Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 30, 1944, Abilene, Texas
WAR BOND SCORE 4th War Loan quota $3,245,000.00
Sales Saturday 437,379.55
l^les this month 1,850,097.80
shortage 1,394,902.20tEfjc Abilene Reporter
SUNDAYWITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKI I CII YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES' -Byron
VOL. LXIII, NO. 227
A TEXAS NEWSPAPER
ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 30, 1944-THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Presa (AP) United Presa (UP.)
PRICE FIVE CENTSReds Lose Ground in Ukraine
Frankfurt Draws Biggest Raid
Mix With Explosives
LONDON, Sunday, Jan. 30 (AP)—More than 1.800 tons J bombs were hurled on Frankfurt, Germany, in daylight j *sterday by more than 800 U. S. Flying Fortress and Liber-; ators—the greatest armada of heavy American bombers ever sent into action.
They and their fighter escort, totalling more than 1,500 j planes, shot down 102 German fighters, it was announced in! •joint communique early today from U. S. Headquarters and the British Air Ministry.
Bond Campaign Totals Soaring, Interest Grows
Thirty-one U. S. bombers and 13 fighters failed to re-turn. *
0Hie bombers airmen themselvesj shot down 60 enemy planes and the escort pilots 42.
The big German manufacturing and transport center, was deluged 0th high-explosives, incendiaries j imd propaganda leaflets.
The bomb tonnage was the greatest ever reported for an American raid.
^ The Americans’ 800 - mile roundtrip to Frankfurt was the third great assault on Germany in a little over 36 hours, following up Thursday nights and Friday nights sledgeham-•ner blows by the RAF against Berlin.
The unusually heavy Friday ; night attack. 13th major attack on that city,. was said in Swedish re-ta to have been one of the most damaging of all.
Indicating the possibility that the RAF was out again last night. German longwave transmitters and other Northwest Europe radios j went of fthe air as they do when Alders are detected Tile 42 German planes downed by American fighters in the Frankfurt raid was a new record for fighters alone, the best previous one-day bag having been 36.
ft More than 760 American fighters were estimated to have covered the bombers. while RAF and Allied Spitfires picked them up for the last lap of the flight home.
Taylor county finished the second week of the Fourth War Loan drive “going away" as they say around the race tracks, and the $3,245,000 quota was a million dollars nearer last night than it had been 48 hours earlier. Sales totaling $1,468,231.05 were counted during last week. The amount now needed to reach the quota is $1,394,902,20.
While it was estimated purchases of Series E bonds had passed the half-way mark toward the $1,303,000
Elsewhere Advance Air Forces
Almost to Estonia
LONDON, Sunday, Jan. 30 (AP)—The Red armv lost
I The murky waters of Fort I Phantom Hill lake still claimed last night the body of an Army flier who parachuted into their still depths yesterday morning from his stricken plane.
The large body of water with the sinister name kept locked within its far-reaching expanse the secret of its victim despite all efforts of scores of Abilene firemen. Abilene Air base personnel, and volun-
ground to a bitter German counter-attack in the South ALLIED HEADQUAR-Ukraine in the fiercest fighting on the long Russian front TERS Algiers Jan 29 (AP)—I yesterday, while other Soviet forces in the north advanced to Allied' Air Forces oneratintf within 22 miles of the Estonian border, cleared the great I literally in swarms across the Mosccw-Leningrad trunk railway, and captured tile rail june-; length and breadth of Italy in tion of Novosokolinki, TO miles from the Latvian border, Mos- some of the greatest air bat
cow announced today I ties of the war, have downed
I ho Nazis lost 2,800 men 37 more German planes, bring-and 86 of their tanks in their * ®
Troops Within Range of Rome
terr workers. ALLIED HEADQUAR-
The luke had won the first TERS, Algiers. Jan. 29 (AP) — round when darkness sent the Th Allies hav exnanded the work weary searchers home for the . fV 5 V «
night beachhead south of Rome in
D. c. Mustek, Abilene fire chief drives which have placed Brit-
who headed the searching party. ; ish troops within
Ukraine counter-offensive east of Vinnitsa, said the Moscow midnight communique, recorded by the Soviet Monitor, but “our troops by order of the command, withdrew from
mg their confirmed two-day total to 87 enemy aircraft destroyed, Allied headquarters announced today.
