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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 15, 1944, Altoona, Pennsylvania Stocks a final the circulation of the Altoona Mirror yesterday was 29,765 Altoona sir Tarot weather colder there a a strange parallel Between a remember the Maine Quot blown up in Havana Harbor feb. 15, 1898, and a remember Pearl Harbor today. I vol. 59, no. 208 phone 7171 Altoona pa., tuesday evening february 15, 1944. Twenty pages Price four cents 1 a Benedictine Abbey under fire United states and Britain tighten sea blockade against Germany Juniata flier Dies in action Over Europe gunner killed sergeant Arlie l. Thompson earlier reported missing killed family told. Sergeant Arlie Leroy Thompson i aged 22, son of or. And mrs. Harold t. Thompson formerly of 1506 eighth Avenue now residing at Hollidaysburg r. D. No. I and husband of mrs. Marjorie Marie i Kulm Thompson of 1023 fifth Avenue Juniata was killed in a i lion Jan. 5 in the european area i according to a War department Tele j Gram received by the wife yester i Day afternoon. The sergeant earlier had been \ reported missing in action mrs stage set for soviet Bay of Biscay inside o liberate Bond Sale in county Over six million /7f Russia missing flier off final report tomorrow May put Camp a i g n $1,000,000 Over original goal. Sgt. Arlie l. Thompson earlier reported missing in action sergeant Thompson was killed when his plane was shot Down during big raid German sources report through red Cross. Thompson receiving a War depart pm incl ment message on Jan. 18. The Sec u us Bdl vj1 a to Ond Telegram read a report received from the German government through the International red Cross states your husband sergeant Arlie l. Thompson who was previously reported missing in action was killed in action Jan. 5 in the european area. The Secretary of War extends his deepest sympathy. Letter will on big raid. From earlier accounts it is believed sergeant Thompson had participated in the tremendous american flying fortress raids Over Kiel. Germany and Bordeaux France when he was shot Down. The wife resides at the Home of her parents or. And mrs. Bernard h. Kuhn and with her Are the two Thompson children Marjorie Jane j aged i it and Harold aged 8 months. Sergeant and mrs. Thompson lived in Juniata until his induction. Since sergeant Thompson was reported missing As of Jan. 5, the Day on which great armadas of flying fortresses raided a 1,000-mile front Over France and Germany it is presumed he participated in the air Battle. He was a Tail gunner on a b-17 fortress. According to the United press the americans met heavy opposition Over Bordeaux and Kiel and lost Twenty live heavy bombers and twelve fighters but shot Down ninety five German planes. Former Pennsy employee. Sergeant Thompson a graduate of Altoona High school in 1939, was a Pennsylvania Railroad freight brakeman when he was inducted into the Sei Wice oct. 19, 1942. He was sent to Keesler Field miss., then assigned to the Harlingen Llyswen plot for memorial City Council in the second regular february session this morning adopted a Resolution turning Over to the use of the Llyswen Alle a Feeny Furnace Community association a plot of ground containing 4,923 Square feet at Seneca place Ward and fort Roberdeau avenues As a site for the erection of a permanent memorial to the Young men and women of that Section who have gone into the armed service during the War. Mayor Brumbaugh presided at the meeting with councilmen Guy z. Pearce Jacob Weber c. L. Mccartney and John c. Calhoun in attendance. Or. Weber presented a Resolution we hich was adopted for the temporary appointment of Albert w. Smith of 2514 fourteenth Avenue As dump attendant. He will serve in the absence of the regular attendant who we As injured while in the discharge of his duties. A request was Laid before c. W. Eifler in which he offered to $52.16 in the settlement of a Lien against his property at 2021 Crawford Avenue. The City a claim is $75.79. A motion was adopted that the offer be not accepted. Mayor Brumbaugh Laid before the body an application that had been filed by Edgar c. Magill for the position of manager of the Cove Valley Airport if and when it is taken Over on lease from the state. Mrs. Edna z. Babcock local by Harrison Salisbury staff correspondent Moscow feb. 15. Soviet ukrainian forces squeezed the last battered survivors of the encircled German 8th army into a thirty six Square mile area today and aet the j stage for a new offensive to com Blair county purchases in the plete the liberation of southwestern fourth War loan Campaign which Russia. Officially ends today continue to i while one soviet spearhead broke climb and with the final report to through into the Center of the Morrow the grand total May be enemy