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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 18, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT C f HISTORY AND A JJC 0 E 3 M 0 I N C 0 THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XL1X ASSOCIATED PRESS PBESSyFULL LEASED VVlHiT MASQN CITY IOWA SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18 1943 HOME EDITION UililT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 295 FORT DODGE POLICE CATCH RUN YON Allied Naval Forces Seize Isles Off Naples THRUST INLAND 11 MILES FROM SALERNO AREA Large Italian Seaport Flanked in New Phase of Battle for Italy By WES GALLAGHER Allied Headquarters in North Africa Ifli Allied naval forces have seized 2 islands within 1G miles of and Pro cida completely flanking the real seaport with an island lock on the west to opcn a new phase of the battle for Italy The battle for ihe Salerno bridgehead has virtually ended with the Germans retreating from the south there and the allies spearing inland 11 miles A special allied headquarters communique announced that the large island of is 16 miles southwest of Naples had been taken just a short time after the small neigh boring island of Procida to the east had fallen into allied hands Pouza an island 65 miles west of Naples also was seized Wednes day Iehia has an area of about 2G unci is only 7 miles from nearest mainland coast It fell irsday and a garrison is being ailed The British 8th army now v joined the American 5th i they are virtually Me in position i KmmfytttaaNaples a head irten officer declared J iere slilf was heavy fighting Salerno the gateway to es but the bridgehead itself frirapidly expanding into one evr front as the Germans swung southern flank northward Id central Italy to avoid being in pincers between the oth I nth armies 1Vida islands 12 miles south Naples and only 2 miles nortllern arm of the Naples and the island of IT 5 miles west of the port Wednesday the jinmunique announced The lalreody had taken possession Jri the island at the southern the bay headquartersannounc of the island of Elba east of Corsica and 8 A from the jutling Italian t coast and surrender of its mcItalian troops Elba Napol HnJIst home in exile is about northwest of Rome allied spearhead driving the crumbling German in the extreme southern 2 Warships Lost by U S Off Salerno no bridgehead captured ir rj of Roccadaspide 11 miles the coast the millc Sar initiative was fully in al in this bitterlyfought ltead with more rcinforcc gtott The landing of the 5th army at Salerno cost at least 2 United States warships The 1500 ton destroyer Rowan went down as the result ot an un derwater explosion off the Ital ian coast Saturday 2 days after the Salerno beachhead was es tablished a mivy communique disclosed Friday night Enemy action caused the sink ing of the 1150 ton tug Naiisct in the Mediterranean Thursday the day of the landing Tlie communioue also announced the loss of the USS Navajo sister ship of the Nausct from an under water explosion in the south Pa cific Sunday The sinkings brought to 117 the number of United States fighting craft lost since the war started No casualty reports have been received as yet from either the Kovan which had a normal com plement of 172 or the Navaio which carried about GO men the navy said s nd Eamiliar pallern of the si s Musck was seen again as i 1cheslt African airforces started pounding nazi airfields south of Home For the first time allied planes now are operating from on the Italian mainland it was announced an indication ground troops were getting elbow room in the Salerno area Before the fighters had to fly all the way from Sicily J Capture of Roccadaspide in dicated the Germans xvere abandoning their mountain po sitions from which their 88mil Iimeter guns had pounded the beachhead The nars still were Jighting desperate north of Salerno ant hold the mountain passes leading down into the south side of the Bay of Naples and their next great stand undoubtedly will be ii defense of that bombwrecked seaport There are at least 6 German divisions in the area although those engaged against the 5th army unquestionably were heav ily battered The British force which landed at Trananto the 5th allied corps remained comparatively inactive except for strengthening of con tact with the British just north of the instep of the boot Reports from that ssctor said retreating Germans were taking Italian hos tages to ensure good conduct by civilians in the villages the nazis hold German troops particularly the 1st German parachute division are still in the area just north of Bari on the east coast but now must withdraw or face danger of being cut off For 3 days allied planes have been virtually unmolested in striking as far north as Rome and now with the weather per fect a successful German re treat from the Salerno sector is going lo be excmly difficult It is hard to believe that the German air force is ns weak in bnlile as thus fir indicated and possibly Field Marshal Gen Al lies meet his main defense line That line is not yet apparent but probably will be just south of Rome WHITE RUSSIAS GATES REACHED IN RED ADVANCE Nazis Reported Trying to Build New Defenses Before Kiev Smolensk M o s c o w Pi Military dis