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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORE Since Pearl Harbor Spril Salei 19.444.2S gfoflene MORNING ,VOL. LXI1I, NO. 296. WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT A TIXAS KEWSPAWH ABILENE, TEXAS, FBIDAY MORNING, APRIL 7, 1944 -EIGHTEEN PAGES Prat IAPI Pnt3 (V.P.I PRICE FIVE CENTS Reds Closing Tarnopol Noose Destroy Town and Harbor of Hollandia HtWES, CANT KW HEAVY HAMMERING ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Southwest Pacific, Friday, April than 250 Allied planes, striking con- tinuously for 50 minutes Wednesday, tore up the town and Jharbor of Hollandia with 320 tons of explosives and Tounds of apanese was helpless to T TrArtnf IIUUUj Ambush Enemy, Inflict Losses NEW DELHI, India, April 5 Wi Allied-Jungle-troops have ambushed Japanese units on roads north and 5uth of Imphal inflicting lapses on enemy forces.which are contin- uing to exert pressure all along the frcnt north of lhat Indian base, an Allied communique satd to- Clay.. The war bulletin from Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten's head quarters did'not give any specific information on the Japanese spear- aimed al Dimapur. The Jap anese were reported earner to have thrust to'within BO miles ol Dima- the railway, an American .life- Urie' Into Upper W The to halt the ilow of 'suppllel'along the railway .to Allied SlioUld the Japanese block 'the, .-railroad there still would be a highway and the rail route along the Brahma- river which already are mov inff.much material. That the fighting around Imphal Iras at close quarters was evidenc- es by the communique announce- ment that Allied troops captures A Japanese general's sword anc1 fmed'als sculh of Imphat on the Tiddim road. Chinese forces in Northern Bur- ma are continuing the en- emy southward in the Upper Mb- Gaung valley and are'advaneing on Olhe village of Wakawng, the com- munique said. The communique said. 24 Japa- nese planes, were destroyed in'an air attack against the Aungbaii air- field in Central Burma Tuesday Heavy bombers hit Japanese head- and a transit camp a> Nagorn Sawarn In a Tuesday nigh attack which set blazes visible for 20 miles and plasted railway yards and jetties al Moulmein. Trasses River ,0nce Too Often TEMPLE, April 6 Wetdon PC rry, Anson, whose reg! ment participated In offensives, in North Africa, Sicily and Kalj WF.I.IIOX FERRY fijures he crossed the Volturn river once loo oKen. Convalescing at McCloskey Get' eral hospital here Perry said h was knocked out by shell fragmen Olallous from a German 88 aflc his third crossing of the river. Th enemy barrage was so heavy, h said, that he remained on the north bank of the river four days before he could be evacuated to a hos- .pital. 'I' Once before, tn Sicily, mnchine- sun bullets hit him In the !eg. "At first you are scared to death." "but later on the close ones don't seem so important." Heavy Bombers ounds of that New Guinea air base of the Japanese was helpless to resist. A 400-ton assault on the reviews Sunday had cralered nto uselessness the staging ase's three airfields and wip-. d out the last of a fleet of planes, leaving Hollandia ipe for the kill which Gen. )ouglas MacArthur announ- ed today. No enemy plane was encounter- I in .the midday attack. Not one f the big force of Liberators, Mit- hells. Bostons and escorting light- rs was lost, There was moderate anti-aircraft t first but it dwindled quickly. Burning fuel and supply dumps sent up Auge flames and towering clouds of sraokr. A ship in the harbor was set afire. Returning (Hers also loid of the destruction of supply luggers ind barges along the coastline. On the day of the raid more han 100 Thunderbolts and Lightn- ngs strafed Islands and small hipping southeast to Aitape and Newak. Hollandia raiding pilots said the ires the bombardiers started could e seen for.20 miles. The next day cjfw of i reconnaissance plane area saw some ffrarslili nimlnif a heavy expld- lon, probably from- ammuni- ion dump. to Keep x Offensive Control. ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Southwest Pacific, April 6 (yl General Douglas MacArthur i :ontinue in. complete direction of Pacific offensives, it is believed In-reliable quarters here egafdless of changes lhat may be made In the status of the- South Pacific area or Its command. This view developed after the dis- closure by war correspondents at South Pacific headquarters that Ad- miral William F. Halsey may be switched from his command there o another important post. South Pacific combat forces, und- er Halsey's command, and south- west Pacific forces, under Mac- Arthur, effected a virtual junctior some time ago. Whether they will combined under one commam n the future remains to be seen. Operationally, the two areas cann under XfacArthur's command. In June, 1943. On French Area LONDON, April American Liberator bombers, heavily packed with high-ex- plosives for llic short haul across the Strait .of Dover, hurled GOO tons of bombs on. the I'as-de-Calais area of France today while (he Ger- naus broadcast reports thai another American formation was over Northern Yugo Sin via. U was lhe second successive day hal Eighth Air Force heavy bomb- ers have smashed at ,hc German ortificatloiib around the Pas de Calais rnnnine lhe bomb lotal o 1.200 Ions, and the third Jig ojieralioi) in April for Brital1 based American heavies. l as yesterday, It was carried out without loss of a single bomber ur escorting fruiter. Crews report- ed they saw no German planes and vere hardly ruffled by the meager amount of anil-aircraft fire. The Yugoslav operation, which the Qer mnus reported took the bombers over the Marburg-Zagreb areri al- most to the Austrian border prob- ably originated from Italian bases of the 15th Air Force. The Germans alsu broadcast that jingle Allied planes were over north Germany. ...The.-RAF.last, night executed an- other of its onslaught against '.three German. aircraft .re- pair shops tucked away in the oul skirts of Toulouse, France. One plane was listed as missing'froin the small force of Lancastcrs that made the 600-mile penetration of France "nd froin'othcrs (hat laid mines in enemy waters. During the day escorted Thun- derbolt fighter-bombers of the U. S. Ninth Air Force bombed and shot up airfields In Northern France, returning without loss. Well before midnight Avis radios began soundin; air rail) warnings and then leaving lhe air. First to suspend rastinf wore at Calais, Kroner. Soon afier Berlin radio warned: "Raiders are ap- priMchiny Western Germany." About 11 p.m. (German llmel Hie Frankfurt radio signed off: "tncmv planes -are approach- THIS IS THE ARMY, MR. HITLER! CRUSHED BY BULLDOZER, L. W. HILGENBERG DIES L. W. Hilgenberg, 52, Abilene. Mr. and Mrs. Hilgenberg llvtd In realtor and farm landowner, was J Cisco for 12 years prior to movlni killed accidentally Thursday when was crushed beneath a bulldozer on the Alton Wllllngham farm 12 miles south of Abilene. Mr. Hilgenberg was.directing -the operation ot the bulldozer In clear- ing ground on the farm when the accident occurred shortly before noon. up chine "did not "see' hiftvreverYed ifo' bulldozer and caught 'him by the heels. He was pinned beneath the machine and killed Instantly. Survivors include his wile, the former Eva Kathcrinc Johnson; his mother, Mrs. H. W. Hllgenbejg. Elk City; and five brothers, Ralph Hil- i genbcrg, Breckenridge; R. C. and I Orville, Oklahoma City; Charles, Dumas, and B. C., Dfnver, Colo. Mr. Hilgeritxrg was born' in Ver- non on Aug.. 11, 1892. He was aH graduate o! Oklahoma Mr. and Mrs. Hilgenberg were married in Tulsa, Okla., May 5, 1917. Air Power Carries Offensive Program ALLIED HEADQUARTERS. Na- ples, April of the bit- ler stalemate on the blood-soaked Italian front Allied air power Is emerging with virtually complete responsibility for the "spring offen- sive" ngainst the Nads in South- eastern. Europe. In sharp contrast to the way Al- lied armies have been checkmated south of Rome after a succession of costly attacks, hundreds of Amer- ican heavy bombers have ranged from Southern Italy in the past seven days to strike four of the most vital and most heavily de- fended targets east of Germany's own Budapest. Bu- charest and Ploestl. While artillery duels and patrol clashes continued today to drain bolh the Allies and the Germans of manpower along the Irans-Apen- nlne line without a glimmer of a decision In sight, the U. S. "air trucks" In a week dumped nearly tons of explosives on enemy targets as far as 500 miles from !he Italian battle fields and In 200 mllc-5 of Soviet armies ad- vancing from the east. In yesterday's assault on the great oil refinery center of Plocstl. 