Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 16, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXIV, NO. 29
A TEXAS NEWSPAPER
ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 16, 1944 -THIRTY-FOUR PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Pres, (AP) vmted Pres, (VP.)
PRICE FIVE CENTSALLIES GAIN ON THREE FRONTS
•Berlin Tells j Yanks Take
.Of New Push AU Heights
LONDON, July 15—(AP)—The Russians tonight announced sweeping gains on the north central Niemen river front, outflanking the German fortress of Grodno and reaching within eight miles of the Suwalki border of east Prussia, and the German command announced that a tremendous new Soviet offensive had begun in the south of old Poland.
The Russian midnight communique announced successes all'down the Baltic-White Russian front, beginning with the mountain positions three and ^capture of Opochka, 24 miles east of the Latvian border. The one-half miles away today ^tussians announced Friday night they had taken the railway j and in a sweep along a 25-
ROME, July 15—(AP) — Doughboys brought the great port of Livorno (Leghorn) into artillery range from the
station and were fighting in t
<Ploesti Gets JTeavy Blasts From Planes
# LONDON, Sunday, July 16 _(AP)—Five oil refineries and a pumping station at Ploesti. Romania, were blasted by 750 U. S. heavy bombers yesterday as the worst
flying weather ever encountered over western Europe kept the great Allied Air Forces in Britain virtually idle until late in the evening.
^ The weather finally improved sufficiently for Eighth Air Force fight-er-bombers to strike at railway tercets In Tours. Orleans. Nevers-Or-leans and south of Paris. They ^claimed three locomotives destroyed ^ed 250 cars destroyed or damaged.
Th® Normandy-based fighter-bombers of the Ninth Air Force operated under a 500-foot ceiling -thev dropped bombs and stra‘£d German troops and artillery in the JTt Lo area. They also bombed a railway yard, near Charlay and Bruex. reporting 23 direct hits one locomotive and 25 cars destroyed. No enemy planes were sighted and there were no losses^
Over the Caen area. the British *#,econd Tactical Air Force bucked enemv fighter opposition for the second day in « row. downing two
of the 30 Germans they encounter- -
ad while Allied ground gunners got
Viva mora No RAF plan., war, ^ f ^
* Indl< ating a possibility that the Russian air force was joining in a night Allied air offensive, the German radio warned at midnight that enemy planes were over east Prussia as well as western Germany.
ft In the Ploesti bombing. *wturn-Tng fliers said their bombs raised
Moscow was silent on the southern Polish front.
Westward in the big bulge that reaches along the lower Latvian border and deep into eastern Lithuania, the Russians announced extension of their outflanking maneuver against Daugavpils with ca- • lure of Onikshty and Pichany, railway towns 60 miles west of Daugavpils.
West and southwest of Wilno the Red army moved less than 19 miles from Kaunas, reporting the seizure of the railway junction town of Kaisiadorys and Alythus, 32 miles south of Kaunas. The Germans said three days previously that the Russians had taken Alythus, but the Soviets remained silent until their broadcast communique tonight.
In possibly the most significant development of the day announced by Moscow, the communique said Soviet troops had reached the Niemen river line on a 75-mile front north and south of Alytus and had crossed that historic water barrier at many points.
This put them less than eight miles from the Suwalki triangle that was annexed to east Prussia in September, 1939. and placed Russian soldiers well northwest of Grodno, which already was in the process of being outflanked from the southwest.
In their drive to the Niemen river north and northwest of Grodno, the Russians listed capture of the river towns of Druskieniki, Ondubra, Pri-valka and Gozha. the latter only eight miles from the Suwalki border and nine miles above Grodno. Crossing the river at that point would put them even nearer to German soil.
Snyder Captures 'Kraut' in Italy
mile front occupied all important heights nine miles from the Amo river guarding Florence and Pisa.
It appeared that Livorno, potential base for a grand assault on the Gothic line above Florence and Pisa, could not be held much longer by the battered German Fourteenth army, now in full retreat.
Advances were general along the 160-mile front except in the center, where British Eighth Army artillery was banging away at the bottleneck Olmo Pass, barring the way to Arezzo. This highway center on the road to Florence was in sight of advance elements.
German positions south of and it was possible the enemy’s retreat would not halt until he had drawn back as much as 13 miles at some points to the heights north cast of Pisa across the Amo.
Doughboys following the withdrawal moved up the coast to within three and one-half miles of Livorno at one point last night.
Americans here overran Peccioli, only nine miles from the Amo, and a gain of another four to five miles would put Lt. Gen. Mark W Clark s forces at the edge of the broad Amo valley only 12 to 13 miles from Pisa. Belvedere, about the same distance away, also fell.