Sky battles over the beachhead south of Rome yesterday were unmatched in violence in the Medit-
several populated places and uin'h Th* T smce th£se . , • a * r i "hich me Americans and British
took up positions more ad- knocked the German air force out vantageous for defense.” of the sky when the German army
The Germans, who have been at- i was making its last desperate stand 18 miles of Itackl,lk* steadily in this area since at Uuni* aud Bizerte in North Arisaid last night the .search would the Eternal City and Ameri-1 ^an- were throwing all their
be resumed early this morning.
cans within light artillery
Drag hooks, floats and an air- rangG 0f the vital point of Cis-
14 miles northeast of and 33 miles from
War Bond Chairman C. M. Caldwell said last night “sin*e we have received some of the actual facts about how our boys are being treated in prison camps, even those who do not have any boys in this war ought to buy more bonds. All of us ought right now to go and buy and not have to be solicited.
“There is a very real relation between the number of lives saved and the speed of buying war bonds. The more bonds bought in the shortest period the more boys who will be saved from the beastial enemy.”
RECEIVES SON'S MEDALS—Mrs. Victor Rodriquez of Sweetwater holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oakleaf clusters, presented to her Thursday. The decorations were earned by her son. Staff Sgt. Monico Rodriquez, now a prisoner of war in Germany. Major Robert K. Urban, commanding officer o f Avenger field, Sweetwater, made the presentations on behalf of the commanding general of the Eighth Service Command.
MRS. STANLEY WALKER DIES; RITES TO BE THIS AFTERNOON
plane were used in the hunt for the . , drowned airmen. | Terna,
Musick said from the sky the i Anzio sunken plane could be seen and the Rome. Allied headquarters deobserver, Roy Page, thought he discerned a patch of white that might be the parachute.
Both the plane and the flier fell in about 40 feet of water Musick said.
weight against Soviet forces which not only menaced the approaches to the Rumanian frontier but threatened the main German supply artery into the Dnieper bend, the Odessa-Lwow railway.
At the same time Berlin announc-
dared in a _spccial announce- fd'“«
quota, C. M. Caldwell, county war I bond campaign chairman, voiced a A feeling of encouragement in the
■PThe leaflets the Americans drop- evidence that the people at home ped on Frankfurt were copies of want the boys overseas to return as the Atlantic Charter printed in the quickly as possible—and as many of German language. The attack re- them as possible.
Mrs. Stanley Walker, wife of the New York newspaperman and daughter of Mrs. J. D. Sandefer Sr. and the late Dr. Sandefer, died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday in Hendrick Memo- crashed into hundreds of rial hospital. when it struck the water.
One eye witness, the lake-keeper. said the victim’s single-engined plane was one of three in a formation which flew over the lake. The ship seemed in trouoie and fell out of line, almost hitting the water. The pilot gamed control and, ne I said returned to formation.
“He had no sooner rejoined the group when there was a loud explosion such as a backfire and a puff of smoke bunt from the ship,” the lake attendant asserted.
Almost imediateiy the pilot jumped from the plane and his chute was
seen to open immediately.
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The chutist fell into the water amout one-fourth of a mile from the dam. The plane crashed into th-' lake between the pilot and the bank.
Other witnesses said the ship
Funeral will be at 3 o’clock this afternoon at the First lako-keeper told firemen
mon! this afternoon.
ft was probable that tonight th? din of battle was sounding In the ears of the inhabitants of Nazi-held Rome.
The British advance went three miles beyond Carroreto where a railway bridge 18 miles south of Rome was captured. “Light artillery range” in connection with Cisterna, might mean anything from small mortars with a range of a few hundred yards to a 75 millimeter field gun. so it was not known herr Just what this position was. But it wa* considered certain the Germans were unable to use either the air field, the Appian way or the railroad in the area.
Cisterna is on both the Appian way and the main rail line to the Cassino front which intersect there. Cisterna has an important airfield, with concrete runways 1,100 yards long, hangars and workshops.
The air war over Italy reached a new peak of intensity in which
ian railway junction of Smela 150 miles east of Vinnitsa.
The major Russian successes were scored in the north where tile Russians reached tile town of Zagoritsi, 22 miles east of the Estonian border, and moved westward to the Narva railway.
<The Rome radio said that Bologna. 200 miles above Rome, was heavily bombed by the Allies Saturday. Bologna is an important junction in Northern Italy for railways radiating to France. Switzerland, Germany. and Yugoslavia. Tho broadcast was recorded in London by the Associated Press),
More than 1.500 individual operational flights were flown yesterday by all types of Allied aircraft. Five Allied planes are missing against 36 enemy craft destroyed—a ratio of better than 7 to I. The heavy air activity went on despite driving rain storms.
More than 2,000 Germans were killed in this fighting, and in an ambush the Russians wiped out a column of German artillery men. captured 60 of their heavy guns and IOO trucks loaded with ammunition.
The captured guns then were turned on German units stationed nearby. Moscow said.
