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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 15, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                                DEPARTMENT Of HISfOSY AND ARCHIVE5 DCS t 0 I N 5 A HAVEYOU BOUGHT YOUR FULL SHARE THE NEWSFAPER THAT HOME EDIT roll MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS PULL FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 15 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 161 PRESS AXIS IN TUNISIA MOUNTAINS 11 Japs Lose Third of Planes in Milne Bay Raid REPORT NIPPON COMBAT FLEET IN TRUK AREA MacArthur Spokesman Stresses Need for More Allied Air Strength By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gen Douglas MacArthurs head quarters disclosed Thursday that suicidal losses ranging upwards ol 30 per cent were inflicted on a Japanese armada of 75 to 100 planes attempting to raid Milne Bay New Guinea but simultane ously new official warnings were sounded on the need for greater allied strength in the South Pa cific skies if A spokesman for Genera MacArthur further declared that a great Japanese combat fleet was concentrated in the Truk area within three days sailing distanceof New Guinea The spokesman said the Japa nese also had approximately 250 000 tons of merchant shippin based at Rabaul New Britain alone Constant convoys operating be yond the range of our ajr forces are being pushed forward to re inforce the enemy the spokes man declared Striking in force for the thirc time in four days the Japanes lost 15 planes definitely sho down and 15 others were so badlj damaged they probably failed t reachtheir bases in Wednesday raid in it was an nounced Previous attacks included Sun days 45 plane raid on Oro Baj New Guinea where 24 were sho clown and Mondays 00 plane as sault on Port Moresby where 3 were destroyed The Japanese had also lost 39 aircraft in a 98 plane attack on Guadalcanal island in the Solo mons on April 7 making a cu mulative eishtday total of 130 enemy planes knocked out of action Meanwhile new developnien arose in the WashingtonAustrali discussion on allied strategy in th southwest off b Gen Sir Thomas A Blarneys dis closure that Japan has masse 200000 first line troops in the is land above Australia and may b expected to launch a comebac offensive at any moment In Washington military author ties expressed belief that the Japanese had passed from the of fensive to aggressive defense and declared there was little dan ger that the enemy would attempt to strike against Australia or any other important allied citadel At allied headquarters a spokes man for Gencril MacArthur said that General Blarneys estimate on Japanese troop strength was most conservative and that in addition to Rabaul other enemy bases at Palau Manila and Soerabaja are within easy concentration range of the 2500 milebattleline which envelops the upper half of Au stralia In Melbourne Prime Minister John Curtain said that the Japa nese had been building up air strength in the South seas the ater for the last two months and that powerful attacks on Australia could be expected soon On the Burma from the British headquarters reported that many Japanese were killed when RAF fighter planes sank six troop loaded power launches in a low flying attack of Ramrec island 50 miles below Ahyab on the Bay of Bengal A Chinese army spokesman said fresh Japanese reinforcements had arrived in along the BurmaYunnan province frontier at Chinas back door and forecast a new Japanese offensive In the China campaign itself the spokesman said Japans drives in eight Cninese provinces have fizzled out and the invaders have fallen back step by step to their original positions EVERYTHING ISNT is a little relief from the deadly seriousness of war sometimes among the American soldiers fighting in Tunisia as shown by these two photos from that front Slit trenches have become the most popular things in North Africa for the Americans and Pvt Ernest G Thompson left of Sharpsburg Ky catches up on his reading in his At a U S army air forces base a Hun Fund has been established with each pilot contributing to it before a flight The first airman to down an axis plane then collects the fund when they return Collector at right is Lt Jerry D Collingsworlh of Boerger Tex Sound Finances Needed By CORDELL HULL Secretary of State Written for the Associated Press and the GlobeGazette Our enemies rejected peace and chose force We shairdcfeat them then with the united nations devote ourselves to the establishment of a satisfactory peaceful world War bonds are the support ot our hopes for the future SENTENCE NIGHT DIES IN FIELD CLUB OWNER DRIVING TEAM 10 Air Raids Are Made on Kiska Isle in Single Day Many Hits Scored Fires Started in Runway Gamp Area WASHINGTON Aelu tians air force command broke all previous records for number of attacks on Kiska in a single day the navy reported Thursday when the enemyheld island was raided ten times Tuesday by