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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - January 27, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELE Rain M Twe JANUARY 1942 PRICE 3 SUB TORPEDOES JAP IRELAND GREETS NEW TUPS ARE EAGER TO FIGHT Most of Contingent of Several Thousand Men Come from MidWest Ey THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WITH THE AEF IN NORTH ERN weary United States guard of a second the kinks out of cramped muscles to day in camps constructed by Ameri can technicians who have been working here for eight In good spirits after an unevent ful Atlantic crossing under the pro tecting guns of the and British the thousand everything In readiness to receive them when they landed yesterday amid cheers and martial The billets to which they were whisked away by train and motor transport were no makeshift af On the contrary their quar ters proved to be sturdy insulated erected of prefabricated parts brought from the United States and designed especially to withstand the cold and frequent j rains of Northern The construction work was car ried out under the leaselend While the setting was the wartime crossing of the Atlantic and the debarkation were an old story to many of the officers and noncommissioned w h o landed on these shores nearly 25 years ago as members of AEK number Mingled with the World War veterans and seasoned regular army men were numerous All fresh frcm southern maneuvers which had hardened and welded them into a single fight ing Censorship forbids mentioning the size of the unit or its identi but the official announcement issued in London said it included several thousand men of an in fantry They are combat troops with the usual components of field artil the statement The contingent is commanded bv 52yearold Major General Russell Critical Irish and Ameri can officials who watched the troops debark spoke highly of their evident Turn to Page 7 YANKS ARRIVE OVER THERE Two of the first United States doughboys who arrived with the AEF in northern Ireland shake hands with a British sergeant This photo sent via cable from London to New York is among the first pictures of the AEF in Northern E TO FHPARTMENT Commission Votes to Pay Rent on Airport Property At its weekly meeting yester the city commission adopted a resolution adding Ezra Brock and Oren MacQueen to the roster of the Adrian fire department The two who have been on duty with the department for the last will be paid per month during the first six months of service which is a probationary At the end of that they will receive the regular fire mens salary of S135 per The commission also voted to pay the annual rent of S120 for the Adrian airport property on Division Street to Frank Mc Kay in addition to township taxes amounting 19 Another resolution which was Russians Report Advance Westward Continues By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS army troops were officially declared to have recaptured a number of addi tional villages and towns through fierce fighting in which the enemy suffered heavy The Russian information bureau said the advance westward contin ued during the but gave no It added that the Germans lost officers and men on the southern Highly placed Russians in Lon don said the recapture of on the upper Volga 130 miles north west of was expected at any minute and that a blizzard braving assault threatened the Ger man stand at Velikie 140 miles farther along and only 80 miles from the Latvian 200 miles southwest of and at the head of the Donets also were re ported under heavy Turn to Page 7 adopted approved the special as sessment of the cost of installing a four inch water main on Lowe Avenue between Treat and Grace Streets on the property benefitted by the improvement Upon the suggestion of Commis sioner Louis the com mission also put itself on record as promising the members of the city fire and police departments who may be called to duty in the nations armed forces that their jobs will be waiting for them when they return to civilian I JAPANESE PLANES 27 Two American pursuit planes shot down two Japanese dive bombers and disabled a third in the Philip pine Islands in the last 24 In a statement telling of the War Department said General Douglas MacArthur also reported that two of his motor torpedo boats engaged a formation of en emy dive hitting three of them which when last seen by the Americans were smoking and los ing altitude At the same the depart ment announced that Major Gen eral James ranking Army member of the American Military Mission in had taken over command of ed States Army forces in the Unit ed This includes the force whose arrival in Northern Ireland yesterday under Major General Russell already has been DeepTest Well Near Deerfield Rekindles Interest in Oil Fields By a Staff Correspondent oil which for the last 20 years have tantalized local proper ty owners and drilling contractors with the promise of being a rich source of may reveal their secrets within the next few weeks as a deeptest well reach ing from to feet into the earth is At the present time the deeptest well has been driven to nearly and Richard Hall of drilling and operators from other wells in the territory who have watched the test anx iously since it August 22 hope that a rich pool of high paraffinbase crude will be Permission to sink the deeptest well was granted by the federal and oil who have studied the geological struc ture in the Deerfield believe that a rich new source of petrole um can probably be found in the St Peters layer of the earths sands which lies far below the sur The test well is located on the Henry Montri farm two and onehalf miles north and a mile east of the A standard drilling rig has been erected and operations are being pushed as rapidly as We started for the St which lies from to feet below the Hall Weve gone to great expense and have