a cd Creasi pocket with the nearly $1,000,000 in excess of the capture of Korsun other elements $5,773,000 goal. The sales As of of the 1st and 2nd ukrainian the close of business yesterday j armies prepared a death trap for arc $6,114,417, according to com nazi Rescue forces that wedged in mutations made by Daniel b. Shea j to their defences to the Southwest Secretary county War finance com-1 front dispatches indicated that Mittie. The Campaign general chairman r. H. Desouza. Announced today he had received word from state Headquarters that purchases of savings Bonds and savings notes made until feb. 29 will be counted in the accomplishments of the fourth War loan drive. Works sales High. William a. Nickol supervisor of expenditures Altoona works Pennsylvania Railroad reports the combined Roll deductions and Bond purchases in the shops during the Campaign As follows Juniata shops $209,000 car shops $141,000, and South Altoona foundries $138,000. A separate report also has been made for the Industrial division George m. Wassmann chairman. It shows sales As follows Sylvania electric products inc., $37,200 r. S. L. Shuttlecocks company $11,450 Altoona Rayon weaving Mill $14,-000 Vincent Horwitz company $1, the soviets with the encircled 8th army As bait had lured German marshal Fritz Erich von Mann Stcin into committing the bulk of his Armor in this sector in a costly but vain Rescue Effort that May Force him to withdraw completely into Bessarabia and old Poland. The struggle concentrated in the West of Kiev where the russians Drew Mannstein scentral Panzer divisions into forests and destroyed them then launched a counter blow that carried them into the Rovno sector of old Poland. There was no estimate of the number of Panzer divisions which Mannstein threw into his desperate Effort to extricate the trapped 8th army but his High losses including seventy three tanks Vest e r d a y alone indicated that he had engaged the Hulk of his Armor. By new order vessels of neutrals entering restricted area do so at their own risk. By Phil Ault staff correspondent London feb. 15.�?the British Navy clamped a tight pre invasion control on ship if the parallel with the Kiev Ping in the Bay of Biscay today declaring 150,000 Square Miles of Waters to be dangerous and asserting that any vessel entering them without permission does so at its own risk. Battle is pursued to its logical conclusion the russians May be expected to unleash a powerful new drive South toward the Dniester and Rumania and West toward Poland once Mann Stcin a forces have been exhausted and shorn of their equipment. Inside the cd Creasi pocket the remnants of an original Force of 100,000 men were reported fight in parallel actions. The United states and Britain in parallel actions Are tightening the blockade against transports to Germany sea borne Secretary a like madmen in a bloody last stand but their doom already had of Navy Frank Knox said in Wash narrow sector Northwest of Zvenit been scaled with the fall of kor in ton adding that almost All of Gorodka Twenty eight Miles South Sun their Only formidable Strong i Germany s blockade runners land West of Korsun was repeating in j hold and five other towns around in the Bay of Biscay. The aim is the rim of their shrinking territory the eventual elimination of transportation of goods to Germany through France Knox said the measure announced by the admiralty was designed to prevent potentially Adverse observation and to increase anti submarine mean ures in the vast expanse of sea lying Iii the Elbow of the French and Spanish coastline the primary Atlantic approach to Western Europe. Pattern and details the great Battles men Are sent from City to service posts sgt. B. L. Hassinger. Staff sergeant Braden l. Massinger son of mrs. Ernestine Las Singer of 709 Twenty ninth Street a gunner with a bombing Squadron serving in the Hixia area was reported by the War department in a Telegram received by Ilia Mother As missing in action since feb. 5. He is a graduate of Philipsburg High school and before entering the service aug. 17, 1942, was a shipping clerk at the local Paragon textile Plant. He Lias two Brothers and three Sisters. Inductions and enlistments in the candidates of other counties Are endorsed germans Are blasted from ancient site flying fortress and m a in in nth guns open All out drive against nazis. Bulletin Allied Headquarters Naples feb. 15.