Other Soviet forces pried the Germans from their last hold on the
double-tiack Moscow - Leningrad , . - --- —
railway line by taking the town of ,, cmd successive day distinguished
themselves, shooting down four
'lore than IOO Nazi planes drove against the invasion fleets and landing troops on the beachhead in the first six hours of daylight. Twenty-one fell to Allied tighten before noon. The Nazi attacks ^windl-d to almost nothing in the afternoon.
American negro pilots for the
Baptist church. Dr. E. B. Atwood, a professor of Bible in ing m the
that he had seen the flier flounder- I Allied planes of all types flew
Hardm-Simmons university, is to conduct the service, will be in a local cemetery.
The former Mary Louise Sandefer, younger daughter of the venerated Dr. Sandefer, for 31 years president of Hardin-Simmons, and Mrs. Sandefer, had been ill ser-
venerated through Frankfurt for hours afterward because the bomb-»dx included delayed-action high explosives.
With the two attacks on Berlin and the one on Frankfurt, the
Total of purchases in this campaign in Taylor county had risen last night to S1.855.S97.80.
A week earlier only $381,866.75 had been reported. Although buying
Allies in a little more than 36 Picked UP steadily beginning Mon-hours staggered the German home- da^ reid spurt set in Friday land with three crippling main when $662.493.;>0 was added. Satur-^•bws and in addition engaged .in ; da^’ saw $437,379.55 added. a number of secondary mine-lay-I Tuesday about noon two officers mg and bombing onerations which and tw° enlisted men will arrive were exceptionally widespread, the herp frnm McClusky General hos-entire effort involving probably pital. Temple, to join in Taylor wel lover 2.000 planes. county's campaign.
^Tonight the German longwave Russell K. Turner, wounded
transmitters, including the coun- while serving in the Air Force in try’s largest. Deutschlandsend'T, i the China-Burma-India theater, went off the air. suggesting new and Lt. George Sparks, of Dillard night raids on German territory Okla., a paratrooper wounded in
and perhaps the third In a on Berlin.
The RAE, flying “in very great strength” —probably SOO planes — kept their bombing “well concentrated and large areas of fire were observed.” the air ministry announced.
orty-seven of the big bombers were lost.
Sicily, will lead the group.
The veterans will appear Tuesday at 2 p. rn. at Abilene high school, and then divide into pairs for rallies at North and South Junior high schools from 3 to 3:30 p. rn.
At 7:30 p. rn. Tuesday a meeting of mothers, fathers, wives and children of men in the armed services
See BONDS, Page 6. Col. 3
ACC LAUNCHES FINANCIAL DRIVE HERE ON TUESDAY
Dyess Widow Guest With Servicemen
HOLLYWOOD. Jan. 29 —(flPV-In observance of one of her husband’.-last withes. Mr) William Dyess, widow of the gallant flier whose account of Japanese cruelties in Philippine prison camps has infuriated the nation, was guest at a Masquers club party for servicemen tonight.
Shortly before his death in a P-38 crash in Burbank, Calif., last month, the Albany, Tex., flier had twice been a guest at the regular ! Saturday night servicemen’• party I of the Masquers, a club of show peo-
“We must have another pa<tv at the Masquers," he told his wife.
Joining the widow in remembrance of Lf Col. Dyess were TOO pilots and bombardiers from Santa Ana Army Air base, guests at a dinner and entertainment. Speakers ! include the flier’s friends. Actors Charles Coburn and Edward Ar-I nold. and Capt. Samuel C. Grashio, , Spokane, Wash., a member of Colonel Dyess’ squadron, who also es-j caped frnn a Japanese prison I camp in the Philippines.
iously several weeks and had been moved a month ago from the home of her sister, Mrs. E. T. Compere.
She came here last August *o I drowning man They als© told of his visit her mother and sister, and screams for help. By the tune they
water and could hear him call for help. He said he rushed to the boat house for his boat but by the time he reached the spot in the lake the pilot and chute had vanished.
Fishermen at tile lake said they saw the crash and could see the
her elder brother. J. D. Sandefer Jr.. of Breckenridge, who is president of the Hardin-Simmons university board of trustees.
Cheerful and courageous through her suffering,, there were at her bedside at death her husband, who came here by plane from New York two weeks ago: her mother, her sister, and her brother, J. D. Sandefer Jr.
Her lounger brother, Gilbert B. Sandefer, is assistant to the director of assistance to armed forces
could start their motors and reach him his heavy flying clothes and the parachute had pulled the pilot under, they aserted.
Mrs. G. F. Ripley who was near the lake, said she was watching a group of planes fly over the water when something “fell out” of one. She saw the parachute open and the man desend into the lake.
