Abilene Reporter News, April 26, 1944

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORE Since Pearl Harbor fApril Quota April Solei MDHIING VOL. LXI1I, NO. 314. A TEXAS 3-U, WITHOUT OK WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, APRIL 26, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES PKH (AP) Ottitet Pins PRICE FIVE CENTS Hitler Inspects Atlantic Wall American Bombers Carry on Aerial War TIMETABLE OF ALLIED CAMPAIGN IN NEW Boxes indicates dates of important Allied conquests in the New Guinea camp campaign, topped by tlie announcement 2S of Hollandia and Aitapc. Japanese flags locate areas where Japs remain. (AP Close in on Hollandia Airfields MacARTHUR'S ADVANCED HEADQUARTERS, New Guinea, Wednesday, April (AP) negligible Japanese opposition, strong American forces swung closer The Jaws of a pincers on Hollandia's three airfields while Planes SENATE OKEHS BIGGEST NAVAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL Rock Channel Fortifications LONDON, April 25 (AP) A pre-invasion fleet of more than American bomb- ers and fighters today hurlec hundreds of tons of explo sives on three airfields dee] in France, industrial targets in Southwest Germany, and channel fortifications on the llth day of an unprecedented Allied sky assault which has rocked Axis Europe from the Atlantic coast to the Black WASHINGTON, April'25 The Senate gave quick and un- anmlous passage to history's largest naval appropriations bill today amid! a chorus of predictions that the mightiest fleet, the world ever has known will be maintained as an anti-aggression force alter the present war ends. Serving notice of united home front support behind the war effort, the Senate passed the passed unani- mously by the a formal roll call vote of 61 to 0. The action was taken after Chairman Connolly (D-Tex) of tlic for- eign relations committee, joining Senators McKellar Overtoil and Gerry (D-Arl) In declaring there will be no scrapping of battleships such as occurred after the last war, asserted: "Whether we join an international organization to promote postwar peace and security or not we need to maintain a strong Navy not only to preserve security at home but to suppress invasion and conquest by barbaric characters such as ll'.ose who forced us Into the present war." The measure went back to the House for consideration of minor amendments reducing House allowances by "The probability Is that from now on there will be annual reductions In appropriations, even though we don't know how long Hie war Is going to Overtoil said. The bill includes for new ship construction; for new shore Installations, for personnel, and provisions for additional airplanes and 20.000 more landing craft.____________ Germans Plan Harsh Action For Sabotage LONDON, April Adolf Hitler was reported Abilene Soldier sea. The American assaults costing flie Jaws of a pincers planes from an already captured airdrome ruled the Dutch New Guinea skies, a spokesman disclosed today. All types of Fifth Airforce bombers and fighters were the seized Tadji airfield, captured Saturday on the rst day of the invasion near Aitap'e, 150 miles southeast of Hollandia. From more remote bases, long range bombers hit everywhere that the Japanese might muster an aerial :ounter punch. In contrast, a single Japa- nese bomber' landed the en- emy's only reported blow, dropping bombs on the Hoi "andia beachhead. "We arc closing In on the air- drome area from both read the terse picture of the Hol- andia situation as presented In to- day's communique. "We are closing in on' area jj Atoll fets Bombing U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEAD- QUARTERS, Pearl Harbor, April Reaching cut to the north- ern rim of the Marshall- Wands In the war" have bombed Taorigi atoll, which was the. likely spring- board for against the Japan's operations gallant defenders o ke island early in the Pacific read the terse picture of the Hoi landia situation as presented in to- day's communique. JVal fbnflict. Adrn. Chester W. salt the- strike occurred Sunday, United Slates time. I His press release late today alsoj smashing blows against' 9 mainlng enemy positions In The Central