Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1944, Abilene, Texas
BOND BOX SCORE Pearl Harbor -VV I April Quota April MORNING' VOL. LXIII, NO. 303. A TEXAS NEWSPAPffl WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH TOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE. TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 14, 1944-TWENTY PAGES LI. GLENN C. BUSSARD BIG SPRING FLIER, MINUS (EG, ;FLIES BACK SAFELY BY BRUCE FRANCIS' Reporter-News Staff Writer TEMPLE, April Second Lt. C. Blissard, son of G. C. Blissard, owner of a Big Spring gro- cery, has official proof that a pilot minus one leg and with the. oilier leg shattered by enemy shell fire, can bring a Flying Fortress safely Jiack to its base. 'young lieutenant, co-pilot of R just that after a 20 mm. cannon shell from a 'German plane had all but severed his right leg and had left the left leg useless. 'That was Oct. 5, and. since irife-annyiBUrgeons-havf; patched the shattered If It leg arid have built ah artificial' one" the one that, was virtually blown off above the knee. Shortly before leaving McCloskey hospital; where he has been a -patient since Isst November, for the army's rehabilitation center, San Antonio. Lieutenant Blissard said he hoped ngflin to be assigned to duty as co-pilot of a Fortress. "Sure, T could carry out .the duties ;ff a the Big Spring youth lidded. IJeutenant'Biissard's story ot the mission that' has left him a cripple for life follows: "It was over Northern Italy. We had completed our mission and had jlarted home when a 20 mm. shell hit in my compartment. I looked down and there was my right leg all but severed, and my left leg was shattered. I put a tournaqiift on the right leg and went on about ray business as co-pllot. "Shortly after this the pilot want- en mo to take over, and it was then that I pointed to my legs. I called up the bombardier and he put a tournaqoet on the other leg. Alter lhat Ihe plane's radio went out and pilot had to go fix It. I flew Ihe Vjane, the "Wolf for live or 10 minutes while the pilot was working on the radio. "Only three motors had been functioning almost from the start the mission and we were low on gasoline. We decided "to set the plane tloWn on -an air- field in Sar- dinia. We didn't know whether the Italians on Sardinia were friend- ly or were our enemies. This was only a day or two after Italy's sur- "I helped land the ship and once on the ground, they took me to an Italian naval hospital- where my right leg was amputated and first aid given the other." "The Wolf Pack." was the lirst "merican plane to land on 'Sardinia end its crew was credited, with cap- ture of the Island. For his devotion lo duly on this mission, Lieutenant Blissard was awarded the Distinguished Service jCross, and before leaving Sardinia Tie received an official citation from commander of Ihe llallan air force In Sardinia. Lieutenant Blissard's squadron commander also gave him R special citation for heroism. The Big Spring officer has been nward- -jri the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, fnd wears three stars on his cam- paign medal, each rcprescnling a major engagement. He is credited Condition Colorado City Flier Improved COLORADO CITY, April operation on ZA. Charles Earnest Porter, 21, at Larson Gen- eral hospital in Atlanta, Ga., where he was rushed by plane after he >-as critically hurt In a crash land- ?.ig at Morris field, N. C. Tuesday, p uas apparently successful and the young filer was reported in an Im- proved condition tonight, according to Martha Earnest, an aunt, ot Col- orado City. was advised ol the Ruth's Improvement by her broth- er, Joe Earnest, who took a plane to Atlanta this morning. The aunt quoted her brother -as saying In R Ions distance call fit' p. m. today Lieutenant Porter's injury to hU left eye. with seven sorties over enemy ter- ritory. Lieutenant Blissard, a graduate, of Big Spring high school, enlist- ed as an aviation cadet in Febru- ary, 1942, anti was called to duty the following March and.was com- missioned at Pamya, March He went overseas last June. Lieutenant Blissard is a member of Abilene post No. 2012 of the