Abilene Morning Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 26, 1945, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXIV, NO. 247 A TEXAS NEWSPAPER
ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 26, 1944.-EIGHT PAGES
Associated Press (AP) United Press (UP) PRICE FIVE CENTS
Americans Take Dueren,
Roar on Toward Cologne
FIRST PICTURE OF TOKYO RAID—This is the first picturc of the raid by American car-ricr-based planes on Tokyo and shows smoke rising from direct hits on a factory near the jcity. Photo was made from an attacking plane a few minutes after the bombs were dropped. (U. S. Navy photo from NEA Telephoto).
■Yanks Clear Iwo Airfield;
A I I I Tanks, hcavv -artillery ar
Supers, Navy Sock Tokyo SSS « :
Sylvester Molher Gets Awards “Won by Youth Killed in Action
Third Pours Across Pruem;
All Rhine Barriers Hurdled
By AUSTIN BEALMEAR PARIS. Monday, Feb. 26.*—(AP)—A steamroller American offensive rumbled seven miles beyond the Roer river to within 15 miles of Cologne yesterday, knocking out Dueren —keystone of the Rhineland's outer defense—and 24 other German towns against faltering enemy resistance.
In all. three American armies had hurdled all major water barriers west of the Rhino after shattering the Siegfried line, for the U. S. Third Army 60 miles south of the Rhine-bound offensive had smashed across the Pruem river and was driving the Germans before it in disorder.
Tanks, heavy-artillery and fresh infantry units poured across the Roer in endless streams, broadening the breach in
the river line to 28 miles and
The Air Medal and three Oak Leaf dusters for "meritorious achievement in aerial flight" were ^¿pwarried posthumously to S-Sgt. •Harold Ft. McClunp. 23. Sylvester, in n brief ceremony Sunday at the home of his mother, Mrs. Bessie Mc-ClunK.
Maj. Robert S Johnson of the Abilene Army Air field, representing *fol. Harry Weddmcton. commandant. made the presentation to Mrs. McClumr. The citation was for outstanding: services while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy from Oct. 29, 1943. to Jan, 9. 1944, according to a fetter from the War department Mrs. MrCMungr only recently was notified that her son was officially listed a* dead. The younc man, who won his wings at Laredo. Texas, on Feb. 19. 1943. was a tail gunner on a & B-17 which was making an attack on Greece on Jan. 10, 1941. The plane exploded in mid-air and no definite word of Sergeant McClung was heard after that. He had been overseas since August, 1943.
£ Serpeant. McClun;: was born a: Svlvesrer and was graduated from
SGT. HAROLD MeCLlNG
Spur hkh school. Before entering the service he was employed at the Wooten hotel, Abilene.
Attendant; the ceremonv were Mr. and Mrs. Jack McClung. San An-crl'■; Mr. and Mrs. \V. M. Lawlis, and Frank Jetlerv Sr.
.Civilians Capture Veteran’s Wife 2 Escaped Nazis Killed in Crash
Nearly a week's freedom for two 4 German prisoners of war, who escaped Camp Barkeley Monday, was ended yesterday in their capture by1 W. S. Young and Doc Sea bolt. near Lake Abilene.
The two. Rudolf Fiola and Kurt Zientek, flr>t were noticed on the lake road by Young, ranchman, and his employe. Andrew Taylor. The Germans refused to ride when Young tried to pick them up. t Yount: returned to his home for » shotgun and joined by Seabolt, lake keeper, returned and captured the two, shortly after noon.
Barkeley officials returned them to the camp about 3 p. m Fiola and Zientek, dressed in tini-
* forms of American soldiers, had been "hanging around the lake" since their escape, the captors said they understood although the two spoke very little English.
"They didn't look very hungry but '.bout all we could get out of them
* vas the fact that tliev didn't want to return to Barkeley." Seabolt and Young n ported Thev said the men put up no resistance when they saw the gun.
The prisoners indicated that ^ thev had stayed close, to the water and had lived on eggs, supposedly taken at night from the near-bv farm and ranch houses.
Young said he recognized the Gennans as soon as he saw them 4>, nd also by the fact that they refused a ride.
