Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1944, Abilene, Texas
SIXTH WAR LOAN Quota Series Quota Series E MORNING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL, LXIV, NO. 168 A TEXAS KEWSPAFB ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 6, 1944 ..FOURTEEN PAGES Associated Press (API United Pres, fffjyPRICE FIVE CENTS Americans Pay Heavily for Reich Gains Warplanes Sink Another Jap Destroyer, 5 Small Freighters By The Associated Press Sinking of another Japanese man-of-war and five Nippon freighters by American air- men ranging widely over the Philippines, was reported by Gen. Douglas MacArthur m .Ins communique today. Yank fliers blasted shipping as well as Manila and other Luzon island airfields while doughboys on Leyte island turned back a Jap-anese night tank attack against a road block in Ormoc corridor. Persisent tropical rains impeded Leyte ground action. Despite bad weather American soldiers registered local gains in the mountains south of Limon ani" Ijuidatert hill positions east of Ormoc road and in the Dagami sector. Japanese airfields on Cebu and Masbate islands, near Leyte, were bombed. The Nippon destroyer was bagged off Bataan, the bloody peninsula 'Jpeie American and Filipino sold- iers fought a losing, battle against swell eiiti great odds in the spring of 1942. The other live ships destroyed were small cargo, vessels. American patrol planes again Sept in on Balikpapan, great oil iter on the east coast of Dutch Borneo. Three, and probably Japanese interceptors were shot down during an hour and quarter aerial battle. The U. S, Navy department. in 'Washington reported loss of three small naval vessels, a motor torpedo boat and the ammunition ship Mount Hood in Pacific waters. The smaller ships, of the central Pa- cific force, were lost to enemy ac- tion. The Mount Hood accidentally bfcw up at a central Pacific ad vanced base. The beating; back of the Jap- anese invaders on one battle front in China's strategic Kwel- chow- province was claimed by Chinese high command. It recapture of Pachai, astride the highway 65 miles xouttieast of Kwelyang, the pro- vincial'capital. Earlier repprtij' had, ;placed, the t Japanese less than Kweiyang. -.The, jOhinese. recapture Pachai, as fleeing southward. Disputing a Japanese claim, the Chinese reported they still. held Tushan, 75 miles southeast of Kwei- ;Jng. and that fighting was in pro- gress seven and a half miles south of the railway town. Crack Chinese troops from the northwest were reported moving to- ward Kweichow, In Hunan province, to the. east, the Chinese were regis- HVing small gains in diversionary operations. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek sserted the Japanese would' make "another strategic If they pushed deeper into Kweichow. He the Chinese army was pre- pared to deal the invaders a crush- ing blow. Nations Agree to Airway Compromise CHICAGO, Dec. gram for international cooperation 'iding air transport services AAF WAR LOAN JUBILEE FEATURE OF DRIVE TODAY in providin: Jtd op'e'nini opening the way to free skies for commercial aircraft received quick approval tonight at the world aviation conference. The representatives of 54 nations first met on Nov. 1 to hear the laading air transport nations out- Ime their hopes for the meeting, then -expected to last but three weeks.. The documents which they ac cepted tonight represented a merg ing of those views, with concession accommodations on all sides The British yielded their hope fo sn economically powerful world ai authority; the Canadians gave u; plans for having such a body to al locate air routes; the Australian and New Zealanders failed with tneir plan for a world air line own ed and operated by all nations, and thj United States .-id not get the full freedom of the skies it asked. The Sixth War Loan Musica Jubilee featuring Army Air Pore jersonnel from Abilene Army Ai :ield takes over the stage of th Paramount theater in Abilene p. m. today. Members of the 590th AAF band a WAC singer, featured soloists the dance band, and an outstandin dancing star from the Paul White Decorated 3ft h Heroes to Speak Tomorrow has officially .been de- clared "E Bond Day" 'in Abilene and two Texas heroes, Lt. Col. H Miller Ainsworth and T-Sgt. Jame M..Logan of LuIIng, will be pre- sented in a'bond rally, at the City Halh at 7 pi. rti-.'Both men were 'in wave'df 'thi 36th Division to hit-the beach a1. Salerno. Colonel Ainsworth is a vet- eran, of both World War I and. World War II, and Sergeant Logan is one of the most decorated GIs of the war. In San Angelo last night the vet- erans drew a crowd of and in bonds were sold. Appearing with the two heroes will be a military band and high ranking officers from Camp Barke- ley. "I feel that the- people of Abi- ene should respond to the young men by coming to hear them C. M. Caldwell, county bond chair- man, stated last night. "It is one vay we can show our appreciation to these and other young men for risking their