Pacific Marshall; and against Ponape, 440 miles cast of Japan's Truk fortress in Ihe Caro- lines, the same day. Taongi, northernmost of Ihe Mar- group, is 360 statute miles 'With of Wake. It is nine miles long and five wide, and is com- posed of about 10 Islets, the largest of which Is Sibylla, described as a narrow, sandy stretch two and a half miles long. fit Is believed here that at the of the war Taongi may served the Japanese as a seaplane and temporary' patrol base and a point for operations against Wake. American Navy sca'.ch nlanes bombed Taongi twice pre- Pously. Headquarters reported today that ttie Japanese around the Tadjl air- field had been chased Into the jun- gles and hills but gave no new re- ports on the drive against, Altape village five miles northwest of the 'drome. A single Japanese plane dropped bombs on the Dulch N'ew Guinea, beachhead at Hol- landia, causing moderate dam- age and casualties, headquar- ters said. In support of Ihe invasion, Ihe Fiflh Airforce in Ihe Southwest Pa cific and the 13th in Ihe South Pa- cific struck blows at enemy air bas- es. Fittn Airforce bombers poundec Manokwari, enemy plane base In Ihe Geelvink bay sector of Dulch seven bombers and two fighters, followed heavy RAF night attacks on Karlsruhe and Munich in Ger- many, nnd American blows by Medi- terranean command planes yester- day on oil refineries at Ploestt and all yards at Bucharest in Romania. real fires were left raging in those ajor Axis cities. Nearly 500 American Flying For- resses and Liberators escorted by 00 U. S. Ushlnings, Mustangs and hunderbolts and RAF Mustangs lit German fighter bases at Nancy nd 170 miles east of Paris ear the German fronlier, and Dijon, 160 miles southeast of Paris, nd unspecified targets in soulh- vestern Germany across the Vosges mountains. One force of Liberators poundefl the Pas-de-Calais channel fortifications nearest Britain, ibombe'rs. also- nil enemy airfield In north'crii.7 France." Then, late today, Hit U. S. Ninth Air Force's hard-working Marauder and Havoc medium bombers escorted by RAF Spit- fires again hit objectives in northern France. Cpl. Herman Kennedy, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kennedy, Uoute 2, Abilene, was killed April 6 in Ilaly in an aircraft accident. Corporal Kennedy's parents and his jvtfe were notified Sunday night of his death in a war department Air Invasion Costs Iff Allied Fliers CORPORAL KENNEDY message' which contained no 'de- ails." ng additional word of. New Guinea to the Hollandia. uiihwesl o Wins Air Medal S.-Sgt. Clarence Brown, 24, Clyde I Route 2, has been awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating In Flying Fort- ress bombing missions over Hitler's Europe. LONDON, April 11-day-old assault on Award of the Air Medal was dls- Hitler's continental fortress, the world's greatest sustained closed in a special message to The aerial bombardment, has cost the Americans and Britons airmen. It has cost 373 planes valued at approximately 000. Figuring the value of the aircraft lost and the value of the technical educations given the crewmen lost with them, the offensive has cost the Allies at least The cost sweeps beyond that into staggering figures when the wages of airmen and ground crews, the value of bombs, ammunition and gas- oline are added, with air- drome maintenance aircraft repairs and hospitalization. The Allied command considers the plane loss is slightly more than one per cent of the attacking aircraft of all easonable price for the results ob- alned. More than 700 fighters of he enemy's precious front line strength have been destroyed, and giving his "Atlantic Wall" defenses an eleventh hour inspection tonight in prepar- ation for the Allied invasion, and his sub-fuehrer in Den- mark moved swiftly to crush rising sabotage which might provide the Allies with a crumbling breach in these de- fenses. Werner Best, Hitler's special deputy In Denmark, threatened wholesale execution of Imprisoned saboteurs unless underground ac- tivities are curbed. He added that the Germans would "attack swiftly and sternly" and show no mercy to- ward saboteurs and other acting against German Interests. He