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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                SIXTH WAR LOAN County Quota Series E Quota E Sales gflbflene VOL. LXIV, NO. 155 A TEXAS NEWSPAPER "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS TOll ABILENE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 22, 1944-FOURTEEN PAGES Associated Press (AP) Vntted Press (VJP.) PRICE FIVE CENTS Nazis Wage Fight for Life at Cologne iperforts Blast China, Japanese NIP PLANE PRODUCTION CENTER AT OMURA STRUCK By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A third lashing of Japan's vital Omura. airplane rhanu "acturing center within the Nippon homeland by a larg force of American Superfortresses was officially reported b the- U. S. 20th Air command Tuesday-. Meanwhile American liber- ation forces on Leyte island in 'jfhe central Philippines foughl doggedly through typhoon- made seas of mud against the desperately resisting Japanese inside the Limon trap in -the JDrrnoc. corridor. The Japanese reported by Gen. Doug- las MacArthur today to have committed their crack First division to defense of the Li- mon sector. H As Yanks reduced pillboxes and "ntrenchments In the mountains around Limon Japanese forces try- ing to break a roadblock to the south were repulsed with heavy losses. Six Japanese planes were blasted of the air when they attempt- ed to raid American positions. Yank airmen blasted supply and shipping facilities on Leyte's west coast. Radio Tokyo quoted Japan- ese Premier Kuniaki Koiso as saying the rise or fall of Nippon rests upon the outcome of Ihe central Philippines fighting. He added "we are now in that phase of the war which, by put- ting forth the total strength of our country to. bring this prcs- ent battle to victory, we can turn the tlfle In our favor." The B-29s task force hitting Omura also blasted Shanghai and Nanking, in China, the U. S. com- munique said. Tokyo added the Nagasaki area .to 1 HasaKi is near Omura oh -Kyushu, southernmost of the main Japan- ese islands. The B-29s ripped into the.' vast Omura plane factory, area" Jor the- third time in less than a month. engaged swarms of Japanese interceptors and shot down, probab- ly destroyed- or damaged 55 Nip- pon planes. Tokyo, claimed 25 of the Superfortresses were- shot down or probably destroyed. The Superfortresses, winging over W.he Japanese homeland for 'the Eighth time, met their first strong lighter opposition. They deiinitely knocked down 20 of. the Japanese challengers, probably destroyed 16 and damaged 19. The 20th air command said re- on American losses, if any, must await return of the planes to their bases in western China. The Japanese, in another of their usual extravagant claims, said of the 70 or 80 Superfor- tresses in the raid 14 were shot down and 11 probably downed. Tokyo said fierce air fighting marked the raid and added ground damages were "extreme- ly slight." The Japanese said their plane losses totaled Charles Green, Named Acting Manager Charles Green, manager of th Vernon chamber of commerce, yes terday was named, acting manage of the Abilene' chamber, succeed ing Jack Simmons, local busines man who has been filling the posl Mon since John Womble, the man ager, entered the Army. Womble on leave of absence, is now in th Pacific war theater. Simmons had resigned. He ha> accepted the position with the un derstanding he would continu only a few months. The selection of Green was mad yesterday by unanimous vote of th chamber of commerce director 0 a suicide dive Into a B-29. There was little change on Bur- mese battle fronts. The Chinese fighting inside the Japanese Bhamo base threw back a counter-attack. The fighting was heavy. CHARLES GREEN upon recommendation of a .com- mittee headed by W. J. Pulwiler Sr. Green will report for duty here Dec. 1. The new manager is 40 years old, a native of the Roscoe community. His wife, who like her husband, is a former newspaper writer and editor, and their son and daughter, high school students, will move here presently. Their older son is in the Navy. For. more than three years prior to last spring Green was manager of the Stamford chamber of com- merce. He went to Vernon early ihis year. Prior to that he was editor of The Nolan County News at Sweet- water and earlier, had been con- nected with The Sweetwater Re- porter. He also was a staff writer several mouths for The Hereford Journal, traveling throughout the nation. j Many Activities On Thanksgiving The first activity 4n the celebra- tion of Thanksgiving tomorrow will be at the Union Thanksgiving church service at 10 a. m. at the St. Paul Methodist church. In the afternoon, the Black Hills Passion Play will be presented for the first time, and two football games will draw Abilene of the Eagle-Bobcat game in San Angelo, and the Collegians-West Texas State here. The Rev. Marshall Masters, pas- tor of the First Christian church, sill deliver the sermon at the an- imal Thanksgiving service. The Chanters of McMurry college, under the direction of Mrs. R. B. Wylie, will sing The Largo by Handel. Dr. T. s. Knox, president of the Abilene Ministerial alliance, will preside. All county and city offices, the