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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 21, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                8- VOL. 95- A TEXAS Pe Ibtlene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD PAGES ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 21, 1944 Associated Prtu (AP) United Press (Vf.) PRICE FIVE CENTS WHAT RECAPTURE OF PHILIPPINES DOES TO JAPS IT Great Japancn ita-atr base on Palau neutral ixed or jap Resistance Angaur Halts WASHINGTON, Sept. Navy reported tonight that j, "our forces .V.ave killed an enemy troops on Pefeliu knd 600 on Ancaur" in'bitter fighting, aja.irist the Japanese defenders of those far I'acific islands. Mopping up on Anguar Island by troops of the 81st infantry division continues, It was said. i On Pelellu. "the enemy resistance is a Pacific fleet com- munique reported, "but slow progress is being made." By The.Associated Press Successful American conquest of another of Japan's Pacific island guarding the eastern approaches to the officially announced by the Navy late yesterday. fr Little Angaur island, southernmost of the Palaus, was captured by soldiers the 81st "Wildcat" division, while on Peleliu island, six miles northeastward, veteran Marines held the upper hand. The leathernecks already control the southern part of the and its strategic airdrome, as well as most of the east- ern coast. They continued to push to the west and north against tough and fanatical Japanese resistance. In his Wednesday communique Adm. Chester W. Nimitz said organized Japanese re-' i.sistance on Angaur ceased the previous afternoon. The doughboys were mopping up against what was expected to be only sniper opposition. The soldiers took the island in Wthree and a half days against relatively light opposition. Gen. Douglas MacArthur report- ed from the southwest Pacific front today that his heavy bomb- ers, despite adverse weather, rnin- ied 120 tons of explosives on air- drome and other installations at Davao, chief city of the southern Philippines. There was no inter- ception. Many fires blazed in the of the Yank raiders. Other American fliers hit Dutch immediately east of Bor- neo, destroying four Japanese planes and sinking a lugger. On Morotai island, 300 miles south of the Philippines, American patrols met stubborn small scale resistance as they cleaned enemy pockets. Admiral Nimilz r e p o r ted widespread aerial strikes against five Japanese Pacific strong- holds. Chichi .lima, in the Bo- nlns, 615 miles southeast of Tokyo, was blasted. One cargo ship was left In flames and eight to 10 barges destroyed. Marcus island was raided, as were Pagan, in the Marianas, Ponape, in the Carolines, and Wotje in the In the if latter attack 27 tons of bombs were unloaded on barracks. Mot a single American plane was lost in all these missions. The military situation within China's vital southeast zone was termed "very serious" by a Chinese "Bspokesman as he commented on the Japanese ..plan to seal off the China coast by cutting the coun- try in two. The spokesman predicted, how- ever, that Chinese forces would -Mdeai the Japanese a "severe blow" and when they reach Kweilin, hub of China's southern defenses. Official reports placed one Japan- ese column 31 miles from iCweilin where the Chinese claimed their advance wss hulled. (0 The Japanese push on Kwei- lin recently caused the U. S. Hlh Air Force to practically abandon Its base there. Tl. S. airmen continued to smash Japanese supply lines, storage areas and troops and truck columns on the roads to Kweilin. Dr. Newton Trial Passed Till Later PLAINVIKW, Sept. trict Attorney Harold Lafont of LOmb county said today the sched- uled Sept. 25 retrial of Dr. W. R. Newton of Cameron, charged with assault to murder Dr. Roy Hunt of Littlefield, has been passed over by agreement of both counsels. Lafont, who said necessary trial witnesses were unavailable because of military duty, added no trial date has been set. Newton was convicted in connec- tion with the May 21, 1D42, shoot- ing of Dr. Hunt, His case was versed and remanded by the court of criminal appeals last June. British Rush to Rescue Isolated Airborne Force Bitter Fight On at Bridge Jap Advances Threaten