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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 13, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COMP DEPARTMENT OF HIST OSY AND AS CHIVE OES MOINEJ I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY SOWA THURSDAY APRIL 13 1944 This Paper Consists of Two One NO 163 Yanks Blast Plants in Hungary and Germany REPAIRTBEING MADE BY NAZIS ARE DISRUPTED Double Blow Lands on Plane Production Hit French Belgian Coasts London S heavy bomb ers landed a double blow at Ger man aircraft production Thursday striking from Italy at works in Hungary and from Britain at im portant plants in Germany The 15th air force based al Foggia Italy hit a Messesscinnit factory near Gyor 70 miles north west of Budapest as well as rail road car and machine works The Tokol airdrome assembly 11 miles southwest of Budapest came under liberator attack The 8th air force Britainbased made a 4bladcd attack on air craft plants at Augsburg and Oberpfoffenhofen air force instal lations al Ledifeld and ball bearing works al Schweinfurt an official announcement sakl More than 500 bombers accompanied by 750 to 1000 fighter planes went on this operation and the an nouncement observed The targets all highly impor tant to the German air force had been hit previously and Thurs days blows were designed both to disrupt repairs and inflict new damage Thursdays blows at Hungary followed a raid Wednesday night upon that nations capital RAF Wellingtons flying from Italy hit Budapest with 4000pound block busters for tlie first lime in the 3rd raid within a month against rail yards important to Adolf Hit lers supplies on the Russian front Probably about 500 fortresses and liberators participated in Thursdays Italybased onslaught which carried into the 6th straight day the current offensive to wipe out the bulk of the German air force both in the air and abuild insr before Dday The Vesces airdrome 10 miles south of Budapest wasanother of tile loth ail force targets while railroad yards at Brod Yugoslavia halfway between Belgrade and Zagreb bore another section of the attack Dawn assaults by both Ameri can marauders hit at France and Belgium and British mediums blasted at northern France Russian air forces also were throwing new weight into the al lied blows at the Balkans the Moscow radio said with red army airforce attacks on Constanta the Romanian port through which Germany may attempt to eva cuate forces cut off in the Crimea RAF moscmitos carried the new offensive on through last night by attacking Osnabruck about 75 miles west of Hannover An announcement on the ma rauder raid said the medium bombers had blasted Namur Belgium a German air base at Chtevres in Belgium and at mili tary targets on Ihc northern French coast One failed to re turn A U S communique mean while announced that 26 nazi planes were shot down over west ern Europe by American heavy bombers and fighters Wednesday British coastal towns opposite the French channel ports of Bou logne and Calais shook to heavy explosions There has been no official explanation but some coastal residents expressed belief they may be coming from a heavy concentration of enemy guns perhaps recently installed and be ing tested for range Others be lieve they come from strength ened antiaircraft defenses in that sector GOOD RESULTS ARE LISTED IN BUDAPEST RAID 2 Ton Blockbusters Are Dropped on City by RAF Wellingtons By LYNN IIEINZEKLIXG Allied Headquarters Naples W Wellingtons hurled 2ton blockbusters on Budapest curly Sgt Kenneth M Scollon of Barnes boro Pa paints another Rising Sun flag Indicating a Jap plane shot down by a 7th air force liberator bomber on the group scoroboard in the central Pacific GENTILE MAKES 13 INFANTS DIE FROM ERROR Japanese Now to Northwest of Imphal New Delhi Japanese have edged around to the north west of Imphal supplementing their positions to the southwest of that partlysurrounded base in the Manipur plain of eastern India a communique from Admiral Lord Louis Mountbattens southeast Asia headquarters disclosed Mon day The announcement said British and Indian forces had captured hill position in that area in hand tohand fighting A Domei broadcast from Tokyo declared Japanese formations were launching thrusts near an airfielc only 2 miles north of Impha and 3 miles northwest of Imphal Other forces on April G hat reached a place 9 miles nortluvcs of Imphal and Sengmai 12 mile northwest of Imphal the broad cast said Declaring that botli Palel 2 miles southeast of Imphal am Moirang another strategic poinl were about to fall a Domei cor respondent said another speci Japanese attack force was mancu vering to cut off the enemys only flew 2250 sorties during the day I line of ietrcat along the Bishen Reds Score Victory After Victory in Crimean Drive hursday with trikiny the 3rd 5ood results allied blow Uiinst the Hungarian