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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 9, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                BACK THE ATTACK Buy ftore Than Before In Fifth War Loan Drive! Overall Quota Seriet E Quota MORNING VOL. LXIII, NO. 357 A TEXAS 3-U, NIWSPAFSB ITHOUT OR WITH CWENSE TO FRIENDSORFOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE. TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 9, 1944-TWENTY PAGES Xnccloled P.'css (AP) United Press FIVE CENTS Hies M Peppers Areas 'Behind Nazi Lines t By AUSTIN BEALMEAR SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, Friday, -June Air Forces, surpassing (he total of sorlies since the invasion of western Europe began, smashed at vital rail junctions well behind the battle and at scores of other objectives throughout the third day of the battle of Normandy. the weather improved steadily, daylight operations were the greatest today in all the three days of invasion warfare, and at noon the mark was passed by Vritish-based aircraft. During this period, approximately 54 hours, Allied losses were 289 planes of all more than 1 per cent. German planes destroyed in the period totaled 176 planes 'out of the meager forces which were dwarfed by the massive i Allied bomber and fighter fleets thundering constantly on Front jGennans Declare iRed Drive Opens; iMoscow Silent LONDON. June top- ranking German radio commentator declared today that powerful Rus- sian armored forces had launched aji offensive on a wide front .north Jf lasi in Romania and had ad- 1 vanced' several miles in the center on the left flank. There wsi no Immediate Russian confirmation of the push, and the commentator, Ernst Von Ham- mer, did not say flatly that it was 1'the beginning of the expected So- thrust through the Galatl gap V toward, the Ploestl oil fields and the" wealth of the Danube valley expected to be, timed with tfe Allied invasion of Hitler's Eur ope from the west. Tonight's broadcast Soviet'com rnunique, containing only, three ten tences. said that "during' the da there were no essential changes a I front." It was first bulletin sSce May 29 which contained n mention of a battle in the lasl vie tails'. The terse Moscow commununi laid 15 Nazi tanks had been knock- ed out and 22 enemy planes des- through European skies. An additional announce- merit early today said the Eighth and Ninth U. S. Air Forces had shot down a total of 22 planes in air combat Thursday and that the Eighth had destroyed 21 more on the ground. Three American bombers and 12 fighters were lost. Topping the Eighth Air Force fighters 'in- kills was Lt. William G. Eder.s of Tyronza, Ark., with three combat victories. American Fortresses and tors, nearly strong and es- orled by up. to 500 lighters, smash- Cherbourg Cut-oil Primary Objective SUPREME By WES GAl.LAGHER HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expcditionar.s Nazis Claim Allied Force In Tight Spot LONDON, June (AP) The Germans asserted tonight Force, 1'riiiay, June Allies were thrusting -ilictid along the whole expanding Normandy liatllefrunl to- day, developing tlicir threat to cut off the Cherbourg penin- sula in heavy close-quarters fighting against fresli German tactical reserves whose advent brought the invasion into its second phase. A single Allied division was credited by headquarters with having taken more than Nazis prisoners since the European fortress was breached Tuesday, while it was dis- closed that the Canadian infantry and armor had taken 600 prisoners and freed a dozen towns as they advanced rapidly southward through woodlands and farms between Caen and the caulured town of Bayeux, often in house-to-house combat NAZI PRISONERS CAPTURED IN first Nazi prisoners captured by Cana- dian invasion troops on French territory. Note pill box and casualty in right background. (Canadian official photo via Signal Corps Radiotclephoto from NfcA EUROPEAN WA.R AT A GLANCE By The Associated Press Western Front Fierce enemy counterattacks were repulsed and Liber-1 beachhead expansion continues though Nazis use reserves along WAR LOAN DRIVE PLANS NCLUDE MANY RALLIES front enemy reports 20 I Allied divisions in action and Cher Normandy beachheads, Enumy op-1 bourg menaced by pincers In the air continued on conquerers of Bayeux press inland heavy'lighting rages at Caen; Swiss dispatch reports state of siege a I flaming Rouen Allied aircraf fly sorties In first 54 hours ed ground fire was extremely heavy. Ten rill centers on main lines leading; to Ihe Brest and Cher- bourg peninsulas were pounded by the f orjressts .Mberttors destroy 116 enemy planes, lose 28 mvocj _ _ cautio Ualnst over-voufidence. and ijjfc; ers alorit 'mait Wn separate it- tacks 'Airing'the 'first six hoort of daylljrht, losing only one Thunderbolt. against over-voufldence. Italian Front Fifth Army cap lures Civita castellana. Braccian and