patches reported Satinday that the red army had reached the gates of While Russia after cross ing the Desna and capturing the key central fortress ot Bryansk One of Russias most imfiur tant networks of communica tions including the central stretch of the Moscow Kiev railroad and the junction lead insr to White Russia was cleared by the red army advance The G e r m a n communique broadcast by Berlin and recorded by the Associated Press suiil that strong rainfall which lasted for clays impaired operations in the southern sector of the eastern front H claimed thai red army attempts to thrust into move ments ol detaching carried out by our troops were repulsed in bit ter struggles In the area west of Vyazma the communique said attempts of soviet forces to break through failed and 70 Russian tanks were A Pravcla dispatch said re occupation ot Orel province vir tually was completed after tha taking of Bryansk White Russia borders this province on the west and includes the important stra tegic centers of Gomel Mogilev and Vitebsk ital of Minsk White Russia lies about 70 miles west of Bryansk at the nearest point A part of Col Gen Heinz Gudcrians German 2nd lank army was disclosed to have been beaten ii the battle of Bryansk in some of the hardest fifthlins of the summer cam paign Pravda said fORTRESSES BOMB NAZI AIRFIELDAmerican flying fortresses drop their important the 2nd squadron of this veteran armored foice now commanded by Marshal Walter von Modi had its base at Bryansk Adolf Hitlers battered German legions hurtling back on every sector of the eastern front and smarting from loss of the key cen tral fortress of Bryansk were re ported piling new defenses Satur day before their Dnieper river bases of Kiev and Smolensk Punchdrunk from the inces sant hammer blows of the hard slugging Russians the nazi lines before the Dnieper barrier were said to be curlingtin every where From north of Bryansk niousn the central and southern Ukraine to the shores of the Sea GERMANS MAY ABANDON RUSSIA Writer Says Nazis May Return to Polish Front Madrid Berlin cor respondent of the Madrid news paper Arriba said Saturday that the Germans migivt abandon the Russian campaign and retire to a heavily fortified eastern Siegried line along Ihe Polish frontier 620 miles from the present front He reported to such a decision widely Lae Air Base Stronghold Is Captured by Allied Troops Mac Arthur We re Making Our Way Back Toward Philippines step by Gen Douglas MacArthur Peschica Adriatic Sea nfredonia a of Azov and the Crimean gateway were in retreat great stores of wn discussed in Berlin would mean a complete shift m German taclics toward his avowed return to the the strategy being to hold a pow Philippines lownicrful defense line from the Baltic ttitii Gods help we are rnak U the Black sea and to abandon ing our way back1 Ihe resolute Leningrad the Crimea general sud Salurdav in an By CLEMENTS Allied Headquarters in the Southwest Pacific ail base stronghold of Lae New Guinea is in allied bands wrested from the Japanese by sledge hammer air blows and swift striking jungle troops in a major quently the Australians landed from the sea above it Sept guarded by guns of American warships and the paratroopers who landed from an immense for U S BRITISH ARMIES JOIN N ITALYThe British SUli army lias joined American 5th army force at the balcrno brirgchcad and connected with British troops driving up from the Italian heel to form a single front in Italy Heavy line roughly indicates battle line thc Germans leaving behind gear in their desperate haste to esrape tie reel army steamroller Hie Dnieper line was in imme diate danger at 2 main points Before Kiev red army advance columns had driven a wedge to within 50 miles of the river while far to the south another soviet spearhead had captured the Azov port of Ossipcnko and smashed to a point 35 miles from the lower reaches of the river the daily so viet communique reported The Russians admittedly were throwing prodigious strength against the warweary enemy For 2 months they have becn blasting the Germans from kcv strongholds Saturday they were racing ahead to beat the autumn rains which would turn the Ukran ian plains into a morass That they were succeeding was evidenced by the jubilant tone of the com munique which declared All attempts of the Hitler ites to hold on whatever lines they occupy are unsuccessful Under the blows of our tank men infantry and artillerymen the enemy is forced to abandon one position after another and at the same time is sustaining heavy losses in manpower and equipment In Washington Friday Presi dent Roosevelt told congress in his report on the progress of the war that the Russian campaign moves toward the elimination of every German from Russian soilto ward the invasion of Germany itself The president said the Russians had inflicted on the Ger mans the greatest military re versal since Napoleons retreat in and the Ukraine In this said the Germans could free nil troops and material to face the lies in Italy and western Europe Nazis Claim Mussolini Broadcasts London Berlin Saturday broadcast a speech which it said was being made by y hcuouncing Lucs capture premier Bc the ousted Italian nilo Mussolini After a long silence mv voie again reaches you