both heavy and medium bombers The ten raids even exceeded the total number of attacks on Kiska in the entire month of February when the island was raided nine times by planes which dropped a total of 1000 bombSi Since March 1 Kiska has been attacked 73 times the count in cluding Tuesdays assaults Navy communique number 344 North Pacific I On April 13th during the lay ten attacks were carried out MEETS FATHER IN CAMP CAMP ROBERTS Cal Russell C Puchtn 19 and his fath er Leslie E Puchta were both inducted into the selective service at Camp Grant Rockford 111 Sept 12 1942 There they said goodby and lost track of each other until Russell was assigned to the Field Artillery Replacement Train ing service here where he founc his father a Technician nth Ovnrir iainst Japanese installations at by formations of army lib erator Consolidated B24 heavy bombers Mitchell North Ameri can B25 light bombers and war hawk CurtissP40 and lightning Lockheed P38 fighters Beached enemy float planes were strafed Many hits were scorec and fires were started in the run way and main camp area South Pacific All dates are east 2 On April 14th during the afternoon avenger Grumman TBF torpedo bombers and wild cat Grumman F4F fighters bombed and strafed Japanesi barges and installations in Viru harbor New Georgia island Sev eral fires were started Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlpbeGazctf carrier boy Cocoanut Grove Head to Serve 1 2 Years BOSTON Barnett Wel ansky owner of the Cocoanut rove night club where 490 per sons met death in a fire Nov 28 was sentenced in superior court Thursday to serve 12 to 15 years n state prison for manslaughter Convicted on 19 counts of man slaughter Welansky was sen tenced to concurrent 12tolo year sentences at hard labor on each count Judge Joseph L Hurley a short time earlier had denied three de fense motions for a new tria1 for a continuance judgment and for arrest of Husband Wouldnt Let Her Hear Quiz Programs LOS ANGELES UP Mrs Janet A Mitchel got her divorce Her husband Herbert wouldnt let her listen to radio quiz pro grams she testified I thought they were educa tional but he said he knew all the answers and I didnt need to know them Frank Reidinger 60 Succumbs Frank Reidinger 60 who had oeen working on the Frank Brych farm 2 miles east of Plymouth died of a heart attack while work ing Wednesday afternoon accord ing to Coroner R E Smiley Mr Reidinger had driven a load of manure which Mr Brych had helped him load to the field to be spread Mr Brych continued with other chores but later no ticed the horses walking back into the farm yard At the time they entered the yard the body of Mr Reidinger fell from the step of the spreader according to Mr Brych who yelled for the horses to stop Tracks showed that the spread er had reached the field but had not been put in gear Dr Smiley said that evidence showed no run away and that the team had re turned to the barnyard upon reali zation there was no driver Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy STUTTGART HIT INVERY HEAVY ATTACK BY RAF 23 Bombers Fail to Return From Highly Concentrated Assault LONDON power ful fourengined bombers raced 400 miles across naziheld Europe Wednesday night to strike at the German industrial city of Stutt gart in a highly concentrated raid from which 23 bombers failed to return the air ministry announced Thursday Simultaneously other allied here to be Rus reported bv Berlin to have hit at East Prussia The air ministry announce ment described the attack upon Stuttgart a city of 410000 and one of Germanys most impor tant engineering centers as very heavy The target was clearly identified the minis try declared indicating the raid was favored by good weather At least three German night fighters were reported shot down by the big British bombers The air ministry news service reported that railway communica tions in northern France also were attacked during the night by RAF fighters and that whirlwind bomb ers on night patrol had damaged two enemy vessels in a lowlove attack near Le Treport on the French coast The German air force mean while struck back at Britain with night attacks on East Anglia and towns in the Thames cstuarv causing a brief alert in London its first night alert since March 8 Some damage and casualties were caused by the raiders though no bombs fell in the capital Three of the German planes were reported destroyed over Britain and another over its base in France Wednesday nights first on Stuttcart since the night of March by 24 hours a powerful attack on the Dalian naval base of Spezia Stuttsarl Is the home of impor tant plants including fac tories for the manufacture of plane tank and submarine mo tors and parts Stimson Says Pacific to Get More Planes WASHINGTON con stantly increasing flow of aircraft and other military supplies was promised Thursday by Secretary of War Stimson for the forces of General Douglas MacArthur in the southwest Pacific Taking cognizance at his press