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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 21, 1943, Mason City, Iowa DES KOINES iA NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX WIRES MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUARY 21 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS NO 89 35 KILLED WHEN U S PLANE FALLS Report Rommel Forces Fleeing Tripoli LAST OF AFRICA EMPIRE IS HEARING END Allied Planes Make Shambles of Retreating Axb Force on Desert By ROGER AssociatedPress War Editor Final collapse Premier Mus solinis African empire appeared to be only a matter of hours Thursday amid signs that Field Marshal Erwin Rojnmel was has tily abandoning the burning city of Tripoli and British 8th army columns stormed forward within 35 miles of the axis stronghold Tripoli is the last citadel of Italys dark continent domain which once embraced Eritrea Italian Somaliland Abyssinia Girenaica and Tripolitania A bulletin from Gen Sir Ber nard L Montgomerys 8th army headquarters said British troops Wednesday captured the towns Tarhuna and Horns respectively 40 and 56 miles from Tripoli and continued their pursuit of Rom mels fleeing armies Frontline dispatches said Bom mels troops and equipment were already streaming westward from Tripoli toward the Tunisian fron tier 100 miles away with allied planes making a shambles of the enemys line of retreat 1 A 50 mile stretch of coastal roac between Tripoli and Zuara was described as littered with the bombed and bulletsmashec wreckage ot trucks and other British headquarters indicated that Tarhuna and Boms fell early Wednesday and said that during the day our troops were In close contact with the enemy retreating to the west In the African campaign Horn roels battered forces were nov pinned down to a narrow strip along the Mediterranean coast a the British 8th armymoved swift ly upon Tripoli from the east and Brig Gen Jacques LeClerc fighting French troops drove from the south after a I000mil march across the Sahara despr from Lake Chad in the hearto equatorial Africa General LeClerc said his force were in firm contact with the on rushing 8th army brilliant taking part with their British al lies in the advance on Tripoli thus effectively sealing the ar which the allies have throw around the last axis foothold i North Africa Liaison had previously been es tablished between LeClercs col umns and AmericanB r i t i s h French forces on the western flank in Tunisia Multiple signs indicated that Rommel might abandon Trip oli without a fightin his urgen cy to reach Tunisia The Berlin radio reported that the city ablaze and under incessant al lied bombing attack Moreover violent fighting in central Tunisia where strongly reinforced German troops smashed at French positions southwest ot Pont du Fahs suggested an ef fort to clear the way for Rom mels weary forces enroute to the TunisBizerte zone in north ern Tunisia Italian headquarters asserted that in the last three days the axis had captured 1500 allied prisoners in referring to the fighting aroundPont du Fahs the French admitted Wed nesday that they had fallen back about seven miles in Ihis sector Allied headquarters said Thurs day that ColGen Jurgen von Arnims Tunisian forces again had netted a small advance in the mountains southwest of Pont lu Fahs and dispatches from the front said a German thrust into the French sector had thrown the whole front into a state of fluidity ieds Closing in on 5 Key ities Held by Germans as Spearheads Continue Advance Famous German SS RAIL STATION BURNS Four railroad employes were stioyed the union railway station at Burlington and fire men fought roaring flames in 8 below temperature Sev entyfive persons in a temporary waiting room provided while the building was being remodeled escaped injury started4V0man overheated oil burnernear the waiting room door and engulfed the buildmgMn a lew minutes Iowa Daily Press photo ArmyTroops Take Over in Solomons WASHINGTON retary of War Robert Patterson disclosed Thursday that army ground troops have replaced ihe marines in the Solomons and arc commanded by Maj Gen Alcsnn der Patch who has moved his headquarters from New Caledonia to Guadalcanal The marines who fought so long and so well in the Solomons are now getting a chance to rest Patterson said at a press confer ence Patch who commanded the army troops which landed in New Caledonia last year relieved Maj Gen Alesander A Vandergrift of the marines not quite a month ago Patterson said The army troops and Patch are under the general command of Maj Gen Mitlard F Harmon who commands all army troops in the South Pacific but the operations in that entire area are slill under Ihe command of Admiral William F Halsey Patterson said The American position in the Solomons has improved further during the last week Patterson said but the Japanese are ex pected to make new efforts to re inforce their troops on Guadal canal GRIP OF COLD WAVE RELAXED Temperatures Rise in General Warming Up DES MOINES fr1 lavcd its subzero Winter rc grip on Iowa Plucky Girl LONDON rescue work er Thursday afternoon climbed to the top floor of the shaky re mains of the London school smashed in Wednesdays noon time German bombing raid There he found three children about 5 years old Two were dead The third a girl with an injured was sitting on