Indi- cated they would be summarily shot. is 'death. Abilene Man Wins 4ton Recognition Harvey L. Hays, Abilene insurance executive, yesterday was named as one of top ranking Scottish Hlle Masonic members to receive' awards Jbr service lo Ihe fraternity at the reunion of the Dallas bodies. E. H. Boedeker of Dickens tcsk honors for West Texas for recruit-' In? In lne 'OBn Spur. Henry Bell of Tyler lopped ..the A total of 110 jewels were pinned on recipients, with 6 bars added lo jewels already earned. The awards were in connection with the spring and fall reunions of last year and the current spring meeting. To the southeast of Wewak anc Hansa bay, where Japanese garri- sons were bypassed in the 500-mile vault up the New Guinea coast from below Madang to. Hollandia, other bombs were dropped. (That is in a sector where many of Isolated Japan- ese soldiers are believed to be. There have been reports Ihat the Nipponese around Wcwak were moving the some 80 miles northwest to strike at (he All- ape invaders but MacArthur's reports have made no mention of this eventuality.) Madang also was attacked. Germany's fighters offered only light opposition, a communique aid. Ten of their planes were shol [own in combat and an unspecified numbui1 ol others destroyed on the ground. Returning crewmen told o (lowing up the majority of han- gars at the enemy bases attacked and .were amazed .at. the. lack o fighter opposition. From late Monday night to dusk today a total force of 3.000 British based American and RAF war planes In an unending stream dumped more than 4.000 tons o explosives and over 500.000 incen diaries on nrime targets. In 1 days the Allied teams in Britain and Italy have.poured more than tons of bombs into Hitler's fortress. The British lost 23 planes during the night and the Medi- terranean air force lost 14 and shot down 20 enemy fighters In attacks on' Floesli. Bucha- rest, targets near nelgraflr, Yugoslavia, anil objectives In northern Italy. Mimlch-bound RAF Lancasters feinted by crossing the French Alps into Italy to a point near Milan, then turning northeast into Ger- many where the shrine city was turned into an Inferno by- thousands of Incendiaries and Corporal Kennedy was in an air medical unit, stationed at ey field, Va., immediately be- ore. going overseas. He left this country some time In December. A former student at Elmdale school, he was living in Abilene at the time he went Into service, in February. 1943- He trained first at Salt Lake City, Utah, and was sta- tioned at Springfield, Mo., and El Paso prior to'going to Langlcy field His wife, the former Christine Bryant of Galveston, has teen mak- ing her home in- Abilene with Cor- poral Kennedy's parents for several months. Surviving are Mrs. Kennedy, an 8-months-cId son, Sherman Lynn. the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kennedy and a sister, Ora Mar- garet. 30 Tons Paper Gathered Here Australian Leader Entertained by FD South Pacific planes kept pour- ing their bombs on the daily-raided Japanese base of Rabaul, New Bri- tain, and also hit its supporting base of Kaviengkj New Ireland. From captured Tadji airdrome at Aitapc, fighter planes were flying See HOLLANDIA, Page 3, Col. 1 block-busters.- Larlsruhe, 150 miles northwest of Munich near the French frontier, also was pounded by the RAF for- mation of perhaps 1.000 planes, and swift British Mosquitcs stung Dus- seldorf on the lower Rhine river. Oilier planes attacked the rail depot at Chambly, 20 miles north of Paris. The Weather Allied Forces Rally in India WASHINGTON, April White House announced tonight that President Roosevelt had entertained Prime Minister' John Curtin of Australia and Prcsldent-Elect Teodoro Hcado of Cosla Rlci at luncheon at his vacation icsldence in the south. The (wo official visitors to this country were accompanied lo the luncheon by their wives. Mrs. Roosevelt also was jircsei.i. After (ho lunr.hron the prime minister and Mrs. Curlln, Scnor Picado and Scnora dc Ficario and Mrs. Roosevelt reiurned lo Washington. The first My Is entertaining the Curtins at a Willie House dinner tonight. Request Rejected WASHINGTON, April 25- Sweden has rejected an