The Eighth Army pushed up to within two miles of the road Junction of Citta di Castello in the Tiber river valley, occupying the villages of Santa Lucia.
Farther east the British straightened their lines with an advance through Gualdo Tadino to Fossate di Vico, 23 miles northeast of Perucia.
Italian troops on the Adriatic front occupied Cingoli, 22 miles southwest of the port of Ancona, and the village of Stride two miles beyond Cingoli.
ROLLING ALONG—U. S. forces were expected to take Lessay on the western flank in France soon, while Berlin announced a major British-Canadian drive was on around Caen. Fall of Lessay would be considered an important victory and would force a Nazi withdrawal in that area.
Lessay Fall Draws Close
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITION. ARY FORCE, Sunday, July 16—(AP)—U. S. troops rolling up the German western flank in an unspectacular hut relentless advance yesterday smashed into the outskirts of Lessay and the fall of that Axis coastal anchor town wai expected soon.
German broadcasts said a big drive was imminent in the British-Canadian sector around Caen on the eastern end of the Normandy front, and a field dispatch from that area said German demolition crews had begun blowing up smokestacks in the factories of Colombelles. three miles northeast of Caen. Such wrecking usually precedes a German withdrawal, but this dispatch said there were no other signs the Germans were pulling out.
The capture of Lessay on | “•
the west coast of the Cherbourg peninsula probably would force a German with-
Flaming Oil Rivers Hit Japs
^ ____________ WITH THE FIFTH ARMY.
smoke columns 20.000 feet high and ITALY—Leading a five-man patrol
visible IOO miles away.
Merchant Marine From Clyde Dies
Rankin Daniel, son of Mr. and ^Irs. R. W. Daniel of Clyde, for-
Into enemy territory S-Sgt. Jack Line, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlie Line of Snyder, Texas, recently returned with one Jerry prisoner and valuable information.
Sergeant Line was ordered to take a patrol of Fifth Army Infantrymen across a highway to reconnoiter enemy positions. He led his men about 500 yards into German lines, meeting no resistance, he took note
10,075 Names On County's School Rolls
Taylor county's school census for the 1944-45 term wil ltotal 10,075 if the State Department of Education approves all names on the supplementary scholastic roll submitted by Co. School Supt. Tom
erly of Abilene, died i of all Kraut positions, and returned McGehee Saturday.
To the 9,992 students enumerated—and subsequently approved—in the county-wide census the past March were added 35 for the Abilene school district and 33 for
the common school districts of the county, an increase of 83. ‘Figured at the proposed
noon in a hospital at Fort Stanton, j a German found hiding In the
N. M. I woods.
Death was attributed as an after Llne h ^ Army-S 36th -Tex
effect of an injury received when ^ Divls5on
he fell from his Merchant Marine __
^hip during a black out, soon after ;
mitering service 15 months ago.
Funeral Is to be at Eastland at IO a m. Monday.
He was bom at Strawn on June 23, 1906. Survivors are his wife; his
J arenas; two brothers, Neil and harles, both overseas; two sisters, Mrs. J. A. Brashear of Baird, Mrs. R. C. Stone of Artesia, N. M. Also surviving is a daughter, Barbara, by a previous marriage.
♦McLennan County Votes to Be Dry
Armored Division Commander Killed
Bombed Tanks Answer Killing Of Yank Airmen
By the Associated Press
Flaming rivers of oil were sent gushing down en Japanese in the Boela petroleum center of Ceram island in a blazing answer by Allied fliers to an enemy broadcast hinting that superfortress airmen had been executed for bombing Japan.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced today attack planes flying in force from recently captured airdromes off New Guinea split open storage tanks in the hills of the Dutch ast Indies island and the streams of oil enveloped "the whole target in flames."
Mac Arthur’s bombers came out
WASHINGTON. July ll—<A>) —American warships and planes yesterday shelled and bombed Guam island, former American naval base south of newly-conquered Saipan in the Mariannas, the Navy reported tonight.
Gun emplacements and the airfield at Orote were hit during the two-way attack.
Four Japanese planes were destroyed on the ground, the Pacific fleet headquarters announcement said, adding that our planes ran into "moderate'’ anti-aircraft fire.
drawal of several miles on a
Headquarters communique No 80 Issued st 11:50 p. rn. last night said the north bank of the Ay river Just outside Lessay had been reached on a front of several miles.