Allied Strategy in Asia By ALBERT RAVENHOLT United Press War Correspondent HEADQUARTERS, 14TH AIR FORCE IN CHINA, Sept. Allies now have lost their for- ward air bases in China from which they might have met Adm. Chester W, Nlmltz and given aerial protection to his amphibious forces on the China coast. Abandonment of the Kweilin system of airdromes by the 14th Air Force, in the face of the Japanese invasion of Kwangsi province, deprives Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault of his most forward springboards. The Japanese ground forces had been expected to strike- south along the railway toward Canton after capturing Hengyang in Human province. But instead they opened a southwesterly push along China's main railway leading to Kweilin, 155 miles distant, on a direct route to Indo-China. The Japanese drive along the Hunan-Kwangsi rail- way began Aug. 31, and was last reported within less than 30 miles of Kweilin. The enemy has appro- ximately troops moving southwest from Heng- yang. (Tokyo radio claimed Tuesday' that a Japanese column is approaching Wuchow, 100 miles west of canton, on the Kwangsi-Kwangtung provincial bor- der. The Japanese said Wuchow Is the site of the American's most forward air field in eastern China.) The Japanese troops in Kwangsi are employing puppets on a limited scale. Some of the fora-ard columns are using tanks in areas where roads permit. Their advance is steady, and they are meeting only sporadic resistance. The only major Chinese offensive area at present is being conducted by armies under Gen. Hsueh Yueh which were caught east of the Japanese drive south- west from Hengyang. Gen. Hsueh is attacking the Japanese on their left flank. The 14th Air Force is flying day and night in sup- port of remnants of Chinese forces resisting the Japanese advance. Flying Tigers from rear bases constantly sweep over Japanese columns and hit deep behind their lines at supplies in the Changsha and have been bombing the Ameri- Canton areas. The Japanese can air base at Lluclipw almost every night. American fighter pilots climb out of their Blit trenches each morning to take off on strafing and bombing runs over enemy columns which will threat- en this base once Kweilin is captured. SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITION- ABV FOHCE, Thursday, Sept. Second Army troops fought desperately today to cross the Rhine river at Nijmegen, Holland, in a race to rescue a huge pocket of Allied airborne forces isolated in the Arnhem sector and under slashing German attack.- The all-important concrete bridge, a mile and a half long and 600 feet above the swift flowing Waal Rhine, still is intact, headquarters declared officially at midnight, but it was firmly held by the Germans, and a great, swirling bat- tie was raging. The airborne troops in the Arnhem sector were com- pleTely surrounded" by the Nazis, headquarters said offi- cially, and battled furiously in pocket against the Ger- man ring. The Germans increased their air activity greatly and planes into heavy 5th Breaches Gothic Line At Florence ROME, Sept. 20 The Allied communique today announced that'- American JFjU'th Army v troops ...have breached the. ,-jnassive, fierce- ly defended Nazi Gothic line on a six-mile front above Florence, opening the way for swifter descent on the Po val- ley some 23 miles distant. Easily defended mountain roads winding toward Bologna, gateway to the central section of the valley, and Imola, a smaller industrial city, probably will keep the advance to a relatively slow pace untitl Allied forces burst into the flatlands. A greater immediate threat to the Germans was an Eighth Army push by Canadian and Greek troops to the outer defenses of Rimini, Adria- tic port at the southeastern tip of the valley from where tanks and infantry could spread in a huge flanking movement. Its all-field already is in Allied hands. Aerial support for the ground troops was strong. Tactical air- craft struck targets in the battle area, and heavy bombers hit enemy concentrations around Kimini. Shuttle bombers from Russia landed at Italian bases after at- tacking railyartfs in Hungary, and other aircraft from Italy bombed communications, snipping and port installations in Yugoslavia. Two