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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 2, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME u t r A rvi ML n i HISTORY AND ARCHIVES DES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH JOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS ANP UNITED PKESS FULL LEASED FIVE CENTS A COPV MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 2 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE HOME EDITION uiuir NO 123 RAF POURS BOMBS ON BERLIN of Red Cross War Fund Raised Here QUOTA FOR COUNTY IN HUGECAMPAIGN Four Townships Over Top Advance Work Shown in Report A total of of Cerro Gordo countys Red Cross war chest quota has been raised This was announced at the chapter offices Tuesday as neariy 1000 workers in every neighbor hood in the county continued to present the cause of the Red Cross war program The Slti19693 reported Tuesday came from the advance solicita tion and from the rural areas of the county From every sector ol Your Gift Will Help Make This a Cross 40000 The first report of filled out one wing and almost twothirds of another in the Red Cross insignia shown above It will take S10000 the ciuota set for the county campaign to fill out all four wings of the cross the campaign front came reports that Ihe residents ot Cerro Gordo county were giving willingly and gladly Four of the 16 townships in the county made final reports Lake tounsilip with a quota of S775 raised Clear Lake town ship brought in SB4935 on a quota of S500 Lincoln township raised 573075 on a SG50 quota while Mason township with a quota of came through with One rural subscriber contrib uted more than Other large gifts were also reported in the rural sections One worker who had 20 families on hislist had more lhan half his quota after making five calls FRIGID WAVE SWEEPS STATE 1 Below Reported in Mason City Decorah DES MOINES garden talk was chilled to the marrow by a zero wave Tuesday in Iowa In contrast with last weeks balmy weather which sent gar deners thronging to seed stores the mercury nosedived to 11 be low in JIason City and Decorah and 10 below Monday night at Fort Dodge H was three below zero at 9 a m Tuesday in DCS Moincs Mondays state high was 34 at Ames No precipitation was reported Mme Chiang in Bed Prepares for Address NEW YORK Madame Chiang KaiShek worked ii bed Tuesday on her speech to be broadcast from a soltlout IV adison Square Garden rally Tuesday night The wife of the Chinese generalissimo was re ported recovering from the spells of faintness which she suffered Monday during her first day of official appearances here at the outset of a crosscountry tour She is recuperating fiom a recent operation Nazi Attacks in Northern Tunisia Defeated Allies Take Sbeitla Drive Ahead By WES GALLAGHER ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IK NORTH AFRICA Hied troops have hurled back all of Gen Juigen von Arnimiattacks in northern Tunisia knocking out 24 German tanks in three days and killing at least SCO axis troops while in central Tunisia the allies captured Sbeitla and drove on three miles farther east In one of their most successful days in the air in this campaign allied air forces shot clown 2r axis planes Monday an allied headquarters communique an nounced The Germans made two more attacks Monday toward Bcja west of Tunis anil a short dis tance south of Hie Mediterranean coast hut were driven back after losingr six tanks in one ac tion Some 20 miles to ihe south Americans and British struck out with a counterattack northeast from El Aroussa killing at least 300 axis troops and wiping out some machinegun posts iront re ports said Advices from the Iront reported an estimate that another 300 ol the foe had been killed in lighting in the nearby MedjezElBab Goubeliat The Germans made their main thrust toward Beja and advanced to a point about seven miles fiom the town betore being hurled back Besides that they launched an in fantry attack at Toukabeur about six miles northwest of MedjezEI Bab which also was beaten back Meanwhile American troops advancing on Field Marshal Rommels trail entered Sbeitla Kasserinc and Feriana Field re ports said the Ihree towns were occupied without fifflitinj Only the fall of Sbeitla was an nounced in Tuesdays allied head quarters communique Sbeitla is Itt miles northeast of Kasserine while Feriana is about 20 miles southwest of Kasserine Both American and British planes struck heavy blows at axis air and ground strength Flying fortresses which are cut ting deeper amost every clay to ward the heart ot the Italian