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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 26, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORE Since Pearl Harbor $16,754,612.50 April Quota    $    231,700.00 April Sales $    112,219.00 Ifie Abilene Reporter-Betes WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIESDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES"-Bvron EVENING FINAL ^OL. LXIII, NO. 314. A TEXAS 2mU, NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 26, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES Associated Press (AP) United Presi (V.P.) PRICE FIVE CENTS No, Churchil HOLLANDIA'S POSITION IN PACIFIC—Arcs centered fin Hollanriia. New Guinea, and drawn at distances of 1.000 and 2,000 statute miles from that harbor show its position in relation to other strategic points in the western Pacific. American troops have gone ashore at Hollandia and are driving toward the Japanese air fields in the area. (AP Wirephoto). Yank Gun Sights on ttollandia's Airfield By the Associated Press Sixth army troops continued their LONDON, April 26.—(UP) Prime Minister Winston Churchill rejected flatly today the recommendation of an American congressional committee that Great Britain cede some of the British-owned bases now being operated under lease by United States armed forces. •‘There is not the slightest question of any cession cf British territories, not the slightest,'1 Churchill told commons. His statement was made in reply to a question by Laborite Rhys Davies in connection with the U. S. house committee’s recommendation that the United States acquire permanent possession of bases leased from Britain. ‘ The house may rest assured that there have been no developments calling for review by the government or the house of the existing position in thus matter, which remains unchanged,” Churchill said. Davies asked for assurance that commons would be given an opportunity to debate the matter if a request for permanent cession of the bases should be received from Washington. “I will welcome all the aid I can receive from so valiant a quarter,” Churchill retorted. Heavies Batter Brunswick Without Loss LONDON. April 26—i/P)—American Fortresses and Liberators, flying in medium strength, attacked the aircraft production center cf Brunswick and other targets in western Germany today without losing a bomber. Some fighters swept airfields in France with fire, however, and the crews reported heavy anti-aircraft and rocket defenses over Brunswick. Six of the fighters failed to return. The Fortresses and Liberators from Britain, carrying out their ninth operation in the course of a 12-day offensive which has been the greatest of the war, bombed by instrument tivnsugh overcast skies which apparently hampered the enemy defense. • t * The German radio declared the American force invading the air over the Reich tangled with Nazi fighters in fierce battles as the air drive, which has scourged enemy targets in a 750-mile arc across Europe, rolled forward. While the heavy bombers continued their unprecedented campaign to knock the enemy's air defenses flat hundreds of lighter planes blackened the skies over the channel in an onslaught against targets in occupied territory similar to the attacks which cast three bombers yesterday. The explosions from their assault were heard all the way acrass the channel. Lightnings. Thunderbolts and Mustangs to Germany ann the first bombers to Germany and the first fighter pilots returning said they encountered no German fighters in the deepening overcast. These pilots went only part way to the target, however. The first fortress crewmen back from Brunswick said they bombed by instrument through heavy rlouds without sighting enemy fighters but hr.d to face heavy anti-averafl and rocket fire from the ground. (Meanwhile CBS correspondent Howard K Smith in a broadcast from Bern reported Budapest in Hungary half destroyed, Sofia in Bulgaria three-fourths destroyed and German rail traffic snarled throughout the Balkans by Allied bombings.) • • * Swarms of daylight raiders soared out after night Mosquito squadrons had pounded Cologne—hit three times before in this current campaign—and other planes sowed mines, all without loss The U. S. bombers penetrated in to central Germany and flew back over northwest Germany, the Nazi radio declared. “Despite unfavorable weather conditions the American bombers were met by strong forces of German air defense throughout the course of their flight and were involved in intense battles,” it said. U. S. Marauders headed for ncrthern France, and explosions echoed acrass the channel before they returned. Other fleets of medium bombers then streamed out toward the continent. The RAF s big bombers were not out during the night. Reds Strike at Galati Gap virtually unopposed CHEROKEE HERO COOL TO PARADE f American Weep through Japanese positions at Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea, and were last reported within artillery range of the big Hollandia airdrome. Allied headquarters approved release of the statement by Associated Press Bureau Chief C. Yates McDaniel that “fall of Hollandia airfield is imminent” and permitted correspondents to speculate whether Japan has pulled most of her estimated 60,000 trapped troops    - £ out of central and northern New Guinea.    