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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 10, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             pi NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL L HOME EDITION AkL NORTH IOWAKS NEIGHBORS Associated United Prts Full Leased Wirra Cents a Cony Fighters 15 Abreast Charge at U S Planes GERMANS MAKE FANATICAL BUT FUTILE EFFORT Furious Air Battles Reported as Flying Forts Raid Brunswick By DOUGALD WERNER AND tj COLLIE SMALL fi London UR German fighte fjpanes charged 15 abreast straigh into flying fortress formations urine like artillery in a fanaticu put futile effort to blunt an Amer can Hying fortress thrust at th aircraft center Brunswick Thursday Returned bombers and fighter called it a Satans merryeo round and said the luftwaffi used every available plane am tried every known tactic It was like something out o the worse said 2 Lt Benjamin R Chaneles Brook lyn N Y a 25 year old copilo of a bomber Over 100 German fighters at tacked a wing of bombers abou a mile to our right I watched through field glasses as they peeled off into the bomber forma tion smashed through it and then dived under to form up for more attacks When a fortress Mould star I I straegline they would ail hop on it uutil they battered it down Then they would go bad after the main formation I Anystraggler was a dead duck f I saw plenty of fighters falling I too Twice I saw 3 going down in flames at the same time tt Parachutes some white if some black seemed to fill the sky What Chaneles saw was only a small part of the fighting which whipped the bky into a ast bat tleground of shooting plane bursting rockets exploding air craft and curling vapor trails Our airman said only a do or die7 order from Adolf Hitlei couldhave brought the luftvvaffe of the ground in such numbers and with such desperate tactics f They said the nazis evidently I threu their every available plane into the fieht hoping to over whelm the comparatively small fortress formation and its fighter escort But the forts plunged onand isaw their bombs burst squarely across the target Looking back iss they scooted for home thev Aiaw huge fires and great pillars black smoke rising over Bruns fc wick The battle lasted 3 hours and was fought 5 miles above the Dearth in temperatures of 40 de grees below zero The first FoekeWulf 190s and Messerschmitt 109s attacked the forts over the enemy coast on the way inbursting upon the bomber formations from cloud cover like Indian raiders ambushing a wagon train on the American frontier They soon nere joined by the rocketfiring planes twinen gmed Junker 88s and Messer schmitt 110s These wheeled acainst the forts in company front formations of 15 and bored straight on firing in unison like artillery Fighter groups came barreling through the American formations jingle file so fast they looked like a solid signboard of swas tikas Pilots said there never were fewer than 75 German planes at tacking at one time and frequently were more than 200 Except for the spots ol cloud the Germans used for cover the sky was clear The luftwaffe appeared to have given some thought to regrouping since the great air battle of a month ago in which 60 American bombers were lost and 152 nazi fighters shot down This time tlie switt FockeWulfs and Messer schmitt 709s engaged the Ameri can thunderbolt lightning and mustang escorts while the slower twinengined rocket ships roared in againstthe bomber formations Airmen told of one wild dog the fiercest mass sky engagement in this which was fought almost inside the fortress formation when 25 thun derbolts jumped 35 Messerschmitt 110s The battle still was going on as the bombers flew on The flak was heavy but no one had much time to notice it There toomany fighters tt James Cockerill Muscatine Iowa and 2nd Lt Paul Leiy ln Slewood cat watehed one fortress explode In midair and take in other down with it But most of the destruction was on the ground Lezy said formation ahead of us put its bombs right on the target and I dont believe they left us any thing to hit We dumped our bombs right in the middle of flames and smoke that covered the whole tar get area JAPS CAPPED AT Japa nese capturedXAmericans in their assault on the Kwaja lein atoll in the Maishall islands sit in a large cell aboard an American ship 6 Inches of Snow Reported at Fort Dodge Near Blizzard Conditions Forecast in Iowa miles an hour nCa blizzard Conditions with wind near 35 Sioux City reported some rural schools closed bus travel hamoerea and roads blocked west of there particularly in Ottumwa said streets and were slippery At the same time the weather bureau forecast much drifting and