced later U S army heavy bombers struck back with a destructive smash at axis warships in Pylos Navarino harbor on the wes coast of Greece it was an nounced in Cairo PARIS REPORTS INTERN 2 RED WARSHIPS As the axis struck to throttle the united nations vilal supply routes the German controlled Pans radio broadcast a report under an Istanbul Turkey date line asserting that two Russian warships fully manned had en tered a Turkish Black sea port and the crews had been interned The report closely followed nazi propaganda assertions that the Russian Black sea fleet with many of its major bases knocked out or imminently threatened would either attempt a dash through the Dardanelles or seek ind were in retreat westward rying to reach Gibraltar Some or the ships however verc trying to reach Malta it was taled stilt continues tore great successes can be cx ected the German radio said noting the communque refuge in Turkey and possibly Thursday night and an occa sional shower Friday forenoon Loolcr west and north central portions Thursday night and cooler Friday forenoon Fresh lo moderately strong winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 7g Minimum Wednesday night 57 At 8 a m Thursday 61 YEAR AGO Maximum 77 Minimum jq Russian Black Sea leet Reaches Batum Aug12 Delayed The Russian Black sea fleet has reached Batum soviet port on Ihe Caucasus coast where it ap parently is preparing to base its future operations it was reported here Thursday NEW OFFENSIVE AGAINST STALINGRAD SHAPES UP On the soviet front disps and lom Moscow said a mightynew German offensive against Stalin grad appeared to be taking shape as the invaders concentrated vast quantities of men and equipment m thc Don river bend Frontline advices said both armies were hurling almost un precedented numbers of troops nto the struggle amid indica tions that one of the mightiest battles of the war was develop ing 2 Sisters Swimming at Dubuque Drown DUBUQUE UPTwo Dubuque K f Anitil Mary Davidshofer and Ruth Prances Davidshofer drowned laic Wednesday afl swimming in mmng n OLcarys lake just cast of the dam at Eagle Point government here Burglars Get From Oskaloosa Elks DES MOINES fP Fifteen hundred dollars in cash was ob tained by burglars who broke inlo the safe at Ihe Elks club at Os kaloOEa Wednesday night the state police radio reported Thurs RUSSIANS SAY SITUATION IN CAUCASUS ACUTE The Russians frankly conceded that the situation in thc Caucasus where Hitlers motorized infan try was rapidly overrunning Ihe whole northern Caucasus was acute Waves of 4ft to 60 nazi dive bombers were reported rain ing tons of hiRhcNplosives on owns and villages leaving thc once pastoral Caucasus in flames German and allied troops despite stubborn enemy resis ance drove the enemy farther back m the Caucasus region One Russian group was cut off and destroyed nazi field headquar ters said Between the Volga and the uon the attack of German and Rumanian troops against stub bornly defended positions gained additional ground in fierce fichti ng US FLYERS HIT 3 WARSHIPS ON GREECE COAST 2 Direct Hits Are Scored on Cruiser Other Ships Damaged CAIRO fP Americas huge bombers swooping out ot a set ting sun scored great damage on three axis warships at Pylos Navarino on the west coast of Greece making two direct bits on one cruiser setting a second afire and causing an explosion aboard u third it was announced Thursday A terrific explosion also was caused aboard the cruiser on which the two direct hits were made and black smoke seen pouring from the second cruiser as a result of cither a direct hit or a near miss There also was a terrific explo sion aboard a third cruiser after a bomb burst next to it Thc raid was delivered in Ihc light of a setting sun on Tuesday SUREST IN AIR IS CITED Correspondent Claims US Fleet Has Control of Tulagis Harbor LONDON allies have air superiority both over land and sea in the battle of the Solo mons where the Japanese fleet has lost control of Tulagi har bor under the blasting of Ameri can warships thc naval corre spondent of the Yorkshire Post reported Thursday Whatever may be the extent of the naval losses thc Japanese ileet has lost control of Tulagi harbor and it has not got back there after the naval action and apparently is keeping clear of the island on which a landing has been made the correspondent said A strong enemy force on lulagi is dug in on high ground winch runs down to the center of the island To eject the enemy will take time The correspondent added that the advantage in the battle still rested with U S Vice Admiral Richard Leo Ghormley whose at tack has denied the Japanese use of the key island of the Solomons j The allies have air superiority I and are using it at sea as well as on land it was stated Believe 1st Round Won by Marines By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor American devil dog marine appeared lo have won the round in the seven day old battl of the Solomon islands Thursdaj beating off furious Japanese coun teraUacks at three invasion beach hearts in the 900 mile long islan chain A correspondent of the Aus tralian broadcasting commission said it was believed that the marines strongly