�? More than 200 american bombers spearheaded by a great Force of flying fortresses blasted the ancient Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino today and big siege guns of the 5th army joined in with a devastating artillery barrage that was believed to have smashed the powerful German defences inside the shrine and on the surrounding Mountain a spirit of unanimity pervaded eniwetok Jap base put out of commission six pcs by Robert v. Vermillion by William f. Tyree a Quot a correspondent i. P. War correspondent. Allied Hea d Pearl a Bor t. Feb. 15. Preliminary reports today Indi that eniwetok atoll next army Navy and marines were re1 Public Van a comm vice Britain design major japanese base on the Central. Ported at the armed forces pre q p Ca jer8 fr0m Centre and j Natch As dangerous to shipping. Pacific route to Truk and Tokyo Ling. Quarters Naples re. An enthusiastic meeting of the Blair the Proela Matton almost Doublet fated 15.�?american Fly fortresses and big 500 Altoona factories $7,100 Al induction station at the armory yes j Clearfield counties at Jaffa mosque 1 and served As a warning to dilatory Toona spinning company $112 Paragon textile company $5,825 Juniata silk Mill $12,956 Puritan knitting Mills $14,000, and Lindie continued on Page 18, column 4 final Winter clearance in Altoona stores tex., Aerial gunnery school of the j sent of the farm Bureau insurer Force and was graduated with Ance company and l. Mum hitch honors. 1 Mert representing the Home of after being stationed at Lowry i fice appeared before Council and Field Denver colo., sergeant Thompson was assigned to Kearney neb., where he joined a Crew of a big bomber for final training As a gunner. His Crew left for England where it was made part of the 8th air Force and had flown bombing mis continued on Pace 18, column 6 temperatures. Despite the High winds of last night the Low temperatures record by thermometers at the Railroad latest department building was 22 degrees the High yesterday afternoon having been 41 degrees. At 9 of clock this morning the temperature stood at 28 degrees. Big problem by United press Washington d. C., feb. 15.�?problems of Post War International aviation involving suggestions for the United states to retain control of american built bases will be discussed in this country soon at a conference of interested Powers it was Learned today. Discussions on the groundwork for the conference were said to have been in Progress for several months. They were believed spurred to some extent by undisguised anxiety by British Commonwealth nations Over the proposals both in and out of Congress for this country to insist on prior rights on bases particularly in the Pacific built or improved by the american government. The questions involved Are among the most controversial in Allied circles. Governments controlling areas in which lie bases have been built contend that their construction As War measures for the common Good does not give the i United Stales prior rights. The most forceful Aud significant statement on the Issue came when Australia and new zealand recently signed a fourty four Point pact for Mutual Post War cooperation. It was aimed primarily at forming the Keystone of a regional Post War association of nations with interests in the far East. Presented their plan for a general Hospital and Benefit contract for cite employees. They stated that it would be necessary for 75 per cent of the employees to go into the plan before a contract would be made. S Lieal benefits to a maximum of $150. Councilmen expressed their disapproval of the idea of Oak Roll deductions for such purposes. Altoona is Hurt in action or. And mrs. Walter Bowersox of 710 first Avenue last night received a message from major general Ulio adjutant general of the army in which he apprised them that their son Walter e. Bowersox jr., aged 21, was seriously wounded in action on feb. 2 in the Marshall islands in the Pacific theatre of War. The message did not give details of the nature of the wounds received by the Soldier but More definite information we As promised when it is forthcoming. Walter entered the service Jan. 31, 1943, and he has been in the Pacific theatre of War for a number of months. Highways Slippery. Pittsburgh feb. 15.�?highway Crews worked overtime today hindering streets and roads throughout Western Pennsylvania made Slippery and hazardous by ice and Snow. All highways in the area including the entire length of the Pennsylvania Turnpike were reported icy As last night s heavy rain froze with the arrival of sub freezing weather and intermittent Snow. Will veto Bill. Washington d. feb. 15. The administrations congressional leaders after a Long conference with president Roosevelt indicated not tomorrow is not Dollar Day but a final Winter clearance in the Altoona stores. War restrictions and shortage do not permit the usual abundant Supply of merchandise to which the buying Public has been accustomed. However the mid Winter clearance entered into by most stores will offer unusual opportunities for everyone to Purchase a lot of Winter merchandise at greatly reduced prices. The stores do not have an extremely Large Supply of