Jostoffice, downtown stores, and )oth banks are to be closed all day Thursday. The department of jublic safety, driver's license divis- on, will observe Nov. 30 as Thanks- giving day, and stated Tuesday rhat it would be open tomorrow. The Reporter-News will prin neither the morning nor afternoon ditions on Thursday, as a news 3rint conservation measure. ARMY CONFIRMS DEATH OF'LT. BEDFORD RUSSELL Death of Lt. Bedford Russell, former star football player for Hardin-Simmons university, Janu- ary 14, British planes sank an Italian submarine on which he was a prisoner has been confirmed by the War department, ?eporter-News Wants Addresses At suggestion of parents of sol- iers The Reporter-News invites al ueh parents to. vje the newspappr s ijlearihg house through ;.which o learn names of boys from this egion serving in the same outfits. Today's query is: Who has a son or husband In the division. Those who wish to answer this uestion may mail to the managing ditor, Reporter-News, their names nd addresses and telephone num- and the names of the soldiers. Those who would like for the Re- orter-News to ask for names of arents of boys in other divisions hould write also and make such quests. When names of more than one Idier in one division, and those his parents are received, they 11 be published along with the ame of their division. In order to adhere strictly to cen- rship rules no reference will be ade in the newspaper at any time to where any division is serv- g. While the presence of many di- isions in various combat areas has en released for publication by war department, many have >t been. The only safe policy is to rego publication of the location any outfit. ft.'HE GENERAL VISITS MERKEL a tour of the front In France, Gen. Dwlght Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, visited a hospital where he talked Nov. 5 with a soldier listctl as 1'vt. Oliver Webb, of Abilene. A Tuesday story accompanying the above picture staled that neither Private WebS's family nor registration had Iicen located in Abilene. Tuesday afternoon The Reporter-News received Information thnt Mrs. jtflivcr Webb, living In Merkel, believed the soltller shown to be her husband. Mrs. Webb was puzzled, however, because she had received a letter from her husband dated Nov. 3, at which time he had his sergeant's rating, whicli he received before going overseas. Serjeant Webb was living in Hamlin al the lime of registration; so registered In Jones county, later transferring his restoration lo Wasco, Calif., where he was working. Fie was Inducled Feb. 3, 1944, and trained at Ft. McClcllan, Ala., and Fort tcadc, MS., before going overseas the lasl part of August of Ihls year. He ;nl first to England, later to France. Mrs Webb, llic former Ncomn Gray- son, Is living at Merkel with her two children, Shirley Fay, 9, and Mtida Ann, 6. The tcrgeanl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Webb, also live al Mftxluli YOUR ATTENTION Important stories on inside pages include: Page urges busi- ness cooperation. Page testimony of- fered in University of Texas squabble. Page of 73 Army officers asked. Page reached on highway land. Page promises greater European push. Page Nelson given cabinet status. Page Yank private fighis wilh fists. OPA Speeds Work To Hold Ceilings LT. BEDFORD RUSSELL Mrs. Marijohn Melson Russell, his wife, yesterday advised her moth- er, Mrs. Spencer Sullivan, 790 Cedar. A telegram and letter told Mrs. information given her in the summer of 1943 by Lt. Earl S. Millechamp, navigator of a B-17 piloted by Lieutenant Russell was correct in that the Abilenian lolled. Until the. recent communl- .cations- Lieutenant Russell was listed-officially, as''a Nasl wa.r'pris- .oner'.'- Pope Pius' advised Mrs. Russell tome months ago he had talked with her husband in an Italian war camp and that a year ago today Nov. 23, 1943. the officer had been turned over by the Italians to the Nazis. Apparently this was a case of mistaken identity. "Your .husband was reported a prisoner of war of the Italian gov- Adj. Gen. J. A.. TJllo wrote Mrs. Russell- in information received yesterday. "It has been officially established from reports received by the War department that the information furnished you by the repatriated American of- ficers who were with your husband at the time of his death 'is accurate and your husband was killed in ac- tion H January, 1943, in the Medi- terranean sea between Tripoli and Taranto, Italy, as a result of the destruction- of the Italian submarine upon which he was a prisoner. Lieutenant Millechamp wrote Mrs. Hussell a year ago last sum- mer of the incident In which her husband died. The plane piloted by Lieutenant Russell, he said, was returning to a North African base when it was shot down in a bitter tight with Messerschmitts. The B-17 was shot to pieces but Russell "by skillful maneuvering, managed to crash land on the desert without hurting he said. The Italians later captured the men and after about 10 days put them on the submarine. The next day the sub. while cruising was hit by three depth charges from a British Beaufort. When the sub surfaced it was machine gunned by the British-and the Italians fought back, 