BROKEN    ARROW,    Okla.,    April No major opposition has been met yet by columns of Americans con- 26—(UP)Broken Arrow s 1,200 res-verging on Hollandia, Cyclops and Tami airdromes in the Hollandia idents, most of them Indians, today sector, nor by other Sixth army forces which captured Tadji airdrome prepared to welcome their No. I near Aitape, 150 miles southeast, cleared the enemy from the air drome’s fringes and made It a safe base for U. S. Fifth airforce fighter planes covering the operations at Hollandia. One Japanese plane raided the Hollandia beachhead, headquarters said, causing moderate damage and some casualties. $ Central I.turtle hcadquailcrs announced the two-day conquest of strategic Ujelang atoll in the western Marshalls, only 644 miles cast of Truk in the Carolines and 264 miles from hard-- liit l’onape, Truk’s southeastern ™ guardian. Japanese resistance on I'.ielang was weak. Legion of Merit lo Trent Medic- warrior, Lt. Ernest Childers, winner of the Congressional Medal of honor, but all the 26-year-old hero wanted was an opportunity “to go fishing and walk across the Cherokee hills where I used to roam as a boy.” Childers, a member of the Creek and Cherokee nations, who has more YANKS BEING TOUGHENED FOR SECOND park, »nrrn- v n to his credit than American soldiers head back to camp over rough English countryside after extensive mast^/e^rday^^^paicT'a surprise ncuvers intended to toughen them for second front thrust. Many of the camps were 15 The Legion of Merit for “exeep- visil" last night to his half brother, miles from this spot. (AP Wirephoto from Signal Corps), tionally meritious conduct in the , Walter Childers, who reared him performance of outstanding serv-    on a farm in the cherokee hills, ices has been awarded John Ed-    and was scheduled to drive here toward Hamner, technician third    ; day for a welcome more rousing grade, of Route 2. Trent, the War    than any ever accorded a return- department announced through As-    ! mg brave. Central Pacific tilers also struck soc'al'd    ,todaJ- „ „    „    The    returning hero will be wel- at Toone!, northernmost atoll in As described ta the citation. Ham- corned with a parade in his honor Hie Marshalls    and    presumably    the    ner; wrvln« “lth t!'e.umedlca dV    anda    °f tom™'™ d‘r,ner springboard    tor    the    Japanese    con-    foment, Performed the outstand-    rn the Methodist church, followed guest of Wake island at the war s mg service under unusually trying, by a band concert this afternoon 7:u. e.    I    conditions between June I and Sept a a *    20, 1943. Chinese headquarters have not confirmed unofficial reports that Japanese troops, some of them Brought in from Manchuria, have vernal tile north China rail junction of Chenghsien. It was known, however, that enemy forces have battled within eight miles of Teng-feng, 40 miles southwest of Chenghsien. f Japan’s soldiers invading India ha »e been thrown out of a village 22 miles north of Imphal, near Hie Burma border. Allied headquarters in the Southeast Asia command reported. -There was no Allied confirmation “ Tokvo broadcast reports that nine Liberator heavy bombers raided Guam, former U. S. island in the Marianas and that medium bombers struck Woleai in the Carolines. Krueger's Force Leading Invasion “With inadequate available railroad equipment, moving upon a limited system of transportation, which was already Tarrying an extremely heavy load, he give himseli selflessly to the care of the sick and wounded as well as to the comrades of his own organization. “He refused well-earned sleep for himself to make It available to his comrades. By his diligence and untiring effort he played an impor-1 and Mrs taut part in the transportation of several thousand patients over 25,-000 miles without a single loss or injury, thus contributing materially to the successful evacuation of casualties from the front.” But the stalwart, taciturn, Indian warrior displayed little enthusiasm for the fuss that will be made over him. His arrival home and the thought of a fishing trip in his beloved hills was too alluring. Church Plans Special Invasion Day Service A special D-Day service will be lo Open Friday Troop campsites have been laid off in Fair park for the annual Boy Scout camporee to be held Friday and Saturday, Charles Rutledge, area scout executive, announced this morning. Arrangements have been made to accommodate 18 troops. All scouts who participate in the camporee will be out of school Friday afternoon, he said. They are to gather at the court house at 1:30 p. rn. and parade through the business district of Abilene, led by the scout band. After the parade, they will go to ander, is a prisoner of the German I the park and set up camp, government, the War department    Highlight of the evening program, has announced.    