conference of recent pleas from Australia for additional planes to meet the more aggressive Japa nese aerial activity of recent weeks Stimson said we wrill keep our American and Australian flyers supplied with sufficient planes not only to replace our losses but to build up our aircraft to counter the increasing enemy air strength The secretary said that such ap peals for additional material came to this country from all theaters of operations and added that vigorous public officials in areas close to tiie war would be remiss in their duties if they failed to press their demands Australian officials have recent y called for more help However Stimson said the al ied combined chiefs of staff hargecl with meeting the over all requirements of all the unilei lations Jias the very clifficul ask of allocating a limited sup ply to meet large demands The needs of the soutluves Pacific arc being kept n mind the secretary concluded and there will be a constant increasing flow of military sup plies particularly aircraft to thi theater1 U S Part in Tunisia Stressed Mason City Will Honor Hitler Fitting felicitations for Adolf Schickelghtber which it is hoped will make him age materially will prepared in Mason City next Tuesday morning in connection with a celebration of der fuehrers birthday The celebration planned by the ADOLF SCHICKELGRUBEX Birthday Party Cerro Gordo county war finance committee will open with a a m breakfast at the Hotel Han ord for which there will be an cover charge in addition to he 50 cents for the meal For the cover charge bonds in that denomination or larger dated April 12 or later must be shown at the door The war bonds will be on sale iti the lobby Feature of the breakfast pro sram is expected to be the speech by Reich Marshal Wilhclm Her man Goering accepting the local congratulations for his master War finance committee members said that Herr Schickclgruber would be unable to attend in per son and Germanys No 2 nazi will be here in his stead Suitable entertainment for the distinguished guest is being planned by the committee which requested that anyone wishing to make a reservation should call the Cerro Gordo bond headquarters No 2037 or the Hotel Hanford The Bremer county war bond committee also launched an Honor Adolf drive urging resi dents in that area to buy gifts for the German dictator on his birthday The Honor Hitler drive was announced by the stale war bond committee in DCS Moines as fa vorable reports continued to come from many sections of the siate on Ihc progress of the second war loan drive in which ihe Iowa quota is The latest area to report ex ceptional progress was Johnson county which sold more than half its 51060000 quota in two days Clarke county organized a he roes day undcr the slogan Start Punching From Your Pock et Volunteers planned to visit every home in the county Thurs day to get war bond pledges Dr Smiley said that Mr Keid inger must have suffered the heart attack and fallen to the step of the spreader where the body lay until the team reached the barnyard Mr Reidinsers cap mittens and the seat cushion were found in the field The spreader was still load ed upon its return The body was taken to the Bride funeral home at Manly A brother Charles Reidinger Appleton Minn was notified Mr Reidinger is survived by other brothers and sisters Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy HERMAN GOERING to Attend First Class Transportation These might not be the horse and buggy its the era right after it In the Gay 90s they used to sing for a bicycle built for two Now theyre crying for one as a means of modern transporta tion It might be the means of a worker getting to that im portant job Put it in the Classified Ads during National Want Ad 19 to 24 Remember GlobeGazette Want Ads Bring Results PHONE 3800 The Thursday German high command communique broadcast by the Berlin radio and recorded by the Associated Press said of the air war from harassing attacks on German territory enemy air formations raided Stuttgart last night Bombs were dropped on residential quarters and the popu lation suffered losses Night fisht crs and antiaircraft arlillerv brought doun at least 23 British bombers Another five enemy planes were destroyed over the coastal district of occupied west ern territory The war bulletin added that a strong formation of heavy German bombers carried out a heavy at tack against the industrial town of Chelmsford northeast of London Wednesday CANT SHIP LEGACY BOISE Idaho Drum mond Idaho woman has a legacy awaiting her in Wisconsin state officials reported They denied her permission to bring it into the I state however it consists of two drums of rationed in Idaho Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Much warmer Thursday afternoon Thursday night and Friday forenoon All j temperatures above freezing Strong winds IOWA Warmer Thursday and Thursday night MINNESOTA Showers north and west portions with scattered thunderstorms west central