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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 11, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COttf DEPARTMENT OF ARCH VOL L NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Press and United Flesa Fun Leased Wires Mass Raids on Germany Are Complex By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Managing Editor Letter No 13 in all the world there is an organiza tional problem more complex than setting up a mass bombing raid on Germany I cant for the life of me think what it might be I arrive at this conclusion by taking what I have seen at a single import ant bomber group base within 100 miles of London and multiplying i t by at least 50 I am not per mitted to tell HAIX you what this base was or exactly where it was But I can tell you some interesting things about it One is that the first American manned bombers to fly over Eu rope in this July 4 1942 been based at this field Another Clark Gable of Holly wood fame hopped off on his first mission over the channel from this base Still establishment hadbeen built and used to good advantage by the RAF before the Americans took over And still bears the proud name of Hells Angels a name prompted by its seemingly indestructible ship bearing that Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 1944 Paper Consists of Two SectionsSection ENTER SIEGFRIED MINE FIELDS Roosevelt Churchill Meet in BRITISH DRIVE Alter mB1 Hall Broadcast From England on KGLO Monday Eve A rebroadcast from Euglant by W Earl Hall managing editor of the GlobeGazette will be aired from KGLO at oclock Monday evening Mr Hall ap peared as a guest of the British Broadcasting corporation and his talk was shortwaved Monday morning from Britain and re corded here by KGLO technicians The subject of the talk is An Iowa Editor Looks at Wartime England It Is one of a series o North American Guest Night Pro grams sent out from London for reception In the British empire title It7 came Home to vpqsfhere so many rimes that the number is almost forgotten The group is under the com mand of Col Kermit D Stevens of Oregon with Maj Frank J Do herty of Hoquiem Wash as his adjutant and Lt Col Behel of Chicago as executive officer My traveling partner Fred Christopherson of the Sioux Falls S Dak ArgusLeader and myself were the special guests of Capt Walter Donnelly of Bridgeport public relations officer for the base It would be well nigh impossible for me to list the many great courtesies and kindnesses receiv ed at the hands of Capt Donnelly and his associate officers to say nothing of expressing my full ap preciation With a view obviously to avoid ance of setting up a concentrated target area for the nazis the scores of barracks and other build ings on the post were widely dis persed Each of the 3 flying squad rons as a result is provided with its own little city Living and mess quarters are of simple design but wholly ade quate The Red Cross is there in a big way with its aero recrea tional hall and the group theater distinguished by its cloth covered seats provided by a Hollywood producer friend is really distin guished among camp theaters in England Movies are shown al most simultaneously with the first run New York houses Numerous interesting old vil of them the home of Samuel Pepys the diarist another the home of John Bunyan another the home of Poet dose at hand But there is no sizable city Recreation has to be provided on base and it is being provided in a big way Set down In a rich gardening country soil is fertile In the base area At least one of the squadrons has developed its own garden fea tured by carrots and tomatoes 1 stepped into it jnst long enough to jrall one weed which made me homesick for my own Victory gar den A weed would During my visit to the repair station the mess halls the link trainer station the photographic laboratory and elsewhere I met up with numerous nonflying per sonnel For every man in the air there are approximately 15 on the ground Flying men can qualify for home leaves It isnt easy but it can be done Those doing the groundwork even some of the high ranking officers have no such hope as matters stand Many of them have been here almost 2V years and it looks like for the duration for them Without detracting a whit from the glory which belongs to the men who face death day after day over Europe I think I can refer to these ground people as the un sung heroes of BOTH LEADERS PLEASED OVER WAR PROGRESS Will Draft Plans for Complete Defeat of Germany and Japan Quebec UR President Roose velt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill met again Monday in this old capital of French Canada both pleased over the progress of the war and ready to start draft ing new plans for the final and complete defeat of Germany and Japan Victory is everywhere Churchill said to the president as they met for their 10th wartime conference The 2 leaders arrived with an hour of each other on separate trains Churchill came from Hali fax where he arrived Sunday by ship and Mr Roosevelt came from