American request that she halt shipments of ball bearings and a selected list of similar hard-steel products to Ger- many, and American ofifclals pre- pared tonight to renew lheir In- rtstenre that the Swedes, recon- sider. damage has done to Axis air fleldsnall junctions and :oastal fortifications which may knock 'months off Ihe war. Of the iT.issing airmen most are believed to be prisoners of war and interned for the duration In neufral Sweden and Switzerland. Every crushing Allied blow Is regarded as bringing the day of the western Invasion closer, and at this writing Ihere Is no sign of a decrease in the al- tacks. Springing from myriad bases in Britain and Italy, thousands o American, British and Allied heavy medium and light bombers, fighter snd fighter-bombers have partlcl pated in the thunderous offensive and they have dropped ton of bombs. At least 352 enemy aircraft wcr destroyed In combat, the other wrecked in attacks on the ground. The U. S. strategic air forces 1 Europe and the British air ministry in a joint statement Sunday sal the Nazis had been unable to kec up with front line losses in th last three months, and consequent Ihe 700-planc gap In Germans front line fightor strength will even harder to replace today whe the attack the enemy's Indu trial empire has reached an unpr ccdented peak. This was the prime Immedla advantage to the Allied pre-lnvasli assault. The results of the real line bombardment itself is more difficult to assess but this Is known: While Ihe niagara of bombs probably Is hot lightening the immediate (ask of breaking through Hitler's Atlantic wall by reduction of enemy air destruction In Inland Axis territory may re- duce the overall length of the The offensive has had three main objectives: Dcstrucllon of the Ger- man air force In the air and aground; disorganization of the An estimated 30 tons of waste per, Including newspapers, maga- nes and rjoxes, were 1V- CLARENCE BROWN Opening of the three-day drive trucks working from South Sergeant Brown Is waist gun- h street southward. Today, start- ner on the B-17, "Flak Happy B at 8 o'clock, they will cover and Ihe .recently decoraled gunner he area from South 5th to North Is already i veteran of three bomb- h and Thursday will be In on targets In Berlin, errltory from North 5th north- has participated in many oth- ara. large scale, missions of the Sixty-four soldiers operating. 20 Eighth AAF. rucks, worked under the supervl- Sergeant Blown Is the foster-son .on of Capt. Norman Turnbull, of Mr. and Mrs. II. G. Broadfoot hilef of Ihe Camp Barkeley sal-1 of Clyde, Is a graduate of Clyde age branch. The (nicks were high school and later worked as a rom the 4lh Army and ordnance farmer and Imck driver. He cn- lotor pool, the soldiers included a listed July 15, 1941, trained at Jcf- roup of convalescents from the ferson Barracks. Mo., and at Lowrv tatlon hospital, from headquarters field, Denver, and served as an In- dclachment of the 1851st service stricter at Las Vegas, Nev. for one unit and from the 4th Army head- year before going to England last Tills warning came Just one day fter the virtual Isolation of Den- mark In another move to get the v'azi house In order for the Invasion. Communication and travel between Denmark and Sweden were ended, and the restive little nation was In effect under a blockade. Selected aides accompanied Hit- ler on his Inspection of the "Allan- lie according to a report re- ceived here through a reliable con- nection with the continental un- derground, Including Admiral Karl Docnltz, supreme commander of the German navy, Gen. Guenther Korten, chief of staff of the Ger- man air force, and a Professor Tann, inventor of the anti-aircraft towers which feature the antl-lri- vaslon defenses'. The German slrenglh ready to battle the -Allied Invasion Is. esti- mated at between and 60 di- visions, with little change since recent swift shift from the eastern front. Hitler apparently wanted to see the reinforced defenses for him- self, since Marshal Envln Rommel, In charge of them, had Just com- pleted his own personal tour. The report of the Hitler (.out- reached here soon after a Berlin announcement that Hitler