Vet- erans of Foreign He had seen one of the letters the Abilene post sends overseas men and wrole in for, an. application for membership, "f belleyerthe VFW will be one of the'largest' Veterans organizations in the V: S! after this 'tha lieutenant added. Sylvester Flier f Reported Lost SYLVESTER, April Truett O. Dickerson, 27, has been missing1 in action over Yugoslavia since March 17. his wife, the former Annie Dee Watson ot Sylvester, has been informed by the War depart- ment. Sergeant Dickerson, ihe son of Mr. and Mrs. Lea DIckerson of the Newman community, was top gun- T. O. DICK.MSON ner on -a fortress based in Italy. He had been oversees slightly over a month. Stationed in New York before go- Ing overseas, Sergeant Dlckerson received his gunner's wings 'from Tyndell field, -Ha., in September 1943. Mrs. DicJterson Is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Watson of Sylvester. Planes of Italy Blast Hungary ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Na- ples, April 13 the an- nounced intention of the Allied Forces to destroy all (hat Is. left of German alrpower, Liberators and Flying Fortresses of the U. S. 15th Air Force attacked aircraft factor- ies and integrated airdromes at four points In Hungary today. The daylight blows followed new attack on the Hungarian capi- tal of Budapest by RAP Welling- tons from this theater early today, which itself came after an American daylight raid on Wlensr-Neustadt, Austria, from Itaiy yesterday. The American heavy bombers, es- corted by Lightnings and Thunder- bolts, bombed a Messerschmltt fac- tory, an airfield and a railroad car and machine worVs at Gyor, TO miles from Budapest on the main line to Vienna, and struck for the second time at the Toko) airfield and assembly plant H miles south- west of Budapest, Pras (AP) United Prm (Uf.l PRICE FIVE CENTS Demand Exports to Nazis End Reds Nearing Sevastopol Push Ahead LONDON, Friday, April 14 Red army drove within 25 miles of Sevastopol today in the seventh day of a thunderbolt reconqucsl of the Crimea that yesterday brought the fall of (he big ports of Feodosiya and Yev- patoriya and the capital city of Simferopol and herded the shattered German .and Ro- manian forces into the south- west quarter of the peninsula, the Russians announced. More than 600 other Crimean were taken Thursday by three speedy Soviet columns, and great additions were made to a bag of war prisoners that already totalled Wednesday Soviet communique said. No totals were given on the enemy dead, but com- muniques listed specifically Wednesday and Thursday and told of other high but uncounted casual- tics out of the German-Rumanian forces estimated once to have numbered about A lite .Moscow dispatch said the Russian troops were speed- ing within 25 miles of Sevasto- pol without specifying t Ji e nearest point, and said tbe re- maining Axis forces were in mad flight to Sevastopol and Yalta in what seemed to be a hopeless effort to escape. Premier Marshal Stalin himself announced the capture of Feodo- siya, Yevpatoriya and Simferopol In three successive orders of the day. Moscow's cannon roared In-an un- precedented victory, salute of 7.- rounds. .On- the other far-flung Russian battle .sectors there was a com- parative pause except southwest-of Odessa, where the Russians an- nounced capture of Oyidiopof' aijd drove the Germans broad Dnestr es'tuary. Some remnants of the rouled enemy 'remained on the east bank under a ceaseless fire, (he Soviet communique said, while those who had crossed to Cela- tea-Albi (Akkerrrian) and Bu- gaz were being bombed day and nijhl. Soviet planes blew up liro Irains and wrecked 100 trucks on the west bank and sank several launches and pontoon bridges as the Germans fled across the estuary, Moscow's account said. Stalin described Simferopol, tl.. capital, as "the main strong point of the enemy defenses guarding the pass to the ports of the southern coast of the Crimean peninsula" suggesting that the way now stood wide open for an historic vengeance at Sevastopol. The Axis troops have been broken and routed from the strong- est of their successive lines 'of de- fense and more than