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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 3, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL XL1X ASSOCIATED PKTSS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASKH WIRES HOME EDITION nTTTTTl MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY AUGUST 3 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 255 LUES PUSH IN ON SICILIAN CORNER fficials Probe Air Crash in Which 5 Died IS OF MEN I IDENTIFIED AND RO SENT KIN Lightning Caused 2 Motored Plane to Crash Near Rock Falls Army officials Tuesday were Seiive5tigating the crash near here a twomotored Douglas army S glane which took the lives of the Ihive crew members Eyewitnesses a aid the huge plane was struck in f nidair by a bolt lightning irvhich tore olt one wing set the Names of 5 in rCrash Near Rock Announced f SIOUX CITY 3VThe names of five army men killed Monday when their twoengine Douclas plane crashed near Ma son City after beinr struck by lightning were revealed Tues day by the public relations of ficer at the Sioux City air base They were Second Lieut Leon A Place Milford Iowa Second Lt Rob ert G Randtke Rochester N Second Lt Suren Melko nian Watertown JIass Staff Sergeant John E Quinn Pouffh keepsie N Y and Sergeant Al fred W Qninlan Tonganoxie Kans plane ablaze and sent the huge craft into its death spiral one mile west of Bock Falls Monday after noon First to arrive was Mai Don C Johnston Iowa wing com mander of the civil air patrol who came by automobile with SgU Lou Krieger of the Iowa state safety patrol He was followed by two army captains one a medical officer from Des Moines who were in charge of identification and dis posal of the bodies of the five ill fated members of the plane crew Identification was completed Monday evening at the office of Sheriff Tim Phaleu am names of the first of kin were established but release of the names of the live men awaited notification of the relatives The bodies remained at Mason City funeral liomes al though the army officers were ac companied by ambulances Army air force investigators were on their way here from the Sioux City air base to take over investigation of the crash itself The plane was based at Baer field Fort Wayne Ind and car ried only the five crew members it was stated The craft sheared off the elec tric wires leading to the Clyde Van Blair farm on which the wreckage lay The Van Blairs electric clock stopped at p m establishing the time of the wreck f Walt Hilbert a state highway patrolman found one parachute and a boy Jack Krueger found another some distance from the wreckage A blue and yellow rub ber raft was found in a cornfield a mile south by two boys Marvin Borchardt and Ralph Solberg Searchers were bringing in parts of the plane and its equip ment throughout the afternoon and turning them over to Sheriff Tim Phalen and other officers on the scene The Mason City stale guard unit took over the task ot guard ing the wreckage Monday after noon until army officers could dispose of it RAF Again Pounds Hamburg 30 Planes Reported Missing Fires Started in Last Thursdays Raid Still Burning in Nazi City LONDON A great fleet of the RAFs biggest bombers re turned to battered Hamburg Monday night and gave that once thriving German port its ninth pounding in 10 days to break all records for sustained attacks upon a single target Fires set in the last assault on Hamburg Thursday night were still burning as the RAF swept over the city to add to the havoc created by some 8000 tons of bombs dropped in the seven pre vious raids Thirty bombers were reported lost in the raid which was car ried out in great force and was accompannted by attacks upon other objectives in northwest Germany an announcement said The air ministry news service said that even before Monday I erywe nights crushing assault an area Tell of Shambles to Which Hamburg Has Been Reduced STOCKHOLM fPjAll indica tion of the way in which the wheels of Hamburgs war industry have been halted by the allied air attacks was given Tuesday upon the arrival of the Danish consulate secretary in Copenhagen from the stricken city All obligations to work are suspended at the moment he said Another eyewitness report of the shambles to which Germanys greatest seaport has been reduced was given by a Danish worker quoted in the Svenska Dagbladet who said After the attack nothing was the same as before I saw only ruins The city was burning ev j the streets Many were as good as naked Claim Von Ribbentrop Is Trying to Obtain Villa in Switzerland LONDON von Ribbentrop German foreign min ister is trying to swing a deal to gain possession of a villa in Switzerland Sir William Davison member of parliament declared Tuesday Davison indicated he would ask Foreign Secretary An tliony Eden whether he had any knowledge of von Ribbentrops plan and also whether neutral nations have replied to allied notes warning them against al lowing asylum lo axis officials who arc charged with war guilt of seven square miles had been laid in ruins in Hamburg where it said the damage was unpar allelled in the history of air war The battle of Hamburg was greater in intensity even than the battle of the Ruhr it added An air ministry communique said that in