'Millechamp said. Three British cruisers soon ap- peared :and 'begun to shell the sub See LT. ff. 11', Col. 3 CPL NAIL. MANN DIES COLORADO CITY, Nov. youngest of four brothers in military service, Cpl. Nat L. Mann, 21, was killed Nov. 7 in the Mediter- ranean area, a War department message today informed his mother, Mrs. Lena Mann of Colorado City. Corporal Mann, 1941 graduate of Colorado City high school, began ils Army air corps training at Bheppard Field in March, 1943. Pre- 'iously, he had worked in an air- raft factory In California and at Consolidated in Fort Worth. From iheppard Field he was sent to gun- lery school at Fort Myers, Florida.1 fliers he was awarded his gunnery- .erial engineer wings in March of liis year. After a final period of training at shreveport, La., he Joined his over- eas bomber crew in Georgia and eft for overseas duty the last- week n October. His brother, Sgt. Billie S, Mann, is n front lines of Italy with the Medi- al corps of the army. Another rother, Pvt. Tom clay Mann, is raining with the army engineers at After Crash DENISON, Nov. fiery explosion that swept through a block of this city late today following the col- lision of a butane gas tank truck and an automobile fa- tally injured five persons anc burned 30 others, 11 critically Eyewitness reports said flames en- gulfed victims more than a half a block away from the scene and the explosion rocked homes over a wid< rea. Police speculated the oiast wr.s set off by a passing tram or by the ex- haust of an automobile after the collision had freed the gas from the tank truck. Chief of Police Paul Borum, who called the explosion "the worst tra- gedy in Dcnison's was one of the first on the scene. "It seemed that people were just standing there dazedly watching while human torches ran about screaming for he said. "The explosion and the blaie was over so quickly that every- one was too stunned to act. H was several minutes before the bystanders could comprehend what had happened. It was al- most necessary to use force to get (he uninjured to help the injured." Borum said H. P.'Hammond of iherinan, who later died, was blown 250 feet and fell to the ground with ils clothing aflame. Clarence Scott, former mayor of Denison who was not Injured, was among the eyewitnesses. he said, "were flying hrough the air." Willie Mott, a maid at the home of Mrs. Ed Kilgore who was among the critically injured, said: "Every- body seemed to be running and ev- eryone seemed panic-stricken. Ev- erybody had. their slothes burned off." French War In Mulhouse By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Triumphant French forces swept northward down the Rhine from the Swiss border last night and fought into the big industrial city of Mulhouse, 17 miles from warmed by the unstinted praise of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for their spectacular breakthrough at the Felfort gap. Bond Sales Here Inching Forward; ,5fi Bought Working toward a quota in series E bonds, Abi- ene Issuing agencies through last night had reported Over- all sales came to against HOUSTON. Nov. 21 Sixth War Loan drive got off to a thunderous start today when H. R. Cullen, Houston oil- man, purchased in War Bonds for the'special sym- phony concert on Dec. 13, sponsored by the United Nations committee. CPL. NAT L. MANN Alexandria, La., while the third brother, Seaman 2-C Virgil A. Mann is stationed in New Orleans, La., with the Coast Guard. They are the sons of the late Charles Mann, Sr., oioneer Mitchell county rancher. 'A.horse in1.a barn a block away from the explosion was blown out of the barn and through a fence. Many residences in the area were scorched by the blast and one burned to the ground. A small grocery warehouse was blown to bits while a service sta- tion next lo It was hardly touched. Doctors from Pcrrin field, flying school at Dcnison, assist- ed local physicians In caring for the victims and plasma from Pcrrin was used. Nurses aides from nearby Sherman, Tex., were called lo help nurses aides from Dcnison at the two IJcnl- son iLospitals, The dead were listed as Mrs. W. i. Sweeney, Kansas City; F. L. Nix, Dcnison; II. P. Hammond, Sherman, [jonnic ikcr of Denison; and W. L. Sweeney, Kansas City, Lewis Henry of Dcnison, another eyewitness, said Earl vick, a butcher at a grocery in the neighborhood, i ran from the store immediately fol- I lowing the accident and screamed for the crowd to get away from the tank truck, warning against the ex- plosion which happened moments later. "Nobody moved i quota of In addition to the sales reported, was results of a musical amboree in the studios of KRBC Monday conducted by Abilene Army iir Field war bond salesmen and Tomen. Baylor and Button counties have one over the top since the open- ig of the drive, and Tuesday at Angelo more than was subscribed toward their goal of Nazi Broadcasters Tell of Heavy Loss LONDON, Nov. Ger- man people got from their military reporters today a sombre account of German armies yielding ground before an Allied ofcfnslve "which has not yet reached Its peak." Abandonment of their Eichwellcr salient In the Aachen sector, trap- ping of a German garrison In Metz, the American Seventh Army's drive