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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 11, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME c o v P DEPARTMENT OF H I STORY AND ARCH I Vt DCS MOIRES IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOTy IfTjVITT ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS TOLL LEASED WIRES v FIVE CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK 1WO SECTIONS NO 288 HUGE AIR ARMADA HITS DUESSELDORF British Drive for Madagascar Capital 3 KEY HARBORS IN ISLAND ARE QUICKLY TAKEN Vichy Declares French Put Up Little More Than Token Resistance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS British seaborne forces were officially reported have cap tured three key ports on French Madagascar Friday and French dispatches said British motorized columns were now advancing on Tananarive inland capital of the 1000milelong island Landing at dawn Thursday under the protective Runs of IS v warships the British quickly seized the west coast towns of Ambanja Alajunga and Moron da va Prime minister Churchill announced in London Ambanja lies 120 miles souih west of the big Diego Suarez naval base at the northern end of the island which the British captured last IVIay Majunga is 200 miles farther down the coast and Morondaxa another 370 miles south Churchill said little opposition was encountered and that the i at eliminating bases for axis submarines preying on allied supply lines to India and the middle carried out precisely according to rjlan Dispatches from Vichy said French defenders of the island which lies off the coast of soath east Africa had been able to put up little more than token resistance to save our honor Churchill said the three coasts ports surrendered after brief at tacks Thursday morning and de clared British casualties were light I Vichy accounts said all three ports had been heavily shellec I by British warships before as IsauH troops landed The Frenc I estimated the invading force as two divisions or about 30000 men I 96 JAP PLANES DOWNED I IN ONE DAY IN SOLOMONS Meanwhile delayed reports f from Clark Lee Associated Press correspondent with the U S fleet off the Solomon islands said the United States had won its biggest air victory of the wa against Japan in a farflung battle over the South seas Lee said 96 Japanese planes were shot down with only eight U S pilots missing in fightingover Guadalcanal island and at sea over an American naval force on Aug 24 It was a field day for ou pilots Lee wrote KEPOKT JAP DRIVE ON PORT MORESBY CHECKED Further good news came from the New Guinea battle theatei where bayonetwielding Austral ian troops were reported to hav Wedge Toward Stalingrad The German offensive wedge west of Stalingrad gained more ground despite deadly Russian defensive fighting Lined area gives the pattern of the nazi attack about the big soviet industrial center on the Volga The Germans claimed that they were within Stalingrad itself checked a menacing Japanese drive across the Owen Stanley mountains toward Port Moresby A united nations communique said that fierce handtohand fighting was still raging on the Port Moresby side of the tower ing range only 44 miles from the key allied base but that the enemy had been halted after a 12mile push across the summit on Wednesday In Australia Prime Minister John Cmtin told the dominion parliament that Gen Douglas MacArthurs command had prepared plans to stabilize the situation in New Guinea and hat these plans were now be ing carried out Curtin did not elaborate but the implication was that strong allied reinforcements were ready to do the stabilizing Despite heavy rains drenching the mountain jungles lowflying allied planes machine gunned Japanese troops and pounded enemy supply lines Dispatches said many green clad Japanese snipers had been shot out of trees by allied flyers who literally chopped off the treetops with their machinegun and cannon fire Bitter fighting continues with casualties heavy on both sides General MacArthurs headquar ters said Man Wins Prizes in Cake Baking Contest HATFIELD Pa wives toted their cakes to the Montgomery county fair and the women judges sat down to sample and knowing the cooks names They awarded five prizes to a man Donald Hileman My father taught me Hile man explained Key Madagascar Ports AFRICA I N 0 I A H TANANARIVE f INTStRABE MANATJJ1RY too STATUTE MILES WILL ASK MEN TO RETURN TO JOBS AFL Organizer Agrees to Comply Sent Out by Green ALTON 111 Olds American Federation of or ganizer said Friday he would comply with an order of national President William Green that striking workers of the Western Cartridge company plant return to work He said he would so instruct them at a meeting Friday night and he believed they would go In Washington Green had or dered a return to work told Olds to convey his message and at the same time accused the company of provoking the strike Earlier William J Davis chair man of the war labor board had asked the strikers to return to work at once saying their idleness jeopardized the lives of thousands of American soldiers and sailors Davis telegraphed his warning from Washington to Fred Olds American Federation of Labor organizer Operations at the huge plant were so limited as to be of no value at all a company spokesman said The strike began Tuesday over discharge of an employe in the smokeless powder division and spread to the entire plant Thurs day Twelve companies of the state militia were mobilized to prevent possible disorders Davis telegraphed Olds that he understood the workers were striking because they believed the company improperly refused to rehire a fellow worker who had been suspended Although you may believe you are helping your fellow worker you must also recognize that by this strike you are jeopardizing the lives of thousands of sol diers and sailors fighting this war on farflung fronts I there fore call on you to return to work immediately while the na tional labor board determines the dispute Union members have twice re jected war labor board requests to return to work pending nego tiations on a new contract Hitler Take Stalingrad at Any Price IVIOSCOW