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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 19, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COAfP RTWENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES KOINES IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AIL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASEB WIRES MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 19 1942 11US PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE HOME EDITION lliUJJ j A j J3 uc StClIOriS ONE NO 61 WAVELL ARMY DRIVES INTO BURMA Rickenbacker Jap Ai r Abili ty Slipping A J J M FLYER RELATES EXPERIENCE OF RESCUE AT SEA Ace Is Enthusiastic in Praise of Yankee Successes in Guadalcanal WASHINGTON Edde Rickenbacker back from a far flung war survey which brought him three harrowing weeks adrift on a life raft in the Pacific re ported Saturday that the quality of Japanese fighter and bomber pilots is going down very rapid In contrast the World war flyin ace said the level of the Amer can flyers in the South Pacific is going uphill Kickenbacker landed in Wash ington Saturday met his wife for the first time since his res cue and then saw newspaper men at Secretary of War Slim son s press conference It is quite evident he re ported that the great majority oE the Japanese pilots are inex perienced and green Rickenbacker drew his experi ences from an inspection trip to New Guinea and other points in the South Pacific including Guad alcanal island in the Solomons Of Guadalcanal he said There I found a real hell hole and corruption if only the people back home could know jvhat three boys are doing for us andputtangupwifelthlrlrtHev take this war more serf He referred to complaints which lie has heard since his return against gasoline and rubber ra tioning saying they seem ridicu lous when you have seen what those boys havent got Rickenbacker declared that on Guadalcanal tremendous suc cesses were beinjr accomplished by bomber and fighter pilots who were destroyinga vast amount of enemy shipping in cluding cruisers and dcstroy He added an opinion that if it weren t for their tremendous suc cesses in combat I dont believe those boys could possibly last physically or mentally very Ionr but due to the great stimulus o their successes they are all happy and anxious to keep going After seeing these boys in the air and on the ground he con tinued Ive come to the conclu sion that if we brought combat The experiences of Rickenback er and his seven companions after their plane was forced down at sea by lack of gas on Oft 23 he said would be considered as nothing if they could be usedas a stimu lus to the people back home driv ing them on to greater efforts be cause without the materials they are producing those boys out there cant do their job Telling of bis experiences alt er Jhe plane was forced down Rickenbacker said that their Jirsl rood came from a seagull which perched oh his head and was snared by careful move ment Parts of the still were eaten and other parts were used to bait two small fishing hooks which enabled them to obtain some more food On the second clay after Ricken backer and his companions were forced to take to the life tneir anxiety to gel away from their sinking plane they had for gotten food and of the men in his raft took out a government issue Bible and we organized Jittlc prayer meetings evening and morning taking turns about reading passages from the i nd humby Praying for de The flyer said that if hc did not have witnesses to support him he would hesitate to describe one experience An hour after a prayer meeting he said a sea gull came in and landed on my head You can imagine with what nervousness I reached up to catch Two fish were caught on bait which the gulls entrails provided he related They were divided equally and there was no waste The head the body the boncs vyerc delicious The first water Rickenbacker said came on their eighth day on the life raft when they ran into a black squall some EDDIE RICKENBACKEK thing ordinarily avoided but this time highly welcome Shirts socks and handkerchiefs were used to soak up the rain water and squeeze it into con tainers Then the water was ra two sips a about halt a jigger per man Kickenbacker told of taking off from Hickam field in Ha waii There came the first dif ficulty on the illfated inspec tion rip A hydraulic brake locked on the right wheel of the plane and he said it looked like we were going to take down all the hangars After a ground loop the men left the plane and shifted bag gage mail and all other materials to a ship which took off several hours later He described the ship as purr beautifully at the following morning threehours before it was due to land at an island in the Samoas At a m he said they had not sighted land All began to worry They called for radio beam directions and then found that they had difficulty with their radio The compass was also off several degrees due to faulty ad justment I thought we had overshot Rickenbacker said because we had more of a tailivind the boys pilot and navigator thought they had sf They had left Hawaii he said with a forecast showing a 10 mile tailwind and later were advised