war effort struck at Palermo in Sicily the flyers reported hitting five large merchant vessels and sev eral smaller ones in the harbor They also damaged warehouses and drydocks There were two waves of fortresses and gunners shot down seven axis fighters without suffering any loss them selves while lightning escorts shot down another fighter One of the heaviest tolls of enemy fifrhtcrs of the rampaiirn was taken when marauders with 1 i K h t n i n it escorts skimmed within 60 feet if the ground to attack a muchbombed railroad bridge at La Ilcncha near Sfax and other targets They blew up the bridge and in a 30 minute battle with German fighters the American bombers shot down four Messerschmitt 109s and FockeWulf 190s while their lightning escort knocked an other five planes out of the air Other planes were shot down in other sectors The fall of Sbeitla occurred Monday Tuesdays allied head quarters communique said In the far south the war bulle tin said fighters attacked objec tives in the Mareth area but there was no announcement of land ac tion Tank Overturns in California lowan Dies COUNCIL BLUFFS nician Fifth Grade Oscar Nils Viberg 32 was killed Monday when the army tank he was driv ing overturned near Petaluma Cal his parents Mr and Mrs Ed ward Viberg Council Bluffs have been notified Viberg went into service when the national guard was mobilized in 1941 ALLIED FLYERS GET READY TO HIT JAP CONVOY 14 Ships Reported to Be Moving to Nippon Base in New Guinea By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A 14 ship Japanese convoy mov ing along under cover of an ad vantageous weather front was reported curoutc to Lac or othci New Guinea bases in the south west Pacific Tuesday while Gen Douglas MaeArlhurs airmen im patiently awaited the opportunity to attack The American and Australian flyers were eager to repeat their performance of last Jan 810 when they succeeded in sinking or putting out of action at least five of the six transports of a 11 or IZship convoy and shot down 75 and perhaps 100 en emy planes in one of the great est air battles of the southwest Pacific i As a result of that action the Japanese attempt to reinforce Lac was believed largely abortive The new Japanese attempt to shove in fresh forces to hold their northeastern New Guinea bases despite a formidable allied air blockade possibly was in answer to allied thrusts which have pushed the Japanese back 30 miles from 1 wan and close to Salamaua 20 miles southeast of Lae It followed by 24 hours an of ficial warning by General MacAr thur that the Japanese were con centrating their main strength in the islands rinsing Australia to the north and northwest The communique announcin the approach of the convoy from the region of Talasca on a long peninsula extending midway from the northcoast of the island of Britain to the cast said succmtly Our air force is pre paring to attack if the weather permits The prospect of a second huge convoy battle was thus raised The Americans and their Aus tralian allies had available for the prospective battle an ad vanced airfield at Wan Meanwhile allied Iiombadiers took a crack at numerous Japanese airfields and shipping from Wainsapoc OH the island of Socmba west of Timor to Alexishafen in New Guinea They strafed trails in the area south of Salamaua and Erounrt patrols surprised and destroyed a collection of Japa nese barffcs at the mouth of the Maria river just south of Sala maua Australian War Minister Arthur S Drakeford said he believed the Japanese preparations in the southwest Pacific were essentially for defensive purposes but said they would be in readiness for at tack if the opportunity came In Burma the United States air force announced it had put out of commission the strategic Goktcik viartuct between Man dalay and Lashio the terminus of the Burma road Loss of the via duct a 2200foot long engineer ing marvel which bridges a river gorge cut Japanese rail commu nications with their forward forces which have been attempt ing to renew a drive into Chinas southwestern province of Yun nan The Americans all returned to their base despite a running air battle while other American planes bombed railroad targets at Thazi miles south of Mandalay and at Paukkan The navy communique Tuesday announced the 80th American raid on the Japanese base at Munda New Georgia island In London a Netherlands sub marine reported the sinking of a 4000ton Japanese supply ship in the straits of Malacca ft V i s S Reds Sweep n North 8000 GERMANS KILLED IN GAIN TimosKenko Smashes 16th German Army MOSCOW to the forefront of the red armys operations