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Publication: Abilene Reporter News January 30, 1944

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 30, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAK BONO SCOKE 4th War LMH quota Solei Saturday Silei thit month Short.fe VOL. LXIII, NO. 227 A TPCAS j Abilene Reporter _____ WITHOUT OR WITH OWKNSK TO FRIENDS OR FQES WE YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES'-Byron NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS! SUNDAY SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 30, 1944 -THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS toffd Preti (AP) United Preu (Vf.) PRICE FIVE CENTS rouna in Uk raine Frankfurt Draws Biggest Raid Propaganda Leaf lets Mix With Explosives LONDON, Sunday, Jan. 30 than tons ojbombs were hurled on Frankfurt, daylight yesterday by more than 800 U. S. Flying Fortress and Liber- greatest armada of heavy American bombers ever sent into action. They and tJieir fighter escort, totalling more than rJanes, shot down 102 German fighters, it was announced in communique early today from U. S. Headquarters and the British Air Ministry. Thirty-one U. S. bombers and 13 fighters failed to re- turn. Olie bombers airmen themselves jr.ot down 60 enemy planes and the escort pilots 42. The big German manufacturing and transport center, was deluged high-explosives, Incendiaries and propaganda leaflets. Tlie bomb tonnage was the jreatest ever reported for an American raid. The Americans' 8M mile roundtrip to Frankfurt mi the third great assault' on Ger- many In little orer If hoars, following up Thursday nights Friday aiffhts aWgehain- Bier blows by the RAF agalmt Berlin. i The unusually heavy Friday f attack, 13th major attack on' that said in Swe'dish I parts to have been" one "of the most damaging of til. Indicating the possibility" that j 'the FAF was out again last night, German longwave transmitters and other Northwest Europe radios wnl of fthe air as they do when tamers are detected. The 42 German planes downed by American fighters in the Frankfurt raid was a new record for fighters alone, the best pre- vious one-day bag having been 38. More than 700 American fighters were estimated to have covered the bombers, while RAF and Allied Spit- fires picked (hem np for the last lap of the flight home. Tlie leaflets the Americans drop- ped on Frankfurt were copies of the Atlantic Charter printed In the German language. The attack re- verberated through Frankfurt for hours afterward because the bomb- 1-Wis included delayed-action high explosives. With Ihe two attacks on Berlin and the one on Frankfurt, the Allies in a little more than 36 hours staggered the German home- Iwl with three crippling main Bta and In addition engaged in number of secondary mine-lay- ing' and bombing operations which were exceptionally widespread, the entire effort involving probably 1 lover 2.000 planes. the German longwave transmitters, Including the coun- try's largest, went off the air. suggesting new night raids on German territory and perhaps the third In row Berlin. The RAF, flying "In very great strength" 800 planes kept their bombing "irfll concentrated and large areas of fire were air ministry announced, orly-seven of the bl; bomb- ers were lost. Bond Campaign Totals Soaring, Interest Grows Taylor county finished the second week of the Fourth War Loan drive 'going away" as they say around the race tracks, and the quota was a million dollars nearer last night than It had been 48 hours ear- lier. Sales totaling were counted during last week. The amount now needed to reach the quota is While it was estimated purchases of-Series E bonds had passed the half-way mark toward the War Bond Chairman C. M. Caldwel) said last night "since we hare weired some of the actual (acls" anoat how. fur Mini treated in'prison camps, even those who da not have my boys in this ought to bnj more bonds. All of us ought right now to go and buy and not have to be solicited. "There fe a very teal rela- tion between the number of lives saved and the speed of buying war bonds. The more bonds bought in the shortest period the more boys who will be saved from Ibe beaslUl quota, C. M. Caldwell, county war bond campaign chairman, voiced a feeling of encouragement in th evidence that Ihe people at home want the boys