had a lot of a lot of and lots of But conditions look intensely fav orable and we expect to have the well finished Flowing Wells Guide Belief that alarge pool of oil lies deep in the Deerfield field is sup ported by the fact two flow ing wells have been drilled and harnersed in the Hall Oil men say that flow ing wells are usually an indication that a greater pool is Turn to Page 3 Helpless Airman Was Riddled By Bullets of Japs 27 War Department an nounced the award of the distin guished service cross to Mar shall whose home was in Oklahoma was killed by a Japanese flyer on while he was hanging helplessly from a parachute after bailing out of his crippled Attacks Superior Force The communique said On 17 at the head of his flight of pursuit Anderson attacked a superior force of enemy dive dispersing the hostile In this action Lieut Anderson shot down ai enemy observation He then led his flight in an attack on a hostile bomber forcing the bombers to release their bombs prematurely and harmlessly and to Continuing the Anderson then led his flight in a heavy machine gun attack on an enemy truck On Andersons return to the flying McArthur personally decorated him on the spot with the distinguished service On while again in the air Andersons flight was attacked by a greatly superior number of Japanese A strenuous fight ensued during which Lieut Anderson shot another enemy His own plane was crippled and he bailed Two Japanese planes followed him to the His parachute was riddled with mach ing gun bullets while hanging helplessly in the he was shot to Still not one enemy plane returned to dive and machine gunned the crumpled MAY USE PORTS OF Given NonBelligerent Status by Conference at Rio By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RIO DE Jan 27 Nations of the Western Hemisphere declared the United States and its American allies nonbelligerents last The taken by the political committee of the PanAmerican went further to state that special facilities may be con ceded to those countries that in this emergency in the judgment of each to the defense interests of this hemi DEFENSE Congress Shares in Blame for Pearl Harbor Attack 27 demand that the army and navy commands be unified in a single de fense department was made today by Senator Norris IndNeb as legislators heard encouraging re ports of improving American strength in the south Pacific Laying a share of the blame on Congress for the success of the Japanese attack on Pearl Norris declared that the time had come to abolish the War and Navy Departments as such and to place the navy and airforce under one defense Congress cant escape its part of the blame for this the veteran Nebraska Senator told re Long ago it should have streamlined our military organiza It ought now to provide for a unified command from the top What was described as an en couraging report on American production and distribution of war equipment was said to have been given to a Senate military affairs subcommitttee yesterday by chief of the air Turn to Page 2 AUCTIONS Auction north of Line ban See adv on Market I IS ASKED TO PAY Cermond Says 2 More Men are Necessary to Man Rural Fire Truck Attack Against Battered Japanese Invasion Fleet Continues 11 Ships Sunk CITYS GROWTH CITED The Lenawee County Rural Fire Protective Association has been asked to contribute per year to the city of Adrian to pay the sal aries of two new firemen which would be added to the Adrian fire The new firemen would be in addition to the two I added In making the request yesterday at the associations annual meeting in the city Louis Adrian commissioner of publlic stated that the addition of two more men to the force is nec essary to offset the shortage in manpower caused when three fire men are taken off duty to man the rural truck for country For years the city and the as sociation have had a working agreement which provides for the city furnishing the men to man the truck and the space in ifs engine house to house the truck in re turn for the use of the rural truck for city The association has paid in part for the services of the firemen at the rate of per hour while making the rural The association also pays for the upkeep of the Turn to Page 3 This Highly Successful action and the earlier unanimously adopted resolution recommending severance of rela tions with the Axis prompted Un dersecretary of State Sumner to declare that the confer ence more than accomplished its Besides the United the republics of Central America and the Caribbean are at war with the The resolution meant that warships of these countries could use any ports of the Western Hemisphere at rather than restrict their stays to 24 Another resolution called for an immediate meeting of the general staffs of American nations to map a united defense of the two con The Americas took another slap at the Axis by approving a project recommending the suppression of telephone and telegraph communication with aggressor countries and occupied Aimed at Propaganda This stand was aimed at elimi nating numerous clandestine radio stations which have Axis poured out The political approv ing the principles enunciated at the historic ocean meeting of Roosevelt and adopted the Charter of Rio de expressing the adherence of all 21 The conference moved swiftly toward final adjournment after cheering the announcements that Paraguay and Bolivia has severed relations with the Turn to Page 7 Navys Convoy Technique Praised 27 jP The United States navy apparently outwitted a veritable school of German Uboats in guiding the first transAtlantic American troop con voy of this war safely to Northern Official statements maintained silence on the ex perts noted today that the probable period the convoy spent on the high seas had coincided with a time of intensive submarine act ivity in the western Quiet words of praise were spoken for the skill by which the soldiers