Rutledge said, will be a campfire to Private Cameron had written his which the public is invited, mother on a card dated Feb, IO    Scout contests, to be held    Satur- that he was a prisoner in Germany    are feebly contested, he    stated, and being treated well. He was cap- Scout Camporee Enemy Destroyer Sunk Off France Hugh Cameron Held In German Prison Pfc. Hugh Cameron, son of Mr. C. N. Cameron, 774 Me- tured Jan. 20. His wife in Oklahoma City has also received direct word from him. Also listed as prisoners of Ger- held immediately after announce-!™1^ the War department were ADVANCED ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, New Guinea, April 26 —{/Pi--'The invasion of Hollandia, flitch New Guinea, and Aitape 150 miles southeast was made by elements of the American Sixth army commanded by Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger, headquarters disclosed today. -Troops of the First army corps of Wie Sixth army were led by Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichel berger. Royal Australian airforce elements were commanded by Air Commodore F. R. W. Scherger. Tlie mighty naval task force ^lich supported the invasion was directed by Vice Adm. Thomas C. Kincaid, Seventh fleet commander, with Rear Adm. Daniel E. Bar-bey commanding the amphibious |near bere. and attack forces. ment of the European invasion in the Heavenly Rest Episcopal church, the Rev. Willis P. Gerhart announc'd Wednesday. The Right Rev. St. George Tucker, presiding bishop in New York City, has asked that the church be ready to open and hold prayer services no matter what time the announcement might come. The celebration of holy communion will take place 2nd. Lt. Paul Clark, whase wife lives at 710 Meander, and S-Sgt. George M. Gafford, son of Mrs. J. W. Weems of Abilene, whose capture had already been reported by their families. Condition of Auto Victim Improved Condition cf Henry L. Hicks, 6 at 7 a' rn. and IO a. rn. on the same who wa’s struck b? an automobile day. yesterday morning at the corner of North 10th and Grape was said to be improved by his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Rogers, 890 I Mulberry, with whom he makes his and the public is urged to attend these events also. The race track is being prepared for the bicycle relay race which climaxes the days contests. Fuehrer Absent as Bomb Blasts Train ANKARA. April 28—i/Pi—Reports circulated in Ankara today that Adolf Hitler’s special train was blown up in a recent Allied raid on Stuttgart only a short time after Hitler himself had left the train. All the occupants of the train were said to have been killed. LONDON, April 26 — (ZP) —The sinking of a German destroyer by the British navy off the northwest coast of France in the vicinity of the Isle de bas was announced by the Admiralty tonight. A Royal naval offensive force, made up of both British and Canadian ships and led by the Cruiser Black Prince intercepted the Nazi vessel as it sought to escape after being damaged early in the encounter this morning. She sank under the fire of the guns of three Canadian destroyers of the Tribal class, and a British destroyer.    • The vessel was one of three or four enemy destroyers encountered by the Allied naval force. All were brought to action immediately and in the ensuing battle one was sent to the bottom. The other three fled at high speed. The British and Canadian vessels suffered "minor casualties and superficial damage,” the Admiralty said. Hamlin Army Pilot Missing in Action HAMLIN, April 26--<Spl)-Lt M Y. Wilson, a pilot in the Army Air By the Associated Press The Red army has launched an offensive on a broad front along the lower Dnestr river between the Carpathians and the Black sea—aimed appar-| ently at the Galati gap between the mountains and the Danube estuary—German and Romanian reports said today. The Germans and their puppets said the Red Army struck after a strong artillery barrage and with appreciable air support. Break through* were acknowledged, but the Nazis insisted they were “sealed off" in “a complete defensive victory after heavy battles." Moscow gave no immediate confirmation of the reported Dnestr offensive, perhaps In keeping with the Soviet policy of waiting for the development of a major operation before announcing it. “On the lower Dnestr the Soviets went over to the attack on a broad front,” the German communique said. “Our troops, supported by luff -waffe formations, achieved complete defensive success in hard