30 miles north of the Rumanian capital of Bucharest. Flyln? For- tresses and Liberators their fighter escort shot down more '0 Nazi fiehters. They destroyed 49 In the prrvious day's raid on Bu- charest. American pilots comment- ed on the reduced quality of Ger- man fighter pilots In the Balkans Fewer Securities Offered in January PHILADELPHIA. April 6 New securities offered during Jan- uary totaled more than half the average month- ly oflcrinjs during Securi- ties and Exchange commission re- ported today. Of Ihe total. com- prised U. S. government securities. S58.637.CW stale and municipal se- curities, and corporate securities. The. monthly average of corporate offerings last year as Lost: One Piano INDEPENDENCE, Mo, April 6 Police looking for. not the man who tost the bass drum, but the one who lost a piano. Cruis- ing patrolmen found It titling be- tide the highway. to Abilene In 1930. Funeral Is tentatively- set for p.m. Saturday at the.Kiker-Knigh chapel. Burial will be in the Ceda Hill cemetery. Round-the-Clock AX Ti- DALLAS, April' Allied Bombs Accidentally Kill Our Men ALLIED HEADQUAR- Seek to Spring 3rd Trap Around Odessa U. iy, but the I commander of.Al- lied Mediterranean air forces sharply insisted the operation 'accomplished all that was expected of it by the air force commanders." An unstated number of Allied Iroops were, killed at'Venafro. 12 nllcs east of Casslno, when Allied bombardiers mistook thai town for Ihe target, Eaker said, and other M LONDON. Friday, April first Ukrainian TERS Naples Amil 6 TAR" Rcd army wwses around two large Ger- APMl.b-. ii man forces encircled at Tarnopol and near Skala yesterday AHte 1 t" I and doSClJ tor the kil1 of the third UkrSE blast the nu sPlRshcd l'3 to 15 miles mud toward effort to retake northwest of Odessa. Razdclnaya fell only Wed- nesday. The Russians advan- ced 15 miles in yesterday's combat along the line lhat ionce was the Germans' main sea port. 'Pi r> i i t J Russlans announced they were closing on Odessa <hc with fhe mosl no- gam lhe of Karpovo, railway station 23 miles ''C vital rail junction 33 miles bombs fell wide of (heir mark near' csCaPc but now IS a Cassino when they accidentally be- Soviet pathway towards came dislodged from their racks. Odessa He did not say whether lhe latter On lhe north (lie Huwlara Ihrml caused any deaths among Allied' imm Indicating his belief that the out. Kuyalnik river to the head of Ihf come at Cassino should not be con- Salty Kiiyalnljt lagcou that was t, strucd as a black eye (or aerial peacetime center for licaltli-balhers. bombardment, Eaker said It not to be expected that such an attack could wipe out all resistance. "Over long and nwrc sus- tained perlml a greater degree of devastation could hart been caused in Casslno." be said, "but It probably would have had little bearing on the final result. The enemy forces In thrir cellars, deep dugouts and underground passages would Captured towns among more than 100 Ihnl fell on the Odessa front Included Maryanovka, 21 miles north of Odessa, and Sverdlovo, H miles northeast. HV-Capt. W B.' Ir'vin, o the Lubbock school system, sug Bested -today that colleges ma have lo operate on a round-the- clock schedule when the war Is oier. Captain Irvln, now connected with the Eighth Service command, was a speaker at the closing ses- sions of a two-day conference of the Association of Texas colleges on post-war education. Veterans, he said, will be anxious Former S'worer Soldier Wounded TEMPLE. April Roe E. Kolliday of Hobbs. N. M., nho served with an artillery communi- cations unit with the 36th division in Italy, told today how a Houston soldier lying with him In a foxhole was killed by shrapnel from an ext ploding artillery shell. H was in the Rotondo sector in Italy, he recounts, when three men Robert E. Ford ol Houston, a soldier from Michigan and him- taken refuge in a foxhole during a German artillery barrage.. "Suddenly, a shpll burst over our foxhole and showered shrapnel on he said. "Ford, who was lying in the middle, was killed. The Michigan boy and I were wounded." Born in Wills Point. Tex.. Private Holliday Is the son of Frances Holliday of Hobbs. They lived In SwecU-atrr until 1939. not have been affected.0 The result, he asserted. 