reinforced had broken the Japanese hold on he Tulagi area The Japanese have been drive from mmv of their defensive po sitions after fierce handtohan fighting the correspondent saio Tulagi harbor is one of thc fin csl naval base sites in the south west Pacific A U S navy communique sail the marines firmly entrenchcc after six days of violent bandto hand fighting were now consoli dating their positions Supporting naval forces are en gaged in bitter fighting the navj said The communique did not specify whether thc enemy was bringing up warship reinforce ments or using landbased air craft to bolster the defense of their ground forces However allied reconnaissance showed a spurt in enemy shipping activity around Rabaul New Britain a major base for Japanese troops and supplies moving to thc Solo mons Striking In paralyze enemy re mforeements American fl y i n fortresses smashed at the Ha haul base for the fifth time i live days Wednesday Gen Doug las MacArthurs headquarters sai the raiders left a 15000ton sbi nnd two mediumsized vessels i flnmcs and a fourth enemy shi foundering Without the Joss of 1 singl bomber Iho giant fortress era I shot dawn one of eight challcngin Japanese fighters and damngcc from three lo six others united nations headquarters reported Rabaul lics 700 miles nortluvcs of Hie Tulagi sector in the south eastern Solomons where the navj said U S marines were battling lo expand their gains on three is lands in the Tulagi sumably Florida Guadalcanal at Malaita Lloyd Cowell Named Dairy Herd Tester ST Cowcll ion of Mr and Mrs Vcrri Cowell las been chosen to succeed Vinton as tester for Ihc Dairy rlerri Improvement association Lowell has just completed the ester course at Iowa State col lege and will take over his duties Aug 20 Bradshaw will attend Iowa State college this fall U S Landing Party REPORT YANKS PUSH TOWARD GOODAIRDROME Japanese Battling Desperately Against 1st Big U S Offensive GENERAL Mac ARTHURS HEADQUARTERS Australia UPJ spread through tralia Thursday thnt United Slates marines were within sight of vic tory in at least three key Solomon islands and on Guadalcanal and were driving toward capture of the best airdrome site in the en tire area The marines were consolidating positions in Tulagi Florida and Guadalcanal islands reports to Douglas MacArthurs headquar ters indicated and might now have a foothold on a fourth island probably Malaita W n On Guadalcanal the marines were believed to be fishtlnR across a five mile wide coastal main OH the north shore miles across the Scalark chan nel from Florida and Tulagi de termined to tike a vitally valu able airdrome site nestled amonjr the mountainous south ern Solomons Some of the most savage fight ing in Ihe southwest Pacific wai was in progress on land at sea and in Ihe air The Japanese were battling des perately on tins seventh day ot the buttle of the Solomons island in defense of their base against thc first great United Stales of fensive backed by allied aerial and naval units So important did the battle loom in the minds of Australians that it was believed thc Japanese might at anytime start a mad dog attack on the north coast of Aus tralia as a diversion aiming at Ihe great allied base ol Darwin The Japanese have been heavily reinforced in this northwestern rone recently Informants said the cncinv cniitc not admit defeat in the Solomons island which the con solidation by ninrincs of positions on the southern islands would mean American without a last ditch fight nnd a retort in another theater Reports indicated that in lie present phase of thc battle United States attack fleet was heavily engaged with Japa nese naval units probably strongly cinforced during the seven days wice lie American attack on Ihc lulngi area of the Solomons stillled planes bombers ami gliters land bayed nnd earner were attacking fc ociously the marine shock troops who bnd effected safe landings ind the United States supporting fleet Slates naval planes vero protecting both the fleet and he landing forces marines were uaUlinr hrotigh the island Mcp by step hrougli swamp and grove over plain and up crocodile in cstcd streams taps Were at Work on Base GKNKRAI Mac ARTHURS 1KADQUARTERS Australia irmly entrenched it three Joints in the Solomon United States marines battled to their positions Wednesday villi he immediate backing Jf d sea forces and Jongrannc assaults on Japanese com nnd reinforcement TT vy There was an unconfirmed Australian report that Ameri can parachute troops had been used as shock forces A spokesman here asked for ommenl said only that he never of such troops being landed om shipbased aircraft before in U S navy comnuininuo on he Solomon action said tbcre wa ubslantial evidence that thr aparicse since invading the in January had 1 veil under way in Ihc TulVi rca b Tlvis presumably was it r H Potentially one of the finest naval base sites in the southwestern Pacific major enemy installation there uould constitute n thrcat to Australia and islands guard thc United StalesAus tralian supply line cfrcc 100 thc to M arfaor in h could play a big part jn generated offensive   

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