overseas to return a quickly as as many o them as possible. Total ol purchases in this campaign in Taylor counly had risen last night to A week earlier only ha under di- I lection of the college officials with assistance of Abilene business and professional men and other local I friends of the Institution. The campaign will be opened for- fcy at a luncheon meeting Tues- day. Purposes for which the 000 fund Is belnir sought are: Construction of a science building. Construction of an additional dormitory. Establishment of n drparlmnl nf agriculture. Crtalion of a drparfmtnl of Christian education. An endowment. An rmergcncy fund with which to mecl operating rx- pfnsts durinf Ihe present crisis. Morris pointed out that A. C. is a private Institution, operat under direction of a board of tru tees composed of members of tl Church of Christ and that It ca See ACC DRIVE, Page 6 Col. Army Flier's Body Missing In Lake Here The murky waters of Fort Phantom Hill lake still last night the body of in Army flier who parachuted nto their still depths yester- day morning from his stricken plane. Tlie large body of water vifh the sinister name kept ockcd within its far-reaching expanse the secret of its vic- im despite all efforts of scores of Abilene firemen, Abilene Air base personnel, and volun- eer workers. RECEIVES SON'S Victor Rodriquez of Sweetwater holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air ledal with three uakleaf clusters, presented to her Thurs- lay. The decorations were earned by her son, Staff lonico Rodriquez, now a prisoner of war in Germany. Major toberl K. Urban, commanding officer o f. Avenger field, Sweetwater, made the presentations on behalf of the com- manding (reneral of the Eighth Setyfcq Command. WALKER DIES; RITES TO BE THIS AFTERNOON Mrs. Stanley Walker, wife of the New York newspaper- nan and daughter of Mrs. J. D. Sandefer Sr. 'and the late Dr. Sandefer, died at p.m. Saturday in Hendrick Merao- rial hospital. Funeral will be at 3 o'clock this afternoon at tho First Baptist church. Dr. E. B. Atwood, a professor of Bible in iardin-Sirhmons university, is to conduct the service. Buna! will be in a local cemetery. The former Mary Louise Sande- younger daughter of the ven- erated Dr. Sandefer, for 31 years president cf Hardm-Simmons, and Sandefer, had been ill ser- tyess Widow Guest With Servicemen HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 29 observance, of one of her husband's ast wishes, Mrs. William Dyess, widow of the gallant flier whose account of Japanese cruellies in Philippine prison camps has Infu- riated the nation, was guest at a Masquers club party lor service- men tonight. Shortly before his death in a P- 38 crash In Burbank, Calif., last nonth. the Albany, Tex., flier had iwice been a guest, at the. regular Saturday night ferviccmcn'i party of the Mesqucrs, a club of show peo- le. "We must have another patty at tlie he told his wile. Jcinlng the widow in rememb- rance of Lt1 Col. Dyes; were 201 pilots and bombardiers from Sant.1 Ana. Army Air base, guests at a din- ner cud entertainment. Speakers include the flier's friends. Adore Charles Coburn and Edward Ar-, degree no'd. and Capt. Samuel C. Grashio. Spokane, a member ol Col- onel Dyess' squadron, who also es- caped frcni a Japanese prison camp in the Pliilippir.es. lously several weeks and had bcci moved a month ago from the liomc of her sister, Mrs. E. T. Compere Slie. came here last August to vblt licr mother and sister, and her elder brother. J. D. Sandcfc Jr.. of Brcckenrldge, who is-prcsi dent of the Kardin-Simmons mil versity board of trustees. Cheerful and courageous tlirougl her there were at he bedside at death her husband, win came here by piano from York two weeks ago: her mother her sister, and her brother. J. Sandefer Jr. Her younger brother. Gilbert B Sandefer. is ajsistanl to the dircc lor of assistance to armed forces of American Red Crojs in (he China-Burma-India theater of war. Beside her husband, mother, sis- ter and brothers she is survived by a daughter. Joan, a freshman in the University of Texas, and a son, James Stanley, 12. Born Nfarch 26. 