Map Fd L. Murphy, Abilene Army Air base adjutant, last night told the Report cl -News that the base had nothing tangible to release. Mur-
1,500 sorties and blasted 37 enemy planes out of the skies against a loss of five Allied aircraft. It brought the Allied two-day total to 87 Nazi planes destroyed.
The British advance 12 miles north of Anzio placed Allied troops within eight miles of ( astel Gondolfo, summer home of Pope Pius XII and brought up the possibility of the fighting damaging papal or church property.
Since the invasion of Ital- all Allied troops have had standing orders not to use church property as military cover and to avoid damaging religious shrines whenever possible. However, the Ger-
Chudovo' Many Germans were killed or taken prisoner and remnants of the garrison fled into the forests and marshes where they were being hunted down. Large quantities of booty were still boing counted.
The Russians also captured railway station of Viritsa, 33 miles south of Leningrad on the Vietbsk line, capturing important war material.
more planes, Capt. Charles E. HalL Brazil, Iud., scored the day’s only double, bringing down a >W190 and an ME-109 to make his total three
Fifteen of th© German planes were shot down by American veteran P-40 groups, while five fell to American-flown Spitfires and one to i an RAF Spitfire.
Final Agreement On Tax Bill Fails
WASHINGTON. Jan. 29
In an arca, about 200 miles south of this northernmost fighting, the second Baltic front army of Gen.
MuttonIM. Popov captured the ' Two disputed amendments rail Junction of Novosokolinki in a war contracts ^negotiation act pre-surpiLse attack that sent Hie Ger- vented a final agreement today
mans “floundering from side to side” as Russians broke into their lines from several directions. When the short battle was over many prisoners were taken and war material captured.
To the north in the Novgorod area, the Left Wing of Gen. Kyrill A. Meretskovs forces killed 1,700 Germans and captured three heav-
the $2,315,800,000 tax bill.
mans have used church steelies as My fortified points in their drive to
ot American Red Cross in the I phy said the crash was being in-
^Abilene Christian college Tuesday will launch an appeal to the people of Abilene to contribute to its $325.-000 “Greater Abilene Christian College” fund. President Don H. Morris announced last night. ftBince November the college, which has been entirely free of debt since a year ago, has been appealing to friends throughout the state and President Morris said that the campaign is “progres.’-ing according t® ^hedule.”
4^The campaign will b-* under direction of the college officials with assistance of Abilene business and professional men and other local friends of the institution.
The campaign will be opened formally at a luncheon meeting Tuesday.
Purpovfs for which the $3.25,-000 fund is being sought are: Construction of a science building.
Construction of an ammonal dormitory.
Establishment of a dcpartmnt of agriculture.
Creation of a department of Christian education.
An emergency fund with which to meet operating expenses during the present crisis. Morris pointed out that A. C. C is a private institution, operated under direction of a board of trustees composed of members of the Church of Christ and that it can
See ACC DRIVE, Page 6 Col. 6
Hobbs to Auction Goodies in Drive
HOBBS, Jones County, Jan. 29— The people of tins community are I called to meet Monday evening in the school building for a War Bond auction in which it is hoped to sell J the community quota of $9,600.
Pies and boxes will be auctioned ; at a meeting at which local men will speak, it was announced.
China-Burma-India theater rn war, • + *
Beside her husband, mother, sister and brothers she is survived by a daughter, Joan, a frr hman in the University of Texas, and a son, James Stanley. 12.
Born March 26, 1896. Mrs Walker came to Abilene and the then Simmons eollege with her parents when her father took up his long administration of that Institution.
In 1915 she w'as graduated from Hardin-Simmons with the bachelor of arts degree. She then took a degree at Randolph-Macon college.
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After earning the master of arts degree at the University of Texas Mrs. Walker was a member of the English faculty at Hardin-Simmons. Students of that day remember her as one of the most popular teachers the university has had. After her service on the faculty sh® studied in Now York.
Marriage of Miss Sandefer and Mr. Walker took place in York Jan 2, 1923, Walker, j the of Lamnasas, and his had been fellow students in University of Texas. Their was in Great Neck, Long Isl
I vestigated and a full report would be made to the public as soon as
It was not learned whether the ! planes were Abilene based or cros-, country flights.
Type cf the ships in the forma-! tion abo was not known but mo*’ 1 observers were of the opinion they i were P-40).
observation towers and fortified other property. It is impossible to swing the battle around such places and they must be taken as any other objective unless British and American soldiers are to pay a heavy price in lives.
ward the Leningrad-Pskov-Warsaw railroad, the Germans' last retreat line from the north.