one-fifth of the original garrison, estimated at about Germans and Ru- manians, already have been cap- tured, with .thousands of others slain. Thomas Rules (or Abilene Realtors Judge Owen Thomas in J04th dis- trict court yesterday adjudged that Osborne A; Young, Abilene real estate agency, had been legally em- Ployed to sell a 12.000 acre tract of land for the A. C. Brcden estate ant) decreed the commission must be paid them. fee The Judge's order followed a suit yesterday in which four principles were involved on a question M to whether the Abilene realtors or H. B. Furr. R Brcckcnridge renl estate agent, should have made Hie sale lo W. M. Chanev of Port Worth Judge Thomas' decree abo carried a clause deducting from the commission prici of for attorney who acted as sn interpleader, In the suit. Jap Island Dead Top U. S. Totals By LEONARD MH.LIMAN' Associated Press War Editor American bombers, flying within 450 miles of Japan proper, attacked four Kurile Islands Wednesday in their most extensive raids atone the northern road to Tokyo. The long flljhlj through i break In the usual North Pacific lag stood out In the Oriental Mar developments which Included an announcement that more Japanese dead lure been counted on Pacific Islands In recent months than alt known American Army fatalities for the entire war. On the same day 200 Allied planes attacking Hollandla, Dutch New Guinea, on the southern flank of the 4.000 mile long Pacific theater, shot down eight Japanese interceptors, sank a cargo ship and left, nine- others In flames. The crumbling enemy base was torn by 322 tons of explo- sives. Three Allied and three Japanese planes shot down In a raid on Wewak, another battered New Guinea base. Truk was bombed, for the ninth lime this month and Pualwat atoll lying in the.Eastern Carolines between the strongholds of Truk anti Falau, was raided by South Pacific bombers for the first time. Otiier development! Included the crowning of a new air American and Chinese fains In Burma, and bolh British and Jap- anese reports of successes in India. All planes returned to their Aleutian island bases from the Kurlies, Adm. Chester w. Ntoiltz announced yesterday, in reporting the new sorties. Nine attacks have been made this week on the Island chain. Secretary of War stlmson announced that Japanese are known to have ueen killed In recent months on Pacific Islands from the Mar- shalls to New Guinea. The flgure.doesn't include those given mass burials by their own comrades, the crews and troops lost aboard hundreds of ships sunk, those killed In. bombing raids, nor the thousands slain In Burma and India. In another announcement sflmson listed American soldiers as killed In all theaters since Pearl Harbor. Japanese troops in India have almost surrounded the British base of Implial. Tokyo radio claimed they were attacking from two directions nlthin three miles of the town and trying to sever the only remaining trail. But In the strategic area to the northwest, the British reported they were making progress in. cleaning up some of the Japanese roadblocks near Kohima. There the invaders are driving toward Dimapur and the Bengal-Assam railway supplying U. Gen. Joseph W. Stllwell's North Burma troops.1. Moving down the hills flanking Mogaung valley, Stllwell's Chinese and American jungle fighters captured (wo more villages. lorontd Gets Rumor Such a transmission had not been heard on regular German slalions, raking a question as lo Its authen- tlcity. The' Germans In the past have repeatedly issuea fate warn- ings of invasion in an effort to trick patriots amcng the captive peoples inlo exposing themselves prematurely. The AlUes have warned the con- tinental underground, however, against such tactics 9nd are using the radio steadily as a weapon in the pre-lnvaslon war of nerves. The report of a Canadian-led In- vasion below Calais might have been transmitted from an Allied station in an effort to see what Nazi maneuvers would be carried out to meet such a thrust. Prime Minister Churchill warned the Allies In a speech March that "In order to dcclve and baf- fle the enemy, as well as to exer- cise the (Allied) forces, Ihere