Washington They met at the Little Wolfes Cove station on the banks of the St Lawrence Churchill and the president chatted for a moment about the war while posing for photographers When everything you touch turns to gold Churchill said of the recent continuing allied war successes there is no need crying out about providence After meeting at Wolfes Cove where their trains were parked side by side the Roosevelt and Churchill parties proceeded by motor to the Citadel historic for tress where they met in August 1943 After receiving formal mili tary honors on the parade ground they adj ourned respective the the BIr Roosevelt and Churchill greeted each other enthusias tically comparing notes on how each other was feellngr The presi dent was dressed in a single breasted dark bine pinstriped suit and wore his familiar Panama hat Churchill wore his typical seagoing uniform of Trinity house puffing on a cigar while he talked with the president Mr Roosevelts tram arrived at Wolfes Cove at 9 a m an hour ahead of schedule and he re mained aboard his private car un til Churchill arrived more than an hour later Churchill walked across foui railroad tracks to where the pres ident waited for him in a large open touring car Well hello the president greeted the prime minister Im glad to see you Eleanors here the president added referring to his wife who Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Stalin Unable to Attend Because of Red Offensives Quebec IP President Roose velt and Prime Minister Churchill meeting here to map war move with emphasis upon the Facifi theater announced Monday tha Premier Stalin was unable to at tend their conference because soviet armies were on the march Stephen Early presidential press secretary made the announcemenl to a press conference after the leaders arrived at Quebecs ivied citadel was caught in a swarm of pho tographers near the automobile Mrs Churchill who was with the prime minister was caught In another crowd on the opposite side of the car bat spied Mrs Roosevelt and shouted Hello there Did you have a nice trip the president asked Churchill who replied that although there were 3 days of beautiful weather he was frightfully sick part of the time Traveling with the presiden were Admiral William D Leahy his chief of staff Vice Admira Ross T Mclntire his physician and surgeon general ot the navy and his military and naval aides Maj Gen Edwin M Watson ant Rear Admiral Wilson Brown The president was preceded here by the top American military chiefs and extensive staffs Simi lar top British staffs came from London and Washington for the important are ex pected to cover a wide field bu with emphasis on allied postsur render plans for Germany and speedier victory over Japan Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy r Dijon After BLASTOFGAS24HourFight I U I U n V Rome forces from CAN FATAL TO LOCAL BOY 7 PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND PRIME MINISTER CHURCHILL Shoot Down 130 German Planes BLAST GERMAN OILPLANTS Marks Greatest Air Battle Over Reich London fighters bpmbeisat tacking nazi oil plants in Germariy Monday shot down 130 enemy planes in the greatest air battle ever fought over the reich be tween American fighters and the luftwaffe Only Sunday the American fighters destroyed 125 German Planes but 119 were caught on the ground in western Germany Mondays bag made the 2day to tal 255 It was the 4th consecutive day in which 1000 or more American bombers had attacked Germany The continental skies were satu rated by allied planes rising from bases in England Italy north and south France American losses were not im mediately tabulated A spokesman of the U S 8th air force said the J30 planes destroyed still was an incomplete count hut already a record bag for fighters German planes destroyed by the bombers still were to be added Approximately 800 Mustangs Thunderbolts and Lightnings formed the escort Between 200 and 300 fighters previously had been used in Hhineland attacks Flying Fortresses and Liberators attacked Merseburg Lutzendorf and Misburir a few hoars after RAF Mosquitos had created fresh havoc in Berlin A great fleet of British heavy bombers pounded besieged Le Havre It appeared likely that more than 5000 tons of bombs would be cast on the Germans during the day as on Sunday Weather permitted visual bomb ing at the cities named Other heavy bombers struck at unidenti fied objectives hidden by cloud banks Dewey Says Change Needed in Washington for Smooth Conversion to Peace Work the Byrnes reconversion report a start Gov Thomas E Dewey asserted Monday that a change in administra tion is needed if thiscountrys industry is to be shifted over to peace time cienrly Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Monday and Tuesday Cooler Monday night Warmer Tuesday afternoon Iowa Generally fair Monday and Tuesday Cooler east portion Monday night Warmer Tues day Minnesota Fair Monday night and Tuesday except scattered show ers northeast portion Monday night Cooler northwest and west central portions Monday night