that instead the tailwind on their flight was more than thrice that He told of efforts to obtain lo one radio station try ing unsuccessfully to give them a beam of trying to locate a ship or an island for a direction point when finally island eyes de veloped He explained that island eyes come to men watching iiosely for land or ships objects appearing to be on all sides but being only shadows Time was fleeting he said gas was running low We didnt know where we were x x x there wasnothing we could do x xx we shut off the two outside en gines to conserve gas x x x out last message out was we liad about an hours gas x s x then we pounded out the SOS x x x dumped mail tools baggage everything that was loose If you ever think material things are worth experience and youll find how worthless they are Rickenbacker praised expert piloting by Capt William T Cherry plus a lot of luck for landing the plane in the trough of an ocean swell All of us were so anxious to get away from the ship before it sank he continued that we went off without our rations and water Fortunately a few oranges were available in the life rafts I carved up those oranges and I rationed them out If you ever have seven hungry pairs of eyes watching you you will learn to be a pretty good carver Those oranges he said were the only sustenance they had for the first six days of their 21 days at sea Kickenbacker then told of the death of Sgt Alex Kacz marczyk of Torrington Conn The yonng sergeant he said was in the smaller lifeboat which overturned He went overboard and swallowed salt water and was very seasick Dnring the night when no one was watching the boy drank some more salt water Rickenbacker said he took the ill youth into his life raft and tried to give him the warmth of my body for two nights Then on the morning of the 13th day at about 3 a m I heard his final gasp In spite of the fact things are anything just have that out PUSH AHEAD TO 240 MILES OF TRIPOLIS PORT Quickened Pace of Patrol Action Indicates Tunisia Move Likely By JAMES M LONG Associated Press War Editor The British eighth army was reported Saturday to have swept to within 19 miles of Sirte 155 miles beyond El Agheila and only 240 miles from Tripoli in its showdown drive which has car ried some 800 miles in weeks The Morocco radio reported the advance upon Sirte after a Cairo communique declared that Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomerys for ward forces were keeping on Mar shal Erwin Rommels heels be yond Zauta En Nofilia 100 miles west of El Asheila Sirle is 60 miles farther along the coast The quickened pace of patrol fighting along the iMedjezEl Bab front in Tunisia coming on the heels of tight days of allied aerial attacks indicated that the hour for renewal of the on slaught from the west might be near if Besides the toll taken on Rom mels troops and the steady gain oE ground toward Tripoli the British advance had the advan tage of bringing bombers from the east into closer striking range Moving forward with the land forces1 the Cairo bulletin OPA Relaxes Ration Rules on Fuel Oil WASHINGTON office of price administration Saturday relaxed its fuel oil rationing rules to permit home owners who have exhausted current heating rations to buy oil with coupons valid for later periods Tlie procedure is open onlv to householders who have asked their local boards to review their rations and who have exhausted currently valid coupons In such cases the householder may apply at his local board and there exchange coupons for the next heating num bered coupons which can be redeemed at once The ex change is permitted only up to onehalf the total gallonage al lotted to the homeowner for the next heating period In other words the house holder who has used up his pe riod one and period two coupons ported vbombers were able to operate from a hew advanced base yesterday and carried out successful attacks on the retreating enemy in the Sul tan area Tunis and its port La Goulette were subjected to another terrific bombing Thursday night Sicilian bases were raided and axis aerial troop transports were attacked On ihe Russian front large scale air battles were fought for control of the shies over the Stalingrad area where the nazis kept sending airborne rein forcements lo the aid of forces squeezed in Ihe narrow corri dor before the Volga city A Moscow communique said that in a single day there 99 Ger man planes were shot down eight of them flying transports Ive taken them out of burning race cars and airplanes Ive nev er had that experience before xxx The next day I examined him carefully and asked others to verify my decision Then we stripped him and lifted him over gently and he disappeared On the 17th day afloat he said they saw their first sign of life one small single engincd plane about five miles away He added We waved frantically yelled which meant nothing Hc went by and didnt come back which was heartbreaking The next day two planes again missed us The next day four more passed us up He said they had no idea of where they were We were drift ing southwest and we were afraid owned islands Then on the night of the 20th day afloat he said the little group broke up each of