will be many false alarms, many feints and many dress rehearsals.'' There was no Allied confirmation of the purported enemy statement. (In Washington there was no signs of special activity in the War Department and OWI monitors lis- tening to German newscasts on the usual channels reported hear- ing nothing concernir.g an Inva- sion.) The fact that the report was heard only In a few places In Cana- da led to some belief that the broadcast might have been some kind of a hoax. A message sent to Ihe dominion meteorological bureau at Toronto TORONTO, April purported German short wave broadcast heard by at least three Canadian stations to- night said that "an invasion force headed by Canadians" was making a landing on the Nazi-occupied French coast south of Calais. Receivers of the. Toronto an airfield near Toronto station in London, Ont, reported pick- ing up the broadcast. from a norlhem weather station reported receipt of broadcast saying a landing on the French coast had been made by troops including a large number of Canadians. The re- port said Ihe broadcast was receiv- ed on a wave lenglh of 27.64 mega- cycles. (The wave length of 27.64 mega- cycles Is not a Berlin frequency, but there Is a German station near that Britain Fails to Hear Fake Report LONDON, Friday, April 14 The purported German shortwave broadcast lelliilg of a Canadian-led landing on Ihe French coast ap- parently was not heard In Britain Authoritative quarters doubted the authenticity, 'which was hcarc by several Canadian stations. Knox City Copper Mining Progresses KNOX CITY, April 13 Robert C. RedfMd, U. S. Bureau of Mines after a two-day visit ol Inspection of copper pnwtbUltlrs near here declared: "I am more than grati- fied at the progress being made west of Knox City In mining copper and am happy to say Ihe company has Its project ahead of a rigid schedule." Great Western company lias It.s project to a point where I In cans and scrap Iron cannot only be plat- ed Into copper, but the company leaching vats are turning out a high- grade copper concentrale. E. E. Matthews, Snydcr. financial agent and public rclallon5 chief of the company, accompanied nedfield on the Inspection trip. Axis Targets GefTwo-Way Air Attacks LONDON, Friday, April H Great American air armadas totaling nearly combers and fighters from iases in both Britain and Italy smashed at the Axis by Jaylight yesterday and they Nad scarcely quit the skies be- fore the RAF sent out anoth- powerful force of heavy aombers to carry on the his- toric non-stop bombing of Eu- rope. The big British Lancaslers and Hallfoxes crossed the east coast during the night In a steady pro- cession. These heavyweights were preceded by smaller RAP groups wlilcli hearted toward the Reich even while sonie American units still were returning. The U. S. daylight operations, In which a record number of Britain-based fighters engaged, In addition to Fortresses and Libera- tors of the Eighth Air Force In Britain and the 15th Air Force In Italy, were directed at aircraft and Industrial centers deep in south- western Germany and In Hungary. Between 150 heavy bombers from Britain plastered aircraft plants at Augsburg and Obcrpfoffenhofen, force In- slallalions at Lechfeld and the big ball bearing work! at all In Germany- while another sltonj force of perhaps 500 big bombers from Italian basts smashed a Mrs. serschmilt factory at Gyor, about 10 'miles northwest of Budapest, A total .-sttiiUvy bombers and eight fighters failed to return to'Oielr Brltlsh.bRsos, the army nounced. A grant! total of at least 134 Nazi planes were deslroyed In the on the ground in the corh- op the" Eighth, tricl" Fifteenth O. S. Air blncd Ninth Forces, It was announced. Thirty-one of Ihese were shot down by the American forces slrlk- ing from bases In Italy while the heavy bombers attacking from Bri- tain with what were officially de- scribed 05 excellent results ac- counted for 25 and tlielr fighter es- corts nallel 51 on the v ing and at least 27 on the ground A new cycle of night 'operations by the RAP was indicated as the Frankfurt radio warned Germans before midnight: "Acting, Achtung Single enemy planes are approach- Ing Northwestern and Western Germany." The Bordeaux radio let! the air abruptly shortly after 1( p. in. 