Winter Stock to dispose of but what they have will be offered to the Public at bargain prices so As to permit them to display the new Spring merchandise on saturday Fob. 19. The Altoona buying Public is urged to come to town tomorrow thus availing themselves of the splendid opportunities to obtain highest Quality merchandise at special prices. The merchants have made extensive preparations for the special occasion of a final Winter clearance and sales staffs will be augmented to handle the anticipated increased business for the Day. U. S. Bombers Lead in kaid London. Fob. 15. Liberator bombers of the United states 8th air Force led american and Allied planes of All types in a widespread attack on the de Calais strip of the French invasion coast today. Royal air Force spitfires escorted the liberators in the raid on the unidentified German a military targets scattered along the French coast across the narrowest part of the Channel. American marauders and British Mitchells and Bostons joined in the attack together with rape typhoon fighter bombers. The marauder medium bombers were accompanied by British Canadian and Allied fighters. Urge against veto. Washington d. a Fob. 15.-congressional leaders have urged president Roosevelt to let the new $2,315,000,000 tax Bill become Law however much it fails to come up to his expectations on the grounds that it is probably the last Revenue measure this Congress can be persuaded to pass. Exchange ship sails. Jersey City. N. J., feb. 15. Tha swedish motor ship grip Holm ter Day As a number of Altoona and Blair county men left immediately for Active duty. The Navy sent away More than Twenty five men All reporting from their selective service boards and going direct to a training base. Five men were accepted for the marines All going to san Diego calif., the Marine base. Altoona City Board no. 2 furnished four men to report to the Navy today those to leave being the following Richard William Carroll 1512 eighth Street. Robert Eugene Gampe 1503 eighth Avenue. Melvin Charles Weyandt 2101 Washington Avenue. Thomas Gerald Asper 1209 fourteenth Avenue. In addition the following already reported will leave today As the quota from the no. 3 Altoona City Board for the Navy Harry Frederick Scholl Mirror printing company pressroom pm i ploy James Lee Kough Altoona High athlete Allen Bernard conduct Paul Joseph Campbell and Richard William Carroll. The no. I Altoona Board with a quota of six for the Navy failed to report insufficient time being allowed to Call the men. Selective service requires a Twenty one Day notice of Call. In addition to the inductees the armory forces handled More than 200 pre inductions from the Johns i town selective service boards passing 170. Those passed at Tho armory yesterday and today follow left for Marine. 300 Spring Street. Interested in Atlantic neutrals shipping. A considerable part continued on Page i of the 150.-Eolunin 3 finns examine possibilities to make peace Marion Calvin roller Vav Williamsburg. Norman Leslie Wayan William Martin in Dor no 2. Francis Leroy Martin South Dorsie John Imberger. Everett r Navy i 7 a vent ohls. Butts Lickel 2711 sixth Hollidaysburg Altoona it. D. Fork i. I venue. Cene Altoona. Robert Smili Clos Hon nue. Altoona Edgar Eugene Gearhart Pine Grove continued on Page 20, column i reports said the two Way bombardment had knocked out the powerful German defences inside the shrine and on the surrounding Mountain slopes. Merciless bombing. The merciless bombing and shelling was launched Only cd Annua or. A Niv Cion Vio no no a it. Hui he in. I i f Mitchell Mecartney Lite Blair Anco satisfactory Progress apparent Pacific since those which preceded alter american troops Natl Sui by Jac k Fleisc her staff correspondent. Stock Hoim be b. 15. I n f o r in do finnish sources said today that Finland is directly exploring the possibilities of peace with Russia last night As the Assembly voted endorsement of Claude g. Aikens of state College and former judge a Roy Chase of Clearfield to serve As District delegates to Tho National Republican convention while two Blair count ians would Steve As alternate delegates. Bent upon Harmony in he years elections in Accord with the state Republican leadership a program the meeting was called by state g. O. P. Chairman m. Harvey Taylor and was presided Over by attorney John m. Klepser Blair member of the state Republican committee. Leaders present included congressman d. Emmert Brumbaugh Blair chairman p. A. Patterson mrs. Vice chairman Centre chairman Thomas Beaver and or. Aikens Clearfield chairman William r Gallagher and sex judge Chase. The action taken by the Blair committee Lollo Wod pleas from the Centre and Clearfield Republican leaders that their counties be afforded the Opportunity to name the delegates and