The most pow erful army the Germans ever as sembled in Russia surpassing even the great force which they flung in vain at Moscow last year was reported Friday to have been commanded by Adolf Hitler to take Stalingrad at any price But that Volga bastion still held The Russian army newspaper Red Star said that the axis forces before Stalingrad outnumbered those ot any previous campaign About a million men on both sides participated in the battle for Mos cow last fall hitherto the greatest single engagement of the war Dispatches said attackers and defenders were fighting in a maelstrom of noise fire and smoke planes filling the shy with their roaring and scream ing and the ground shaking to the clash of tanks and the thunder of bombs and shells The army organ Red Star said captured documents showed that Adolf Hitler demanded the im mediate occupation of Stalingrad at any cost and the number of men machines and planes engaged was greater than in any previous battle of the war but the Volga stronghold continues to be inac cessible to the enemy The midday communique an nounced that German automatic riflemen infiltrated western de fenses of Stalingrad where nazi shock troops won three more out lying villages Thursday but more than 100 of the riflemen were slain The fall to the axis of another settlement southwest of the Volga river industrial center was recorded and for the first time in several days fighting was reported south of Stalingrad Red Star exhprted the troops Fight to the last but keep Stalin rad While heavy defensive fighting and counterattacks occupied the men of Stalingrad street engage ments raged on at the Black sea port of Novorossisk the Russians pursued moppingup tactics in transriver fighting in the Terek valley the central Caucasus and the red army of the central front registered new gains the Russians said British naval and air units attacked the ports of Am banja Majunga and Morondava arrows on the Vichy French island of Madagascar in a renewal of hostilities on the western Indian ocean island The British took Diego Suarez big naval base on the northern tip of the island last May 8 Claim Volga Below City Is Reached BERLIN From German Broad IP The German high command announced Friday that nazi troops had penetrated forti fied Russian positions south of Stalingrad and had reached the Volga river below the embattled city after bitter fighting Grid Schedules What are the football schedules of Iowa Iowa State Drake No tre Dame and Minnesota How did the games end in 1941 between regular opponents These questions can all be answered at a trlance in a full schedule paire of all major col lege football teams which will appear in Saturdays Globe Gazette Clip this outstanding feature out of Saturdays paper to follow your favorite teams through the 1942 grid season RUBBER ADVICE TO BE CARRIED OUT SOONF R Most of Program Except Rationing to Be Put Into Effect by Monday WASHINGTON President Sobsevclt said Friday he hoped by VIonday to put into effect prac tically all the recommendations of a special committee which studied he vital rubber problem and rec ommended nationwide gasoline ra tioning Tile chief executive indicated at a press conference that it might lake some time however to put into effect this rationing recommendation lie said it would take time to set up the machinery which should be handled by local boards A fellows neighbor the presi dent said is the best judge of whether he is using his car prop erly The rubber committee submitted a report to Mr Roosevelt Thursday recommending not only gasoline rationing but also other restric tions on private driving such as a universal 35mile speed limit and the limiting ot average car mileage to 5000 a and that for essential purposes only The committee also proposed complete reorganization of the governments administration of ttiir rubber program and a large expansion in production of syn thetic rubber JWr Roosevelt fold the press conference that he expected by VIonday to have the name of a new rubber administrator who would serve within the framework of he war production board He said he had alreads1 discussed the ap pointment with WPB Chairman Donald M Nelson but he would give no clue as to the prospective choice The president said he expected without exception to put into operation the program of the spe cial rubber committee which was headed by Bernard M Baruch chairman of the war industries board in the last world conflict Mr Roosevelt preferred how ever not to use the term gas ra tioning since he said what actu ally was contemplated was ra tioning of tires and mileage by some method such as permitting only enough gasoline lor drivers to operate for a specific number of miles There had been some talk he said of reading automo bile meters but he said too many people knew how to fix them He thought no legislation was needed he added to put the rub ber program into operation as proposed by the Baruch commit tee With reference to tbe proposal to limit speeds o 35 miles an hour the chief executive commented on the fact that he and others had urged a reduction in driving speeds but that the requests were lot being met Declaring that some way would lave to be found of enforcing a speed limit the chief ex ecutive said that this would be up iO the rubber administration His attention was called to a section of the Barucli committees report which criticized govern ment officials for negligence of in ormation on production of syn hctic rubber He remarked that ic thought that matter also would be attended to on Monday Proposes Penalty For Improper Use of Flag WASHINGTON Senator Gillette DIowa introduced a bill to impose a fine or 30 day jail term for desecration mu tilation or improper use of the American flag particularly in ad vertising merchandise Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Continued warm Friday afternoon possible local thundcrshowors late Friday aft ernoon and early Friday night coaler Friday night and Satur day forenoon S IOWA Scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday forenoon Warmer ex treme east cooler extreme west portions Friday night Cooler west and central portions Satur day