addition to the raid on Hamburg other bombers blasted objectives in the Ruhr val ley and that beaufighters and mosquitos from the fighter com mand flew deep into Holland and northwest Germany Airfields and targets at Sylt and Cuxhaven were bombed but results were not announced Two fighter com mand planes were reported miss ing Royal Australian air force Hampdens of the costal command operating off the coast of Nor way torpedoed an enemy supply ship the communique said The assaults broke a twonight lull in the great allied aerial of fensive which was launched on Saturday July 24 when American bombers blasted the German base at Trondheim Norway by day light The smashing blows at Ham burg which apparently repre sented an experiment in obliter ation bombing technique were begun by the RAF that same night when tons of high explosives were unloaded on Germanys second largest city U S flying fortresses struck at Hamburg again the next day and RAF mosquito bombers followed up with a night attack The same procedure was followed on Mon day and on Tuesday the RAF made its second 2300ton night assault Mosquitos maintained the offensive Wednesday night and on Thursday night the RAF carried out its third 2300ton raid Reports from neutral sources over the weekend described Ham burg as a heap of rubble as the result of the almost continuous pounding to which it has been subjected Stockholm dispatches said that orders for the evacuation of the remaining civilian population which once totaled more than had been issued after the Thursday night raid and de clared the city was virtually de serted Before the massed raids start ed Hamburg had accounted for about onethird or the German submarine output The Berlin correspondent of the Stockholm newspaper Aftonbladet said Sunday that the devastation wrought in Hamburg had caused more consternation in Berlin than almost any other event of the war Swedish correspondents in the German capital also reported that as a result of the Hamburg raids German authorities were speed ing the evacuation from Berlin of all civilians not engaged in essen tial occupations in anticipation that the city might be next on the allied blitz list Nazis Say Big Scale Sub Attacks Resumed LONDON DNB broad cast from Berlin Tuesday said German Uboats have resumed their attacks on a large scale after being equipped with special machinery necessary to escape en emy observation The broadcast was recorded by the Associated Press Some wore only underclothes Whoever didnt see this devas tation cant begin to imagine it Bodies were lying everywhere and what was worse almost all had their eyes open They died from air pressure of giant bombs and their clothes were torn from their Bodies Dispatches from Copenhagen said that the Germans were mere ly clearing paths through the debrischoked streets and that the ruins continued to smoulder Meanwhile the German press as quoted in Swedish dispatches admitted that we face the ques tion of whether the German pro pie also are invincible Invincibility of Germany on all the war fronts was stressed in this comment AXIS TELLS OF 7 POINT OFFER OFFRTOITALY Armistice Proposal From Rome Paper Is Broadcast by Nazis By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The German news agency DNB broadcast a Geneva dispatch to the Kalian newspaper II PopoJo Di Roma declaring that President Roosevelt had mode a sevenpoint armistice proposal to Italy By axis account Mr Roosevelt laid down the following terms 1 The Italian army and navy are to cease all resistance 2 Collaboration with Germany must cease at once 3 Italian troops in Greece Al bania France and former Jugo slavia are to be withdrawn at once 4 War materials must be handed over to tlie allies undam aged 5 A British American soviet military government will be es tablished in Italy until the end of operations 6 The arrest of all war crimi nals 7 Release of all allied prison ers of war on Italian soil The terms noticeably stiffer than those offered last week by Gen Dwight D and received with silence by Premier Marshal Pictro Badoglios new re gime were apparenjly calculated to put an end to Italian hopes lor a bargaincounter ieace TAKE 2 ROADS LEADING TO OREL Reds Trap Regiment by Maneuver in Ravine MOSCOW Red Star reported Tuesday that the soviet army has captured two main roads leading from Bolkhov south to Orel and southwest to Knra chev threatening the German communications with Bryansk and leaving them only one unmenaced highway from the base southwest to Dmitrovsk The Germans had concentrated large forces northwest of Orel and established a strong system of fortified points in an effort to hold the two roads the red army newspaper said but intensified Russian attacks broke the enemy line and it now appeared that Orel itself might be in danger of complete isolation as the Germans continued to withdraw westward from their shattered positions The red army advanced within a few miles ot the town of Kara chev occupation of which would finally cut the highway running northwest from Orel through Karachev to Bryansk German supply base On this front the Russians liave fanned out from the recently cap tured base of Bolkhov in a widely developing movement against the rear of the German defenders ot