the Speaker said I am sure you retognixe it After a period of moral i0ia uon was necessary thai I medi ate the speaker vcm on voice that sounded old and tired I return to the afternoon of Jo when an incredible ad venture occurred On thnl day I spoJe to tlie king Victor fm manucl of Italy Fo 2n years I had c king with absolute loyalty Wisconsin Youth 1C Enters Army With Bang Richland Center Wis U Francis Spanglcr 18 entered the army with a bang Friday Francis is the son of Police Chief George Spanirler In a filial embrace before leaving for induc tion the boy accidentally dis charged his fathers service re volver wounding the officer in the kjicc The elrier Spanglcr was taken to a hospital where be was ex pected to recover Francis went to Camp Grant III on schedule Its fall Thursday wilh the few enemy survivors chased north into a death trap of blockaded jmiRlc trails oc curred while the long smoulder ing Solomons arm of the Pacific offensive was reset aflame by many scores of Japa nese and American planes Allied air pcrwer growing rap idly at both ends of the 750mile battle arc made possible ihe bril liantly executed 12day pincers dmc which swallowed up Lae After liberators and Mitchells razed its last defenses Thursday morning with 43 tons of bombs Ihe Australians who marched in and raised their Hag on Lacs con lo rout the Japanese from bomb shattered pillboxes without ex tended effort Flight of the enemy remnants north had been foreseen Bloc kades some manned by American paratroops had been built across trails leading into mountains which rise nearly 14000 feet Destruction of these remnants j is certain Suurthiys romnuini 1 ciuc said Lac with its 2 airfields has been used by the Iapancse as their main iVew Guinea coastal base since they occupied it in January V In a special field headquarters statement General MacArlhur said the Iae victory accom plished in the face of superior forces available lo the enemy represents a serious blow to him1 Against the Bougainville air bayes of the Japanese in the Solo mois Admiral William F Halsey has followed up a raid of more lhan 200 American planes on Tuesday by sending another big orcc of bombers of all categories U S Envoy to Reds to Return Home Washington stale de partment said Saturday Hint Ad miral William Staiulley Ameri can ambassador to the soviet union is returning home for con sultation about discussions which ire being carried on with the British and soviet governments The brief announcement was made to newsmen and no further comment was forthcoming How ever in view o Slandleys state ments that he did not wish o spend another winter in Moscow speculation arose whether he would return there after his dis cussions here The department had no com ment about recent reports that a threepower conference or foreign ministers likely would tic held in Moscow Secretary Hull Friday declined comment at his press conference when he was told of reports from London that such n meeting would be held soon TELLS OF BLAST FATAL TO 24 24 Depth Charges Are Set Off by Flames Norfolk Va train of 24 depth charges touched off by fire caused the tremendous explosion at the Norfolk naval air station that killed 24 persons and injured 250 an eye witness disclosed Sat urday The witness who declined to be quoted by name was standing 100 yards from the blast scene He escaped injury by throwing him self flat on a runway This informant said he saw a train of fjsmall trailer type con veyances hauled by a truck mov ing toward a hangar His atten tion was drawn to fire burning on one of the trailer each of which Ruthven Sailor Among Victims X o r f o I k V a lowans were among those killed in the explosion at the Norfolk naval air station The lowans both enlisted men were Merle Lav erne VanSanl mother Minnie E VaiiSanl Clinton Alfred Gales wife Loretta K Gates Ruthven was loaded with 4 depth charges At the same time he sav the truck driver disconnect the truck from the train and move ahead and saw a station fireengine race up He had seen depth charges ex ploded by fire on a previous oc casion the witness said and knew an explosion could not be pre vented As he hurled himself to the ground the depth charges went off with a mighty blast kill ing the fireman and reducing the fire truck to scran The death loll would have been t much higher it the explosion had occurred S minutes later the wit ness said as a Ion line of enlisted men would have been passim the spot cnroutc to midday mess A naval board of inquiry con vened immediately after the ex plosion said Saturday that no eye witnesses had yet been inter viewed but that attempts were being made to locate them as soon as possible trol tower found only a few strag Wednesday Against these 100 llera nmong the ruins to kill Japanese fighters rose to give battle Sixteen were shot down A spokesman for General iUac Arlhur said that lBOO tons ot bombs were dropped on Hie now captured air bases Lac and tons in August a campaign against a Japanese army estimated at one time to have totaled 20000 men How many of these perished rc mains to be computed the last mastery of the Solomon skies the estimate by an allied general of Japanese on the night of Sept H GOOO havillO hppll irtnrin mirUinv inrl tii r CA Sixteen were against