warmer Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 72 Minimum Sunday night 49 At 8 a m Monday 55 Rain Sunday a m 09 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 63 Minimum 39 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 80 Minimum Saturday 60 At 8 a m Sunday 60 Ran 12 inch Arriving here for conferences with political labor farm and other leaders the republican presidential nominee told a throng which gathered around his cam paign train at the railroad station that their presence indicated to him that a new administration must be elected to achieve the essential object of American equality between labor industry and agriculture After a ride through crowded downtown streets to a hotel the New York governor answered questions fired at him by about at a news confer 200 reporters ence He was asked for comment on the report of War Mobilization Director James F Byrnes which outlined the steps for a proposed 40 per cent cutback in war pro duction after hostilities with Ger many are concluded At least Dewey said thats a start He said he pointed out In Pittsburgh 6 weeks ago that the Roosevelt administration was 6 months late in planning for an industrial changeover Now he adminis tration is only 7 months late My earnest hope is that this pro posal means action and is not just more words There is a gigantic undertaking ahead just to get government property out of war plants It requires long and skill ful planning of a sort that we have never had from this admin istration In response to questions Dewey said he agreed with the view re cently expressed by Wendell t Willkie in a magazine article that a strong foreign policy must be backed up by a strong economic condition at home That is absolutely right the nominee said The 2 things are utterly inseparable The tragedy of the whole thing is that thead ministration which is now seeking reelection was in office 8 years while all the tremendous forces were rising for war and did ab solutely nothing to prepare the American people for it absolutely no military prepara tions for the war it now claims it foresaw A reporter called attention to the fact Willfcie has said that this country must surrender a certain portion of its sovereignty to form an effective international security organization Thats a shibboleth Dewey said explaining that he regarded any arguments about sovereignty as beside the point Every time this nation signs a trade agreement it gives up a lit tle bit of its sovereignty he said Both parties are agreed that the sovereignty of 60 nations of the world shall be respected In maintaining the peace he said Deweys attention was called to published reports here that a cut back in food production may be necessary because of accumulated surpluses Dewey said he had no doubt at all that there was going to be a very large stockpile ol he war ends adding that its distribution would have to be accomplished so that food sup plies did not glut the market and give farmers a bad year He had not seen the nominee said a proposal by Gov John W Bricker of Ohio the republican vice presidential candidate that the AAA be abolished after a cer tain period of time He said he would discuss that and other mat ters in a farm speech which is be ing drafted but will not be de livered on this trip This allusion apparently was to a proposed 2nd midwestern tour to be undertaken after the pres ent Pacific coast journey is com pleted The republican nominee who will leave Monday night for Val entine Nebr after a round of conferences here was greeted by a crowd of 4000 which lined the railroad tracks at the station sprinkled the streets on a paradt route and jammed about the can didate and Mrs Dewey when they entered the hotel lobby Passing down a corridor formed by Iowa state guardsmen Dewey stopped several tunes to shake hands with Union army veterans of the Civil war who are holding a convention here EARLY HANCOCK RESIDENT DIES Andy Bingham Was Son of Township Settler W Bingham 77 pioneer of Bingham township son of John G Bingham for whom the township was named diet Saturday night at his home in Garner where he lived the pas 7 years He was born April 12 1867 and settled in Hancock county with his parents in 1868 when h was a year old They were among the first settlers in the township He married Emma C Arneson of Forest City in 1890 Mr Bingham was a member o the Hancock county board from 1908 to 1915 and served 2 terms as chairman He was very active in civic affairs in the early day of the township served on th school board for a number o years was once township trustee and helped establish the first farmers elevator in the township Surviving are the wife and the following children Mrs Clara Gordon Gait Mrs Steve Goff Waubun Minn Oliver Bingham Albuquerque N Mex Victor Bingham Garner and Mrs Har old Savage Minneapolis Funeral services will be held at the Bohn funeral home at Gar ner Tuesday at 1 p m and a the Bethel Baptist church at Brit at 2 p m the Rev B A Rus officiating Burial will be in the Bingham township cemetery Believe Allan Hall Had Been Playing