Orel The lines of retreat for some German units were cut by the swift Russian pursuit and out flanking maneuvers Red Star re ported one entire German rcgi ment surrounded by the red army thrust through the defense line along an unidentified river north of Orel severing its communica tions with the rear The enemy tried to tight its way out of the encirclement the dispatch said but the Russians trapped them in a ravine and vir tually wiped out the regiment German defenses northwest of Orel were reported being dis membered gradually by the Rus sian assaults 1O1VAX IV RAID LONDON OPi Sgt Joseph Bothwell of Little Sioux Iowa was gunner on n U S medium bomber which Monday raided a nazi airfield at Mervifle France Flak was heavy and crew mem bers called the mission their roughest experience to date LABOR LEADER DIES MEXICO CITY B Fonseca 69 pioneer labor leader of Mexico and one of the found ers ot the Mexican regional labor federation died Monday Krug Nazi Airman Is Free Again WINDSOR Ont Pete Krug German airman whose pre vious escape from a Canadian pri son camp led to the conviction of treason of Max Stephan Detroit restaurateur has escaped again and the possibility he swam across the Detroit river early Tuesday is being investigated by police both sides of the border Krug escaped Sunday from an officers prison camp at Graven hurst Out Special Constable T Cody of the royal Canadian mounted police a guard at the Ambassador bridge here reported that he fired a warning shot into the air when a tali man in swimming trunks and a whiteshirt Jailed lo bait at his command The blond stocky Krug is 5 feet inches tall He said the man dived into the water and swam hurriedly to wards Detroit Krug who has been involved in several escapes from Canadian prison camps failed to answer roll call at 3 p m Monday nfter he had been swimming with other prisoners near the camp Cody re ported seeing the nm plunge into the river shortly after a m 12 hours after the report of Krugs escape On April 17 1942 Krug escaped from the Bowmanvillc Ont camp and was befriended in Detroit by Stephan whose sentence to hang later was commuted lo life im prisonment 4H GirlsOfficers jte Extent of Effort n Helping Farm Front DES MO1NES group of lore than 100 Iowa 4H girls ounty officers here for a victory fleers training school Tuesday ffered numerical evidence of jeir efforts on the farm front These were the figures Thirtythree drive tractors 2 rive teams 24 shock oats 6 help ith the milking 91 aid in family ictory gardens 61 help tend oultry flocks 28 have farm flocks f their own with an aggregate of 530 chickens IT rETER KRUG Escapes Canadian camp DUCES RATING STILL DROPPING Already below zero the rating of Benito ilussolini continues to drop among the Italian people Sicilian civilians in Lentini are shown in an OWI radiophoto top giving the V for Vic tory sign as one of their number obliterates a fascist motto By destiny the Mediterranean is ours Still wear ing his camouflaged uniform a U S army paratrooper is shown in coast guard photo bottom telling two coast guardsmen of his experiences while participating in the initial assault on Sicily He is aboard a transport dis embarking troops in a Sicilian port Yanks Push Almost to Edge of Strategic Munda Airfield Tanks Flame Throwers ir and Artillery Support Advance of Americans ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN7 THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC battle of Munda ncared iis climax Tuesday with United States forces breaking down final Japanese defensive positions after n general advance of JiOCI to 3200 yards carried them almost to the edge of the strategic New Georgia airfield Supplementing Gen MacArthurs Tuesday commun ique which announced the ad vance a naval spokesman for Admiral William F Halseys command in the south Pacific said American troops reached a point close to the eastern crtjrc of the field A portion of Biblo hill enemy strongpoint defending the north cast approach to Munda was captured in the American onrush the spokesman said He disclosed that tanks flame throwers and artillery supported marine ind army units in their advance Many Japanese were killed in the attack Although there was no indication of retreat Japanese resistance was not as strong as heretofore Simultaneously allied forces in New Guinea brought the Japa nese stronghold at Salamaua under artillery bombardment for the first timc These new successes were re counted in a communique which also told of a onesided aerial vic tory over the Japanese of the firing of an enemy destroyer and of a heavy bombing of the Buin Faisi harbor and the Kahili air drome the enemys major oper ating base in the Solomons The Munda advance a gen eral movement along the whole line look the Americans to within 1400 yards of the air drome It may have carried them as close as 700 yards for their last previous reported po sitions were within 1900 yards of the airfield at one point The communique said considerable quantities of materials were captured Medium artillery which ha been wrestled into position sine the allies landed at Nassau bav south of Salamaua June 30 blazed away at the Salamaua air drome destroying g r o u n d e Planes demolishing a 60foot sec tion of the