port of Civitavecchia in llghtn ing drives above Rome Eighth A fierce tank battle has been raging for 24 hours near Bayeux, a correspondent with the Canadian forces reported In a front-line dlspatcl llCTliTlGMrrans. strengthened by parachutists, are putting up flerc sistance and some desperate hand to hand fighting has taken pace in veral wooded areas, he said, adding that "the Germans arc cliuaiiys enaclously to Caen, using Hut city as a pivot of fierce counter thrusts o test the strength of our lines." Caen nine miles south of the Seine bay on the Orne river, was the center of bitter ami protracted battle against sirens defenses, but Ihe Nazis themselves acknowledged thai the Allies were inside the city ami hail pushed five miles south and west of which Is five miles from the coasl. In general, however, the Allied command kenl mum on exact locations. It mi indicated that the first forces ashore Tuesday could e Plans for launching the Fifth War Loan drive In many West Cen- ral Texas counties were nearing completion last night several re- porting large sales and pledges al- ready in the till. At Anson, for Instance, com- munity ccrhmlttee. of 17 members gave the campaign a good sendoff by buying In bonds them- selves. Knox Pittard, campaign chairman for the south part of Jones county called )iis Ansqn committee tojeth- thB file result Wednesday. TSrlier Russian dispatches had Bald that "soon Russian Infantry will' march across German land." Moscow announced yesterday that Germans had been killed .in right -lays of futile attacks north of while Ihe Nazis reported at le 10 Soviet rifle divisions had been "wiped out or decisively maul- ed" in thc same lighting. At the same time Eighth Air seizes Monterotondo and four vll- Force Thunderbolt and Mustang iaBCS northeast of capital Al- flghters attacked an armored spokesman reports fleeing Ger- umn, rail cars, 16 locomotives, eight army reduced to "batter- bridges, 12 rail yards, a tunnel, oil remnants." American casual- dump, warehouse, factory. two tics in three'-day battle for Rome, hangars, canal locks on the Seine, seven military encampments and a heavy gun emplacement. Only two Front German spokes- Thunderbolt and two Mustang man says Russian tank groups In these operations met ene- my planes in combat. Tne American heavies hit rail installations over a wide area at Rennes, Laval, Tours, Le Mans. Nantes and Angers, meeting some See AERIAL, PC. 3, Col. 1 forces have launched offensive north of lasi. but the Soviet munique announces "no essential changes." Moscow dispatch, however, declares "Russian infantry soon will march across German land." Community chairman in. all schoo districts' of the south part of thr ccunty will begin work Monday. J. J. Steele, Ansori, is the Jones county chairman ar.d the. comity's quola is and that for Pit tard's area While the drive actually docs no get underway until June 12, sales since June "I in Series E, F- and C securities :count toward the cam paign quu'.dii. Sales in Abilene since the first o the month have reached while the Taylor county quota is Thc "kickoff" here will be in th form of the Million Cellar Bon Show Monday night at the Para mount, an all-star stage productlo by: the Abilene Army air base. A receipt which may be exchar.g- d for a ticket to the show will b iven for each bond purchase wit] .e choicest seats reserved for p'.ir hasers of uumls. Thc tlica er has been scaled to take car f a "million dollar" house. Lockelt Shelton, assistant region il war finance manager for 59 eouu ics In West Texas, said yeslerda .hat numerous towns have requcs ed speakers and entertainment fo rallies through his office. Chris speak-Monday the swcttwatcr Rotary club an Dr, Rupert N. Richardson, actin president of Hardin-Simmcns uni- versity, will be the speaker Tuesday before the Swcetwater Lions. Both groups plan bond rallies. Eallinger has a rally scheduled Saturday afternoon at 2 with the band from the Goodfellow field nl, Mriy 2s. San Augelo furnishing music. At an- gled ahead more rapidly than they did, but Gen. Dwight D. Elsen- .wcr's supreme command derided It wiser o slow he adsan c on ewhat Tuesday and Wednesday while awaiting trength. rather than make a temporarily spectacular gain nnd r SK l.tulng hat furious fighting with the was reaching out on both sides of fallen Bayeux ind contended their rein- 'orcecl troops were biting into he western end of the Allied bridgehead in France and swinging into position to strangle two infantry-support- ed American airborne divi- sions at the mouth of the'Vire river. The German claims continued to be Ignored by Allied headquarters and lacked confirmation elsewhere as well, The DNB agency said Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, chief of Allied ground forces, had thrown 12 divisions into the battle and that ils reinforcements, especially tanks, were arriving steadily from Eng- land. This, the German