blowing Thursdaj The bureau also predicted to aero U 5 below fey Fri day morning The forecast tor Friday was partly cloudy and continued cold with diminishing Minimum temperatures Thurs day morning ranged well above She zero point with 13 the state ow at Spencer Indications were nowever that the mercury began dropping slowly after the mini mum recordings for Thursday night In addition to the 6 inches of mow recorded at Fort Dodge other reports showed Council Bluffs 4 Mason City 2 Sioux City 24 Charles City 2 Des Moines Ames Lamoni Spencer Mar Hampton Man Dies Shoveling Snow Hampton Branson 62 fell dead while shoveling snow Thursday In Hampton where he was n parttime service station employe He suffered a heart at tack shalltown and Waterloo 1 and Dubuque and Cedar Rapids a half Jttumwa Davenport and Bur ington also reported snow but gave no measurements Most points reported snow still ailing and considerable wind The weather bureau said snow was general in most of the west ern and northern portions of the stale tfiat there had been none up to early Thursday morning in he eastern central and south eastern portions but snowfall be gan in those areas later Other minimum temperatures Thursday morning were Charles City 14 Waterloo and Mason City o Sioux City and Fort Dodge 16 Dubuque 17 Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids 20 Des Moines and Ottumwa 23 Burlington and Davenport 25 The weather bureau aid all other minima were above 20 degrees State Safely Commissioner R 3 Laird said reports from high vay patrolmen at 9 a m indicated main roads still were open but he commissioner advised drivers o stay at home if possible The highway commission at ncs said it was preparing for evere drifting in all sections of he state Thursday afternoon be ause of a strong northeast wind The snow was dry and was blow ng freely Additional reports of snow vere Boone 2 inches Audubon 2 Docahontas 5 Estherville 2 to 3 inow also was reported from ipirit Lake and Oskaloosa Un fficial temperatures from those ities include Spirit Lake 10 Es herville 11 SENTENCE IS COMMUTED lincobi Nebr 18 year rison sentence of James Hull 30 Ottumwa Iowa was commuted to our and onehalf years Wedncs ay by the Nebraska pardon oard Hull was sentenced from hcridan county Ncbr in Feb uary 1943 for feloniously cnter ng a building i ADMITS KILLING KWfl SOLDIER Describes Fight m NorthCarolina Hotel Columbus Ohio Phillips an t h a t Pvt Detectives Leo L nounced Thursday Charles Reynolds 19 of Colum bus had confessed killing an other soldier Pvt Riley of Webster City Iowa in a fight in a hotel rooih at Charlotte N Car last Monday night Phillips said Charlotte police informed him they ivere leaving for Columbus at once to take cus tody of Reynolds The youth was arrested here Wednesday and in his possession Phillips said were Rileys auto mobile and some personal effects Reynolds related in a formal statement Phillips said that he andRiley checked into a hotel at Charlotte Monday night alter buying several drinks and began fighting in their room He kept coming at me and 1 nit him in the Adams apple and used some judo Phillips said the statement related He fell and didnt get up Reynolds left the room the de tective chief said the statement continued then returned placed the nude body on a bed and fled BODY WILL BE BROUGHT TO IOWA FOR BURIAL Webster City body Pvt Lee MT Riley 24 reported round strangled in a Charlotte N Car hotel room will be returned here for burial his parents Mr and Mrs Lee M Riley of Stan hope said Thursday Pvt Riley a 1937 graduate of the Webster City schools enlisted m the army in July 1942 after taking aeronautical training at the Lincoln Neb aeronautical school and at the University of Nebras ka He had just completed a 14day furlough at his parents home and was scheduled to report back to the army air base near Wilming ton N Car He was the Rileys only child KILLED IN AIR CRASH AT WELLS Wells Minn roan was killed and another seriously injured Wednesday night in the crash a naval training plane near here The navy flyers had taken off from WoldChamberlain field in Minneapolis The injured flyer was taken to the navy hospital at Albert Lea Minn Lt G D Stricter Alexandria Ind was killed and Lt Robert K McDonald 25 son of Mr and Mrs A K McDonald Edina was injured The 2 had been stationed at the Primary naval air station at Dlalher Kans and were on a training flight MASON C1TV IOWA THUBSPAY FEBRUARY 10 1941 John Frank Given Sentence of Year for Tenney Death This Paper Consists of Two Sectio The sentence was pronounced by Judge T A Beardmore after a district court jury Wednesday evening had found Frank guilty of assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury The judge discussed at some length from the bench his reason ing in pronouncing the maximum sentence for the offense He pointed out to young Frank who listened with a half smile on his face that punishment in criminal cases has 2 purposes It is to deter the offender from committing a similar offense and it is to deter others from making a like mis take The judgedwelt particularly on the latter aspect pointing out that the offender owes a debt to soci ety He also paid tribute to County Attorney M L Mason as a capable law enforcing officer During several years of profes sional association with Mr Mason the judge declared he has found the county attorney to be con sistent conscientious and reason able I am therefore inclined to fol low his recommendation in this matter added the judge indicat mghis desire to back up the lav enforcing officers Joe Frank 24 brother ot John still faces trial on the joint in dictment for manslaughter re uthe grand jury agains tt a j the brothers The 2 wereworking as waiters at the Friendly tavern where the fight occurred The jury of 8 men and 4 women received their instructions from Judge Beardmore and began de liberating the case about 1130 a m Wednesday They returned their verdict about p m The trial begafl Wednesday a week ago The state spent days in troducing its testimony by 26 wit nesses and the defense presented 7 witnesses in one day Jurors in the case were Vern Burchinal Mrs H E jof 15th S E J S Mehan Portland Genevieve Oswald Ma son township Sophie Cutler 23 Oak drive O A Rector 7th N W Forrest Lair Falls town ship Bernard M Hulke 108 5th N E Chris Floy Thornton C H Sears Clear Plymouth and W A Baldwin Burchinal M L MASON BRITISH FIGHT BESIDE SERBS Successful Operations on Hvar Isle Reported London ff British ground troops fighting on Jugoslav terri tory for the first time have joined partisan forces in successful op erations on Hvar island 25 miles south of Split on the invasion route to Dalmatia a partisan com munique revealed Thursday Though the communique did not identify he British units they were believed to be a small com mando group which may have been landed by motor torpedo boats to Help the partisans sabo tage German military installations and generally harass the occupa tion forces Disclosure of their presence on Hvar was buried at the end a lengthy routine partisancommuni que broadcast by the free Jugo slav radio indicating that Jhe Su erations were of a Tile arrival of ground forces on Jugoslav terjRory nev ertheless was regarded as signi ficant because of the implied hint of increased allied aid for Marshal Josip Tito Brozovichs hard pressed partisans The free Jugo slav radioon several previous oc casions has mentioned the pres ence of British liaison officers in Jugoslavia but emphasized they were engaged chiefly in distribut ing allied supplies Boone Approves Airport Bond Issue of Boone proposed 560000 municipal airport bond issue was approved by an 1118 to 447 vote at a special election here Wednes day JOHN FRANK Serve Year WillMe Says He Will Win Nomination Wendell Wili in a brief speech Baker Ore kie predicted from a railroad car here Wednes day night that he would be nom inated for the presidency by the republican party The candidate on a tour of western United States spoke during a 12minute halt emoute to the Pacific northwest Im going to be nominated for the president of the United States on the republican ticket he said without elaboration BODY OF GIRL IS RECOVERED ProbeTragedy When Girl Fell Through Walk Pittston Pa earth that opened up and swallowed little Jule Ann Fulmer 2 as she toddled along a quiet residential street gave up her body to weary rescue workers Wednesday nisht and Thursday the coroner began an investigation to fix responsibil ity for her death Investigations also were started by Pennsylvania mine inspectors and the Pittston Mine Cave com mission and Mayor John R Reitly said he hoped they would lead to legislation to shore up the honey comb of abandonee mine tunnels that undermine the town A mine cavein opened a fissure in the earth under Jule Anns feet Tuesday and she fell in Then an earth slide along the sides of tne hole buried her alive Rescuers removed tons of dirt to recover the body It was the first fatal cavein in a series that began sev eral years ago and caused damage to many homes and public build Allies Beat Back 6 Attacks on Beachhead Below Rome THINK MADANG BASE GIVEN UP BY JAP FORCES AU AntiAircraft Positions Silent as Flyers Sweep Low By 3IORKIE LAXSBERG Associated Press War Editor Japan appeared Thursday to have abandoned menaced Madang her main port on the northeast coast of New Guinea and the goal of advancing