were delivered without the loss ol a Turn to Page 2 THINKS IT PROBABLE THAT THE GERMANS WILL BOMB DETROIT 27 Brit ish merchant marine engineer told Detroits newly appointed air raid wardens yesterday that he thought it probable that the Germans would bomb this Samuel youthful vet eran of the London bombings dur ing which he was a fire party leader and since then in the marine addressed the 11 area air raid wardens at their first It is quite and I think that Detroit will be Golman If the British navy relaxes its grip on the North Sea coast one an aircraft carrier might slip through and bring planes within range of Detroit in three or four It is obvious that the Germans would send suicide squadrons to drop bombs on Pittsburgh and other industrial cities if they thought they could demoralize American Golman told the wardens that incendiary bombs are what you should look Every he can take precautions against them at very little The main thing is a bucket of dry sand and a Our Greatest Weakness Exposed 27 The heart of the matter is in the six teenth paragraph of the conclusions of the Roberts Commission The failure to confer and co operate with re s p e c t to the meaning of the warnings re ceived and the measures neces sary to comply with the orders given them resulted largely from a sense of security due to the opinion prevalent in dip military and naval and in the public that any immediate attack by Japan would be in the Far in spite of the fact that a year ago the War and Navy De partments in correspondence with Walter Shortand Admiral Husband ex hibited a deep concern respecting the probability of an air raid on Pearl nevertheless there had been among the responsible commanders and their subordi without a convic tion which persisted up to that Japan had no intention of making any such it Is plain from the Roberts report that the Navy De partment in while it expected war and warned Admiral did not itself expect the attack on Pearl While this does not relieve Short and Admiral Kimmel of their does show that we shall not have gotten to the bot tom of the matter nor have begun to deal with the basic cause of the merely by punishing the commanders and by taking meas ures to insure better cooperation in the Turn to Page 4 ALLIED WAR FORTUNES REVIEWED Things Have Cone Badly and Worse Is to Chur chill Tells Commons ASKS CONFIDENCE VOTE 27 ing the Allies war fortunes for the first time since his visit to the United Prime Minister Churchill asked the House of Commons today for a vote of con fidence in his It is because things have gone and worse is to that I demand a vote of the war leader Referring to press criticisms of recent weeks about our affairs at home and Churchill told the House the present occasion was one of those arising in the life of any government which must be We have had a great deal of bad news from the Far East and I think it highly probable we shall have a great deal Church ill said Wrapped up this bad news will be many tales of blunders and shortcomings in foresight and ac Turn to Page 7 Theft of 8 Tires from Farm Near Weston Reported to Officers The theft of 11 more tires and three car wheels in the county was reported yesterday afternoon by sheriffs officers in addition to the four tires reported stolen some time last week from the Kennedy farm east of Eight of the tires were stolen Friday night off two farm wagons owned by Fred Peebles who lives near The Peebles farm wag ons had been rented to Michael Bonte who lives near Weston and they were being used to pick corn on the Lewis Ford four miles south and one and onehalf miles west of All of the tires were for automo Four were a pop ular automobile The Ford farm from where the tires were stolen is near the Ken nedy farm and sheriffs officers believe that the four tires from the Kennedy farm and the eight from the Ford farm were stolen the same Descriptions of all the tires were The theft of the tires from the Ford farm was reported to officers yesterday af Sheriffs officers also reported yesterday that an automobile tire and wheel was stolen from the George Oles car at Clayton Janu ary 9 and that two tires and wheels were stolen from a pickup truck owned by William Steger of Hudson January Japanese Admit Four Transports Lost in Battle From Japanese broad 27 head quarters announced today that four Japanese transports were lost in a battle last Friday during landing operations at Balik Japanese warships escorting the transports engaged in a fierce en counter with subma rines and aircraft and succeeded in sinking one of the enemy subma headquarters Fifty British planes were shot down 39 of them in air battles during which British for mations of bombers and torpedo planes attempted to attack groups of Japanese transports off Endau on the east coast of it was Ten more were down over in a raid on and was accounted for over Ten gah airdrome at The headquarters listed 12 tor pedo oneconsolidated American built patrol bomber three Lockheed Hudson bombers also American three Hur and five Buffalo fighters also from factories among the downedBritish AXIS UBOAT POSED AS LURED VESSEL TO HER DOOM 27 Axis submarine posing as a light ship lured the American ore carrier Venore to dose range with a blink er signal off the Carolina coast Saturday morning and then sank the converted tanker by torpedo and shellfire with the pos sible loss of 22 The navy announced the sinking yesterday with the arrival here of 21 Crewmen said the submarines crafty tactics fooled us completely by blinking in code that she was a lightship and re questing the Venore to draw We started toward her still thinking she was a lightship when a shell hit us in the said Al len able seaman from Bal Allen a seaman of Balti one of 21 survivors brought ashore at Norfolk by a ves sel which picked them up after they had drifted 38 hours in a told reporters They certainly were They fooled us