1895. Mrs. Walk- er came to Abilene and the then Simmons college with her parents when her father look up his long administration of that Institution. In 1915 she was graduated from Hardin-Slmmons with the bachelor of arls degree. She then (ook The round lake when had won Ihe darkness sent first (he workweary searchers home for the night. D. c. Musick, Abilene fire chief who headed the searching party said last night the search woult be resumed early this morning. Drag hooks, floats and an alr- ilanc were used in Ihe hunt for the drowned airmen. Musick said from the sky the sunken plane could be seen and the observer, Roy Page, thought he dis- cerned a patch of white lhat miglv be Ihe parachute. Both tlie plane and the flier fcl in auoul 40 feet ot water Muslck said. One eye witness, the lake-keeper said the victim's single-enginei plane was one of three in a forma tlon which flew over the lake. Th" ship seemed in trouble and fell ou of line, almost hitting the water The pilot gained control and, m said returned to formation. "He had no sooner rejoined thi group when thera was a-loud explo sion such as a backing and a put of smoke'burst from the th lake attendant asserted. Almost imediatcly the pilot jump etl from the plane and his chute was fcen to open immediately. The chutcst fell Into (lie wate amout one-fourth of a mile from the dam. The plane crashed into ti lake between the pilot and th bank. Other witnesses said the ship crashed into hundreds of piece when it struck the water. The lake-keeper told lireme: that lie had seen Ihe filer flounder ing In the water and could hea him call for help. He said he riislie to Ihe boat house for his boat bu by the time he reached the spot i the Like the pilot and chute ha> vanished. Fishermen at the lake said the saw the crash nr.d could see th drowning man They also told of h screams for help. By the time (lie could stnrt their motors and reac him his heavy flying clothes an the parachute hart pulled the pilo under, they aserlcd. Mrs. G. F. Risley who was near the lake, said she was watching a group of planes fly over the water when something "fell out" of one. She saw the parachute open and the man rtcscnd into the lake. Maj. Ed L. Murphy, Abilene Army Air base adjutant, last night tolil the Reporter-News that the base liad nothing tangible to release. Mur- phy raid the crash was being in- vestigated and a full report would be made to Ihe public as soon as possible. It wss not Iwnicd whether Ihe were Abilene based or cros- country Mights. Type of the ships in the forma- tion also was known but most observers were of the opinion they were P-40s. Elsewhere Advance Almost to Estonia LONDON, Sunday, Jan. 30 Red army lost jrotmd Ip a bitter German counter-attack in the South Ukraine in the fiercest '.'ighlmg on the long Russirm front while other Soviet forces in the north advanced to vithin 22 miles of ihe Estonian border, cleared the great Moscow-Leningrad trunk railway, and captured the rail junc- 'ion of Novosokolinki, 70 miles from the Latvian border, Mos- cow announced toJay. The Nazis lost men itnin Range of Rome ALLIED HEADQUAR- TERS, Algiers, Jan. 29 The Allies have expanded the jeachhead south of Rome in drives which have placed Brit- troops within 18 miles of the Eternal City and Ameri- cans within light artillery range of the vital point of Cis- lerna, Anzio 14 miles northeast of and 33 miles from Some, Allied headquarters de- clared in a special announce- ment this afternoon. It was probable that tonight the din of bsttle was sounding In the ears of the Inhabitants of Nazi- held Rome. at col- Hobbs to Auction Goodies in Drive HOBBS. County. Jan. The people of this community are called to meet Monday evening In the school building for a War Bond auction In which It Is hoped to sell the community quota of S9.600. Pies and boxes will be auctioned at a meeting at which local men will speak. U was announced. Jack Hardy Grissom Honored at Kemper Jack Hardy Grksom, student in Kemper Military school. Bconvillc, Mo., has been honored with election to the general honor society of the school, it was announced last week. Jack Hardy Is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Grissom, 873 River Crest. The British advance went three miles beyond Carrocelo where a railway bridge 18 miles south of Rome was cap- lured. "Light artillery range'1 In connection with Cisterna, might mean anything from small mortars with x range of tew hundred yarfli to 75 mllllmetW- U was not known .here Just what this position was. Bui It was con- sidered