adjacent Franeisc river bridge and dropping shell directly on antiaircraft batteries Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Not much chang in temperature Tuesday afte noon Tuesday night ai Wednesday morning IOWA Moderate lo heavy Ihun deshowers Tuesday afternoo and in cast portion Tuesda night Cooler Tuesday after noon Continued cool north an slightly cooler south portio Tuesday night MINNESOTA Scattered showei Tuesday night and Wednesda forenoon not much change j temperature south not quite s coo north portion Tuesda night warmer Wednesday fort noon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday Minimum Monday night 64 At 8 a m Tuesday 64 Rain 22 inch YEAR AGO Maximum gl Minimum jn LEWIS APPEARS BEFORE WLB Has No Belligerency to Group He Once Ignored WASHINGTON L ewis told the war labor board uesday that American miners are the only mine workers in any ivilized country who do not re eive compensation for travel time t each end of the shift Without a trace of belligeren cy before the board he longde fied and ignored Lewis ap peared in behalf of a proposed supplemental wage agreement with the Illinois coal operators which would increase miners earnings a minimum of a day including for travel time Lewis united mine workers contended the miners are entitled o portaltoportal pay not only under the wage and hour bill under their contract as a just cor of a working condition Wayne L Morse public membci the board said this was a new approach to the portaltoporta pay problem Morse implied that so far as hu is concerned the problem had been considered exclusively in the ligh of requirements laid down by th wage and hour law for time an onehair after 40 hours a week The miners are 011 n basic 35liou week and some board members nave theorized he miners coulc travel five hours a week before hey could make any claim a timeandahalf rates Lewis left presentation ot th miners raseinchief o specia Harris Birm ngham lawyer who represented IO iron ore workers in portal toportal suit upheld by a ciicui court of appeals Lewis did no enter the discussion until board members began asking questions Chairman William II Davis asked whether the proposed in creased earnings were contin gent on an increase in the price of coal pointing out that in such cases a board decision is subject to action by other agencies of government Operator repre sentatives said that was correct Labor members of the board re marked that it has to do with wages and not prices Morse com mented the board has an interes in the price angle because this is a compromise settlemen of a liability the payment is reallj being made by the consumers o this country and not by these op erators YANKEES ROUT GERMANS WITH HEAVYATTACKS Canadians Breach Ml Etna Line British Enter Catania Plain ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN 1ORTH AFRICA aptured Regalbuto Monday to ireaeh the Mount Etna line and American doughboys routed the Germans from Capizzi and Cerami n the decisive Sicilian offensive t was announced Tuesday German divisions backed into Sicilys Cap Bon reeled under iery concerted attacks by Ameri can Canadian and British troops leavily supported from the air As the U S seventh army in exorably battered the weaken ing northern flank of the ene my Gen Sir Bernard L Mont romerys men established a sub stantial bridgehead north of the Dittaino river and entered the western end of the Catania plain W These successes were but the highlights of a series of vicious allied jabs which headquarters said had cost the Germans many dead Fighting between the Germans and the American troops of Lt Gen George S Patton was re ported raging on from Capizzi and Cerami to within live miles of the strategic inland road junction Troina between the sea and Mount Etna 20 miles southeast of Americanheld San Stefano Prime Minister Churchill told the house commons that the American seventh army was re ported to have entered Troina Monday evening Canadians and British man ning the bridgehead north of the Ditiaino fought the new 15ih German armored divi sion successor of he ISlh which was lost in the area of Catenanuova on the north bank of Jhe river five miles south of Regalbnto and 22 miles west of Catania The struggle was fierce The seizure of Regalbulo gave the mixed Canadian and British left wing of the eighth army command of the crucial angle ot the Mount Etna line where it guards the western Canatia plain No information was given by official sources on the progress of British nilncfcs across the plain British artillery batteries how ever were reported to have out shot Thegerman guns defending the southern approaches to Cata nia oii Ihe coast The fall of Centuripe five miles southeast ot Regalbulo to the eighth army was announced by Churchill in his house of com mons talk Tbtli division has cap tured Centuripe after some very bitter fighting in the streets the prime minister sakt The 51st TOJfsiCILY ALLIES OPEN NEW armies have launched a strong offensive to crush the axis remnants in bicily it was disclosed officially The Americans arc smashing hard at the nazi right wing while the British eighth army was reported making a big push against Catania Flags indicate disposition of U S Canadian and British forces ;