allied troops Sweeping low over the shipping center Wednesday American fly ers said they saw evidence that the Japanese may have demol ished buildings not leveled in pre vious raids All antiaircraft posi tions were silent and Moj Bruce Marston Pasadena Cal said there was little left ot the town Associated Press War Corres pondent Olen Clements reported the Japanese mayhave pulled oul for Alexishafen about 10 miles north This subsidiary base uitli air facilities also has been hit reg ularly by allied planes in recent weeks The surprise development re calling the enemys evacuation of Kiska in the Aleutians a step ahead of American assault forces raine as allied ground troops moved on Madang from 2 direc tions with American Gth army pa trols already establishedsome 15 miles south of the junglelined coast Rabaul too showed signs at lessening usefulness to the Japa nese as the result of steady ail assaults Allied pilots who flew to the New Britain base for a pie attack Tuesdiy declared theie were fewei ships in Simp son Jhacbor than thjjy iad seen in sevetal months enemy crafl were sighted and hit Ope was a submarine which gave UD an oil slick after being bombed from 50 feet The other a 1000ton vessel was Icfl burning Torpedo and dive bomb ers dropped 129 tons of explo sives on 2 Rabaul airdromes and shot down 12 to 27 enemy fighter planes The American victory in tlie Murshalls campaign grew even brighter with disclosure that the U S destroyer Burns sank an entire cango of Japanese ships Jan 31 the day Kwajalein island was invaded The Burns finished off a me dium cargo vessel a tanker and 2 smaller craft fitter rescuing tlie crew of carrierbased torpedo bomber hit over Kwajalein by antiaircraft bursts Its command er was Cmdr Donald T Eller 38 of Petersburg Va The sinkings added to the loll of 105 Japanese cargo ships tankers transports and coastal vessels which were sent to the bottom of the Pacific during January In addition the enemy lost 215 barges in the south and southwest Pacific feix SEEK GIRL WHO DROPPED IN HOLEWorkmen hold a ladder and direct others who have entered a cavein over an abandoned anthracite mine in search for Jule Ann 2 who was buried alive in the hole when the earth and sidewalk gave way in Pittston Pa on Fcb 8 pulling the child from the hand of her aunt as they walked Jiomc from a shopping trip Spectators are kept at dis tance by a rone Bitter Fight Is Continuing for Cassino At Cassino i By EDWARD KENNEDY Allied Headquarters Algiers fighting continued Thursday in the ruins Cassino for its 7th fiery day with no rest for either side Under a grim canopy of smoke and dust from mortar and artil lery fire the Germans clime to the greater part of the town fol lowingto the letter their orders to resist to the bitter cjid German and American tanks rumbled through the streets and engaged in short sharp clashes at pointblank range Doughboys crept among the stones to stab shoot and kill with grenades the foe concealed in dugouts and mined buildings The Germans thus lost a few strongholds Northwest of the town the Americans slowly approached the crest of Mt Cassino after having reached a within 75 point at one time i r d sof tlie ancient monastery at the peak This hill was being used by the Germans ss the keystone of their defense of Cassino at its foot and the Americans were showering one side of it with artillery and the other with bombs as they worked their painful way through pillboxes and emplacements held by the Germans as tenaciously as the cellars of the town itself Some of Ihcse pillboxes w protected by concrete walls at their mouths and the Germans in them were receiving supplies al night They were usine the mon astery itself as an artillery ob servation point but the ancient landmark of Christian culture still had been spared by American ar tillerymen Shells whizzed around the old towers where many civilians were reportedsheltering but there no confirmation of repoitstha the monastery had been hit The Germans even put in coun terattacks both north and south of Cassino to relieve their posi tion striking up Mt Albancla a mile and a half northwest of tlie town where they were repulsed Below Cassino they struck in the mountainous sector of Mt Or nilo 2Vi miles northeast of Cas telfortc but on this Garigliano river front the British also threw the Germans slight gains back and made On the 8th army front a slrony enemy patrol advanced in the Guardiagrclc area nnd was beaten back only ing alter hours of fight MlNTOSH WOODS NAME APPROVED Des Moines state con servation commission said Wed nesday it had decided to name a recently acquired park on the north shore of Clear Lake Mein tosh Woods in honor of a pionccr