'A tremendously powerful flfhlcr support was provided for the bombers fljlnf from Bri- tain, irflh more than Mus- sangs, Thunderbolts and Ujlitn- Ints of ftic V. S. Eijhlh and Ninth air forces In action. Of the enemy planes shot down the fighters accounted for 51, while the gunners on the bombers 25. The fighter pilots also destroyer, "a large number" of planes on the ground, (lie war bulletin said. Ickes Asseris WRA Won't Seek Revenge SAN FRANCISCO, April 13 If Sharply critical of "the vindictive blood-thirty onslaughts of profes- sional race mongers." Secretary of tho Interior HaioM L. Ickcs de- clared the agency entrusted with the resettlement of Japanese In this country "will not be con- verted inlo an Instrument of revenge or mrlal warfare." Ickes now heads Ihe War Relo- cation authority which has charge of Japancfc resclllemfnl and segre- gation U.S., BRITAIN JOIN IN SHOWDOWN, OTHER ACTS LONDON, April United States and Brit- in concert before the opening of ihe western front to choke off neutral trade with for a showdown with Sweden tonight on that nation's export of war materials to the Reich. This further demonstration of a new "get tough" policy swiftly followed protests against increased chrome shipments from Turkey to Germany and Hie seizure by Spain of Allied oil slocks at Teluan, Spanish Morocco. The economic isolation of Eire was tightened. Delivery of the British- American, note concerning Swedish trade with Germany by U. S. Minister Herschel V. Johnson at Stockholm thus put the fourth blade in U. S. Secretary of State CordeJl Hull's new program. The Swedes' recently-renewed trade pact with Die Germans pro- vided a reduction In Iron, steel and baflbcarmg deliveries. The Allies new are exerting pressure for a maximum shut-off of supplies to Germany to cripple Hitler's war machine as the climax of the war approaches. Neulral reports to London Indicated that the Germans were not faking the Allied moves lying down and were sending dele'gallons to Turkey and Portugal to preserve or boost purchases. The Berlin radio broadcast a dispatch bj Georj Schroeder which was an Implied threat to neutral nations th- ing away to the Brlllsh-Amerl- cun demands. Declaring tliat "one-sided eco- nomic support of A belligerent party means end of the broadcast said that "England and America with their present pres- sure, for which Hull fired, the sturt- ingiflipt, pursuing: their pbtlcy'-'wlth old .The moves were made amid con- ferences'here" between' U, "s. Underi secretary 6f stale Edward R. Slet- jlnius Jrv.'and British foreign offl- cia.lv Indications Itiat Prime Minister Churchill soon would en- dflrse publicly 'secretary of State' Hull's declaration' ngalnct neutral e'conbmio dealing with [he enemy. The United Stales and Britain protested In strong language bolh an Increase In chrome shipments from Turkey to Germany and seizure by Spain of Allied oil stocks at Tehmn, Spanish Morocco. The oirque'stlon Is still under discussion. Unless the chrome shipments are sliarplj curlalled or hailed. It Is quite likely that the Al- lies will reconsider their entire trade policy with Turkey in ail- dlllon to the recent suspension of lend-lMss shipment of arms to that country. Eire's isolation lightened per- ceptibly. The British reported that steamship service with Eire would be curtailed "drastically" after April This may precede cur- tailment of trade between Eire and the rest of the world. Post Office Roof Airports Proposed WASHINGTON, April 13 -MV- A plan to put alrport.i on the rcofs of post offices throughout the coun- try may be tried In Ohio, Michi- gan and Indiana after the war. Ofliclnk of the public buildings administration said the three mid- dlcweslern states were being eyed as Initial locations for this swift mall service. W. E. Reynolds. PBA commis- sioner, rikclwcd the program and row 12 S5 tempera'1 rej to 9 p. m. dale fast feat: FIRST WOUNDED ARRIVE AI TEMPLE HOSPITAL FROM ANZIO BEACHHEAD Samrl lait ft.07. Sqnrhe IhU moinlnjt: TilO. Sdntel Unliht: R.QX. W) i