the floor more than 24 hours after the bombing Its all right I can walk she said and scrambling down to the ground ran straighl into a wait ing crowd and found her mother Thursday as the state received ni c r Ma so what the weather bureau described Cityan as a general warming up Mrs P 1 u n An expected cold wave a folk c 11 formerly low through from the biltcr cold Miss Marjorie lemperalures of earlier in the OConnor week failed to spread across Iowa teacher in the Wednesday night It did howM a s o n City ever toucli parts of northwest schools and Iowa sending the temperature to two small chil nine below at Spencer lowest red r e n Denice ported to bureau here 2M years and Other low marks last night John 9 months Sioux City 6 Mason City 5 survive Charles City 3 Cedar Rapids 2 Iowa City 3 and Ames 4 The early morning Iowa forecast said warmer today and in north and east portions Thursday night snow Thursday nightin north and extreme west portions Thursday fresh lo slrong winds Funeral Will Be Held Here for Victim Leo C Plvmkett one of four victims of Ihe passenger station fire at Burling ton was a for PLUNKETT Minister Advertises Sheep Strayed Gets Baas by Telephone FAIRVIEW Okla weather cut his church attendance so the Rev C L JVIoser advertised in the lostandfound column His sheep had strayed the no lice read and only 23 came for their feed in the morning Shortly thereafter his telephone began to ring Each time he said hello he got the same reply 2 lowans on Flights Over Airdrome at Lae SOMEWHERE IAT NEW GUINEA Jan 19 lowans piloting liberator bombers conducted armed recon naissance flights in conjunction with a raid on the Japaneseheld Malahang airdrome near Lae New Guinea by a group of American B25 bombers The lowans were Lieutenants Roy Olson ot Cedar Falls and Frank Dowie of DCS Moines Mr Plunkett was telegraph op erator for Clark Brothers stock bond and grain market offices in the Foresters building from 1 to 1935 The body will arrive Friday morning and will be taken to the Meyer funeral home Funeral FIREMEN STILL HUNT 2 BODIES Work Through Ruins o Burlington Station BURLINGTON worked through Ihe burned ruins of the Chicago Burlington and Quincy passenger station Thursday in an attempt to find the bodies ot two persons still missing following a fire which swept through the building early Wednesday Two bodies were found in the ruins late Wednesday and were identified by relatives as P E Carlin a conductor waiting to inke over a train which was behind schedule and Leo C Plunkett formerly of Mason City a tele grapher on duty at the station Still missing were Miss Doris Kenning telephone operator and L H Hervey of OHumwa a civil i engineer I All four were last known to have been on the second floor of tile station when the fire broke LONDON TOLL IN RAID PUT AT 44 50 Children Injured by German Attack By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS London counted a known toll of 44 children and teachers killed Wednesday when German raiders attacking in the biggest daylight raid since the battle ot Britain bombed a school in the capital Three teachers were killed Fifty other children were injured and rescue workers dug in the wreck age for victims still pinned under Ions of masonry Man Jailed for Setting Blaze in Fire Station LOS ANGELES Sullivan 50 year old laborer thought firemen dp too much sit ting around Warning engine com pany No II to get on your hook and ladder and get ready he set fire to the station house One fireman put out the blaze Now Sullivan is sitting jaii Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Rockwell lormer home of Mrs Plunkett The rosary will be said at the Meyer funeral home Friday eve ning at 8 oclock The Calholic Daughters of America will meet at the Meyer funeral home for the Rosary Fri day evening Also surviving Mr Plunkett are one sister Mrs Sam Cash mere Fort William Canada two brothers William Plunkett Sioux Lookout Canada and James Plunkett Helena Mont Preceding him in death nre his parents Mr and Mrs Patrick Plunkett and three brothers Tom Henry and Frank Plunkett Mr Plunkett was born in Eagle Grove March 9 1894 He was married lo Miss OConnor July 20 I937 Following their mar riage they went to Racine Wis then Chicago and Victorsville Cal Three months ago Mr Plunkett accepted the position of wire chief at Burlington amid the burned ruins Service was restored on a make shift basis with the express office and railroad coaches on sidings being used lor emergency tclc raphic and ticketselling pur poses The Union hotel lobby was pressed into service as temporary passenger waiting room THOUSANDS GO DACK TO WORK IN COAL MINES Return to Job Only Few Hours Before Deadline Set by F R WILKESBARRE Pa hreeweeks old wildcat strike in he Pennsylvania anthracite fields nations costliest in man lours lost since Pearl ipparently ended Thursday a few lours before a backtowork leadline set by President Hoosc Enthusiastic miners by the thousands trooped buck lo their jobs in all major strikeclosed collieries in what one strike leader described as a courtesy to the president rallicr than an acceptance of defeat Of the 24000 who once partici pated in the revolt against United Mine Workers leadership bare y 3000 were known still to be die as the crowds of ovcrallec workers rode down colliery shafts Lo their pits many for the