certain the Germans were unabje use either air field, the Applan way- er the railroad In the area. Cistcrna Is on both the Applan way and the main rail line to the CasMno front which intersect there. Cijterna has an Important with concrete runways yards long, hangars and workshops. The air war over Italy reached a new peak of Intensity In which Allied planes of oil types flew sorties and blasted 37 enemy planes out of the skies against loss of five Allied aircraft. It brought the Allied two-day total to 87 N'S2i planes destroyed. The British advance IZ miles north of Anilo placed Allied troops within eight miles of Caste] Gomlolfo, summer home of Pope Pius XH and brought up Ihe possibility of the fight- Ing damaging papal or church properly. Since the invasion of Italy all Allied troops Iwve had standing orders not to chvrch property ss military cover and to avoid damaging religions shrines where- ever possible. However, the Ger- mans have used church stcepps .is observation loners and forltficouth of Rome yesterday were un- matched In violence in Ihe Medil- rrnnean theater since those in vhich the Americans and British knocked the German air force out of the sky when the German army was making Its last desperate stand t Tunis and Blzerte In North Afrl- last spring. (The Rome radio laid that Bologna, 200 miles above Rome, was heavily bombed by Ihe Al. Ics Saturday. Bologna Is an Important junction In North- ern Italy for railways radial. la France, Svriiierland, Ger- many, and Yugoslavia. Tho broadcast was recorded In Lon. don by the Associated More than Individual oper. ntlonal flights wore nown yesterday by all types of Allied aircraft. Allied planes are missing against 36 enemy craft destroyed-a ratio of better, than 7 to i. The heavy air activity went on despite driv- ing rain storms. More than 100 Nail planes against Ihe Invasion fleets landing troops on the beachhead in first ibt hours Twenly-one fell to tighten before noon. TM Nail attacks to almost nothing In the afternoon. American negro for th'8 coiid successive day distinguished themselves, shooting down four more planes. Capt. Charles E. day's only double, bringing down a FVV190 add mSke hlS toU1 Fifteen of the German planes were shot down by American veter- nn P-40 groups, while live fell to American-fiown Spitfires and one to an RAP Spitfire. Final Agreement On Tax Bill Fails WASHINGTON. Jon. 29 Two disputed amendments to war contracls renegotiation act pre- vented a final agreement today on the tax bill. THE WFAIHER Anii.rxr. VICINITV p. pitl r rlnulr cool.r In Xorlh ,nd Hfil-OnCnl nrlli.ni. WE" TEXAS: P.rll.r cl.adr Sunday na M.ntfir. JlopJ.y ,nd In ranbindlr. Saalh riilni ind El JrrA Svnatr. TEJirtRATfRcS A.M Frl. HOUR Sil. TM II 1 BJ _ .67 trl. ei 61 61 61 IS....... JS >3....... .11 JT ,M....... ind low p. m. fis ind 47. SI ID 9 tir: KO and 35. Sanitl tail nlgM: Sanrlit IMt mornlnr Snnitl UnfjchC: EXPECI NOT OVER TAYLOR POLL TAX PAYERS With one day left for the Iwu- ar.cc of pol! taxes, employes of the tax collector's office last night, expressed doubt if Taylor county's voting strength would greatly cx- ccfd i 0.000. So far than poll tax icccipts had been issued, according to available at the collec- tor's oflilic. Saturday afternoon's f.vpccted jam of laic paying voters failed lo materialise at the court house but Deputy Clyde Trammell said that reason may be attributed to the pay stations in olher parts of the city. Monday Is expected to be a big day, however, and In former years many as 3.0M poll taxes has beer, paid on the last day. n-.cnt of both poll and taxes without a penalty. Tax Collector Pat Patterson said yesterday the office would remain open until nine o'clock Monday night to accommodate lite parons, Monday Is the final late for pay. property On Feb. 1 a penalty of one percent Is charged on property tax pay- ments. Payments of property taxes this year was reaching a new high al- though In actual cash figures it was lagging behind former years. Tlie recent state reduction from around 7< cen's to 47 cents cut sharply Into the collections. Taylor county's tax rolls near the two and one-half million, mark. DO YOU VALUE YOUR CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS WORTH? PAY YOUR POLL TAX BEFORE FEB. 1st! ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: January 30, 1944