fighting. Local penetrations were checked or eliminated by determined counterattacks. The enemy lost numerous tanks.” • ♦ • It was the first Nazi report of a large scale Russian attack since the conclusion of the short-lived Crimean campaign except for the reduction of Sevastopol. The Nazi report Indicated that Genu Rodion Y. Malinovsky’s Third army of the Ukraine had regrouped and launched a new artion after its swift drive which cleared the southern Ukraine of the German invaders, and now was pressing on into Bessarabia to join Marshal Ivan S. Konev's Second army In the drive Into Romania. Berlin also reported Russian counter-attacks between the Carpathians and upper Dnestr, indicating that the Red army had regained the initiative in the lower corner of pre-war Poland after breaking up German attacks aimed at disrupting Marshal Gregory Zhukovs preparations for a new drive. The Nazis, after reporting heavy attacks by Russian forces besieging Sevastopol, said that the assaults yesterday were limited to local thrusts. Moscow dispatches said the siege of Sevastopol now had taken the form of a massive bombardment by artillery and planes, closely resembling the final phase of the Allied JAPS SING WOES NEW YORK, April 26— T)— A new “work song" has been broadcast bv the Japanese radio to inspire members of the Japanese women’s volunteer corps in occupied areas of Asia, ll S. government monitors said today. It goes: Ever increasing enemy planes Chagrin, resentment, everywhere Our hearts are filled with sympathy For our warriors at the front Our blood’s afire with patriotism We’re the women’s volunteer corps. Local Pastor at Methodist Meet Dr. J. O. Haymes, pastor of St, Paul Methodist church, is one of four elected delegates from the Northwest Texas conference now in Kansas City for the Methodist quadrennial conference which convened today. The conference, law-making body for 8,000,000 adherents, is celebrate Stamford Cadet Killed in Crash STAMFORD, April 2& (Spl)-The crash of a training plane from the 308th AAFFID, Stamford Aridge field, resulted in the death Tuesday of Aviation Cadet Rodney F. Trubey of Ellsworth, Karts, Tile instructor, Luther E. Adcock, parachuted to safety but suffered shock and a sprained ankle. The crash occurred about 4:30 p. rn. some four miles southeast of Lueders. A board of officers is investigating the accident. News of the crash was not released until Cadet Trubey’s parents. Mr, and Mrs. H E. Trubey of Ellsworth, were notified. The body will be shipped by Kinney Funeral home to Kansas for burial. Aviation Cadet J. E. Tobin will accompany the' body. Cadet Trubey, 19, was a member of class 44-J which recently arrived here for primary flight training. He drive against the Germans in Sic- J. O. HAYMES Forces, has been missing in action I enlisted in the air lori es in July, ii.'- 102d 'Sweetheart' AUSTIN, April 2§— (UP)— A Uni varsity of Texas co-ed, Betti Friedel ■ home. of Graham, last night was crowned ! He is in Hendrick Memorial hos-sweetheart of the 102d division of pital with a skull iracture and bad the U. S. army, known as the “Ozark laceration of the knee, his aunt division,” stationed at Camp Swift, said. He Is a son of Mrs. W. E. I Hcwington of Borger. 'Dud' Kills Two CAMP SWIFT, April 2&-(UP)— Two soldiers were killed and seven others injured late yesterday when 1 a 37 mm. “dud” shell exploded In a company area during the unloading of a truck at this army camp, the public relations office announced today. over Germany since April ll, the War department notified his mother, Mrs. M. Y. Wilton, Tuesday. Lieutenant Wilson had been overseas, operating from England since We will appreciate your calling 7271 for Circulation if you mis* your copy of the Reporter-0 New*. Please make your colls: Mornings before 9 30 o. rn. ® Evenings before 8:00 p. rn. The Circulation office closes af 8:00 p. rn. ^(Subscribers outside of Abilene please call your local Reporter-News agent.) 'Of Interest/ But-*- CURTIN LUNCHEON NOT WORTH FUSS TO PRESS WASHINGTON, April 26—(UP* newspaper man felt considerably —Newspapers across the country let down when it was all over. held their staff on overtime. How the speculation buildup hap- Radio staitons prepared to break pened no one knows. Here are the into regular programs if the news warranted. And then It came — yesterday's White House announcement that President Roosevelt had entertained guests at lunch had entertained guests at luncheon in the South. The guests were important—Australian Prime Minister and Mrs. John Curtin, no less—and the item was, as the White House had said it would be “of interest.” But the news came no where near matching the countrywide speculation about it, and many a harassed prosaic facts: At 9:30 a. rn CWT, Assistant White House Secretary Thomas Blake notified correspondents there would be an announcement at 5 p. rn. He did not say what it would