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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAR EOHD IOX SCORE Overall QuoU Overall Sales QuoU....... l.ZSS.OM.M Serin E Sates VOL. LXIV..N0.3, MORNING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS JT HIWSFAm ABILENE, MORNING, JUNE 20, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES Prnt (AP) United Pint flWPRICE FIVE CENTS tested Yanks Open Port Siege lYank Fliers Down Nips In Fierce Air Battle jnvaders Take Saipan'Drome By RAY CRONIN Associated Press War Editor Defeat ol the Japanese air force by Yank fliers in one o) the greatest aerial b.attles 61 the Pacific war was disclosed 4-officially last night simultan- eously with announcement that the American invaders of Saipan island captured an air- drome and swept clear across A the southern end pf-jhe Nip: pon stronghold. Japanese planes in heavy waves attacked the American carrier task force ,pff Saipan. The sky battle raged, for s'everal hours. The Japa- 'itnese were repulsed after an.estimaU ed 300 of the planes had been de- siroyed by 'American fliers and anti- aircraft .fire. No figure was availa- ble on American air losses.' '.As the sky fight raged .Marines troops captured Saipan's and drove eastward to Magt'cienne Bay from their west- ern landing beaches, an advance ol a mile', and a .half since Friday.' Japanese counter-attacks were thrown back. fis Sei-Bees went lo work VIC1N1TV: TarU rlotdr rontinatd Tarirti ThU brought the campaign lead- ers face to face with the fact that a lot of bonds must be bought by a lot ol people every single day If the Series E quota is to be met by July 12, the final day of the campaign. Scries E sales through yesterday decide to buy another bond on lop of thai if we make It." Barren Aald a meeting would be held today at the clir.mber ol com- merce to arrange for sending It-tiers to all r-mployeis asking them to confer with employes and arrange By DOS" WH1TEIIEAI) WITH AMERICAN TROOPS ADVANCING ON CHERBOURG, June the shelling of the city Ilsclf. the battle for Cherbourg begem tonight. Two weeks utter lauding on the Normnndy coast, doughboys almost were within sight of the port city as a rcsull of one ol the most sensational advances the American Army has made In this war. It U a Ihrillinf slfht to srt Ihe Army ir.ovlnn up fast lo lake advantage of the breaVlhrouth lo Ihe marrtinr; alonf roads which a few hours airo were In enemy hands while juns, armor and (rucks roll forward with them. There is no estimate as yet of the enemy dead. The fields, hedgerows find dilclies hold the secret- bodies are lying where they fell because no one h-s had time yet to collect them. iiha.a Kit'itr.d iKrmi'i There was hardly a pause from The limr the r.n .1 m Americans smashed their way across the r.rck nf thr Del atti Tneidir rilMl1 _ EAST TEXAS: fUn onjlnird wirtn n-llh widrlr dT "d icillr (d alltrnnan thindtrihimen In ortlnn Taridar and 1Vc4nri3ir. WEST TEXAS: TirllT rlondr. TEMPFR VTLRF.S HOfR ..I.... to accept quotas on S100 per AM and loir Itnptnla ..91 toUlcd representing p'.ir-! employe wllh allowance for the chases yesterday amounting to monthly amount that may already 673.75. This leaves go, or per day. toibe deducted from salaries for war bonds purchases. lo 9 p. TI litl Snnirl Tut nlfhl: Sonrhr mprninj: 6.S3, Sinitl peninsula nnd beat back a frantic German effort lo escape from the trap of steel, until they wheeled and swept toward Cherbourg Last right alone they captured "00 prisoners whose units had been disorganized by the breakthrough. The Americans were not giving the enemy a chance lo recover from Ihe blows they Miffr-rcd when the eloiighhoys knifed Ilie-lr away across the peninsula A slrfAm of prisoners siotsc-d nlong tlic ronrts. dough- covering Ihom vllh tommy guns. Thr prisoners faces showed Ihclr beuildcniient. The roads were littered with the wreckage of Gcnvan vehicles rind equipment. Some 5fcl..r; rcr-enlilfd thf srrnr In Tunl'tj when German resistarce broke suddenly and eon- fusion swept the ranks of Von Arnlm's and Rom- mel's nrmles. Hitting northward from Barr.cville. one of the main points on the main west coast road cut by the Ameri- can troops Saturday night, the doughboys swept through Bricquebec. The Germans were pulling away so fast, trying to get away from (lie Allied advance, that they did not even put up a fight for the town. Cutting of tlie Brlcqucbec-Valcgnes highway denied the Germans another major communications ro-.ite and made the American supply problem much simpler for advance units which had been fighling almost without pause for more than days. Dejection and confusion were apparent among some of the enemy troops. They simply were not prepared for the drive which trapped them, and they were unable to react to the situation. OnJ division made a desperate escape attempt, but it was so badly mauled that it fell back to the Cherbourg line. This last-ditch 'defense line before Cherbourg will be the battle-ground deciding the fate of the city. Its positions possibly have been improved by the Ger- mans but already Americans are bombing and shell- Ing enemy objectives in the city itself. Chcrhours, however, was not being shelled in- discriminately. Ttffinilr l.irsct.s. snch as tut! dmnps. ammunition stores and slronf points had been selected. The German-prepared positions Before cner- boiiric are on jround abort sii miles Ihe (treat port city. may Iry to make Cherbourg another SevssV tcpol." an officer taid. "There Is little doubt but th-' they have been ordered to fight to the
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