that Blair be Content to elect the two alternates. Both the Centre find Clearfield leaders said that their counties Are supporting congressman Brumbaugh wholeheartedly in this years Campaign and that no candidates will be in the congressional running from the neighbouring coun j dig aug Helsinki a desire to end the ties. This they said is their move .onf, but if it so neither of them to bring Complete Harmony in the s Al government official. It. Was 1944 presidential year. I considered Likely that some third it was brought to the attention to siege guns of the 5th army was blasted into uselessness last week end in one of the most Pri longed assaults Ever made by j p0ure j a drum fire of death into the ancient Benedic american Carrier based planes. Naval experts in Washington be lived that the attacks fore j Tine monastery of Monte Cassino today and front shadowed an imminent american invasion thrust against eniwetok meager details sent to naval Headquarters by the Carrier Force before resuming radio silence supported the belief that eniwetok a Ai drome 350 Miles Northwest of conquered Kwajalein in the marshalls had been knocked out at least temporarily and its Shore installations reduced to a smoking shambles. The six separate raids Friday saturday and sunday were probably the heaviest in the centrally is being made. The american landings on Kwa a Juho Eljas Erkko former Fin Jean Jan 31 Anco met neither fight Nish foreign minister who has been for nor antiaircraft opposition a in Stockholm apparently on a further indication that a knockout peace Mission prepared to leave Bow has been scored. For Helsinki at 7 p. In. Only a few persons knew what was going on behind the scenes and outwardly there were no developments. But informed quarters said the finnish government was examining the chances for peace. Finnish sources said the i inns had established indirect Contact with Russia for preliminary feelers. It was possible that a russian already has met with a finn to of the group that Walter l. Dodson of Hollidaysburg has announced his candidacy for the Delegate Post. The Assembly voted then to have a special committee a Waif upon or. Dodson in an Effort to Burg committee members to serve in this capacity. However or continued on Page 20, column i eniwetok previously an important trans shipment base for supplies and reinforcements to the cast became a major defense outpost for Truk 750 Miles to the Southwest with the american capture of Kwajalein. It had an excellent Ai drome and boasts of the finest Fleet anchorages in tile world. A spokesman for Admiral Chester w. Nimitz commander of the continued on Page 18. Column 4 Rooke Island is taken from japs War summary party such As an american or swedish official acted As a messenger in the preliminary Exchange the russians were understood to have sought to learn what Hie finns were up to in the current peace Maneu vers. The finns re have him seek an alternates pox j pointedly replied they were ready to Southwest Pacific Fob 15. Amori in favor of the other two Foj Geuss terms for an armistice a1 can forces gained control of the chairman Klepser appointed though naturally no details of their be Vonty five mile Straits Between chairman Patterson mrs. Mac conditions wore mentioned. Nev Britain and new Guinea with Cartney and the twelve holidays a London daily Telegraph Dis i the can Tare of Rooke Island a Well Patch from Stockholm quoting a two Independent usually reliable sources a said the minimum soviet terms to Finland would include a return to the 1940 Border with a slight modification in russians favor occupation of All Large Fin j Diatel took Over the islands coastal by Don Aswell i. I. War c correspondent. Alli e d Headquarters the capture fortified base lying Midway Between the two former japanese strongholds it was announced today. American troops swarmed ashore saturday meeting no opposition a communique disclosed and Immy 1 limed 1 by United pre Allied air Power was Loose on the Southern italian front today signifying the Start of a vigorous Effort to break the deadlock Bot Anzio beachhead. The reluctant decision to bombard the ancient Benedictine monastery on Monte Cassino was taken Only after the germans had turned the religious shrine into a Strong Tensive suggests that the turning hold which effectively held up the Point in the bitterly contested West Advance on Rome in that sector. Oast area below Rome May be a on the russian front the red preaching army sealed the doom of Hie Der the bad weather which made Alcuin remnants caught in the Cher lied operations sporadic towns with finnish administration maintained and a reshuffle dominate Vitiaz of the Cabinet at Helsinki to Eli i Rooke and new nato anti russian members. The Telegraph said that while the terms were unconfirmed it