Front dispatches also reported other Yank forces had penetrated to within two miles of the import
ant road junction of Perter*, and to Jo the invasion of France arrived
njured, Trained Here, Back From Normandy Front
Five men from a Camp Barkery-
trailed division which participated
CHATTANOOGA, Term., July 15 —(ZP)—A two-engined army plane, plunging to earth during a violent storm last night, carried to instant death Maj. Gen. Paul W. Newgar-den, commander of the tenth ar mored division, and five other Army men, including two colonels.
In the plane, which disintegrated after crashing headlong through an WACO, July 15—(ZP)—McLennan j orchard, were Col. Renn Lawrence, county went dry by a 653-vote mar- I commander of a combat unit; 2nd
Lt. J. R. Lockett, 32, Granada, Miss.;
sin in a county-wide local option prohibition election here today.
Out of 16,735 vo’ujs accounted for and less than 203 votes yet to be counted, unofficial returns showed: for prohibition, 8,696; against, 8,043.
Flight Officer E. S. Ihle, 27. Slater, la.; and Staff Sgt. F. J. Albright, 26, Bradford, O.
Tile army withheld the name of the second colonel, pending notification of next of kin.
Haskell Business Man Dies of Attack
capita apportionment of $29, the supplementary list will add $2,407 to amount of state aid the county's schools are entitled to receive," McGehee pointed out. "At the old rate of $25, the increase would total $2,075."
Even if all names on the supplementary list are approved, however, the county’s school population will be smaller this year than in 1943-44. The 10,075 possible total for the current period compares with 10,463 in the prior year.
"I feel sure therg still are students in the county who have not been enumerated," McGehee declared. "If parents of these stu-
victoriously in air battles over Yap and Palau, and joined cruisers and destroyers bombarding 45.000 Nipponese foot soldiers regrouping for another smash at American lines on th® northern New Guinea coast. A pCr! spokesman said t he intense bombardment had temporarily halted the enemy attempt to break out of a massive trap.
HIGH IN PRIORITY—Uncle Sam's warships and planes shelled and bomber Guam, former American naval base, in a new attack on the island, which is high on the list of “musts” of the Allies’ rapture list.
within 2.000 yards of the bitterly-defended mid-Normandv communications center of St. Lo. Allied airmen despite the "worst weather*’] since D-Day bombed and strafed enemy troops and artillery positions around St Lo from a minimum altitude.
Periers la six miles southeast of Imperilled Lessay. and St. Lo, hinge city at, the other end of the churning American front la 20 miles southeast of Lessay. The usual bitter house-to-house fighting was expected from German rearguards left in Lessay to protect the withdrawal of the main Nazi forces tot higher and more readily defensible ground south of Lessay.
Th# vitiates of St. Opportune, Pivaot ant »t. Patrtee de (laid* were taken In the enveloping movement on lessay, the eoiti-tnuniqque Mid. Farther east in the thrust close to Periers the Americans fought their way through Gougrfvllle and Nay and reached the betes river.
Allied airmen shot down two of 30 enemv aircraft encountered near Caen during the day without themselves suffering loss. Anti-aircraft gunners in the eastern sector also shot down five enemy aircraft Friday, the bulletin said.
One enemy E-Boat was set afire and others damaged when intercepted in Seine bay as they were attempting to make a foray westward I rom Le Havre
(A German broadcast Saturday night quoted the Nazi high corn
in Temple last night for treatment at the McCloskey General hospital after a trip by plane across th* Atlantic to New York and on to
One of them, Second Lt, Lesli® R Hereford Jr.. son of Mr. and Mrs. I R, Hereford Sr. of Lometa, lost his right arm from artillery shell blast, and while he was In a foxhole awaiting medical treatment, snipers hit him in the other arm* His Injury was received while fight-* lug near Ellenville where the division wa# softening up the Germain on June IO.
He told Walter Humphrey, editor of the Temple Telegram who relayed the story to the Reporter-News last night by telephone, that jhe captured Two Russian soldier* used by the German army, TTiey were the first to be capture** -ny hi* regimen*-
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Pfc Mbert Wadlow of Oklahoma
Cit J', who entered service at Pawnee Okla . was hit June ll in th® right leK by .shrapnel caused by ft ; German 88 trim. gun.
«S-Sgt William A. Oreen. son of Mr and Mrs p; F Green of Wtllj Point, was within two miles of Cherbourg when he was mowed down by machine gun fire which cost him his rig hi leg. Losses were heavy in that engagement, he told Humphrey. Eight of his buddies were on the ground wnen he fell. Th* roughest job was taking Ste Mer# Eg Use. even though not much -was left of the town after artillery fir® and air force bombing.