'onlir.cAnfl.raed earlier lessons that heavy four-englned bombers would better employed In aUacklng long-range ,'strakgic tnrgelj. such as' the present campaign agnlnst lhe Balkans, than In close support of ground forces, except In certain emergencies "such ns at Sn- lerno." Artillery Duels Mark Beach Fight AT THE FIFTH ARMY ANZ1O BEACHHEAD. April G-WTj-WHh both sides barricaded behind barbed wire entanglements and burled ex- plosives the battle on this beach- head south ot Home had settled to complete their education once I down today into a steady artillery their duties with the armed forces [duel and sporadic patrol activity. cease. to exist. Dewey Still Seys He's Not Candidate ALBANY. N. Y., April t Governor Thomas E. Dewey, de- dining comment "on my political stood firmly tonight up- on his previous statements lhat The big gun duel definitely has developed these opposing assets; The Germans' artillery outranges the Allied guns at least four or five miles and sometimes more than 10 miles. The Filth Army forces. however, outnumber the enemy both In artillery available and in ammunition. Thus. Gciman front line forces heavier fire than Alllcrt Tit lhe twin nf Tar- nopol and Skala on the' norlh- wes( Ukraine front, Ihe Rus- ihns lolrt of events reminiscent ot Korean ami Stalingrad: Ger- mans many djinj In vain at- IcmpU lo iircak oul, anil rt- .rlltf forces struggling ta -.break in while senior Nazi officers (led by air from .lhe icontsanl- The Soviet midnight comntunlqite capture of Stala ilsclf, 55 mile.1; 40 oulheasl of Tarnopol and norlhcast of Czcrnowlu and n series of other strong points within the defenses of ?he remti- ants of 35 Nazi divisions west and southwwt of SkaU. The nciton wns described officUJIy n.s a battle for annihilation of the trapped Ger- At Tar hop oi ilsclf the Ragl nnnounced they beat off attacks by large German infantry and ta forces thai tried vainly lo break In from the omside to release Ihclr encircled comrades. The only suit .was R tightening of the and heavy lapses to the Germans. Slrrrt fighting alicarty has been In In Tarnopo! for (Jay.1; Blind Since Birth, Man, 33, Gets Sight NEW ORLEANS, April 6 Richard Bicnvenu. 33. blind sin at (he same lime arc suffering more i "'n'v saw the light of day for Hie Egg Prices Go To 26 Cents On Abilene Market price of eggs advanced to 20 cents per dozen on the open market here yesterday, jumping two nnd three cents per dozen durinz Ihe day. Many grocery stores lhat opened nl 23 cents, closed paying 26 cenlj, Ihe snme as olfered under the gov- ernment's price support ulan. advance Is (rein a low of 21 cents DM dozen, lhe price Hint prevailed here several days. The new price ulll mean thou- of dollais to farmers and commercial poultry-men, but is sllll shy o( the price producers say U nccewary lo offset high feed costs etc. Eggs were selltnK (or 31 cenls per dozen bcCore, hitting the land- slide. The relief came Just as most deal- ers were'preparing contracts-with Ihe K'ar Food administration to buy. eggs for the governriicnt at lhe.25- cent price support level. The relief also came after great, pressure hod been cxerlctt on the WPA by con-' grrssmen, farm organizations and Whether the price Increase Ij temporary remains to be seen, but folk In position lo know have said all alone that the situation would improve shortly. Only n iijortage of egg crales has held lip the govern- ment's purchase program this week and egg processors say lhat lack of storage facilities and crates kept <hcm from building larger surplus- A WPA official In the Dallas of- lice was cir.tACtni by The Re- uorier-Ncws in jcganl to the- crit- Icallr Inn- prices beins; paid farmers in this area [or their caps early in the week notified the paper yester- day mornini; tbat there would be relief In '.'A hours. Actually it came In less than hours. AIIicd shelling than the enemy roar. Is not a candidate for the Repub- lican presidential nomination. The atlllude of the rM> irtlr HOI R rxl i 11 ;i TiEOKCE M. GAFFORD according to telesram from ths adjutant general's office in Wash- inglon to his mother. Mrs. J. W. 1942 North The telesram said report thai he was a prisoner of the N'aris canxe throiigh the In'.crnatlona) Red Cioss. The 20-irar-iMd had served n j A i muda which hr as "the I The Russian adventure Harhm. of !hr str.p nn of cur con- routes att ideal spot for, divisions Hitler anrt aitackinK enemy marines. Fahltl tonlihl: Sergeant Roper Of Brady Killed JUNCTION CITY. April 6 r.-T'-Three members cf the 16th Army corps were kilifd when a car s'nick a brtdsc nc.-.r Fort j Icx'.a'y. killfd Inrl'idrd Stsfl SgU Charles P. Roper, Brady, Tex,