With Matches Near Container Funeral services were to be held Monday afternoon at p m for Allan Hall IVz son of Mr and Mrs Ellsworth Hall Central he south after a 24 hour battle ave occupied the city of Dijon 50 miles southeast of Paris and 5 miles from Gen Dwight D isenhowers troops in northern ranee it was announced Monday night At the same time American roops of Lt Gen Alexander M atchs 7th army moving up from he Mediterranean reached the Utskirls of Vesoul 55 miles to the northeast and only 75 miles outh of Nancy where the 3rd irmy is attacking the Moselle line In pushing 20 miles north of Jesancon across the Doubs valley o Vesoul the Americans closed a on Germans who fought when a partlyfilled gasoline can sxploded at a m Saturday morning The boy who was playing alone in the back yard of his home is believed to have lighted a match near the gasoline container which was almost empty A charred book matches was dis covered at the scene Allan was aken immediately to a local hos ital where he died at Sat urday afternoon Surviving are the parents 4 isters Jane Patty Donna and Virginia 1 brother Robert and Lhe grandparents Mr and Mrs Earl E Hall 1811 S Wilson ave and Mr and Mrs Paul D Press nail all Mason City Allen was born in Mason City Dec 18 1936 He was in the 2nd grade at Central Heights school The Rev A N Rogness of Trin ity Lutheran church was to of ficiate at the funeral services at the Major Memorial chapel Bur ial was to be in Memorial Park cemetery The Major funeral home was in charged Mrs T R Eilers and Miss Nora Christensen sang Beautiful Sa viour and Jesus Loves Me ac companiedby Mrs Hoy Seryison organist ensen and Mrs Alva Edwards were in charge of flowers1 nto Lijon Dijon is at the western edge of he Saone valley and Visoul is O miles west ol the Belfort gap vhere French forces were meeting litter opposition American units ot Lt Gen Alex nder 51 Patchs seventh army advanced to Rougemont 25 miles southwest of the historic gateway nto southwest Germany but ench troops inching their way hroueh the Jura mountains along he Swiss frontier met desperate erman rearguard resistance An allied headquarters An nouncement Sunday night said the Trench were fighting near the vil age ot Blamont 16 miles south of Selfort and 36 airline miles from he German frontier The nazis making a desperate stand to keep the Belfort gap life line open found themselves in a larrowing bottleneck with the Trench to the south and the Amer cans to the west at Hougemorlt The French advance to the out skirts of Dijon a town of 96000 virtually sewed up the escape cor ridor for the German 19th army in that sector Seizure of Dijon wouldnpt only sealpffat least main highways to the Germans but push the enemy to within 5i miles of where the American orces in northern France were ast reported ALLAN HALL Maine Voters Go to Polls Clues for November Studied By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Maines elections arrived Mon day in advance of the rest of conutry as usual and eagleeyed politicians looked hard for clues to what will happen in November when the presidency goes on stake in all the 48 states Even partisans who cite figures to disprove the saying As Main ro Disprove ine saying As Maine d goes so goes the nation awaited hearings figures to compare them with pre vious years on the Pine Tree states contests for governor and 3 seats in the U S house especial ly for labor vote angles The CIO has been especially ac tive in the first congressional dis trict in registering voters The ract there is between Rep Robert Hale republican and Andrew A Pettis president of the Portland Union o the CIO Shipyard Workers union who is the democratic nominee Pettis lost to Kale for the republi can nomination Generally the Maine republi cans said their task was to main tain or increase traditional majori ties the democrats were out in ar effort for places held lor 10 years they have no Share Clothes With Russia Drive Plannec Des Mpines i Relief Inc will try to collec 2500000 pounds of clothing dur ing a statewide share your cloth mg with Russia drive Sept 2 through Sept 30 Each family wil be asked to contribute one of wearable shoes and each dividual 2 pounds of clothes pat FOR NORTH END OF NAZISLINE Americans Shelling Aachen Capital of Luxembourg Duchy Falls London U S first fought its way into the first arrage zones and mine fields ot is dragontoothed Siegfried line VTonday British armor broke into Holland at a point U miles north f the ruptured Albert canal de ens es in a sweep toward the north nd of the Germans fortification elt The Americans were less than 0 miles from the German frontier t 2 points 70 miles apart They aptured Luxemburg the capital f the Docket duchy bordering the ihineland and Saarland In one tirust and reportedly threw shells nto Aachen German border city n the other forward movement From Nancy and tons throgh Luxembourg o Limburg just below the Neth rlands appendix where Lt Gen Courtney H Hodges first army runners shelled German soil for he first time the Americans were running into the outer