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Pfc B T. Anslev, son of Mr. and
REPORT OF EXECUTIONS MAY BE BIT OF JAP PROPAGANDA
Imperial armies were in retreat on two other battlefronts and American bombers were ranging undisturbed over 800 miles of Japan’s broken inner defense line when a radio program hinted at new executions of Yank airmen.
A propaganda broadcast from Singapore told how B-29 airmen crashed to their death in the June 15 raid on Japan's steel center and added that others "bailed out to
U. 8. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER Bt REAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: Partly1
gluily Sunday and Monday.
WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Sun-
day and Monday with scattered than-I HASKELL, July 15—(Spl.)—I. E. derahowera in Panhandle Sunday and Qoodson, 55, Haskell cafe Operator In Panhandle and South Pinna Monday. r
EAST TI VAS: Partly cloudy Sun
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Sunrise this morning: 6.14. gunsel tonight: 8:46.
and resident of the city many years, died of a heart attack about 9:15 p. rn, tonight while driving alone in his car three blocks northeast of the square.
The car driven by him apparently went out of control when he was stricken, and crashed into a tree on the lawn of the Martin Arend resident. First persons reaching the scene found Mr. Goodson unconscious in the car and summoned an ambulance. Death occurred enroute to the hospital.
Mr. Goodson Is survived by his wife and a daughter. Mrs. E. H. Tankersley of Knox City.
dents will report them for enum-! meet with the same fate which was (ration, my office will trv to have meted out to the raiders of Tokyo Tf)nTS' said
them included on the census rolls.
"All students should be enumerated, as failure to do so will cost the schools either $29 or $25 in state aid for each student who is omitted."
Haskell Passes Bond Quota; Weinert Leads
By the Associated Pres*
A Japanese propaganda broadcast from Singapore to American forces in the southwest Pacific said yesterday that an unstated number of U. S. airmen from superfortresses which raided Japan lins “bailed out to meet with the same fate which was meted out to the raiders of Tokyo some two years ago."
In the 1942 raid, eight fliers yere
believed to have been captured, of which “some” were executed and “some" were given commutations, according to an announcement by President Roosevelt a year after the raid.
Today’s broadcast which was not paralleled by any other Japanese radio, came at an hour when the Singapore radio often releases propaganda designed to frighten or discourage American and Australian monitors of the Fed-CommLssion,
with a lead that the broadcast suggested they might have been executed “or at least were being held for execution."
Brig Gen. Kenneth B Wolfe, commanding officer of the 20th bomber command, said at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., that he doubted if any of the participants of the first superfortress raid on
mand as saying a big push by Gen- Mrs. B T Ansley Sr. of Willis, near eral Montgomery from the ( arn Huntsville, apparently saw later area was imminent anti was being fighting in Fiance than an# of the heralded by an intensified RitiLciy other boys. He was wounded June
i 24 when as a lineman, he was hit by 88 rn. rn fire 18 miles from the coast of France. He said one regiment had its ship shot out from under it while moving into Fiance, but no lives were lost.
Another casualty. Lester C Mul-links of Okemah. Okla., technician fifth class, was hit in the hand, leg, side and arm, in midnight bombing on June ll.
(“The British still are cramming more and more troops into the forward lines." said the German bulletin, “but the fire of field gun* and naval artillery has been intensified to such a pitch that new attacks southwest of C'aen and east of the Orne river are expected to begin forthwith.’’)
British and Canadian troops were building up their strength for a | show-down battle around the wrecked city of Caen at the eastern end of the Normandy front. The British in their salient across the ; Odon river southwest of Carn again . had seized Maltot. four miles below
Colorado Soldier Drives off Snipers
WITH THE FIFTH .ARMY,
ui mc Hf«i wcoo ,ati4 v,., j----------- tratooir ITALY.—Pvt. clarence E. Walker,
Japan June 15, when four bombers Caon, and aLso the peary> s Colorado City. Texas, signalman re-
Hill 112, or Crucifix Hill. Both' points had changed hands several times.
were lost, had been executed. No bombers were lost on a second superfortress raid July 7.
In the broadcast the announcer from Singapore asserted:
"Any Allied airman who falls or bails out over Japan will be executed. This la the order of the day.”
The Office of War Information first issued a story based on the FCC recording quoting the Singapore radio as saying the captives had been executed, then followed
some two years ago." Tokyo has rral Communications announced ten of Gen. James Doo- nhn recorded 11 little’s raiders were executed as "murderers."
Parachuting to Japanese soil after an. air raid is buying "a one way ticket to hell,” the announcer said.
