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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 22, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COlif or MlftfOftV ANO ARCK THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS I United Full cents Coprt MASON CITV IOWA THUBSDAY JUNE 12 1944 This Riper Coedsls ol Two MO tSB SINK JAP CARRIER 3 TANKERS y Fierce Attack Aimed at Last Cherbourg Line FURIOUS AERIAL ASSAULT MADE AT LOW LEVEL Artillery Then Blasts Nazis Doughboys Make Attack on Strongpoints By WES GALLAGHER Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Dwight D Eisenhowers forces xm limbered Thursday afternoon their greatest assault since the storm ing of the beaches of a combined land and air attack intended to crack the last de fenses the fortified city of Cher bourg The attack began when waves of British and American planes swept In with a terrific aerial barrage lasting 80 minutes a field dispatch from Associated Press War Correspondent Don White bead reported Rocked back on their heels by the weight of this assault in which light and medium bombers drop ped down almost to cannon mouth level to drop their ex plosive charges the Germans were immediately beset by a thunderous artillery pounding which left smoke and flame sweeping the German forts American doughboys of Lt Gen Omar N Bradley drew up in position tensely waiting the ef fect of these blows then swep forward They last were ieportect ham raering atFort Du Rbule only about 1500 yards south of the military fort and at Fort Octe ville only slightly farther away to southwest The latest headquarters an nouncements showed that the con centric attack had virtually spli the German garrison into 3 seg ments Bradleys troops captured St Pierre Eglise 8z miles east o the port and the last road junctio leading to Cherbourg from Cap Barfleur isolating the German in the northeastern tip of the pe ninsula Other troops coming u from the south had entered Quet thou a large town near St Vaas La Hougue on the east coast an 13 miles southeast Cherbourg On the west another spearhea had practically split the German in Cherbourg from those in th northwestern tipof the penin sula by advancing to within ha a mile of BeaumontHague on th road to Cap De La Hague Beau montHague is 8Vz miles west Cherbourg Supreme headquarters said lacked any knowledge of a re ported American ultimatum b field radio to the Cherbourg gar rison demanding surrender by a m Greenwich meridian tim Thursday 2 a m central The London Daily Sketch said Wednesday Jnight it had re corded such a broadcast It was assumed that if the ulti matum was made it was rejected YANKS TAKE OVER WAR BATTERED FRENCH a dead German sol dier stretched out in the middle of the street American military police take over the French Normandy coast town of Trivieres after advancing armies had swept the town with artillery fire Associated Press wirephoto from signal corps engraving by Kayenay and that Lt Gen Omar N Brad ey had ordered a final attack Supreme headnarters said it was possible the field commander night have made the demand on lis own authority Onthe American left Hank the U S infantrymen plunged to within 3 miles of the sea In the vicinity of St CroixHague avil age 7 miles west of Cherbourg astride the main highway to Cap De La Hague where some Ger man forces are reported seeking at least temporary refuge On the right a fastmoving coV umn speared to a point almost as close to the northern coast by reaching the Saire river near the village of Le Theil less than 5 miles east and slightly south of Cherbourg In the center substantial gains were made along the main road from Valognes Communique No 33 reported good progress with advances of 2 to 3 miles along the entire front Allied experts flew into the Cherbourg peninsula to investi gate the flying bomb bases cap tured intact by the American troops but the supreme command said there were no indications the Germans had been using these aeainst England It appeared spokesman said that the Ameri can drive over the peninsula lefi the enemy insufficient time to get the launching sites ready for op eration Except for the swift encircling drive on Cherbourg there was little activity on the beachhead The communique reported patrol activity elsewhere al though enemy artillery and mor tar fire in the BritishCanadian sector at Tilly was said to be un usually heavy The assault on Cherbourg cap tured the spotlight but it was ap