capital and railroad supplying the Gcr nans on the Russian front The night bombers struck after maKinff raids by American fly nz fortresses and liberators gainst aircraft factories at Wiener Neustadt Bad Voslau and Fischa mend Markt in Austria Wednes day Twentyeight German planes ivere downed in combat and 11 J S bombers and 2 fiffhters were osl over Austria Mediterranean air force planes Bong Shoots Down 26th and 27th Enemy Plane for All Time High Combat Record Allied Headquarters Southwest Pacific Richard I Bong of Poplar Wis was proclaimed Americas ace of aces Thurs day in a communique from Gen Douglas MacArthurs headquarters CRASH LANDING Yankee Ace Shaken on Return From Flight A U S Fighter Base in England Don S Gentile top air and on the ground was badly I reported Thursday that an error by an employe of the hospitals ilso hitting railways above Rome and striking into Yugoslavia Railroads al main junction linking Germany with the Balkan straddled with heavy bombs and one block buster struck a bottleneck point Another stick fell among 100 rail cars crewmen said Budapest first was hit with 1 000 tons of bombs by American heavies on April 3 and RAF night bombers hit the city again that night Reconnaissance pictures showed considerable destruction at Wie ner Neustadt 21 miles below Vien na with the main airplane plant there afire and a components fac tory at Fischamend Markt heavily damaged Antiaircraft fire was intense over all parts of the Wiener Neu sladl works but fighter opposition was spotty Liberators met the heaviest air defense over Bad Vos lau There were several battles over Wiener Ncysladt but for tresses at Fischamend Markt wer ministrator Richard FHancock of virtually unmolested Mistake Is Made in Pharmacy Department New London Conn shaken when he was forced to crash land his fast fighter at his home base after a recent mission it was disclosed Thursday The Piqua Ohio ace credited with shooting down 23 enemy planes in combat and destroying 7 others aground brought his pharmacy department had result ed in the deaths of 3 infants Seven others were seriously ill he said and 2 more under close observa tion Because of the error the admin istrator said boric acid powder mustang down on plowed ground I instead of dextrose powder was used in preparing a formula fed to the 20 babies Those who died all the children south of the airfield after coming in low He was brought to a base hospi tal for a few days observation by a crash wagon crew that found him seated on the wing o his plane He had been escorting bombers and had tangled with several Ger man fighters but made no claim of kills during the flight Although his crash landing had nothing to do with it the mission may have been Gentiles last for some time as he has been count ing on a trip home There lias been no definite announcement of a leave for the mustang pilot but he has had hopes of getting back to Ohio for a few months Capt Gentile was awarded the distinguished flying cross by Gen Dwight D Eisenhower on Tuesday GRIFFITH IS ELECTED DCS Moincs J Griffith i Fort Dodge Iowa was elected president of the Iowa Independent Telephone association at the close of the 4Hh annual meeting here Wednesday He succeeds L Morrison of Grinnell Iowa of navy men were the 3 day old son of Mr and Mrs George Kn ders of NcwLondon andthe 4 day old daughlers of Mr and Mrs James D Evans of Groton and Mr and Mrs Robert Goodman of Nor wich Coroner Edward G McKay of Norwich began an investigation Hospital officials said there was no known antidote for the boric acid poisoning and added Ihat adults probably would have been made only mildly ill by the prep aration which affected the infants The formula administered last Friday and the deaths oc curred Monday and Wednesday SPENCER FLYER KILLED Fort Benning Ga ond LI Mcrton G Straub Spen cer Iowa was one of two Officers killed Wednesday when an arm plane based at Lavvson Tick crashed while on a tactical mission The planes Germans claimed 4 including 37 4enginei combers were downed over Aus tria and northernand central Ger many Wednesday Medium vbombers and fighlei continued raids on German ra communications in Italy with ma rauders attacking 3 bridges on th coastal railway along the Riviera Liberators bombed the airdrom and rail yards at Zagreb in Yugo slavia Other allied formations at lacked a factory at Split an targets behind the German lines i Italy At ieast 31 German planes were j downed during the day and 14 al lied craft were lost urSilchar road and also the ackhorse road west of Imphal ilchar is 70 miles west of Imphal nd on a spur track from the vital JengalAssam railway Bishenpur 17 miles southwest of Imphal The Japanese forced the In ian 23rd division to fall back to he north of Bishenpur by seizing ull control of the narrow trail outh of Moirang 24 miles south f Imphal and west of Lake Lok ak the Domei