Allied planes are missing and one enemy machine was destroyed. Allied air and naval forces have loosed a mounting attack against strained Nazi transport ar.d air- fields on Crete and have blockaded the island to prevent escape of the German garrison. UP FRONT WITH MAULDIN "Hope It aln'l a rocky beach. Me ftcl'i lender since they sot webbed." Red Push 50 Miles Oflallinn LONDON, Propelled by a double breakthrough in Es- tonia by a fourth army group, the Red army's grand offen- sive to rid the Baltic states of Germans before snow flies has engulfed nearly more towns and reached within 50 miles of Tallinn, Estonian cap- ital, Moscow disclosed. An order of the day from Pre- mier Stalin to Marshal Lecnid A. Govorov of the Leningrad front forces and the midnight Moscow communique announced a break- through north of Tartu, east-cen- tral Estonian rail city, had gained more than 43 miles on a front 75 miles wide and had taken more than towns in four days. A northern wing of the army thrust westward from Narva in a 37-mile advance in three days, taking more than 300 communities. These forces stood less than 50 miles southeast of Tallinn in the area west of Vageva. Autumn fog made denser by the smoke of artillery fire covered much of the Baltic country as the Rus- sians broke through the strongly fortified region along the western shore of Lake Peopus and advanced northwestward on the railway runn- ing from Tartu to Tallinn. Estonian troops were partici- pating alongside the regular forces of the Leningrad front, the Russians said. Casualties inflicted en the Ger- mans were not yet tabulated, but an early-morning supplement to the communique signified they were heavy, telling of a German regiment being wiped out and 600 prisoners taken at one spot, and of 2.000 Ger- mans being slain outright at an- other. In the swampy country west ol Narva, despite German mines, the Russians cleaned out the 30-mile- wide land bridge between the Gull of Finland and Lake Peopus and thrust on west along the railrcad towards Tallinn. Width of the latter front was not disclosed, but tha list of captured towns made evident that the two wings of the Leningrad army were joined and that the Russians now had a solid, advancing front swing- ing more than 300 miles southwest- ward from the Gulf of Finland to points west of Riga, with the Len- ingrad, third, second and first Bal- tic forces all in action. Solons Urge Quick Pearl Harbor Probe WASHINGTON, Sept. house sub-committee urged an im- mediate and indepenJent investi- gation of the Pearl Harbor disas- ter today while Senators tngngrd in another hot argument on the subject. Declaring "we should learn for ourselves w.iat a House sub-committee composed of two Re- publican and one Democrat asked the naval committee and military committee to set up conRre.isloiinl investigators walking independent of military officials. Flier Missing Since January Reported Safe First word from her son, U. Leon E. Levens, pilot of a Flying Fortress who had been missing in action since Jan. 29 over Germany, came. Wednesday night to Mrs. Malic B. Willis, 942 Chestnut. "Am well and safe. Hope to see you soon. Do. the. iele- 'gram read. No'other details were learned. The 22-year-old flier had been overseas since October, based in England. He has been in the Army LT. LEON LEVJSNS four years, stationed at Randolph field, San Antonio before going in- to cadet training. He was com- missioned at Pampa in June, 1943. Lieutenant Levens attended high school in Colorado City where his family lived before moving to Abi- .lene several years ago. He holds the Air Medal witli one cluster and was on his 13th mis- sion at the time he was reported missing. In addition to his mother, the officer has an aunt, Mrs. Hulda Morris and a cousin, Doris Mor- ris, residing at 942 Chestnut. Good Shooting BAIRD, Sept. 20 Frank Cunningham, a pumper for Ungren and Frazier on the Jackson ranch near town, lias this story for "Believe it or not" Two wolves came within 30 steps of him and stood side by side. He shot and killed both wolves with one shot. The Weather U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER nUUEAU ABILENE VICINI1Y: Tartly cJoudy Thursday and Friday. WEST TEXAS: Partly clnurfy Thurs- day with scattered showers on coast In afternoon. Friday partly cloudy In north, considerable with showers In snulh portion. moleralc to heavy In extreme south portion. EAST TEXAS: Parity cloudy Thurs- day with .urattfrrrl showers on roast (n afternoon. Friday parttv cloudy in north. considerable clnudlness with showers In smith portion. Showers moderate to heavy In extreme south fiorlJnn. TEMPER Alt'RES in in 7........ no 71 R........ It 74 7R 77 .........in........ RI R'J I 'i........ HiBh and umiier-aliirr !H anil lllgll and low laii and Simsfl 1'aitt nlrhl: Snnrlnt thll mornfni: 7 Stiniict lonlfliu Brest laken SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Sept. great port of Brest on the Brittany pen- insula fell to Allied troops today after 46 days of siege and almost constant'pounding-by air forces, Headquarters 'announced tersely "all organized resistance has ceased in Brest and Recouvrance and our troops have cleared the enemy from the Crozon peninsula." The Recouvrance area is south o] the city and the Crozon peninsula is southeast. Confirmation of the victory came from the German radio, which de- clared Brest was In flames and its port facilities totally wrecked be- fore "heroic defenders under com mand of Lt. Gen. Ramcke" gave up last night "after the last shell had been fired." There was no official word from the Allied side on the condition of the port, but It was generally ex- nected to be a worse mess than Cherbourg, captured In the first days of the Invasion. Foundation Formed DALLAS. Sept. 20 Thi ,'arlety foundation of Texas an or- ganization sponsored by the state" show people, today announced S100.000 trust estate hnd been sel up for the purpose of furthering charitable, educational and scienti- fic nursuits. The Immediate aim of the found ation is sponsorship of boys ranch a home for underprivileged boys which. Ihrough help of the Varletj Clubs of Texas, now has 3300 acrcr for Its use. Condition Improved SAN ANTONIO, Kept. Brooke General hospital attendants today described as "not serious' and Improved the condition of Syl- vester Davis, negro soldier escapee who was wounded in his recapture Legion Opposes Any 'Soft Peace' CHICAGO, Sept. The American legion drew their pattern for a postwar United States today. Before concluding their 20th an- nual convention by electing Edward N. Scheiberling, N. Y-, at- torney as natolna-l commander, the Legionnaires adopted resolutions recommending: Unconditional surrender and per- manent disarmament of Germany and Japan, with opposition to a SAn association o! nM wiflv' whatever lo mar be necessary" to maintain peace and prevent recurrence of immediate 'enactment of legisla- tion for universal one-year military aining of qualified young Amc ican men, upon expiration of the selective service net; continued control of Army ana Navy capable of nBn nrnbBblc combination ol h and osition" to Nazis Name Three More Fighting Units LONDON, Sept. 20 The Germans said tonight that two Am- erican and one British visions were operating in Hoi ami The U S 83rd air liorne division was reported in the NljmeRcn sector H has not previously been reported "Vhe S 101st airborne division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Maxwell D Taylor, was reported around cap- tured Eindhoven. It previously was at Cnrcntan. The British first airborne divi- sion was reported near Arnhem. yesterday. Davis, who fled the Fort Sam Houston prison Sunday, was under the death sentence for murder of a San Angclo wnito soman. He was recaptured 17 miles north of San Antonio. Gardens Pay COLLEGE STATION. Sept. 20 spring. 1044, the average vic- tory gardener in Texas raised 882 pounds of vegetables wortli S13557. says the Texas A. and M. college extension service. The city gardener, whose averag production was 366 pounds, valued at per garden, pulled the gen- eral figure down. FDR NAMES AMBASSADOR 10 EXILED POLISH GROUP WASHINGTON. Sept. 20-------In a t sponsored Polish Committee diplomatic move with a bearing on the domestic political picture, Pres- ident 'Roosevelt today named Arth- ur Bli.'s Lane as ambassador to the exiled government of thereby suddenly reaffirming Unit- 
                            

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