parent Gen Bradley was striking withyjgor to round up theGer on Uve2 he peninsula With reports from the front agging far behind developments he supreme command conceded that advance American patrols al ready may have reached the sea beyond St CroixHague on the west and Le Theil on the advances that would cut off Ger man forces and forts on Cap De La Hague on the west and on Point Barfleur on the east In the closeup fight for Cher bourg the Frenchbuilt concrete and Du about 1500 yards from the prize proving formidable obstacles o the attacking Ameri can troops The fighting appar ently raged all around the town in the suburbs and possibly inside the town itself The German radio began pre paring the nazi home front for the loss of the port speaking of how long it could hold out against overwhelming attacks The Germans still were rushing to destroy everything in the por and city which could be use to the allies Reports here said that Cher bourgs airfield appeared to be within the allied grasp if not al ready taken This would be the first sizable field captured in thf beachhead drive and when re paired would permit the use of medium bombers Bad weather Wednesday ham pered air operations and also de ayed unloading of war materials A dispatch Wednesday nigh rom Associated Press Corre pondent Don Whitehead quoted Drench civilians stragglin hroujh the lines as saying th mermans in Cherbourg had pre pared for a streetby street de knocking holes in In corner of buildings and setting n machine guns and antitank gun o cover the approaches Whiteheads dispatch said the doughboys had encountered the core of the enemys last line of and con crete for the past 12 hours had been probing enemy positions and getting ready for the final thrust The U S infantrymen he said ere meeting stiffening opposition from strong points fixed so that the lines of fire crisscrossed with each point supporting its neigh bors But Whitehead expressed the view that there would be little chance for the enemy to make a Stalingrad of the city because the Americans have vastlysu perior hitting power on land sea and in the air REDS OPEN NEW DRIVE AGAINST FINNISH FRONT Report Nazi Dead in 3 Years of War at Total of 7800000 Moscow army forces eninK a new offensive against he faltering Finnish lines sent a pronged drive around the lakes lorth of Leningrad fie 3rd anniversary of the Russo jerman war which already has aken a toll of more than 13000 000 killed or captured The soviet information bureau vhich said the nazis were now aced with complete rout after years of fighting on the eastern front listed the German dead or captured at 7800000 and similar Russian losses at 5300000 Disclosure of the cost of men in he bloodiest battle in history came as the red army following up a whirlwind drive through Viipuri hurled strong armored forces around Lake Onega in a deter mined effort to clear the 223mile enemy held stretch of the Lenin gradMurmansk railroad The new thrusts through th Aunus peninsula between Lake Onega and Ladoga and around the northern tip of Onega brough 3 soviet forces striking deep int the wavering Finnish lines South west oC Lake Ladoga Marsha Leonid A Goyorovs Leningra swift nursui of Finnish troops northwest captured Viipuri Advancing as much as 10 mile at some points in the first day perations the red army overra ore than 100 towns to seize foot olds on the LeningradMvirmans ailway at Lodeinoe Pole nea IB eastern shore of Lake Ladog 20 miles northeast of Lcningrac id Vichka 5 miles above Med Extend F R Power to Requisition Property Needed in War Effort Tourlavill Savmaris ll Y Pettier louse passage sent to the white louse Thursday legislation ex tending for an additional year be ond June 30 the presidents pow er to requisition personal property and materials needed for the war effort The legislation requires hat the authority be exercised only when the property or ma terial needed cannot be obtained through purchase or negotiation closeup map of Cherbourg France and its immediate area shows port facilities through which allies hope to pour men and materials Washington Unanimous and compels pay a fair lakes the government to price for what i Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Widely scattered thundershowers Thursday nigh and Friday continued warm an Iowa Partly cloudy with node cided change in temperatur Thursday through Friday night thundershowers southeast an extreme cast portions Thursda night and