ant! Bentto Mussolini had met Sunday and Monday at a "secret" meeting place and reaffirmed their Joint alms. quarters. Nov. 15. First day's accumulation of paper Sergcnnt Brown's wife, Mrs. Ruth was expected to exceed Brown and lheir son, Jcrry W., pounds, with actual weight to be ln wincncslcri Ind. known Wednesday morning. The ___ several carloads expected to be col- .ecled here will bo shipped to Alton Board and Box Co.. Federal. III., and payment Is made direct to the federal treasury. Prices paid range from to a ton, and the local collection of mixed paper Is due to bring near top price. Miss Eunice Parramore of 110 Orange didn't wait for collectors to visit her neighborhood. She hired a truck at her own expense and sent over 300 pounds of salvage to the loading depo'. Tuesday. German military railroad and Iransporlation system: ar.d soften- ing of the Atlantic wall. f. S. DEPARTMENT Of COMMERCE WEATHER niTRr.U: ARlt.ENE AND VICINITY: ParMy cloudy with Ihonder showern warmer Wednesday Partly and EAST TEVAS: Cloddy and MUMly warmer wllh Wednes- day: Thnnday patllr cloudj-, cooler porliin. j-JCEST TEXAS: Clondr with ihowera CTd cootir In El atta. Panhandle ind ic-nln claim, fair and partly cloody remainder Wednesday: Thursday partly clondy. cooler Bit rUnd ee.antry, Ptcol Taller and fail of Tecoi rlrer. TEMPERATURES Ties AM Men. HOUR Toes. FM Hon. 61 in.... .6.1 47.... ..IB.. ..M 71 .M 76 ..90 71 M 74 ..M _ ".'.74 6t M 41... M 6! SI... 59... AS 6.1. -53 _ 61 M Itlrh and Ion- lo 3 I. n. 70 and lllch ar.d Ion- same date Tail >ear: 95 and ff. Stn'et latt nttnt: t Attnme tnls mornlnr. SOUTHEAST ASIA HEAtXjUAR- TERS, Kandy, Ceylon, April 25 Attacking British and Indian troops have captured the village of Kanglatongbi, 22 miles north of Imphal on the highway to Kohima in India, alter hard fighting In which they overcame a road block held by Japanese forces, It was an- nounced tonight. Two Japanese counter-attacks were thrown back by the Allied forces striking out from Imphal, a communique said. This was the first disclosure that the defenders of the great Allied base In the fertile Manipur plain had begun campaign to clear the Invading Japanese from the 60- mile Imphal-Kohlma road, which was cut several weeks ago. Imphn at present is dependent upon air- bcrne supplies and reinforcements its stockpiles are said to b enormous Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten'i tics are being mopped up. Headquarters announced yesterday hat the upper kg of the Manipur lighway, between Kohmaan Dima- >ur on the Bengal-Assam highway, lad befifi cleared of Japanese and reopened to traffic. Dispatches to- day told ol long cclumns of Allied roops, tanks and guns moving over the highway toward Kohlma in preparation for a major blow at I siicniy troops still in that neigh-1 borhood. It became increasingly evident that the tide had turned squarely in favor of the Allies that the Japanese Invasion had subsided. A 14th army observer estimated today that at least Japanese had been killed In the Imphal area alone, not counting those killed by in- tense Allied artillery bombardment. The secondary road running northeast from Imphal lo Ukhrol near the Burma border nnw i- dear .of Japanese, and small enemy par We viill appreciate your calling 7271'for Circulation if you rrmi your copy of Reporter- Pleaie moke your colli: Mornings before 9.'30 o. m. Eveningi before p. m. The Circulation office cloiei ot p. m. (Subscriber! oufiio'e of Abilene pkate coll Your locol Reporter- Newi ogent.l Missing Gunner Is Back with Company GOLAN. April 25 Sgt. Ttuttt O. 27. re- ported missing In action over Hlt- "Jazi E-Boats Fail In Convoy Attack LONDON. April German E-boats unsuccessfully attacked a convoy In the English channel Monday, a British communique said .onight. Two E-boat5 were dam- aged in a separate action about Ihc same time the Germans sank a torpedo boat. Bond Leader Urges County Meet Quota County War Bond Chairman C. M. Caldwcll last night hit sharply at Taylor county citizens who are lagging by fifty percent behind the April war bond purchase quota. "With over thirty million in the banks and n quota that seems fair with respect to that of other coun- ties, I can't understand why Tay- lor county Isn't buying its share of Caldwell said. "It Is conceivable that we right In this county may delay the war several days by not giving our boys proper support." He urged that every person able to do so buy a bond in the remain- ing four days and that all bond sellers Intensify efforts to reach the quota. Chenghsien Junction Overrun by Nippons CHUNGKING. April Japanese offensive In North Honan province generally was believed to- night to have overrun the rail Junc- lion Chenghsien and Ihe Invaders v.