first time since Dec 30 Two of the four small locals still out announced meet ings for later Thursday and many members believed backtowork votes would result Only one of the four was com milted to wait out Mr Roose veils zero hour sometime Thurs day afternoon when he had saic the necessary steps would b if necessary to end thi strike which is doing serious dam age to the war effort Strikers and others look the presidents warning to mean lhat troops would be sent lo take over any collieries still strikebound at Ihe end of the 48hour cracc he allowed when his order was telegraphed shortly after noon Tuesday There is nothing to gain b staying out said Hugh Cava naugh president of the Sout WilkesBarrc colliery local oC Glen Alden Coal company the worlds largest anthracite produc er We do not want to embarrass the president he added But we will continue to fight against the 50ccnts f month union dues in crease and also for an increase in wages The dues started tlie wave of walkouts December 30 Demands for a S2 a day costofIiving bo nus followed It was evident before starting whistles sounded at 7 am EWT Thursday that the back ol the strike had been broken Strikers returned to the South WilkesBarre Woodward Huber and Lance collieries of the Glen Alden company and the Prospect Henry colliery of the Lchigh Val ley Coal company Davicl Cummings president of the United Mine Workers Lance colliery local said two miners not members of the local appeared at hc mouth of the colliery before ihe starting whistle blew but left at his request There was no disorder 1 roop Combat Regiment Smashed by Russians MOSCOW UP Red armies losed in on five key nazihold ities between the Ukraine and ic North Caucasus Thursday Their spearheads were within 9 miles of Kharkov 50 miles of Rostov 30 miles of Voroshilov rad Donets basin industrial cen cr 18 miles of Salsk railroad unction and 4i miles of Arma ir where the BakuRostov oil ailroad joins with that to the Maikop oil fields and Tuapse oil iorl on the Black sea Thursdays noou communique revealed that in a ferocious threeday battle fur Iroletars kaya 20 miles castnortheast of Salsk on the StalingradTini horelsk railroad the Russians smashed Ihe famous German SS troop combat regiment Ger many and remnants of other regiments concenlraled there before the Maliych with bin ar tillery mortar and tank forces Russian storm troops led by the Juards broke inlo Ihe town and hc railroad station Wednesday They routed Ihe Germans in street fighting Ihe comrnimkiue said and threw the remnants be yond the Manych In overnight fighting the Rus sians took nearly 1700 prisoners specific claim including a bat talion of 1000 Hungarians who with their officers downed and surrendered in addition lo many laken in local fighting The midnight communique had announced Ihe capture of more than 10000 prisoners Wednesday including 3000 in one group and an entire German artillery regi ment perhaps 1500 men in an other One giant red army pincers claw last reported 79 miles from Kharkov industrial capi tal of the Ukraine and fourth city of Russia was believed to be advancing steadily CRAFT CRASHES IN FLIGHT OVER DUTCH GUIANA The Russians were reportcc within 65 miles of Rostov froir the north and only about 50 mile away on the southeast It was indicated that LI Gel Rodion Y Malinowskys army act on Salsk which rcachei point IB miles from lhat rail oad junction Wednesday va tow materially nearer after hav crossed the Manych Thrusting southwestward flus ian pincer claws were within nilcs of Voroshilovgrad in Ih Donets basin mining and in lustrial area from the cast and 2 niles from the north West of Stalingrad city where tlie Russians arc liquidating the remainder of 22 rapped Ger man divisions a red army unil during the night stormed am captured a strongly fortified defense point killing 300 Ger mans and taking 96 prisoners the norm communique said They fanturcd seven tanks 13 Runs t9 machine Kims Iwr radio transmitters md other spoils RETURN GERMANS TO BRAZIL BUENOS AIRES German citizens who entered the country clandestinely from Brazil have been returned to Brazilian authorities the ministry of inte rior has announced The Germans who were suspected of espionage activities declared that they hsd fled from the persecutions of the Brazilian government 23 BARRACKS BUILDINGS BURN None Injured in Fire at Internment Camp COLORADO SPRINGS Cclo destroyed 23 barracks buildings Thursday at Camp Car son an internment camp Army officersin charge said no one was injured Firemen from Colorado Springs prevented the blaze from reaching warehouses but were unable to check the blaze before the barracks were destroyed Cause of the fire and damage estimates were not made by camp officials CONVALESCING IX HOSPITAL HUMBOLDT 1 e t c n c r Millcr of Humboldt previously re ported missing in action now is convalescing in a U S navy hos pital at Oakland Cal DIES FROM INJURIES SIOUX CITY D Riepers 35 died of injuries suf fered when struck by a truck Tuesday night Ripcrs lost a leg in an accident several years ago His wile and six children survive Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Warmer Thursday afternoon Not much change in temperature Thursday night and Friday forenoon Snow Thurs day night Lowest temperature Thursday night 0 IOWA Slightly warmer in north and cast portions