Myers went Into Amlo with the the Anzio! second wave of Invaders, Jan. 22, TEMPLE. April 13 wounded men from beachhead In Italy arrived a> the trocps found lit- Closkey General hospital tonight' 'If oue In and wai with stories of a landing operation that was easy and a holding opera- tion that was tough. Among the wounded was one vic- tim of the bombing of the beach hospital st Anzio Feb. 7. He was Pvt. Harlan Myers of Scmlnole, Okla., fighting with the 82d airborne division. At 9 a.m., on Feb. 1, reveUed injury from a shell fragment and sent to the hospital. At 5 p.m. German bombs rained down on the hospital, killing more than 20 pa- tients and creating a scene of the greatest confusion, Myers said. "ft tore up the hospital pretty he safd. "I got U more badly, Ijornb fragments. In almost every part ol my body." I.I. Harold C. Bern olds of Itoltls, Okli, whose wife now lives at Winkle, Trias, went inlo Anzlo with Ihe 179th In- fanlrjr of the division on the foorlh diy. "The (hird division had made tbe beachhead and then three regiments of the 45th folicwtrl in to support the T-lcnt. Remolds said. "It was a fine amphibfaa; operation, (ml we didn't hit anything when we Reynolds was hit by 83 fire Iran a German tank Fej. 17, the shell slipping oft an elbow. 'The he said, "was close to the beach. The Germans couidn't help hlufng It." Remolds, v.'ho won his promotion frcm sergeant on Ihe battlefield fays that the German.'! hold ill the high ground in Italy and povius greatly superior making the Allied Job doubly Another veteran from Anzio vns Pvt. Raymond Farr of Texarkana, also with the 32nd airborne, who lost his left leg mid one linger in a mine field near the beach. "I wn on patrol Jan. 29, sonn ifter we hit Ihe beachhead, when I stepped on a mine. One of my buildlrs. Albert BaM, came to hflp me and he lot It, too. I was there two hours be- fore help rame. I was unable (o apply a tourniquet to my leg; I jull nscd salfi powder and wilted." Pfo. James D. Vargvu of Athol, Kansas, with the 36th engineer! was loatiir.g a truck at the airfield at Jan. 23 when an' aerial hit near him and blew off his left leg. aerial bombs dealt much rtsmnfc In recent months In Italy, fcveral of the returning veterans reported. Several more veterans of Texas' division arrived in tonight's convoy, which was welcomed before the men were unloaded at the hos- plldl, by Movie Stars Gale Soner- gard and Martha O'Driscoll. The two stars went through the hospital car and chatted wllh every wounded soldier. Heeding the 36th division delegation on the train waj Capt. Homer M. Spcncc of Sny- der, dubbed In a correspond- ent's story from rtaly some months ago "the llghtin'est Tesan In the 36th." Spence, A farmer who com- manded Company F of Ihe H2nd infantry, is lookir.R for- ward lo a reunion ttith his wile and three small sons. He was wounded In (he left arm and left hip by machine gun fire near San Pelro. Italy. Nov. 29. "We were In a defensive posi- tion and 1 was on an observation post. I was pointing out R machine gun position to my men when a machine gun bullet got me." In this particular operation, Cap- lain Spcnce's raiding party look 53 German prisoners without tiring a shot, "We had poured 250 rounds of mortar fire into the enemy position before we attacked. Then a rifle platoon under Lieutenant Gamhim, new replacement in our outfit fiuni either Ohio or Indiana, moved in and took the position and Ihe pris- oners without firing A Lt. Leonard Spenre of Snrder, the captain's brother, also with the is a prisoner of war in Ger- many, Sgt. Claude E. Scot', of Com- pany F. 143rd infantry, also 3Sth division, lost his right hard and the Index flr.ger on his left when he ran Into enemy machine gun and mortar [ire near San Pietro Dec. g. "We were close enough to the German lines th.it they were throw- ing hand grenades at us. A grenade got my hnr.d; mortar fragments hit me In the shoulder and head." Scott's wife Is a teacher In the Norih Sid? fchool at Vemon. H was (he opinion of all the casualties from Italy that tha Germans holr] the whlphand In Italy with piny advantage of position and with superior, numbert on all fronts.