lives. It is an oppor- tunity for all of us." Another special sale for bonds nil be free admission to any of at east five Ma- jestic, Queen, Palace and Broadway anyone who purchases a bond at the Paramount booth Thursday between 10 a. m. and 10 p. m. or Balance AUSTIN, Dec. .state had a net cash balance of 472 in 114 funds as of Nov. 30, the Treasury department' reported to- day. The Weather U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU oJBILE.VE AXD VIOINITV: Cloudy Wednesday; fair and cool Thuriday. EAST TEXAS: Cloudy, cooler In e portion Thuriday fair I oool. rreih to occasionally strong wli on WEST TEXAS; Fair, not quite Tnur In afternoon Wedn and wnrmer. TE.MfEIMTUKES JO COld iday fair 34 s joined Clark in thn com- mittee in opposing MacLelsh. But Everybody Invited It. Col. Koy P. Ward, Command- ing Officer (if the AAF Training Command's WASP base at AveiiRcr field. invites all the citizens of SwceUvatcr and VandenDer'fr' latW'tdlB reporters JIB was not sure he would vote .against confirmation. The nomination of, Clayton, who generally Is'regarded high- ly by old line Democrats and Republicans, was opposed by Senator Murray a New Deal supporter. Murray told reporters he would make known the basis for his vole when Clayton's name is called up In the Senate. Senator Langer who last week waged r. futile one-man bat- tle against confirmation of Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., as secretary of state, declared in a statement that the president had "seen fit to ap- point a state department group completely committed to a policy of cooperation with the forces of re- action as against the principles of the so-called Atlantic charter." "Millionaires Rockefeller, Clay- ton, Dunn and Grew ore all part and parcel of a psychological ideo- logy utterly foreign to the express wishes of a majority of the Ameri- can people." Langer added. Fair, Cool Here Today's Forecast Cloudy skies Wednesday with fair and cnol Thursday was the fore- cast for this section last night by the local weather bureau following a day of occasional rain and n low of 37 degrees up to 10 p.m. Tem- peratures were expected to be around 30 during last night. A total of .57 of an Inch of rain- fall has been recorded during the recent rain by the bureau. In some sections of Texas the rain had turned to snow during yesterday. A light fall was reported from Mid- land and Wink last night. An after- _................. noon sun melted snows in the Texas rounding towns In the West Texas Panhandle yesterday and Amarillo area, to attend graduation cxcr- reported all highways out of that 1 city, v.-ith the exception of those to of the final class of Women Airfnrcc Sr-rvice pilots (4-1-W-10) on Thursday, December 7, 1044. (Story on Page 3) 1.00 YOUR ATTENTION and Important stories In this edition Include: Page to he honored Thursday. Page says Britain to act In Greece. Page church debt-free. Pane (tain in Ualy. Page ffns conser- vation nought In Tfins. Page S. Warns Euro- peans must choose own govern- ment. Pajrc passed uncial Rccurlty tai nrjr. Heroism With the OFFICER WRECKS OWN HIDEOUT By KENNETH L. DIXON ON THE WESTERN FRONT, Nov. 20 The folhf back home used to listen to the go.ssip on country party lines should listen to combat line chatter over the army's field telephone system. Sometimes it's a little hard to know exactly when to swear, when to laugh and when to heave a sigh of relief. There was the day when the third battalion of the 137th Infantry took the town of Blstroff in Lorraine. They needed big gun support and the 219th field artillery supplied It. Out In front, calling signnls for the artillery, was a lone forward observer. Lt. Robert T. McCaffrey of Lin- coln, N. H. He saw Gormnn troops spearheaded by two tanks approaching a two-story house at the edge of the town. The first tank hit n mine. McCaffrey railed back nnd got the big Kims shooting about 50 yards from the house. The second tank wns abandoned quickly by Its crnw. Mnchlnesuns nnd rltlrs of the nearby doughboys cut them down. But the German Infantry kept coming and McCaffrey called for more artillery. When the Germans had surrounded the house, he ordered the artillerymen to blast the entire area. Including the building. They did, blowing thn roof off the house and pocking the sector all around it and driving thn enemy infantry baok. you wouldn't linve known from listening in (hot Lieutenant McCaffrey, who escaped nnscratched, wns calling thn shots from within that building from a second-story window, too. the west, open to traffic. The temperature at Amarillo last. night dropped to 28 degrees and a hnrd freeze wns forecast for the Panhandle. Rains were general throughout Texas. Houston reported 2.16 inch- es; San Antonio. 2.77 and Dallas 1.17. Precipitation also was reported from Brownsville, Austin, Fort Worth, San Angelo and Sulphur Springs. Temperatures hfrn ranged from 43 to 37 compared to a year ago when the mercury .cil from 67 to 36 degrees.