The broadcast in English was beamed to the southwest Pacific where 16 Japanese air fields have been captured in the last three months. a TTT r ic Tokyo radio announced 85 Amer-
1 ,lu ■ <Spl >—Haskell lean carrier planes continued un-
county s quota in the Fifth War broken attacks on the former U. S.
Loan dine was oversubscribed this naval station at Guam into the
week, according to a statement eleventh successive day while power* must spend the -est of his life im-
made by R. C. Couch, county war ful V. S. naval forces patrolled ad- prisoned at hard labor, a court mar-
finance chairman. jacent waters in the southern Mal- tial board ordered today in convict -
Life Imprisonment Given Young Flier
HARANA FIELD, Ari7. July 15 - /Pi—Second Lt. Howard E Stitts-worth, 21-vear-old Luke field filer,
Overall quota for the county j ianas. was $470,000, and purchases listed early this week amounted to $521,-094.95, Couch reported.
The “E" bond quota for the county is $206,000 and total purchases of $200,667.75 were listed.
To Weinert went the honor of being the first town in the county to meet both its "E" bond and overall quota, and by the greatest percent, Couch announced.
It said two Liberators made the first land-based air attack on Iwo island, 800 miles north of Guam and 750 miles south of Tokyo. The Liberators must have come from Saipan, key to the Marianas recently captured in the first break in Japan's in
set PACIFIC, P*. 2, CoL I
mg him of murder for decapitation of a motorist in an automobile-air-plane accident.
Stittsworth, whose home is In Wakefield, Kas., was identified by witnesses during a two-day trial as the pilot of a plane that dipped within six feet of the pavement on u. S. Highway 8 June 22 near Wittmann, Ariz., decapitating with a wing tip Earl W. Nepple, Los Angeles hotel man.
Captain Bridwell Arrives in States
WINTERS, July 15 — Capt. Bridwell of Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Bridwell, arrived In Alexandria, La., Saturday from England and Is expected to fly to Abilene Sunday or Monday where he will continue home.
Captain Bedwell piloted the Blue Blazing Blizzard over enemy territory in Europe, wearing a pair of Texas cowboy b ots, considered "good luck ’ by a number of pilots from Texas.
He called home from Alexandria Saturday, and it, was the parent’s first word of his return to the states. At Winters he was a four-year star of the Blizzard football team for which his ship was named.
Ballinger Chutist Wounded in France
cently drove off enemy snipers on the Fifth Army front in Italy.
Driving his jeep past an infantry forward command post. Walker heard a sniper's bullet whistle directly above his head.
Reaching for his Tommy gun. he hit the ground and crawled away from the vehicle. Two more shote whizzed overhead.
BALLINGER, July ll. (Spl.)—I Tile officer in charge pointed out Pvt. A. G. Buchanan, paratrooper the snipers location. Walker fired was wounded in France June 8, ac- 30 round.1 into the designated target, cording to information received here Reloading his weapon, he covered this week He is now in a hospital Sjx infantrymen as they crawled up in England after spending several to the brick enclosure which had days in a haspital in France. | shielded the snipers. There was no
His wife, the former Hallie Pound- one there, the snipers having pulled ers, is a cadet nurse at Shannon out.
hospital. San Angelo
Pvt. Buchanan trained at Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells and Ft. Benning, Ga. He had been in England for six monthes when the invasion was launched.
He formerly worked at the Harmon Training Center and is a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. George Newby. His parents live at Bradshaw.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Walker, Route I Colorado City. Private Walker joined the National Guard In November, 1939 a "d has been with the 36th "Texas' D’. ision since it was mobilized in Nov mber, 1940.
Reds in Normandy
NEW YORK. July 15 UP)—'The Brazzaville radio said today three high officers of the Soviet air force, a general and tw o colonels, , had visited liberated territory in Fiance, thp fir?* Russian officers to visit the Normandy front.
Sweetwater Plans More Playgrounds
ft WEFT’W ATER, Sept. 15. (Bpi.) — The city of Sweetwater advanced its plans to provide negro and Mexican playgrounds this week when City Manager R. C. Hoppe was instructed by the city commission to proceed the purchase of more than four acres in the southwest part of town for a Mexican park.
Series E Sales In Texas Lagging
DALLAS. July 15— (F— Total sales of war bonds in Texas and sales to individuals continue to rise. but the Series E category is lagging almost 20 per cent behind quota, the state war finance committee said today.
Total sales were $568,740,384 against a quota of $464,000,000; sales to individuals were $277,861.-428. against $236,003,000 asked for, but the Series E total was $101,-991,031, nearly 20 per cent under the $125,000,000 goal.