against the Germans Marshal Semon Timoshcnko has driven into their positions on a broad windswept sector of the northwestern front in a sudden thrust that nazi armor and heavy mortar fire were unable to halt and has smashed he seasoned German IGth army the Russians said Tuesday Tuesdays connnuniijnc d i rt not mention the fishtinff in this seclor but front line dispatches indicated that Xiraoshcnho has not had to halt his drive to con solidate his forces after sweep ing over 900 square miles of territory and recapturing 302 villages in a sparsely settled countryside A special communique Monday night firn told of the successes of an cishtciayold offensive in which 8000 Germans were report ed killed and tOOD captured It was the first official mention of Timoslienko in months and the campaign was his first important effort at northern lighting in this war Previously he had been sta tioned on ihe KharkovKursk fronts and on the southwestern front His role in the new offensive was interpreted here as an indi cation the marshal still had Prem ier Stalins full confidence The strength of Germanys IGtii army has not been stated but vcstia the governments newspa per reported that numerous Ger man divisions were defeated cast of Hmcn The German istii array was known to have kept the area wellgarrisoned with seasoned fighters who have had i years rest from action since the Rus sians last winter attacked in the region of Slaraya Kussa ivhicli they approached within rifle ratifte The current fighting nn the front is reported to be west of the Valdai hills which means that the Germans do not have this defense barrier from which to operate Among the towns recaptured by the red army were Demyansk which hac been converted into a strong fort in the center of a wide spread defense system Lychkovo and Zaluchye they are weaker than iast year or that the red army lias increased its strength i 3 Southward from the south of Orel to points in the northern Caucasus on the Black sea coast where the Germans were clinging to their remaining positions slush and water hampered operations of tlie reel army but west of Kursk and west of Kharkov the soviet troops continued their mass blows advancing into more settlements The heaviest German attacks continued southwest of Voroshil ovgrad but the Russiansreported their forces were penetrating nazi positions in the Donets basin as well as pushing farther west of Rostov The worst fighting weather was in the northern Caucasus where the soldiers in some places fought kneedeep in water SEMEOV TfMOSHEXKO new drive 13 Injured in Blast at Chemical Plant BRISTOL Pa least 13 war workers were injured some seriously Monday night in an ex plosion and fire that wrecked part of a threestory building n ihe huge Rohm nnd Haas Chemi cal company plant in this indus trial community near Philadel phia Company spokesmen esti mated damage at at least S500 000 and Warned a reaction ol chemicals used in the processing ot plastic material 400 RESERVES ARRIVE CEDAR RAPIDS mately onehalf of the 800 army air force reserves expected to take five months training at Coe col lege had arrived on the campus Monday The men are quartered in Greene hall Deeg of Mason City Found Dead Near Railroad Tracks Is Believed to Have Fallen From Passenger Train Near Marian UARLAiV F body or Nazi Radio Declares New York May Not Be PILOTS REPORT RESULTS GOOD 19 PLANES LOST Great Weight of Demolition Incendiary Bombs Strike Nazis LONDON bombers made their heaviest raid of the war onBerlin Monday night smashing at the German capital in a con centrated assault that curried the greatest aeria offensive in history into its seventh lay Nineteen Iwmbcrs were lost in the Berlin attack and in subsidiary raids on western Germany the air ministry announced The bombers lost in the Berlin attack included two Raid Twice as Heavy as Any Made on London LONDON was author itatively reported that the iteight of bombs hitting Ber lin Monday night was probably tivicc us 900 Ions the ton load dropped on London hi any one night by the German air force The highest total of bombs ever dropped on London was believed to have been on April Ifi 1911 when an estimated 450 tons hit the capital A year zco 300 tons dropped ly the 11AF virtually wiped out 40 per cent of Luebeck in Ger many Last Sunday niRht the KAF dumped 1000 tons on St Xazairc German Uboat base within 0 minutes and ast Friday Cologne was struck by several hundred bombers City was found along the rightof vviy of the Chicago Great West ern railroad two miles cast ot here by section workers about n m Tucsdny Shelby County Coroner A