widely scattered thun dershowers over the state Fri day moderate winds Minnesota Mostly cloudy Thurs day night and Friday will scattered showers south portio Thursday night and widely scat tered light showers over stat Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Mcximum Wednesday 84 Minimum Wednesday night 64 At B a m Thursday 71 YEAR AGO Maximum 95 Minimum 65 Precipitation 44 Sit Targets n Germany Rocket Coast Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force an Fortresses and Liberators hursday gave the rockctlaunch ng grounds in the PasDeCalais rea their 4th hammering in less ban 24 hours The daylight blow followed a light of farflung aerial attacks ex ending from France to Ger nanys industrial Ruhr and Ber the Germans cross Channel barrage of rocket bombs vhich they asserted Thursday are low coming over with incendiary oads The Germans also said with out allied confirmation that the American planes wliich bombed 3erlin Wednesday and flew on to Russia n the London The allies announced that some fighter planes escorting the Berlin bombers also flew to Rus Thursday night Berlin was at tacked by speedy Mosquitos while British Laneasters hit Ruhr and Rhineland objectives Close upon the FortressLiber ator blow at the PasDeCalais area in the morning another great fleet roared out over the channel in the same direction Thursday afternoon stirring up great barrage of antiaircraft and rocket fire from the Germans coastal defenses These attacks capped 24 hours of tremendous activity including the U S air forces shuttle raid from Britain to Russia A Moscow communique from the headquarters of the eastern com mand of the U S strategic air force said 3 bombers and 2 es corting fighters were lost on the flight to Russian air bases Syn thetic oil refineries and installa tions at Ruhlandsouthenst of Ber lin were bombed by a large force Mustangs provided constant cov er for the bombers during the flight and shot down 5 enemy U S Flyers Damage 9 Other Ships With Surprise Japs Flee U S Pacific Fleet Headquarters Pearl Harbor States carrier planes sank one Japa nese aircraft carrier and 3 tankers Monday in the wars 3rd smashing blow on the Japanese fleet in a followup to Sundays air battle off the Marianas in which 353 enemy planes were destroyed The combined blow was the 3rd hardest blow at the Japanese navy since Pearl Harbor Adm Chester W Nimitz in an earlymorning announcement Thursday said that possibly a 5th enemy vessel a destroyer was sunk in the Monday battle between the Marianas and the Philippine islands Nine or 10 enemy vessels in addition were damaged Stunned by surprise the enemy fleet offered no counter m and fhd was no sign whatever that the 2 big fleets had joined surface battle The U S 5lh fleet suffered no ship losses Only 49 of its planes were lost in the Sunday air battle which represented the northern tip Planes the communique said The f Lake Onega I bombers shot down a 6th Fighters the red air force supported the uslangs in the last half of the The soviet troops driving north through the Aunus peninsu a were stretched over a 75mile ront along the Svir river con ectincthe 2 lakes from Lodc noe Pole to Voznescnyc where ic river empties into Lake Onega After breaking through the Fin ish defenses north of the Stalin anal the Russians advanced to Lodeinoe Pole where they forced ne Svir river and established a ridgehead on the northern bank his salientalso occupied nearby ivirstroi a city of 18000 and the ite of a power station that once upplicd electricity to Leningrad Eastward along the Aunus line he Russians also captured Posad iovskoe and Niselga all on the outhern banks of the river The northern wing swung in hvough Povenets the Vhile seaBaltic canal enters the northern tip of Lake Onega cap ured 2 other settlements in the imberproducing area and struck nto the outskirts of Medvezhc orsk where fierce fighting was reported Medveshegorsk 18 miles west oE Povenets is one of the key points on the LeningradMur mansk railroad and is 120 miles south of Belomorsk where sup plies from the Arctic port are re into Russia Liberation of the railroad would live the Russians a fast route to move supplies shipped from the United States and Great Britain which the government said hac attributed much to the red army successes Successes of the red army wen considerably assisted by our allies the United States and Great Brit ain who supplied us with ever valuable strategic raw materia