family by that name from which the land was purchased FKEE SHINES WITH BOXDS Harrisburg Pa year old Boy Scout Robert Watts personal contribution to the war effort A free shoe shine to all who pledge a S25 war bond Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Heavy drifting snow Thursday afternoon Cold wave Thursday afternoon and Thurs day night Snow flurries Thurs day night and occasionally on Friday Temperature Friday morning 10 to 15 below zero diminishing winds Friday Iowa Snow becoming flurries Thursday night and clearing Friday Cold wave Thursday night with temperature falling to zero to 5 below south and 5 o 10 below north portion by Friday morning Gradually di minishing winds Minnesota Snow Hurries south portion and partly cloudy north portion Thursday night becom ing fair Friday Cold wave Thursday night with tempera ture falling to 15 to 25 below north and 5 to 12 below south portion Continued cold Friday IN MASON CITY rlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 25 Minimum Wednesday night 15 At 8 a m Thursday 15 Snow at 8am 2 inches Precipitation 10 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 33 Minimum m Precipitation Trace Snowfall Trace PLANES STRAFE BOMB COLUMNS OF NAZI FORCES Every Sector of Narrow Allied Holdings Ripped by Germans Shells On Headquarters Alters UPMMassive German armored attacks broke against a stone wall allied front Wednesday on the plains below Rome it was dis closed Thursday as American troops in the Cassino sector battled with increasing fury to smash through the nazi lines and relieve their 5th army comrades on the imperiled beachhead Fighting under the fire ot German shells hat ripped into every sector of the narrow beach head front American and Brit ish units smashed back 6 power ful uazi thrusts against the flanks and center of their line RAF spitfires operating from newlyestablished fighter strips within Hie beachhead bombed and strafed the attacking nazi columns while American light and medium bombers raked the enemy rear lines and supply roads The Germans again threw the main weight of theironslaught against British veterans holding the northern flank of the beach head in the Aprilia sectornorth west of Carroceto A German communique broad cast by radio Berlin Thursday said the British counter attacked in the Aprilia area Wednesday and lost 17 tanks n a savage day iong battle Other German tanks uusli troops lunced against the ern erfd of tfte allied southeast of Anzio ani tunes against American nite 4r in west of Cisterna at the cemter of the beachhead perimeter The Americans held their ground slubbornly against the German thrusts and then counter attacked savagely regaining some recently lost positions Radio Rome gave 2 divergent accounts of the action one broad cast ussertiii attacking in that the allies were great strength and another that the German counter offensive was in full swing The latter account claimed the allied beachhead had been cut down to 72 square miles or less than two thirds its original area White headquarters spokesmen said the Germans had failed com pletely to roll up the allied front Wednesday they acknowledged that the angloAmcrican forces were lighting a purely defensive battle Twenty days after the initial landing it was indicated that the beachhead forces were digging in to await a breakthrough by the main 5th army forces 50 miles to the south Observers believed the landings may have been intended to coin cide with a fastrolling drive northward from Cassino that would pinch the pinch the nazis between two allied armies and shatter theiv communications be low Koine Allied bombers damaged 3 enemy ships off the island ot Cor sica and a fourth off Nice and attacked the west coast harbor of Porto San Stephano In all the allied forces flew 400 sorties Wed nesday and encountered only lim ited enemy aerial opposition One German plane was de stroyed and 3 allied aircraft were reported missing Walters Regional Ceilings Chief Climbs 12 Stories Chicane E Walters new OPA regional director an nounced at his first interview he intended to begin work each day at 7 a m The next morning he found no elevator operator at the federal agencies building when he arrived there that early So Wal ters whose principal dealings are with ceilings climbed 12 stories to his office Man Hit by Meat Gets Damages New York Brad ford was watching the polar bears cat at Central park zoo U was entertaining until a keep er trying to pitch a 5pound chunk of meat into the enclosure meat striking Brad ford on the head knocking him out The city controllers office has announced payment of to Bradford in settlement   

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