-ere fishilng fiercely far west the city In a campaign which ap- peared would eventually be aimed at the heart of China. Tonight's communique made no mention of Chenghsien, where the Invaders were last reported lighting In the suburbs, but the Impression prevailed that Ihe city, whose fall lias been expected for several days, finally had capitulated. Enemy spearheads meanwhile .tiled to within eight miles of a large road junction 40 lies southwest of Chenghsien. If e Japanese should capture Teng- ng and then strike farther west- ard they would outflank the city Loyang and open the way for clash with Ihe flower of the hlncse army. Teen Age Center Gets Approval Ul rt vttn-rtm; j ui ler's Europe since March 17, has .submitted rejoined his company the c p. Barron, of partmcnt has informed parents. A plan for organization roun'.ry's leading social expert. of a teen-age youth who have visited ar.ri Inspected the Molir.e center, and who ascribe Its success to the fact that the boy. .-.I i r, nf the committee, was approved by themselves direct the cen rommuml? trr's activities and nialn'Mn th Hp'tilb; Bivrn Recreatinnal association at .standards under adult .supervision. No addl.ional details 'Texas -in worfclnR out. ihls ji'.m th Upon hearing the plan. It was! ccmmlltce met with high schoo In the war ciepai the parents. Sergeant Dlckcrson. top stunner on a Flying Fortress, reported missing in action followir.? a bomb- er mlsflon over Yugoslavia. Mother of Abilene Man Dies in Slaton Mrs. A. B. Robertson, 84. mother of A. B. Robertson of Abilene, died yesterday in Slaton. according lo ___.....__ decided unanimously by the strer- ulio made many o ing commltlce that the organlza-1 the supcrsllon'; we have placed 1 lion committee carry out its pro-1 the report. It meets with the posed plan. i approval." Presenting the report of his com- mittee to Ihe group, Barren said: "In submitting the following sug- Organizatlon and sponsorship to be composed of an adult com mittce reprr-sontlng all Intereste- geslion'; for Ihe organl7atlon and and a yout of a recrcallon center pinnnir.e board conslsllrig of rep for the teen-age youth cf Abilene, rrtentatlve boy.-, and glr'.s of th we like to point out that schooi system. an Associated Press story la.M night, this plan has been copied very objective of committee Is lo se Mrs. Robertson was tlir widow nf closely from one which has been In cm-c a doable pl'f. B Robtrtfon. char'.rr mrmbrr npmtion for several rr.rmlhs at j ,n club, where you'll c; and onct prwldent of th- South- :Mnlinc, III. It has been very suc- western Cattle Raisers association. Icessful ar.d has been endorsed by Ste YOUTHS, rift 3, Col. I West Texas Utilities Set Profits Are Up NEW YORK. April 25 Vest Texas Utilities Co. reports net rolit for 1943 ot eqnal to 4.78 a share, compared to 37 or share In 1042. i Prisoner Taken ROCKSPRINGS, April 25 Kurt Cramer, escaped Nazi he camp at Brady, was caught on he Joe Sid Peterson ranch near -.ere about this evening. A companion who appeared at the Hardin Tobin ranch at this afternoon and who escaped when Mr.-. Tobin put in a phone call to border patrol officers had not been apprehended. A man named Taylor. employe of Peterson, csme around ft thicket and leveled down with ft gun on Cramer. At first he would not talk but he identified himself when lodged In Jail here tonight. Finns Replaced LONDON, April Tsss dispatch broadcast from Moscow tonight said a German administra- tion had replaced Finnish authori- ties In Pctsamo and declared It A restricted arra, pcm-.ittlr.fi no to enter or leava tlu Barents port city. ;