Byrd Plans Battle For Retrenchment
^WASHINGTON. Feb 25 P Senator Byrd <D-Va' it. laying the groundwork for a postwar battle to cut the government down to a peace-time size
He proposes hearings on the »nostwar essentially of every hu-*reau and division ns the mam framework of the drive
Hauling out a new batch of statistics showing the existence ot 1,141 departments, agencies and divisions and other "component ^•arts," the economy-minded Virginian told a reporter today:
"Jus! look at this list. Whv, we have 23 war agencies broken up into 364 divisions or fomponent parts.''
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THROCKMORTON, Feb 25 —
* Spit—Mrs. Margie Parrott Somerville, 23. whose husband. Sgt. Joe Somerville has been serving in the 'Pacific the past two years, was killed Satuday night in an automobile accident on highway 24. five miles east of Throckmorton.
Body of Mr*-. Somerville, hurled some SO feet into a pasture, was discovered about 1: -IJ» aw ni. Sunday, by her brother, Tom Davis Parrott.
She had failed to arrive at his home, cast of Throckmorton. after telephoning she was on her way, and he had gone to look for her. Approximate time of the accident was set at 11:30 p. m.
A tire apparently had blown out on the car she was driving, a late model Ford sedan The automobile, believed to have turned over four or five times, was lodged in a ditch auamst a fence.
Attending phy.-ician stated Mrs. Somerville's neck and back were broken.
Mrs Somerville tn r.al fame as a and as a membe teams.
Funeral will be conducted at 4 : p m Monday m the First Method- i 1st church by the Rev. R. L. But - j ler, pastor Buna! will be in the 1 Tin ■ockmorton cemetery, under di- i red ion of ^erriman funeral home.
In addition to her nusband and brother, Mrs Somerville is survived by three sisters, Mrs Virginia ¡Cochran of Minmsota. Mrs. Hettie List ot Fort Worth and Mrs. R. B. j Gentry of Throckmorton,
10th Repulses Nazi Counterattacks
ROME. Feb 25. < T f s 10,h Mountain Dr. lsion i roops repulsed German counterattacks today near Mount Belvedere, 29 miles Sotith-wc-t of Bologna, and improved their positions on the Hanks of neighboring Mount Della Torraccia The presence of this division on the Italian front was disclosed officially tor the first time. Trained in America's Rocky mountains, its soldi) Is scaled sollle Ot Mount Belvedere:. perpendicular surfaces with ¡ope', --ei/cd a German stronghold and then consolui at ed positions, east and west ot the lorbid-dmg peak.
By RAY CRONIN Associated Press War Editor Tank-led Devildogs of the Fifth Amphabious Marine Corps seized one runway of the central Iwo Jima bomber base Sunday and enveloped two-thirds of the other as they continued to exact a 4 to 1 toll against bitterly resisting Japanese.
Tokyo, 750 miles to the north, meanwhile felt the weigh £ of a double barreled aerial assault as waves of carrier-based planes and 200 Superforts swept in to give the capital's industrial and military area perhaps its heaviest pounding.
New subterranean explosions rocked Corregidor Fortress at the entrance of Manila Bay. indicating more Japanese remnants sealed in the tunnels were committing suicide rather than face Yank cleanup crews.
The fichtim: still was fierce on Iwo. where Adm Chester W Ni-mitz reported 2.827 dead had been counted. The American death toll is more than 600
In the Ph.ilippjr.es. with all but isolated pocket* ¡.i enemy opposition eliminated wi’hm the ancient walled city rf ravaged Manila. American doughboys were clearing enemy positions ea-t of the city metropolis while other? hit southward along Laguna De Bay. In the north spearheads were aimed toward Baguio, the Philippines summer capital m the Benguet mountains
For the second time this month Adm. Marc .Mitscher took his carrier task force into Japanese waters—most powerful fleet of its kind in the world— and sent naval fliers against Tokyo region military objectives Sunday morning (Japanese timei. In the afternoon the 200 R-?i>s — largest superfort mission ever flown—winced in on the Tokyo area. The bombardiers unloaded explosives through the clouds.
Not a one of the bn: planes was lost to eneniv action. 20th Air Force headquarter-- announced In fact no fighter opposi'ion was encountered.