correspondent clc laved To the north however the British were making progress easing their situation by cleaning ip some of the Maiiipur road ilocks with squeezing tactics near tohima on the route to Dimapur and the BengalAssam railway ifelinc This action was a milehigh bat le in the Naga hills where the route turns westward to Dlmapui and where the Japanese had strucl into the Naga quarter of rougl wooden houses overloking the ter raced countryside with its rice fields and profusion of blossoms American infantry raiders un dor Brig Gen Frank Merril meanwhile continued with thci objective of completing a lin with China before the monsoon b Taking Nhpinn Ga in the rugge hills cast of the Mogaung valle of north Burma Nhpum Ga only 34 miles from the Mandalay railway and 16 mile northeast of Kamaing next portant Japanese base for shooting down his 26th 27th planes in aerial combat The P38 lightning pilot who won his wings only a little more than Z years ago broke the exist ing record for planes destroyed in the air by bagging 2 Japanese planes during a raid on Hollandia New Guinea Wednesday Capt Don Gentile of Piqua Ohio was awarded the title of Americas No 1 fighter ace by the 8th air force in Britain earlier this week but seven of the 30 lanes with whose destruction he credited were demolished on ic ground All 27 of those de royed by Bong were shot down i combat Bongs credit of 27 planes was isclosed in an official announcc lent and broke the previous rec rd of 26 set by Capt Eddie Hick nbacker in the first World war nd since equalled in this war b marine majors Joe Foss Sioux alls S Dak and Gregory Boy ngton Okanogan Wash Boying on who has been missing since e downed his 2Gth plane was warded the congressional mcda jf honor at Washington Wcdncs lay The details of Wednesdays dog ights over New Guinea were not lisclosed Bong has received 20 CAPT RICHARD I BONG of Aces Rickenbacker Is Delighted But Not Surprised by Feat Xew York nickcn backer was delighted but not sur prised lie said in a statement issued through his office I am delighted to hear that Captain Richard Ira Bong in ac tion in the southwest Pacific has been successful in breaking my record made in World war 1 by shooting down 27 planes and hasten o extend my heartiest con gratulations In fact I expect my record to Mogaung valley j be broken by many pilots in the army navy and marine corps and advanced from Tingring 18 miles north of Kamaing and took Pum sin 25 miles to the northwest in the hills flanking the volley Boy 6 Is Crushed by Road Maintainer Springville Delbert White G son ol Mr and Mrs El bert White was killed Wednesday evening when his head was crushed by a heavy road main tainer from which he had jumped a few seconds earlier Dr T Frank Hersch Linn county coron Japs Attacking Imphal Kohinia Washington of War Stimson said Thursday that Japanese troops had cut the road between Imphal and Koliima and arc attacking both towns He observed at the press con ference where he made the dis closure that it is cult for troops u not loo dilfi penctrate in areas of the hills and jungles A linear defense at Imphal he said could not be employed but it is possible in such fighting to retain certain strong points of defense tal and said Lorcn Brown who was operating the maintainer would not be held Brown who has been operating the maintainer for 2 years also is school bus driver for the community Thus far he added British and Indian troops are holding the strong points He said thai substantial re serves of men and weapons are 4 Girls Spend Nearly 3 Hours in Counting Pennies for War Bond Philadelphia U took 4 emergency aid girls 2 hours and minutes to counl the money left at Freedom House1 in city hall plaza in exchange for a war bond The counting started after a newsdealer walked in and dumped 7500 pennies on the desk and asked tor a bond Thirteen minutes short of 3 hours later he walked out pocketing his bond Pays for Dozen Pairs of Nlon Hose Chicago With no ceilings in effect at a post office auction of unclaimed articles O Schmidt of St Louis paid S68 for a dozen pairs of nylon hose Schmidt a jeweler made the trip to Chicago for the sole purpose of purchasing j the stockings and said he prcvii ously had traveled to Atlanta lo i buy another dozen nylons His I wife is the recipient I Stamps from your GlobeGazette I avaliable in the area I The war sccretarv will be surprised if il is not doubled or trebled before this war is over To me it is immaterial how the boys bag them whether they shoot them down in actual com bat in the air or strafe them on It he ground as long as they get them in order to bring this dast ardly war to an earlier cud Bnt at the same time we must not forget the unsung those mechanics and crew mem bers on the ground who are re sponsible for keeping the ships in liic air and lo them go my sincere compliments for the splendid