to Sarrebourg, the spectacular French breakthrough to the Rhine were broadcast by Berlin, sometimes in pessimistic terms. Most of the German accounts em- phasized the danger to the Kcicli represented by the Bclfort break- through. The situation along the .But hundreds of miles to the north American and British troops were locked with the Nazis in a terrible struggle' east and north of Aachen which promised to have more immediate effect upon the outcome of the war than all the dramatic Allied advances in northeastern France. Front dispatches made it clear that the Nazis were waging their life or death fight on the Cologne plain, throwing everything they had into a desperate effort to halt the masses of men and armor compris- ing the Amcrlcj.n First and Ninth Armies and the British Second. Their resistance nowhere even north and cast of comparable. Along a front of some 15 miles from east of Aachen to north-north- NEW YORK, Nov. Bern radio reported tonight that "it lias just been announc- ed that the Americans are in Ihc suburbs of Strasbourg." east of that ruined city the Nazis were fighting fiercely for every crossroad and village. Casualties were heavy on both sides as the Americans and British slugged their Rhine was usually described cau- tiously as still "too for con- clusions on its ultimate importance. but Martin' Hallensleben. German news agency correspondent, said flatly it "might well place the Ger- mans In a precarious situation." WASHINGTON, The OPA toniElrt rushed a brake adjustment on nation's price COLEMAN OFFICER KILLED COLEMAN, Nov. (Spl) Lt. Ramon H. Newman, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Newman of Coleman, was killed in action over Germany on Sept. 12, last, according to a War department telegram received by the parents and widow, all of Coleman. Previously, the young man had been reported as missing in action over Germany on the same date. He was pilot of a B 17 Flying Fortress and had been stationed in England with the 8th Air Force. He was holder of the Air Medal and two oak leaf clusters to it. Lt. Newman studied at Sul Ross control tlslitening-up College, Alpine, and prior to enter- inlenderi to halt a slight upturn in ing the Army in March of last year! living costs. j was with the State Highway DC- i The projected new control, aimed at holding down textili, and cltfthing irlces, was regarded by some ob- servers as a fresh Indication that the [ovcrnmcm probably will delay any Jasic change In '-lie "Little Steel'1 wage formula until Germany Is de- eated. Stricter price control in the neantino is a program to :eep costs of essential commodities o wage levels. nartment at Alpine. He won wings and commission as a second i Ibutenant at Roswcll Field, Ncwi Mexico, in June 1943. said. Henry Jeff Whitfield of Denlson, driver of the truck, snkl he also warned the crowd. He Jumped from the truck immediately ai'ecr the col- lision and ran, shouting for others to do likewise, he stated. He escaped with light injuries. New UT President Due This Weekend AUSTIN, Nov. 21 Aus- Strikers Ordered To Go Back Today WASHINGTON. Nov. 2I-tfPj- The War Labor board directed to- night that Ohio telephone opera- tors return to work immediately or face government seizure of the fa- cilities. WI.B hearing Chalrmnn N. P. Fcisinger gave union officials until 10 a. m. tomorrow to decide whether they would recommend thnt mem- bers nf the state Federation of Tele- phone Workers return to work. Jet Plane Training -------_..., (fl r- iii tin American win say tomorrow itj Program Underway has learned from "a very authori- tative source" that University of Texas rescnUs meeting In El Paso. Nov. 24 and 25. will name a new university president. Tlie paper did not name the source of ils information. LT. R. II. NEWMAN I brother, Pfc. Kick Newman, now -arved-Up Europe 3immer Prospect WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 nances that Europe will be carved ip Into western and eastern blocks lominatcd respectively by Britain "nd Russia are growing dimmer. French policy appears to be the cason for tills trend but there arc ome Indications that the British re less enthusiastic about the Idea lian they once were. The Russians lave said all along that they did ot like it. Survivors Include his parents, a I stationed In Belgium, and his widow. BAIRD SERGEANT DIES BAIRD, Nov. and.Wyoming. Ho wen'c to England In Mrs. Arthur Burlcson, Baird, rccetv-; February, 1944. ed a telegram from the War De- partment Monday advising them; Sergeant Bwlr.snn was bom In Tuscola Nov. 30, 1921, and moved to his family in 1935. Mr. that their son. S.-SsX Clarence Ar-1 Burlcson Is water .superintendent thur Burlcson Jr., had been killed j there. The sergeant attended Balrd in action. i high school, where he was a star Sei'Bcant Burlcson was previously. end on the football team from 1938 reported missing over Belgium May j to 1941. He was a student at Har-1 Harmony Returns WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 Iff] Capitol Hill witnessed today Die fir.st sigh of Ic.sficning antagonism be- tween Congress and the White House. Hep. Cox 
                            

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