Tokyo i burned tin' B-29 bombing? were "blind'' and eame during a snowstorm and that "imperial property'' was damaged slightly, in-
See PACIFIC, Pr. 8, Col. 4
Bv RUSSELL LANDSTROM
LONDON. Monday, Feb. 26—</?> --Seven Allied air commands hurled more than 5.000 planes at rail, aviation, tank and industrial targets in German yestor'ay, and at midnight the British . nnounced that RAF Mosquitos had rained two-ton block-busters on Beilin for the sixth successive night.
Approximately 1,150 U. S. Eighth Air Force Flying Fortresses and Liberators spearheaded the daylight blows. Five hundred of these hit the Nazi shrine city of Munich, where Hitler's old guard gathered for a weekend celebration. Ascliaf-fenburg and Ulm were other rail objectives and another target was tank plants at Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance's shore near the German-Swiss frontier.
An American communique said U. S. losses had not vet been tabu
slashing with gathering momentum to within five mile's of the Erft river, last enemy line of defense short of the Rhine.
A German broadcast declared Gen. Eisenhower had hurled perhaps 600,000 men into the U. 8. Fir-t. and Ninth Army offensive on the Roer, and Berlin said the Germans had blown a dam and flooded the Roer once more in a desperate attempt to stem the onslaught.
The menace to Cologne— Rhine city of 800,000 and a symbol of German war might in the industrial Ruhr and Rhineland—was growing hourly as spearheads of both the First and Ninth Armies drove eastward along the broad highways Hitler built for offense, not for defense.
The First Army's 104th Timber-Wi If division was fighting on east of fallen Dueren —second large.-; German city to fall to American arms — along the Duercn-Cologne highway 15 miles from Cologne.
Elgin miles to the north, the Niirh Army's 29th division, driving
lated. Intense anti-aircraft fire. ‘ ’he Juelich-Cologne highway,
however, was met over Munich.. seizcd ^f'^strass. 17 miles from and 700 escorting fighters and Colopuc Steinstrass was a rich straiins teams destroyed 4’. Ger- ' Pri?*\ i,,r there the German- had man planes. 20 of them on the i reiittrci their armored divisions, ground, and wrecked 94 locomo- j Hundreds of U. S. medium, light tivcs. 348 freight cars and 211 mo-j anci lighter bombers heaped fresh tor vehicles. j destruction on German defenses all
Erfurt, important communica- ‘ v,a.v t0 Rhine. The Ger-tions center on the main lines be- ■ nians said the two American tween Berlin and Wes*cm Ger- i armies were supported by tremcn-many. also was attacked by the ; artillery barrages that shook
RAF Mosquitos in their new night 1 parth tor miles around, assault. Associated Tress Correspond-
Planes from Italy struck into- er|t Don Whitehead reported Austria and just south of Munich - i from the First Army front that
I)R. W. C. FISHER
Dr. W.C. Fisher Veteran Abilene Jeweler, Dead
Dr. W. C. Fisher, Abilene jeweler and optometrist from 1906 until his retirement in July 1944, died in St. Ann hospital at 8:32 p. m. Sunday after an illness of three weeks. He earlier had bee:', m Scott and White hospital, Temple for treatment but was returned to Abilene and entered the local hospital Saturday night.
Funeral arrangements, incomplete last night, will be announced from Laughter funeral home.
Dr. Fisher, whose residence is 1130 South 6th, last summer retired from active business when he announced the merger of W. C. Fisher jewelry store here with Busch and Sons,
Russians Swing Toward Baltic
LONDON. Monday, Feb. 26.—(AP)—Red Army forces estimated by Berlin at more than 50,000 men toppled the Pomeranian stronghold of Preussich-Friedland yesterday and drove tank spearheads to within 60 miles'of the Baltic coast in a powerful new thrust aimed at splitting the German province and isolating thousands of enemy troops in Danzig.
Rolling ahead seven miles through lake-dotted country near the Polish frontier southwest of Chojnice. the Russians hurled the enemy from a 10- ~
Arrests Follow Premier’s Slaying
nearly meeting the U. £ ships from Britain—while the RAF ripped a synthetic oil ’plant near Dortmund and tactical air force plar.es supported tiie western ground offensive.
Colorado City Pilot Thought 'We Had It'
the German defense there had noticeably lightened. AP Correspondent Wes Gallagher on the Ninth Army front told of the capture of numerous 88-mm guns complete with ammunition from crews unwilling or unable to defend them.