work they arc doing1 medals for his previous aerial vic tories against the Japanese in the southwest Pacific Bong won his wings at Lipc Field Phoenix Ariz on Jan 9 1942 and was ordered to the southwest Pacific on Sept 10 the same year when he started worrying about the captain th eldest of her brood of 8 Hes always been able to tak care of himself she explainc The only time the captain eve got into trouble she recalled w the time he fell out of a swing a a schoolboy and broke an arm Pugnosed but not pugnacious as a youngster he liked to play basketball and preferred the hot corner when playing baseball His chief musical expression was on the clarinet but he wasnt much of a player Mrs Bong conceded He asked that his instrument be sent him when he first got to Australia some months ago and subsequently confided in a letter that he had become im patient and blown in SISO of his GI pay to buy a clarinet there Miss Vattendahl said at her home in Superior that word of Captain Bongs new successes against Japanese pilots reached her via radio as she was prepar ing to go to her classes Thursday morning Isivt it marvelous she asked Im so happy about it I had 2 letters from Dick early this week He sent me some photos of his plane with my picture on its side Bashful Captain Bong and Miss Vattendahl met for the first time last November when she re linquished to him her prerogative of crowning the queen of the an nual homecoming ball at State Teachers college where Bong also NAZIS CLEARED OUT OF 23RDS OF PENINSULA Advance to Within 42 Miles of Great Naval Base of Sevastopol BULLETIN London Yev patoriya and Feodosiya have fallen o rapidly advancing red army troops in he Crimea Marshal Stalin announced in 3 orders of Hie day Simferopol capital of the Crimea 3f miles north of the naval base of Sevastopol was de scribed as Ihc main strong point of enemy defenses guarding the pass to the port of the southern coast of the Crimean peninsula1 in the 3rd order of the day Stalin said it was captured by a vigorous attack hy tank forma tions and infantry which were pushing rapidly toward Sevasto pol London army troops irioving swiftly in the clearing of the Crimea of Germans and Ro manians have captured Yevpa toriya on the west coast 42 miles north of Sevastopol and tcodo had been a student prior to his the air force in enlistment May 1941 Miss Vattendahl was to have crowned the 1943 queen by virtue of having been the queen herself the preceding year Before that Bong wouldnt admit having any best In fact it wasnt un Bonds and avoided predictions on the outi conic by saying tiiat in the middle of a battle there is never anything to be gained by veloping facts besl speak for Ihcmselvcs1 however j victories all of them in til he got back to his station in the southwest Pacific that his in terest in Miss Vattendahl became generally known Tclcrsen who has made it a habit to see Bongs sister Nelda every day said that the captain in his last letter had mentioned something about talk of convert ing him from a fighter to a homb er pilot 1 p38 hghtnmg All except one of ihc 27 enemy planes were shot down over Japa nese territory the communique said The exception was not re vealed although il believed to have occurred during the last big enemy raid on Port Moresby New Guinea a year ago Bongs biggest kill in one bat tle was over Lae last August when he bagged 4 planes He was a member of the first I lightning squadron in New Guinea The internal revenue office in i in 1942 He got his first kill the Mason City postoffice will re On Dec 27 1942 when he shot main open until midnight Satur day evening to assist taxpayers in Income Tax Office Here to Remain Open to Saturday Midnight Dick didnt seem to like that idea Peterson paid Im glad hes still knocking down Jap planes7 The on the paternal side and ScotchEnglish on the maternal in a big farmhouse a short distance down a Ycro fighter and a dive bomber He followed it up 4 days making out their estimated income later with one probable fighter tax returns which are due April i He has acquired the reputation of being one of the stingiest fighter pilols in New Guinea with 15 it was announced Thursday CATCH GERMAN beaufightcrs arc shown above as they catch a German convoy off the Frisian islands near Germanys coast raking the center ship with crossfire from the planes cannons Two other ships were also torpedoed and 5 escort vessels were damaged in the attack Weather lOKECAST Mason City Cloudy with showers Thursday night and Friday war mer Thursday night cooler Fri day all temperatures above freezing Iowa Scattered showers Thurs day night and Friday warmer Thursday night fresh to strong winds Friday MnncsoU Intermittent showers Thursday night and south and extreme cast portions Friday Warmer Thursday night cooler Friday Fresh winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday HO Minimum