Jack Hardy Grissom Honored at Kemper
Walker Is connected with Newr York Herald-Tribune.
Mrs. Walker was a member cf Abilene's First Baptist church. Laughter Funeral home is in J"ck Hardy Grissom, student in charge of funeral arrangements. K-mper Military school. Boonville, Pallbearers for tile funeral will Mo., has been honored with election he Lt. Col. Rov Bradley, Camp to the general honor societ.'. of the Bowle: H. D. Martin, Dallas; Tom school, it was announced last week, j Brownlee. Lloyd McCarty and Dr. Jack Hardy is the son of Mr. and j Rupert N. Richardson of Abilene, Mrs. Ernest Grissom, 873 River and Paul Williams of Brecken-Crest. ridge.
Fifth Sunday Song Session at Denton
Tile Fifth Sunday Singing convention will hold its regular sessions at Denton, 16 miles southeast of Abilene, today beginning at IO a. rn , M. Shaw announced yesterday for Tom Spears, Merkel, association president.
Quartets expected to participate include the Huggins of Brownwood, the Campbell of Levelland, the Spears of Slaton and a group from San Angelo.
K III P ART XII NT OK COMM! ROE we \TMI K IU Rf ai A BILK NI ANH VICINITY Partly
cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Honda* tooler Honda*.
I IST TI V A* Hostly cloudy, rain In catfcmr m.t portion sand**; Monday partly cloudy- and cooler in North and
ttrsi-t .Mitral portions.
ti I *«T ll VAS Parti* cloudy Sunday and Honda), cooler Monday and in Panhandle, South Plains and El Paso area Salida*.
TEMPER AT TRI S AH Kri. HOI R Sat PM
,... I ...... us —-
4;t 4 < 45
.65 . 65 SS
temperature* to 9 •am* data last
SH .... snd low p. rn 6S and 47.
High and low year: 69 and 39.
sunset last night: 7:19. Nunn** this morning: S:St Sunset tonight: 7:11.
65 sa SH 57
EVEN HIMMLER — Heinrich Himmlcr, above, the gestapo chieftain, is reported the newest casualty in Hitler’s regime. N B C Correspondent Paul Archinard in Bern, Switzer-; land, said last night he had i been executed because of am-1 bilious to replace Adolf.
Fisher County Nearing Quota
ROTAN. Jan. 29 — <8pl>— Fisher county, showing greater speed toward its Fourth War Loan drive quota than any other county of this region, reported a total of $212,795.25 of bonds sold tonight. This is only $52,204.75 short of the quota of $265,000.
Guy Patterson. Rotan banker who is county war bond chairman, declared he was almost astounded at the spirit of sacrifice being shown by the people of the county.
"To my certain knowledge, some of them are giving their last dollars to buy war bonds,” Paterson declared.
Patterson and his co-workers were warmly praiseful of the work of Major David Evans. Medical Replacement Training Center special service officer from Camp Barkelev. and his party including the MRTS military band. They have led several community rallies in the county where buying was heavier than the most hopeful expected.
Patter on ^aid communities where the quota has been reached in
clude Roby. Hobbs. McCaulley,
Dowell. Longworth and Palava.
At Sylvester the evening of Feb. ll that community will be joined Monday is expected to be a big ! cut sharply into the collections.
by Newman and Pledger for a rally day, however, and in former years j Taylor county’s tax rolls near
to be featured by appearance of as many as 3,000 poll taxes has1 the two and one-half million
the MRTC War Bond-selling party. I been paid on Ute last day. mark.
EXPECT NOT OVER 10,000 TAYLOR POLL TAX PAYERS
With one day left for the Issu- I anre of poll taxes, employes of the 1 tax collector's office last night expressed doubt if Taylor county’s j voting strength would greatly ex- ; ceed 10,000.
So far less than 8.000 poll tax leceipts had been issued, according' to figures available at the collector’s offihe.
Saturday afternoon's expected jam of late paving voters failed to I materialize at the court house but Deputy Clyde Trainmen said that ■ reason may be attributed to tile ; pay stations in other parts of the city.
. Tax Collector Pat Patterson said yesterday the office would remain open until nine o’clock Monday night to accommodate late parons.
Monday is the final late for payment of both poll and property taxes without a penalty. On Feb. I a penalty of one percent is charged on property tax payments.
Payments of property taxes this year was reaching a new high although in actual cash figures it was lagging behind former years. The recent stat® rate reduction from around 74 cents to 47 centaDO YOU VALUE YOUR CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS $1.75 WORTH? PAY YOUR POLL TAX BEFORE FEB. 1st!