L Niclson reported If would appear that lie fell off a passenger train the coroner saiil He was wearing us overcoat and overshoes lie evidently knew he was going to be outside dy ofp r A A I Mason Tree rrom Air Attack Death probably was caused by a fractured skull the coroner added The hands also were extensively bruised In n pocket the coroner con tinued was a ticket bought Mon day in Mason City Jbr Portland Ore At Mason City Tuesday Mrs Dccg said her husband was enj route to the west coast to take a I war industrv job j I Niclson said a preliminary in quest had been hcirt but the final determination will not lie made until after specific infor mation could be obtained from the railroad An afternoon westbound train has an open vestibule at ihe rciir lie said but the others on which Dccg may have been riding have no such openings The body was frozen lie coroner added and it was im possible to know howlong it could have been on the riylnof way before il was discovered Dccg is survived by his wire Anna 20 Jefferson avenue southI west and by Uircc sons in the service Cecil E with the Pacific fleet Miles with the first con tingent to reach Ireland and Wy man L with the Pacific fleet Mr Dccg was cnroule to Portland Ore to a defense job having left Mason City Monday Chief Harold Wolfe notified Mrs Deeg of the death and is assisting in the in vestigation By UNITED PRESS The Berlin radio said Tuesday that New York Boston and Wash ington may not he safe1 from German air attack in a few months The implied threat was con tained in a broadcast recorded by CI3S complaining that raids on Europe arc particularly coward ly on the port of America in view of the fact that its shores are still a safe distance from air bombs I However the broadcaster said we should not forget that in con sequence of the progress of avia tion even New York with its much vaunted skyscrapers Boston and Washington miy not be safe a few months Hen Saves Its Life g an Egg ROSWELL N Mex man Chuck Mitchell of the Rosl well n a v y recruiting office bought a hen for Sunday dinner j Saturday night she laici an egg i Shes still alive Mitchell hopes i shell lay some more GANDHI HOLDS OWN POOKA only one more night to survive without food to complete his 21 day fast Mohandas K Gandhi continued to hold his own Tuesday The 73 yearold leader was seeing his last whom no one is permitted to visit Y TOWAN IS HONORED WASHINGTON MVThe Silver Star has been awarded to Joseph D Lillic WilliamsbuiK Iowa for gallantry in the Solomon island area in the South Pacific the war department announced Tuesday Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Continued cold Tuesday afternoon ami Tiesciav night Lowest Tuesday night in Mason City minus ilisiru temperature Wednesday fore noon IOWA Not quite so cold Tuesday night and warmer Wednesday forenoon MINNESOTA Not quite si rjhi T u c s d a y va r in c r Wcdnesday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday Minimum Monday night 11 At 8 a m Tuesday H At 2 p m Tuesday 4 YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum G Precipitation Trace from tlie Royal Canadian air iorec indicate that re sults over Berlin were good the communique said Though Hcrlin had been raided 57 times previously ncvr before had such a great weight of demolition and fire bombs been dump ed here Tlie thunderbolt assault was concentrated into a half hour the air ministry said but in tiiu first few minutes alone htigi fires leaped up in the target area Bomber crews that came later said they saw the fires 20 min utes before they reached Berlin Returning home he pilots could see the fires from as far away us Hanover and Bremen the latter nearly 200 milcK from Berlin iMHirton super block busters capable of devas tating a sixacre c i t v block and twoton block busters were among the bombs rained on Berlin the air ministry said All participating planes were Iotirengincd bombers ib added The ky was free from clouds and visibility hardly could have been better ihe communique said The crews saw all the ma Berlin Admits 89 Killed and 213 HurlFrom Raid Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Berlin radio in a broad cast recorded by the Associated Press said Tuesday that consid erable daniaRC was done Mon day nichl by the Uritish air raid on Berlin and incomplete rc sulls showed 89 persons were killed and 213 injured jor landmarks river Spree lakes and many wellknown buildings A pilot who stayed inside the ring of defenses for 15 minutes said there were many searchlights but the Ilak was not up to   

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