Wednesday night 30 At 8 a in Thursday 35 YEAR AGO Maximum 40 Minimum 23 Precipitation race ammunition expending only i few dozen rounds for CHch Japa i nesc plane Home Town Shows siya on the south coast 100 miles east of the naval base Marshal Joseph Stalin announced in 2 or ders of the day Feodosiya fell to Ihc maritime army of Gen Andrei I Yeremcn ko which broke through the ene my defense al Akmanai across the neck of the Kerch peninsula in an 18 mile sprint Yevpatoriya tumbled before Gen Feodor I Tolbukhins 4th Ukrainian army which delivered a bold blow struck by tank for mations and infantry Stalin said Totbukhins forces Moscow dis patches added were rollingswift iy across the Crimean table land within sight of Simferopol admin istrative center of the Crimean peninsula t o w a r cf Sevastopol where red army soldiers marines and workers battled in the ra vines and rocky defenses in an 8 months siege before the Germans finally captured the naval base in June 1042 The 2 orders of the day issued from Moscow wilhin an hour added up lo a story of remarkable progress in a 6day campaign which had swept the enemy from twothirds of the 9900 square mile peninsula The Germans were rapidly be ing driven into the mountain rim along the south coast Each victory Stalin said would be marked in Moscow by 12 sal voes from 124 guiiK German broadcasts admitted that nazi and Romanian troops were busily disengaging them selves in the Crimea Ou the mainland to the north other Russian armies Wednesday captured both Tiraspol 53 miles northwest of Odessa and Falliccni 60 miles south of Cernauti and 170 miles north of the valuable riocsli oil ficIs a Russian com munique announced At the same time red army troops drew tighter the noose around the Skala pocked north of the middle Dncsfr river where the remnants of 15 German divi 10000 annihilation The twin Russian drive through the Crimea which dispatches said was crumbling axis defense lines in all directions was materially from Poplar Petersen serves as emissary to call them to the telephone because before the captain focused national attention aicled lhc soviet Black Sea fleet 1 air force which was blasting en emy evacuation ports and com munication lines with devastating results the war bulletin reported harbor installations at Feodosiya were bombed and 4 landing barges and a torpedo boat sunk l Ulllllll n t 1 1 deer hunters who annually in the whllc olhels wclc damaged late fall stalk Wisconsins largest Conslanta big Romanian Black game animal in red caps check Sea port and oil shipping center ercd coats and high lopped boots j also was heavily bombed AIoscow upon Poplar the Bongs found little occasion for conversation that couldnt be carried on in person The captain first go to be known among the townsfolk here deer of many Pride in Flyer Poplar tingle of excitement spread Thursday arrtong the 461 inhabitants of this rural community sprawling along highway 2 at the head of Lake Superior as word flashed around that Capt Dick Bong had shot down 27th plane in the south west Pacific The happy reaction among his homefolks was unanimous from Bongs chestnut haired mother Dora Brice Bong and the sweet heart Marjoric Vatlendahl Su perior State Teachers college senior whose picture sraccs captains fighter plane to his best i 5 Die When Blaze I Sweeps Through 3 Pennsylvania Homes Beaver Falls Pa small children and their mother burned to death Thursday and more than a score of persons were driven into subfreezing weather when fire that started in the Franklin McMasters home in nearby Fallston swept through 3 frame houses The dead all trapped on the 2nd floor of the McMusters home are Florence McMasters 31 the mother 2 daughters Sally R and Jane 8 months and 2 son Jack and William The father was burned on the friend Marvin 1etcrsen proprij face neck and hands in atlcmpl ctor of the Poplar hardware store ing to rescue his family One son Mrs Bong said shed gotten over I Jacob 13 escaped unscathed said Constanla is 230 miles across the Black Sea from Sevastopol ind presumably would be one of hc logical ports of debarkation or axis troops evacuated from the Crimea In crashing the second power zone of the axis defenses in the northern Crimea Tolbukhins troops led off wiith a combination frontal and flank attack on the Ishun sector Moscow dispatches said Other columns speeding ciown from the Sivash sea struck in a southwesterly direction stormed the fortified town of Vionka and then drove down the central Crimean railroad for 43 miles to KarachaKangil The Germans were reported retreating rapidly before them apparently heading for Sevastopol where per haps 100000 German and Roman ian troops making up the German garrison may elect to make a final stand At the end o the day Tol bukhins vanguards were within 11 miles of Simferopol with Se I
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