defenses t the Siegfried line They were under the fire of jerman heavy guns along the Mo elle Around Limburg beyond the raptured fortress city of Liege hey were encountereing the heav CLAIMS SNEAK ATTACK WARNING Asserts Australia Sent Word to Washington Washington Harness R Ind declared Monday there appears to be an abundance o evidence that 72 hours before the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec 7 1941 the Australian governmen advised Washington a Japanese aircraft carrier force was headec toward Pearl Harbor He stated he was informed the information was not relayed to Maj Gen Wal ter C Short then commanding army forces in Hawaii In a speech in the house Har ness charged the commander in chief has concealed the truth o ihe Pearl Harbor disaster by de nyine a hearinK to Gen Short am Rear Admiral Husband E Kim mel the latfer naval commande at Pearl Harbor at the time of th attack Harness asserted that Shor stands willing to appear befor congress or any other ofticial trib unal and present documentor proof clearing him of responsibil and Kimmel were re of their commands afte Pearl Harbor and await court mar The speech was one of a Eerie by republicans dealing with Pear Harbor within the last week There appears to bo an abund ance of evidence Harness saic that 72 hours before the attac on Pearl Harbor the Australia government advised the America government in Washington that a aircraft carrier task force ol th Japanese navy had been sighte by Australian reconnaissanc headed toward Pearl Harbor tha our government was again no tified 48 hours before the attac that this Japanese task force wa still in progress toward Hawai and the same notification was sen 24 hours before Pearl Harbor None of this information was am informed given to Genera Short Harness said he had no person knowledge of the facts relate here but they come to me from source that I believe to be thor oughly reliable and trustworthy Many of us are wondering h said if the real offenders ar not hiding under the secrecy of th blanket thrown over this who incident by the administration Buy your War Bonds Stamps from your GlobeGazctt carrier boy est minefields seen since they racked through Normandy Here the Americans were only miles from the border and vere reported using their long torn nfles against Aachen big troop roncentration point just 2 miles over the line Aachen stands in the middle he Siegfried line with lines of forts running on both its east and west sides Supreme headquarters did not say where the British crossing nlo Tolland had taken place but front me dispatches indicated it was on he road to Eindhoven 50 miles northeast of Antwerp and at a point about 35 miles from the Ger man border An Associated Press dispatch rom the British front said the British had stormed across the cheldeMeuse canal last water barrier before the Dutch frontier after a largescale 3 day battle around BourgLcopold and Bech tel north of the Albert canal in which 12000 prisoners were taken and more Germans killed in 1 day than any time since the 200mile march from Normandy The ScheldeMeuse canal is only 2 miles from the Dutch fron tier where the road runs to Eind wven The city of Luxembourg a coal ron center of 58000 fell to a U S column driving through the little stepping stone duchy on a 10mile assault front This column built np a strong left shoulder for the American third armys battle for Metz 35 miles to the south The units mov ingthrough the duchy had ad vanced to within 10 miles of the Saar border of Germany and were within Z5 miles of the German cities of Saarhurg and Trier To the north other U S first army units were within miles ot the German and Dutch frontiers and had linked with the British second army in preparation for a massive assault on the northern portion of the Siegfried line Ahead of the American and Brit ish units which joined above the captured Belgian town of Hasselt 27000 was the weakest link in the German defense 70 miles of hastilybuilt fortifications from Aachen north to Kleve ter minus the Siegfried line This portion of the Siegfried line or westwall protects the Rhineland the industrial cities of Cologne and Dusseldorf American troops which took the city of Luxembourg were fighting determinedly to broaden out into the town Morsch slightly over 10 miles to the north The attack of Li Gen Courtney H Hodges U S first army toward the Saar has carried over 50 miles beyond Sedan and 35 miles east of Jfontroedy where the Americans sliced through the northernmost of the old Majrinot line The duchy of Luxembourg a coal and iron rejrion of 999 square miles was overrun by the Germans in 1940 On the front before Aachen American artillery fired its first shots into Germany at p m Sunday These by old long barrel 155miUimeler rifles made in the last war and now mounted on tank a crossroads near Aachen the big gest of the northern front centers of the Siegfried line Later the Paris radio said Aachen itself was brought under heavy fire from American guns j   

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