por tion Thursday night Showers extreme east Friday forenoon Warmer Thursday night and Friday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 39 Minimum Wednesday night 18 At 8 a m Thursday 29 YEAR AGO Maximum 78 Minimum 53 By WILLIAM FRYE WASHINGTON troops in Tunisia played an im portant part in the major victory over the axis in Tunis operating precisely according to plans and orders Secretary of War Stimson said Thursday Stimson said lie believed re ports critical of American opera lions in Tunisia which he said have been circulated in recent days had not been quite fair to lie American troops he said the Americans had not i driven through lo the coast in a j move to intercept flic northward flight of Marshal Rommels forces because they were under strict orders not to advance beyond a designated line in the hills west of the coastal plain In the master plan for the Tu nisian campaign Stinuon told his press conference tile major task was given to the British 8th army while the Americans in central Tunisia the French forces in the Ousscltia valley and the British 1st army in the north were as signed to holding operations Despite the relatively small size of Lt Gen George S Pattons 2nd of one armored and two infantry Americans were assigned Stimson said to contain the axis forces on a front approximately 100 miles between El Guetar and Fondouk They accomplished this assign ment while operating in difficult country against the best German armored and motorized units the secretary continued and Pattons thrusts forced Rommel to divert so much armor to the protection of his flank that the breaking of the Mareth line by ths British 8th army was greatly facilitated NOT IX FAVOR OF LOWERING DRAFT AGE Secretary ol War Stimson said thai he does not believe the man power situation requires lowerin ALLIES TAKE 2 VITAL HILLS IN SLOW ADVANCE 600 Prisoners Captured as Rommel Begins to Defend New Line By DANIEL DE LUCE ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN VORTH AFRICA r e n c h and British infantry successfully stormed two important hills on the south and western fronts of the constricted axis Tunisian line Wednesday and capturing BOO irisoners increased the total al ied bag since the opening of the Marelh offensive to more than iO000 Attacking the Djcbel Scfsouf the French rounded up 400 Ger mans and took possession of that mountain position which has been the western anchorage of Marshal Erwin Rommels new Enfidavillc line The Djebel Scfsouf lies 30 miles due west of Enfidavillc 50 miles southwest of Tunis and seven miles northeast of the village Bir Kararhoun Field dispatches said a further advance by the British eighth army in the Enfidavillc sector was halted by heavy artillery com manding the coast road to Tunis Lt Gen K A N Andersons veteran British infantrymen cap tured a mountain top the Djebel i Aug eight miles above Medjcz ClBrb and some 30 miles west Tunis in fierce fighting during which they rounded up more than 200 nazi Alpine troops the minimum draft age from 18 to 17 His remark was in reply press conference question to a It was officially announced thai more than 30000 axis soldiers had been seized by the allies in Tunisia since Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomery opened the Mareth line drive March 20 Of these 23000 were Italian Premature reports broadcast by the Algiers radio that the allies had captured Entidaville SO miles south of Tunis and the Djebel Mansour 3t miles to the west were officially denied Aerial operations boosted to more than 200 the number of axis planes shot down in the Mediter ranean theater in the five day period from Saturday through Wednesday an average of 40 a day The total for Wednesday was 21 while eight allied aircraft failed to return U S flying fortresses again paced the alliedair onslaught with heavy assaults on the axis landing rounds at El Aquina near Tunis and at El Mas and Nonferralo in Sardinia Nineteen intercepting en emy fighters were destroyed by the big bombers in combat and ad ditional aircraft were wrecked agroundAll Ihc fortresses re turned Concentrating on axis air fields in an effort to neutralize German and Italian air forces for tlic remainder of the Tunis ian campaign allied aerial com manders sent waves of RAF Bcaslcys and French bombers Tuesday msht against Ia Sc bala eight miles north of Tunis Observers said fires dotted the field Axistransport columns again came under allied bombsights The communique said a number of vehicles were destroyed and oth ers were left in flames Malta based fighters again attacked Si cilian targets Wednesday night The battle of Tunisia moved into its bloodiest phase as allied TUNISIA ALLIES TIGHTEN Eisenhowers allied forces tightened the noose on axis armies in Tunisia clos ing in inexorably to what the German radio said would be the RommelVon Arnim final defense line sawtooth line from Cape Scrral to Enfidavillc   

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