be about. He said merely that it would be “of interest.” Press associations and rfadio services during the day passed the notification on to their clients. They said they did not know' what the announcement would be about. But across the country speculation stirred, and many an editor thought maybe he would have the “invasion” story on his hands rome 5 p. rn. In the course of the afternoon. Blake summoned correspondents twice on another matter- the Montgomery Ward and Co. labor dispute. There remained no inkling about the promised 5 p. rn. announcement. At 5 p. rn., when some press association wires go down, the announcement was not immediately forthcoming, and so the wires were kept open a while. The announcement came at 5:40 p. rn—40 minutes late and eight hours and lo minutes after the original notification. The President had entertained the Curtins of Australia at luncheon. 1943. at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans 2 Injured in Auto Crash Near Baird BAIRD, April 26 A Camp Bark- elev soldier, Sgt. MI Mel J. Piazza of Mt. Kisco, N. Y., and Inez Nolan of Abilene are in Baird clinic for treatment of injuries received about 12:30 p. rn. today when the automobile in which they were driving crashed into a concrete bridge eight miles east of here. Sergeant Piazza, driver of the automobile, received leg injuries. Mhs Nolan, a host,,t:.s at Service Club No. I. Barkelev, received cuts and a broken foot. U.S. Takes Over Wards ( IIH AGO, April 2G.— ( (UP) — The federal government took over the Chicago properties of Montgomery Ward and company today and placed them under operation of the Department of Commerce. ing tile 200th anniversary of th* church's first conference and it charting a course for the future. The other three clerical delegates, elected by the Northwest Texas annual conference, attending the Kansas C ity session are the Rev. O. I*. Clark, pastor of St. John Methodist church, Stamford and former pastor of St. Paul's; the Rev. L. N. Lipscomb, district superintendent from Lubbock; and the Rev. J. IL Hicks, Southern Methodist university professor. Lay delegates are R H. Nichols of Vernon. J. M. Willson of Floydada. R B. Bryant of Stamford, and Mrs. C. A. Bick’.ey of Lubbock, wife of t he former superintendent of the Abilene district. Dr. J. O. Haymes, accompanied by his wife. left Abilene Monday. fie Is to remain throughout the conference. The Weather LT. M. March 7. He received his wings at Blytheville, Ark., Nov. , 1943, having voluntereed in December, 1941. He and the former Dorris Dudley of Mobile, Ala,, were married in June, 1942. She is residing in Mobile. In civilian life, Lieutenant Wilson was an instrument^ man for the Texas State Highway department. Nazis Rain Bombs On British Towns LONDON, April 26—<£*»—German air raiders rained explosives in two British south coast towas shortly after midnight and returned just before dawn today within another load of bombs. Withering fire from British antiaircraft batteries knocked down four of the Nazi aircraft. “Bombs were dropped ai several j places,” -an announcement said. "Damage and a small number of j casualties have been reported.” I I S. IM I'SKI MI NT Of C OMMERCE « I A I III K HI Kl Al ABILENE and Vicinity Partly cloudy todaj Fair tonight and Thursdaj Slightly cooler EAST TKXAS Partly cloudy except cloudy with scattered shower* in extreme east portion thi* afternoon. Generally fair tonight and Thursday. Cooler tonight WEST TEXAS -Generally fair thta afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Cooler this afternon and tonight. Maximum temperature last 24 hours: 90 Minimum temperature last 12 hours: 32 TF MPE KATI RES Wed Tu Tu-Mon A 67 JVI Hour 61— I— 79 at. 70 wjLvirrotv 64 63 at— 63- 2 — 3— 82 86 73 74 buy 60 62- 4— HO 76 * *, * 33 62 5— 90 74 * * * 56 60- a - HH 74 JHA SAVINO* 57 60 7— 88 73 64 62 8 81 69 mJmI 67 as 9 - 74 67 MWamps 68 ea— IO- - 71 64 73 72— ll - 69 64 78 75— 12 - 66 aa Sunrise thi* morning ......ase Sunset tonight ....................8:16 Waste Paper Drive Nets Near 75 Tons A total of 75,420 pounds of scrap paper, nearly 35 tons, was collected yesterday in the area south of Soutla 5th, Capt. N. A. Turnbull, chief of salvage, announced. This morning in the business district the drive had slowed down some with an estimated 20 tons picked up by th* 20 Army trucks participating in the campaign. Area covered today was between South 5th and North 5th. "We would like to see the north side of town contribute more paper to the drive than the south,” Captain Turnbull said. Tomorrow the trucks will cover the section north of North 5th. Splash Day Sunday GALVESTON, April 26—(UP)— The beachfront summer season opens officially Sunday with the annual “Splash Day,” sponsored by the Galveston Beach association. Opening ceremonies will be dedicated mainly to servicemen and will be highlighted by a dance on the boulevard. ;