agency as- serted, "explains the thrust to Bayeux and beyond, southeastward." Later Berlin reported two more Allied airborne divisions had land- ed north of Bayeux. while heavy arms were brought in by sea. In- vasion troops were said to havo penetrated as much ns six miles soutli and southwest of tile town. Son of Abilene Woman Killed In Bomb Run Mrs. Addie Hancock, 1801 South llth, received word yesterday of the death of her son, Capt. Curlls O. Hancock, killed, in action while on a bombing run over Ihe Island of Biak in the gchoutcn group. Tlie War department message said Captain Hancock was killed on Captain Hancock was a flight leader In the Fifth Army Air Forces anil had more than fifty bombing missions to ills credit. Born In Jayton where he graduated from high school in 1931, he attended Texas A. and M. Major Evans and his troupe will the next three years and other gathering on July 1 Ballingcr folk will hear MaJOi1 David Evans, special service officer for the ASFTC, and the ASFTC's crsck band. Lhe spearheads nipped off Announcing that the first step 11 the invasion had been accoin- ilishcd. headquarters explained this .is "the securing of a foolho'.d and the defeating of local German rc- .crves." The present second phase. It was explained, calls for defeating the German tactical reserves, which are those most immediately at including the 7th and 15th armies now' being met; and the "third the task of crushing strstc gib reserves, which'might, com om Germany or .other fronts and lose defeat would spell complete curlly for the Allied dispositions. It later was disclosed at lic.lilquarlcrs that Americans were fighting for a lateral road, which was not specified, but which apparently was one of those running westward from Cacti, nine miles Inland, and roughly parallel to the coast towards the Cherbourg penin- sula. Husky Abilenian First listed Man in France Pirst enlisted man to set fool in France when the Allied unrfer the command of General Dwighl Eisenhower, Invaded vaunted Fortress Europe, was husky John G. McFarlen, former Abilene, not surprised that her husband was In the pathfinder unit that blazed the way for thousands of other paratroopers, wa: Private McFarlen's attractive young wife, the former Lois Rlordan, who lives with her mother, Mrs. R. V. Ford, 541 Walnut. Although he'll probably be proud of his father's part in the invasion firoughout his life, Johnny Eugene. son of Private and PVT, JOHN McFARLEN Mrs. McFarlen, displayed no inter- est in'UK feat when the ne-vs was told his mother Thursday morning. Mrs. McFarlcn, as mlfhi well be eipedfd, Is duly iirood of her husky, 185-pound pari- trotfper husband, and isn't over- ly concerned about his safety, belieTlnj thil he can well take care of himself under any con- ditions. "It's all dangerous business and 111 be mighty glad when John and 1 the other boys can come back Mrs. McParlen said. "He dunteered for paratroop duty and kcs it" she adden. In thc last letter she received rom him. early last week, he said." oil may not be fiearing from me or awhile, but don't worry. Ill as soon as I have a chance.' First man lo the Dour- las C 47 from which Private McFarlen Jumped wu Capt. Frank Lllljman. his company commander. McFarlen was one of 10 soldiers, all specialists in scontinp, demolition, first aid and gunnery, selected by Cap- lain I.illjrnian to accompany him. McFarlen was the first out of Ihe plane after the captain jumped. Private McParlen was Inducted Feb. 5. 1942. and after baste train- ing as a doughboy at Camp Wol- ters. Mineral Wells, volunteered 1 PROUD OF Me-j (or paratroop duty, and had been' In training at Fort Brabb, N. C, until going to England last Sep- tember. had lived in Abilene since 1936 and Tras a truck driver for Hudson Produce company bc- fore 'induction. HE, ar.d the for- mtr Lois Riordan wrtemarried In 1911. His parents are not living. Germans Chased North of Rome By EDWARD KENNEDY ROME, June 8 I" lightn- ing drives of as much as 26 miles in 24 hours, the Allied Fifth Army today captured Civita Castellana. 32 miles north of Rome, after other swift armored units had pounded _ I through Civitavecchia, important i eaport 38 miles northwest of thej Atritnrlp talian capital. rTOper ATTITUOe Only the slightest resistance was r- Ri ivprn Asked :ing encountered by Lt. Gen. MarklrrOm DUyefS be at Hobbs in Fisher county on June 14 and at Roby on June 16. The ASFTC bond sellers arc sched- uled to go to Winters on June 17. to Putnam on June 23 and to Clyde the afternoon of June 24 and to Baird that night. The Callahan county committee has requested the appearance of two wounded war veterans from McCIos- key hospital in Temple lor the per- iod of June 11-24 ar.d the boys will be taken to all communities in the county for speaking dates. Snyder has planned a bas rally for June 12. and Colorado City has an auction and a bond felling bar- b-cue on tap but dates have not