was believed Finland was ready to a while finnish efforts to get out of the War continued in Stockholm. The War against Japan was intensified with a devastating attack on eniwetok atoll westernmost of kept them if an agreement could the Marshall islands by the occur be reached regarding a Cabinet relock both at Cassino and on the pation of Rooke Island Between shuffle and disposition of the car new Guinea and new Britain and Man troops now stationed in the by sweeping Aerial blows at Japa country Nese bases along the coast of the China sea. The intensity of the Allied air of Thi improves with weather. Pittsburgh. Feb. 15. Arrival of warmer weather served today to alleviate a natural Gas shortage which had forced it shutdown or curtailment of operations at 200 plants approximately too of them War producers in Pennsylvania today that he will veto the Bill that sails today for Lisbon with German would kill the food subsidy pro i and French repatriates who will Gram. The prediction was made by exchanged for american Dipio by the leaders As the Bill was sent Mats newspaper correspondents i to conference where final action is and others who were trapped in 1 expected by mid week. Franco when the germans entered. For the Kasi pocket with the rapture of last ten Days apparently has lifted Ohio and West Virginia Korsun their remaining Strong and planes of All types from heavy joint. Baltic forces pressed Stead bombers to lighters Are in action inv on Pskov the railway Hub at not Only on the Battle fronts but the Entrance to Latvia and South on the Supply and communications pm Esthonia lines immediately to the rear and the air offensive against West on Railroad Points in Central and pm Europe was pressed Wulw. With re Northern Italy through which new cd bomber lighter sweeps Over troops and supplies arc funnelled to j ing slowly around their i the French invasion coast. Mean the Rome area. I Back into India. Report heavy fighting. New Delhi feb. 15 heavy lighting raged today in the a akan Jungles of Western Burma where British forces battled to hold open the jaws of a japanese trap Clos Ife Lins and other installations which Straits Between Guinea and the Dampier Straits Between Rooke and new Britain while the troops were completing their occupation of the Island seven Miles wide and thirty seven Miles Tong United states marines continued their Advance in new Britain capturing the Village of Sorissi Twenty one Miles from Cape Gloucester. At t he same time fighters and bombers blasted four key enemy air bases in the Bismarck archipelago and carried out attacks on other japanese positions destroying fourteen enemy planes and probably six others. Seven were shot Down in combat and the others were hit on Tho ground. The heaviest raid was on Rabaul where Allied bombers of All types it out inned on Page 18, to Lungi 6 weather forecast. Washington d. C., feb. 15.�? Clearing preceded by Snow flurries line and much colder tonight. Wednesday fair and continued cold. Feed bloody losses for almost two weeks to save the shrine from destruction and came while swarms of Allied bombing planes began what appeared to be an All out offensive to smash the German armies in Western Italy. Costly failure. Simultaneously an Allied Headquarters spokesman declared that the German offensive against the Allied beachhead below Rome had ended in a costly More than too flying fortresses droning in Over the mountains in the Brilliant sunlight sprayed tons of High explosives and fragmentation bombs Over German gunners crouching inside the Stone walled Benedictine monastery and in deep continued on Page 2, column i japs weaken i by i fillet prion Washington i. C., feb. 13, of the Navy Frank Knox said today that the japanese appear to be running Short of planes and ammunition in the Marshall islands. He told a news conference that enemy fighter opposition Iii the islands where the americans control the key atoll of Kwajalein was extremely weak and that anti aircraft fire has been meager. A this indicates a shortage of ammunition and planes a he said. Knox said that since last tuesday american Carrier and land based planes have been operating a practically at will in the marshalls and the area around it. Only japanese air opposition of any consequence he said came on the night of feb. 11-12 when t lie enemy made its first counter air raid on the american held Kwajalein atoll. But the japanese were there in a Light Force a and caused few casualties. Knox added. The situation was pretty much the same in the Rabaul area he continued where a american air forces seem Able to wander around at he said that although japanese airmen ment aloft in that area they were a pretty cautious and apparently reluctant to close to i the n i

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