and armaments and who subject ed to systematic bombing the mill tary targets of Germany and thu undermined German miiitar strength the 3ycar war sum mary said Girl 7 Falls Down Chimney Is Rescued New York go the better of 7 year old Patrici Keeley while playing on the roo of an apartment building Sh peeked into a chimney lost he balance and plunged 2 stories be fore becoming wedged Fireme hacked a hole in the chimney t free the child The damage wa one dirty dress and one bruiscc knee ip the announcement added Weather over the targets was ir and the results excellent the ommunique said Keeping the assault going on the ermans still active rocket bomb aunching bases in the Pas DC Ca nis area of France RAF Lancas ers and Halifaxes followed Amer can Liberators and medium bomb rs over that region Wednesday vening and delivered what was fficially described as a devas ating blow at the German instal ations there Fortysix bombers were missing rom the widespread British oper ations The German radio warned Thursday that allied planes were ivcr indicating hat American bombers from Italy vere out The daylight raid against Berlin y u licet of more than 1000 U S Tlying Fortresses and Liberators and 1200 escorting fighters was he greatest of the war against the capital Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy an attempt ol Japanese carrierbased planes to break up the Saipan invasion Snipan is the principal enemy stronghold in the Marianas and lies 1500 miles from Japan and the Philip pines Some of the American pilote downed may have been res cued Nimitz said The Monday action ended at ightfall witii the Japanese flee ig and there was no indication hat the battle hud been resumed Admiral Nimitz also announced Kit 353 enemy planes were shot own in the Japanese futile al empt Sunday on Admiral Mif schers force This added 53 en my craft to the previous esti mated 300 destroyed Two U S carriers and one bal leship suffered superficial dam ige and 21 aircraft were lost in ombat A fleet spokesman said uperficial damage means the hips capacity for battle was not mpaired indicating these U prob bly participated in Mondays ac ion The attack of the 5th fleet un ler command of Adm Raymond Spruance was such a com pete surprise that the Japanese made rio counterat ack against any of our surface in its Admiral Nimitz who stayed at is headquarters past midnight receivingbattle reports and still appeared bright eyed despite his years said the Japanese force consisted of 4 or more battleships 5 or 6 carriers 5 fleet tankers and a unspecified number of cruisers and destroyers He listed these casualties in flicted on the enemy One carrier believed to be the Zuikaku 17000 tons received 3 OOO pound bomb hits One Hayataka class carrier was sunk One Hayataka class carrier was severely damaged and left burning furiously One light carrier probably around 10000 tons Zuiho Taiho class received nl least one bomb hit One Kongo class battleship 29000 tons was damaged One cruiser was damaged Three destroyers were dam aged one of which is believed to have sunk Fifteen to 20 defending air craft were shot down This destruction or damaging of 14 ships was the 3rd greatest SHOOTS SELF IN MAYORS OFFICE Ackley Painter Uses Marshals Revolver Ackley Oscar Peterson local painter shot himself with the town marshals revolver in the office of the mayor shortly before 10 a m Thursday Peterson has been in failing health for the past G months and this is believed to have been the cause of his ac tions Peterson was in the mayors of fice discussing plans for u paint ing job when he look the revolver which was lying on the desk and shot himself Surviving arc his wife and daughter Shirley his mother Mrs Anna Peterson 85 2 sisters Cora of Ackley and Anna of Minne apolis and one brother Julius ol California The body was taken to the V S Nelson funeral parlors Funera arrangements are incomplete DISCOVERS HES IN NAZI AREA Correspondent Reports Bombs Dropping Nearbj By HENRY T GOKREL1 Inside the German Lines Xea Cherbourg have just dis covered that the bullets kickin the dust near me are not stray and that the American div bombers overhead are not drop pirig their bombs in this neigh borhood by accident I am insid Germanheld territory LOCATION OF in the above map points to the general area between the Mariana and Philippine islands in which American flyers attacked Nipponese naval forces   

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