been set for Ihc latter city's rallies Other cities, too. are makln? plans but have made no announce- i ments to date. for the Army air corps training program in Scptcm- ber. He won his In May, 1941 it Stockton field in California and was assigned to patrol duly of the Pacific for several months fol- lowing Pearl llartor. Hancock's group was among th first to fly D-25 Mitchell bomber directly fiom the United States t the ba'.tle fronts hi the South Pa cific. His and IG-monlhs ol daughter reside at Stockton, Call In addition to his mother, Cap tain Hancock is survived by tw slflerf. Mrs. diaries .C. Worllic of Abilene and Mrs. W. D. Jci: kins of Monahans. Kay Kyser Weds LAS VEGAS. Nov., June 8 Kay Ky.'rr, 38-year-old dance bat leader, wn.s married enriy tctiay V. Clark's troor-s as they pressed attitude of the people i '_ I fter the reeling German 14th army, primary consideration _'_ which an Allied spokesman of thc Fifth War! d had been reduced to "battered; Bar-, remnanU" there jet was no indica-' _on Of Hie city steer-1 ion where the disorganized cr.emy commlttcCi Thursday. i-ould attempt to halt thc Alliet. gcvcrai persons have said they steamroller. 'intend to wait and see how the in- j Civita Castellan Is the junction ]vafion comcs Oyt before they buy j of three main highways ar.d two, jn (hl5 drjvc." Barren j electric railways. Light ,.-rhc Access of the campalzn tic-j The Germans said fighting raged east of Bayeux "where ten Allied llvisions. Including tank divisions, ire massed." A German broadcast admitted widening of the Allied bridge- head to about 38 miles and said that its deepest point v.-as in the Bayeux sector. One com- mentator said the German command, In view of the. new airborho landings, "had to Vrith- draw German forces stationed on the coast norlh of Baycuv, In order lo use (hem for rein- forcing the southern defense barrier." At the same time Jean Paqub, commentator for the Nazi-controll- ed Paris radio, estimated Allied strength In Normandy at 20 di- visions, highest figure put out thus far by an Axis source. One German radio account said Gen. Elsenhower "so far has brought into play only one-tenth of the forces at his disposal." The radio reports pictured the Allied tank drives from Bayeux as Caen was described as heavily efended and "a tough nut." Since dawn Tuesday, 116 enemy Ircraft were listed as destroyed In itr combat, while the Allies have ost 283 In thc same period, In- ludlng unarmed Ircop carriers and transports. As the Allies thus fought inland n the Seine bay area and devel- oped a threat to cut off the Cher- bourg peninsula, headquarters dis- closed that thc "first phase" of thc nvasion had been completed suc- cessfully with defeat of the Ger- man local reserves nnd solldlfica- :lon of the beachheads. The .second step, now in progress, calls for defeat of thc Nazi tactical reserves. Amid slron? Indications that the Allies have captured or constructed an airfield in Normnr.dy, [lie Allied ccmmunkiuc dwelt nil thc powerful all-day and night air support Riven the troops with clruc tactical bomb- Ir.R. nir cover over the constant streams of seaborne reinforcements. Sec ALl.IKS I'L'SII. FK. 5, Col. 4 seeking to link up with airborne forces In thc Caen ar.d Carcntan areas. The German accounts gave this general picture: Allies Increased thcJr pressure on the road from Bayeux to Caen. Germans moving up from the south checked Ihe advance. Super-heavy British tanks have landed north of Caen." tanks, having broken through the German line nt Bayeux, are advancing westward, trying to link up with two Amer- ican airborne divisions whhh ara between CarenUn and St. Mere- liEe and exposed to German pres- sure from north, west and south. Allied reinforcements are being landed by air In this sector and hundreds of American tanks were thrown straight into battle." Sic. Mcre-Eglisc "House to house fighting with the Ameri- cans.'' Thc outpouring Axis radio re- ports, many of them obviously de- signed to extract information about See N.V7.I CLAIM, Tg. 3, Col. 3 unit.s entered the town early in the evening. i whcih- Hard-Fighting 1st Division Spearheads Ground Drive Africa, (nrn the mountains! anil Twenty-Ninth Infantry divisions anil the 50Clh Para- chute regiment; Sixth Airbnrnc division; Arro- t'nils of Ihe Third British and Third Canadian First" division cr or not he will accept his rcspon-. n.v 1IAI. BOYI.E LONDON. Friday. June cily of popula-ion. with docr-.s OF lOMMLRCr. WEATHER 1- ABii.r.Nt; AND VICIMTV: cUndr rrldiy ttF.ST TIAAS: div and Sllorday. TAST TF.XAS: r.rllr pr.d s.loTd.y. Srallrr'd I pftrllon FlTlljT f, Farlon, wife of enlisted para-i trooper to land with thc inva- sion forces, was thrilled to learn that her hushand was with thc first invaders. She is shown lierc willi their months old son, John n y Eutrenc. I Tatt nltht: >.I 
                            

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