Ihc loss of 3 escorting American fighters The bombers destroyed 2 Japa nesc planes on the ground dam aged many others and spread ruins among repair and supplv dc pots giveandtake battle for made midway COOO having in the operations A few prisoners wore taken Iac his been rallied on 75 days since the drive over lor tuous jmiBlc and ridBe acainst northcaslcrn New Guinea cot under way from he allied Papuan base of Buna last Ian 28 Sea barges Ihe cucmy gar risons principal means of sup ply were so continuously at tacked tint 500 were destroyed In a mnnlh and in the prcdnwn of Sept 15 sent GO planes to raid the Ameri can airfield of Munda New Gcor gia and nearby Bnrakoma caus ing minor damage and casualties IOWA FLYER KILLED Otlumwa B Klett Ifl of Evcrly Iowa was killed in the crash of a training plane near Bluicnsburg Friday Klett was in the primary phase of cadet train ing at tnc Otlumwa naval air sta Cadet Stanley Xo i I V1CColumbus Ohio was piloting In the closing stages Lic was the plane He escaped wilh minor pounded into a shambles Conse injuries Weather Report FORECAST IMason City Much warmer Satur day afternoon warmer Satur day night not much change in temperature Sunday forenoon wind 2o to 30 miles an hour loua Warmer Saturday after noon and Saturday night except becoming cooler wilh showers in northwest portion late Sat urday night occasional rain and cooler Sunday forenoon winds 25 to 30 miles per hour Minnesota Showers in south nncl cast and light rain in northwest portion Saturday night Oc casional light rain in cast por tion Sunday forenoon Warmer in east and south portions enrly Saturday night becoming coldcr in north nnd west portions Sat urday night Cooler Sunday forenoon winds 30 miles an hour IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 73 Minimum Friday nialil W At 8 a m Saturday 47 YKAR AGO Maximum n Minimum ss Precipitation 265 IS RETURNED TO PRISON 4 DAYS AFTER ESCAPE Gun Battle in Street Results in Capture of Midwest Hoodlum Fort Dodge days aft er his daring escape from the Iowa penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence for slaying a farmer Thomas 1 Runyon for mer midwest hoodlum was cap lured Friday night after a gun fight with 2 policemen Kunyous capture effected on a iiuiet residential street ended a feverish search by prison au thorities and police of eastern and North Iowa In his appar ent attempt flee the slate the 38 year old slayer within 24 hours abducted 5 persons All however were released un harmed Warden P A Lainson and guards from the penitentiary re turned Runyon to Fort Madison Saturday The convict n former member of the notorious Barker and Gib son gangs which terrorized the midwest during the 1930s escaped from the prison Monday night by dinging under an electrically charged fence For 3 days police theorized he hid in cornfields emerging Thurs day night when lie went to a farm home near West Point and threat ened the farmer his wife and daughter with a pitchfork He de manded a shotgun and then forced the trio to drive him in their car Life of Fugitive Is Poth of Trouble FORT DODGE ff These are Ihe entries in a diary Thom as J Ruiiyan slayer wlio es caped Monday from Fort Madi son penitentiary had with him at the time of his recapture Friday night Made at lempt p m Outside P m Railroad a m Lost twice and turned arouml Tuesday Hlb Bed in weeds a long right of way a m Cold and having chills Feeling poorly Nearly caught in West Point Hard night Hungry near nervous breakdown A M as hell Only luck kept from capture Hard hard rain The Wednesday entry was the last The diary also contained some addresses and a recipe for turtle soup He left the 3 however at Has kins where he commandeered Ihe auto of a mechanic Police followed Runyons pro gress in his flight by reports from farmers at La Porte City and Iowa Falls boih of whom were forced to give him gasoline Officers Waller Rcrg and Hick Iorlcr of Fort Dodge en gaged in the manhunt were parked along a highway Friday night when they spotted the slayers raispeeding westward They pursued him into Ihe city where they forced him to sur render after an exchange of shots Although both cars were bullet marked Ihe officers and Kunjon escaped injury Officers Berg and Porter who had begun their vigil after re ceiving word shortly after 9 p m of the Iowa Falls escapade re counted the details of Runyons capture ns follows They drew up alongside Hun yons car a few blocks inside the Fort Dodge city limits their siren blowing Runyon slopped at once Berg got out pistol in hand and started toward the convicts ma cliirio Porter saiv Runyon reach ing for a gun and he fired through the police car window Berg ducked behind the rear of the officers car and also began shooting Runyon answered with a shot gun blast which tore a hole in the side of the police car near the top but failed to hit cither officer He then rolled from his car and gained the shelter of a tree in front of the William Hinsch resi dence The officers agreed upon a plan lo surround Runyon and separated but meantime Hinsch an elderly man name ont of his house o seek the cause for the shooting V if Runyon called to Hinsch gave him his shotgun and said Tell Ihe coppers this all
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