I was in the croivs nest on watch when we sighted a Harte The light blinked in code that the vessel was a light She told us to come over near We started toward her and a shell hit us in the It didnt do much but we were called to our Then the submarine moved around to our port side and a tor pedo hit A general alarm was sounded and darned if the when it circled us that didnt signal with her lights as if she were a She didnt us that and when the second torpedo struck we were ready for much as you can be ready for such a Hubert Clarke of one of the bewailed the fact thatthe Venore was If we had had a I would have taken charge of it myself and blasted that sub out of the Clarke 12 VESSELS PROBABLY JIMOREHIT Details of Historic Action in Macassar Strait are Not Disclosed 27 Another heavy Japanese war ves believed to be a was added to the toll of the enemys dis astrous effort to run the Straits of Macassar in a recapitulation by the Dutch By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS States and Dutch forces pressed re lentlessly after a savagely battered Japanese invasion fleet alert for the first opportunity to capi talize on the foes loss of his aerial The nowhistoric running battle in Macassar Strait was it was learned although Navy Department here was JAPANESE MAKE NEW Suffer Heavy Bombardment by British Planes 27 anese forces have effected another landing near on the east coast of Malaya 85 miles above British headquarters said The landings were effected under a heavy bombardment by British aircraft which scored a direct hit on a Japanese 12 direct hits on transports and another hit on a large supply dump on the the bulletin Some transports presumably armored vehicles or landed by the Japanese together with the the announcement In addition to the hits recorded on Japanese vessels engaged in the landing several bombs were said to have fallen near a cruiser and a transport Endau is about 20 miles north of eastern anchor of the British defense At the other end of the zigzagging SO or 90 miles across the heavy fighting was reported raging Sengga approximately 50 miles above with British and In dian troops battling to stem the Japanese The British announced yesterday that the Japanese had occupied Batu 10 miles north of Turn to Page 7 the silent on the details of operations as the action moved into its fifth The Dutch and American attack ers already had 11 enemy ships to their credit at least a dozen plus 17 more badly And this smashing score was officially de scribed as It was now that the Allies had acquired two new advantages in their methodical seaandsky campaign for warship and transport destruction in the Straits sharkinfested The torpedo of an American sub marine deprived the enemy of the only aircraft carrier believed oper ating with the once huge invasion The navy last night listed the carrier as probably but even if she were kept afloat some her disabled condition would immobilize her remaining both for offensive and vital scout ing Armadas Speed Cut Down The second advantage arose from the Allied success in drastically re ducing the speed of the originally slow moving enemy Merci less pounding has crippled numbers of its and a convoy is tied to the speed of the hardest hit it sacrifices its casual Japanese already has spent more than four full days trying to negotiate disastrous 414 miles of the Macassar a fact that speaks And the slower a convoys the easier prey its ships make for fast striking warships and or lurking To multiply the difficulties of the January and February are the worst weather months in the with heavy squalls and rough seas making navigation par ticularly hazardous for The torpedoing of the Japanese aircraft carrier was the first posi tive evidence that the United Na tions had submarines operating in the but observers here had suspected their presence as soon as the Macassar sea engagement as sumed major They thought it likely that the Allied high command in the South Pacific would have its in case the Japanese sought to rush heavy naval reinforcements to the rescue of the luckless The Navy Department statement did not identify the type carrier which the submarine torpe The Japanese carriers are relatively small compared with the larger American ships in that cate gory they range from to with the smaller ones carrying about 30 planes and the larger between 50 and Turn to Page 7 Bulkeleys Torpedo Sinks Another 27 A Japanese ship has been sunk in a new daring raid by the motor torpedo boat squadrdn of John who tor pedoed a Japanese ship of the same size in the same Philippine waters last Another motor torpedo boat under the command of Ensign George of sank a ton enemy vessel in a second torpedo boat raid close into Subic said the navy announcing the The attack succeeded in the face of heavy fire at close range from enemy shore batteries and machine gun fire from the Jap enese The motor torpedo boat penetrated the waters adja cent to its objective despite net and boom defenses laid down by the Participating in the attack with Ensign Cox Lieutenant John of Long Island Boat Squadron Japanese Ship MTB squadron commander and JG Edward Delong of squadron The navy did not disclose specifi cally whether Bulkeley was aboard Coxs boat or It was simi larly uncommunicative in the state men ot 20 which told of the torpedoing of the Japanese ship by a motor torpedo boat and then John Bulkeley has been commended for execut ing his mission with out naming the boats A 27yearold former student at the University of Rochester and Earlham Cox won the Croix De Guerre as a member of the American volunteer ambulance corps which served with the French army until the armistice on June He enrolled in the re serve in and after a three months course at the re serve school at Northwestern Uni versity he was commissioned for immediate   

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