Thursday nighl and Friday forenoon oc casional light snow in extreme north portion MINNESOTA Occasional I i g h snow and nol quite so cole Thursday afternoon through Friday forenoon fresh to mod erately strong winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 4 Minimum Wednesday night 5 At B a m Thursday 4 YEAR AGO Maximum 40 Minimum 26 On the southwestern front nor of Rostov ihe Russians claime several additional inhabited places during the night In capturing Kamenslc 90 miles north of Rostov on this south western front the Russians took thrce trains loaded wilh motor Irucks war materials nnd food dumps and many parked trucks and olher spoils Tile noon communique said of Ihe situation on the soulhVoron ezh front whore the Russians threatened Kharkov lhat rings were being tightened around en circled divisions On this front there were many broken groups of satellite troops and it was indicated that there might be mass surrenders soon One Russian unil killed more than 200 axis troons during the niglft on the southVoronczli front the noon cnmmuniriuc said and took PtiO prisoners along with a tank four anti tank guns 60 war material carts and other material It was in another sector of this front that an entire Hungarian batlalion laid down its arms The noon communique noted German resistance in the north Caucasus but said the red army broke it and captured several more small towns and villages A special communique and the midnight communique had report ed the smashing of resistance by axis troops circled at Oslrogozhsk 55 miles south of Voronezh where the Russians captured two rail road trains loaded with motor Irucks Knight Author of This Above All Among Victims in Disaster WASHINGTON four igincd American transport plane ironic overseas crashed Jan 15 Dutch Guiana killing all the 33 vilian officials army officers members aboard the air ansport command of the war tie artment announced Thursday The accident was believed lo Ijave taken more lives thai any other crash of an American icavierllianair craft Two stale department officials Iilliam Hodson of New York and E Henryson of Washington ere among the victims Two other dead were from ths cdcral bureau of E Foxworth assistant director charge of the New York of ice of the FBI and H D Haber elO a special agent Both were nroulc on secret missions abroad oxworth had worked on most of lie big espionage cases which the Bl has investigated in this war Deluding that of the eight German aboteurs landed by a German ubmarinc Habcrfckl until rq cntly was assigned to the Buffalo BI office The oilier dead included Maj Eric M Knight author of the best scllins novel This Above and Charles II Brown of the California Arabian Oil com pany i Maj Gen Harold L George commander ol the air transport command said an army board of inquiry was investigating the crash Secretary of State Corclcll Hull said that the two stale department officials died in the performance of their duties and have been added to the list of those other Americans who have given their lives for their country Henryson orn at Story City Iowa was on lis first state department assign ment The plane tinder contract with the army was piloted by Capt B II Dally who was regarded as one of the best of the civilian transport pilots The other passengers were Dr S S Dorrance flight sur eon First Lt Charles W bell Second LI Robert B Walker Second Lt Johu P Girline Second Lt Tolunas L Gallagher Staff Sgt Russell A Baughman Staff Sgt Robert M Stoflel Staff Sgt Ellis M Roberts Jr Second Lt Carl A Matlco Flight Officer Charles S Shivcly Second Lt Max Solomon Sst Charles S Roberts Jr Staff Sgt Hey ward O Wylie Sgl Oscar Spahr Capt Ba sil D Gallagher First Lt Donald C Martin First Lt Peter D Barn hart Morris Lewis James W Sec ger Capt Albert L Sccman Members of the crew in addition to Dally were First Ofifccr T M Wagner Sec ond Ofifccr E L Bacon First Navigator 1 E Voss Second Navi gator 1 M Kane Flight Engineer C E Quiscnbcrry First Jiadio Op erator Leonard La Frank Second Radio Operator 1 L Moriarity Flight Purser K Bcinpfix AH of the next of kin ot army personnel have been notified General George said he did not know the cause of the accident As far ashe knew he weather was all right lie said the crew was one of the best operating planes anywhere George did not disclose the exact type of transport nor the company operating it on behalf of the army He pointed out thai as larger airplanes come inlo the trans port service casually lists from single crashes will tend to be come larger Lewis 3J was an information specialist for the army services of supply He was one of sev eral persons who wrote A Short Guide to Great Britain one of a scries of pockcl guides rtis tribiitcil bv the army to troons Kohig aboard His home was in New York Knight the author 15 lived at Pleasant Valley Va He was born in Yorkshire England April 10 1397 He was attached to the spe cial services branch of the war department which undertakes var ious morale activities Hodson Now Yorc City welfare commissioner was on leave and engaged by the state department on foreign rehabilitation work Hodson has been associated with child welfare work for many years lie was born in Minneapolis in 1891 and did welfare work in Minnesota before going to New York in 1922
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