forenoon MINNESOTA Cooler Friday night and Saturday forenoon scat tered showers south ami east portions Friday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 82 Minimum Thursday night 63 At 8 a m Friday 67 YEAR AGO Maximum 68 Minimum so NELSON AIDES BACK KAISER Report Plans for Cargo Planes Call for 7 Motors and 2 Hulls WASHINGTON Pro ductipn Chief Donald M Nelsons aviation advisers have recom mended that Henry J Kaiser west coast contractor be given govern ment approval lor materials and facilities to build several sample mammoth cargo planes it was learned Friday Nelson was understood to be giving serious consideration to the recommendation Final action would be contingent upon Kais ers plans for a flying ported to have seven engines and two approved by aviation experts Nelson and his associates be lieve that so many of dollars are involved in construct ing these flying freighters that any untested models should be put through exhaustiveexperi ments lo demonstrate that the completed ships arc as good as the blueprints indicate If Kaiser is given permission o HO ahead with the sevenengine twohull supercargo flying ship it would be an innovation in American aviation The tests in question conceiv ably would be conducted by the armed services and thus if the planes performed satisfactorily the army or navy or both would then place contracts for the pro posed 500 ships The suggestions now In Nel sons hands include no restric tions that Kaiser find new sources of materials Such a proviso was included in the letter which was sent to Kaiser after his visit here last month 31 CRAFT ARE LOST IN MIGHTY PLANE ASSAULT Germans Acknowledge Widespread Destruction Caused in War Center By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Britain sent a mighty armada of perhaps 750 to 1000 bombers against Adolt Hitlers reich before dawn Thursday blasting the war foundries city of Duesseldorf The British said merely that hundreds of IIAF planes dropped a terrific weight oC bombs on Ducsseldorf and acknowledged the loss of 31 planes Ou the basis of average RAF losses of 3 to 5 per cent this would indicate that the attack ing force reached high into three figures It was the 50th raid on the Rhinelaiid city 24 miJes from Cologne FAIL TO GET ALARM TOPEKA Kans at the headquarters station were taking things easy awaiting the next alarm It never came The next fire they discovered sud denly wasin their own station roof Their Ship Sunk British Sailors Await Rescue PIONEER LAWYER DIES SIOUX CITY Cor nelia B Egan fe2 one of the first woman lawyers in this part of the nation died Thursday Miss Egan had been a leader in many wom ens organizations in Iowa r KM ir r Sailors of the British cruiser Dorsetshire crowd the sea as they await rescue in the Bay of Bengal after Japanese dive bombers sank their ship early in April Fortythree hits struck the Dorsetshire and the cruiser Cornwall and they went to the bottom within 20 minutes of each other Destroyers saved 1100 members of the two crews including the captains of the ships It was the Dorsetshire which delivered the coup de grace to the German superbattleship Bismarck in the Atlantic less than a year before this action The German high command ad mitted that the raiders inflicted widespread destruction Numerous conflagrations as wellas damage to material and were caused particularly ill residential quarters of Duessel dorf a nazi communique said The civilian population suffered losses Other targets in western Ger many also were attacked during the night operations Duesseldorf on the right bank of the Rhine is a great center of metallurgical machinery and chemical industries The attack came after a onenight lull in the British air offensive during which Russian bombers kept up the pounding of Germany by raiding Berlin Budapest and Koenigsberc if if if It was the seventh KAF night attack upon Germany in the last 10 nights Observers in London saw in the whipsawing British and Russian attacks evidence of a coordi nated program designed lo spread Germanys aerial defenses thinly over a broad area and thus make the rcich even more vul nerable lo massed assaults Russian reports on the soviet raids Wednesday night when bad weather in tbe west kept the RAP at home said that 38 fires were started in Budapest 12 in Berlin and 16 in Koenigsberg Moscow reported the loss of two bombers Britain again was raidfree Thursday night after RAF fight ers had turned back several small scale German forays along the cast coast during the evening Early Thursday two nazi raid to have been Focke Wulf 190 over he southeast coast and dropped everal bombs in an orchard causing some damage to nearby houses Spitfires chased the raid ers off Show Heavy Damage in Bremen LONDON French Xews Agencies Havas reported rom Vichy that antiaircraft guns it ClermontFerrand west of Vichy had been brought into ac ion during the night by unidenti fied planes flying over the city The Berlin and Vienna radio transmitters left the air abruptly Wednesday evening indicating lhat Russian planes may have been making new raids in east ern Germany perhaps on Berlin itself Reconnaissance photographs taken after the attack on Bremen Sept 4 showed great success in bombings of subma rine and aircraft factories warehouses railways and har bor facilities the air ministry announced The raid was the 99th of the war on Bremen which was the target for one of the 1000planc raids June 25 A machine shop 165 feet long and 175 feet wide at the Weser Flugzeubau plant making Junker 87 divebombers was gutted and two smaller buildings damaged A long building at the Atlas Werke submarine yards compris ing two workshops also was gut led Warehouses throughout the city were destroyed In the center of the older portion of Bremen the damage in one single area covered six and a half acres Press reports from Switzerland said Russian raids on Budapest Wednesday night had shocked Hungarian people with the heavy damage shattering the dream that the Hungarians could make war without being strucv back m X 1 Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobcGaietle carrier boy
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