Reports from the Canadian Army front said the Germans were withdrawing crack armored units to meet the peril from the Americans, and were pulling troop-. back from northern Holland and the Dutch WITH AMERICAN TROOPS ON elands a» the month of the Rhine.
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mile stretch of the Berlin-Danzig highway and pushed three miles beyond where they seized Bichofswalde.
This stroke cut the Chojnice-Neustettin section of the Berlin-Stettin-Danzig railway, and a late ; German broadcast said Nazi re- I serves were being rushed into this | sector 110 miles northeast of Berlin's menaced Baltic ]>ort of Stettin.
In east Prussia other Soviet forces captured six more localities inside the constricted enemy pocket southwest of Koen-igsberg, and repulsed large German counterattacks on Samland peninsula west of the half-de-stroved Hast Prussian capital. Nazi forces In the latter area were trying to keep open a corridor between Koenigsl>org and Pillau, an escape port 25 miles to the west. Moscow said 36 German tanks were destroyed in Hast Prussia Saturday. A total of 139 tanks were knocked out on all fronts.
Enemy broadcasts said Russian bridgeheads acm-v, the Neisse river southeast of Berlin had b^cn crushed, and also declared that Marshal Rodion Y. Malinovsky^ second Ukraine army bridgehead on th.e we?.: bard: c-f the Hrr.r. rr.rr ear: of Bratislava and Vienna had been wiped out with the capture of po.-non.s near Kemend. 21 mile.' nor*:iwest of Budapest A total of 4.5011 Russians were kill'd. Berlin .-aid Moscow did not mention these
r-’everal more blocks of b-uar.ni:-f11 ‘ > Russian shock u.M.ps m Br*-da’i. besieged low : £:!•.- :.,n ( apr ,.1, the only other r;or tr:.--: in the brief R\ -snn
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CAIRO, Feb. 25—More than
50 persons were arrested in Cairo today iollowme the assassination of Primier Ahmed Maher Pasha in the chamber of deputies last night.
Police said tire majority of the arrests were precautionary and were made to complete inquiries. Two of those arrested had been ru’ar the spot where the alleeed assassin. Mahmoud El Issawi. fired the fatal sh.ot.s at th.e premier in a corridor o; the parliamen*.
Ahmed Maher was given a state funeral today. The procession, one of the lon-cst ever seen m Egypt, included detaclnnents gf the Egyptian army and contingents of British, South African, Indian and American troops.
The assa : m. p >liae said, is a lawyer who was interned during the firs’ ver-r of the war for alleged pro-German activities.
Kine Farouk appointed Mah-moufi Fahmv Nokrashv Pasha, former torei-n mint-ter. to succeed Ah.med Maher and asked him to form a new cabinet.
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Liberated Dallas Nurses Due Home
DALLAS Feb 25 5’ lw--, Dallas Army i.ursrs. captured in the Pluhppnu s and recently liberated by MacAr. ur's Armj, h.;\c i« turned to th.e I’mted State-- and arc expected to be ;n Dali..- m a few da> v
They ar. First I.t H.Brantley, who will arrive in l),.d..- Tlra:>-tiay to visi* her aunt Mr- I'na Mae Hv' 11Hiav, . :ai Fils' 1 ' 1 r, a- K Hasierhnc w ho u:!. r m - d li e r blot lier. .’ I’ K.. '< rhn., -he [- -d arnv i (1 a ‘ 1 et t ennan t h :a : al la -pi'al iu S.-r, Fran. i-( ■ arai <>ul(i be ill Dad .-h-lth,
Snow, Sub-Freezing Readings Forecast
The we,i' henu.m . ,i\s Abilene m tor soini'hinu t«xin\ m the way Ot t einpera - nres which are expected to go as low as 25 or 150.
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WASHINGTON. Feb L’.i - ,7' -Eight Ameruan Army officers liberated from a German prison camp ¡n Poland arrived m Washington ’.es'crday after one of the fastest flight1- on record between Moscow and thi- c>>untry.
The men were liberated from Oflag 64. ’a-cated at Schubin. by a Sovi-’ tank i orp- Jan 22
The lliulr ua.- completed in 5t' hour.- and nine minutes on a C54 plan- - f th< Arm;, d Air Transport rom::i aid
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Prince to Claim Spanish Throne
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Solons Would Revise House Manpower Bill
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