the life1 rafts going its own way At that time hc said three of the men couldnt have lasted another 48 hours Capl Cherry alone in the little boat was found by a navy plane the other three drifted to an uninhabited island Late that afternoon qur boat was sighted by two planes One of them came down and circled low We waved I could sec the smile on his face I waved back frantically But the plane left without landing Rickenbacker said hc later learned that the pilot was run ning out of sas and relumed to his base to replenish his fuel supply A squall came up and they feared thai Jhe planes could not relocate them But they came through it and found us Throughout the story Secrclary Stimson sat quietly watchin closely and at Kickenbackers con clusion arose to lead loud ap plause remarked its an epic let it stand at that and led the flyer from the room will get currently valid coupons up to onehalf of his ration for coupons will period three The 3 be exchanged at the present value of the 1 and 2 is ten gallons for a residential coupon and 100 gallons for a com mercial or apartment house cou pon The coupons to be received by the householders in the exchane will have a definite gallonage value stated on their face These are the coupons normally used to issue rations for cooking lighting industrial uses and purposes other than heating Simultaneously OPA postponed its deadline for apartment houses office buildings and other com mercial structures which have heating units convertible locoal if shortage ofIaborjqrmaterials has impeded V This commercial determent was granted OPA said in recognition of labor and material shortages which have delayed conversion of some buildings Previously com mercial buildings convertible to coal were under notice they would get fuel oil rations only until the end of the second heal ing period which varies somewhat in the four climatic zones but ends about Jan 2G in most FIRES STARTED ON KISKA ISLE Heavy Bombers Splatter Japanese Installations WASHINGTON Army heavy bombers splattered Japans base on Kiska island in the Aleu tions with explosives on Dec 17 the navy announced Saturday causing starting heavy fires explosions and SECRETARY OF STATE MAY GET MORE POWERS Quiet Move Under Way as Earl G Miller Nears End of Tenure By FRANK T NYE Iowa Daily Press Writer DBS A quiet move ment to return to the secretary of now that Earl G Miller the rather riotous incumbent is re tiring from public life Jan 2 some ot the officers former du ties is believed to be gaining mo mentum amongrepublican legis lators IVfcmlicrs of the general as sembly who have been filtering into DCS Moincs at intervals to arrange housing for the session have been frank to admit tliat there is considerable talk on the subject hut quick to add that its bard to put your finger on it MABTABAN V FMOUtMEIN Navy communique No 225 said North Pacific I On December 17 a force of army liberator heavy bombers consolidated B24 attacked Japa nese shore installations on the island of Kiska Heavy explosions and fires were observed South Pacific longitude IOn December 18 army Tlyi ing fortresses Boeing with fighter escort carried out two bombing attacks against enemy installations in the Alunda area of ve were heading for Japanese1 Kcw Georgia island Hesults were No one will talk for the re cord Nevertheless there is no doubt that some legislators never have been quite reconciled to the 1939 reorganization which con solidated several scattered sub divisions into the ncwiy created public safely department Much of the inspiration for the consolidation is acknowledged to have sprung from the mutual dis like existing between Miller and the 1939 legislature The reoigani ZB Vion qri ginaUy iwas launched inthe house in1937 but there was no impetus behind it then and it failed to pass The ill feeling between Miller and the legislature developed to such an extent during the 1939 session that a common joke was legislature will leave Miller with nothing but his desk a coat rack and atelephone Legislators themselves were passing this re mark around S Ironically the theme ioilay scems to be Weve cot a state official here drawing an nual salary and without a tiling to do We ought to make some use of him The new secretary will be Wayne M Jtopes Ona a former bouse member and a popular one a fact that en ables some legislators to see things in a different light today than in 1933 V It isnt exactly true that the secretary was stripped of all his functions in 1339 He still admin isters the real estate division handles corporations and elections But hc lost the highway patrol the motor vehicle registration di vision the safety division and the securities division Arrow in tlic above map indicates the direction and location of the new British thrust into Burma OH BLIND MAN BURNS RICHFIELD Minn Thomas Dolan G9 year old blind man was burned to death Friday night when his home was de stroyed by fire not reported Third Man Hunted in Council Bluffs Holdup COUNCIL BLUFFS to the whereabouts of a third man involved in the SI300 holdup of a Council Bluffs jewelry store were sought Saturday by Police Chief C A Bangs who Friday night an nounced one of two yount DCS Moincs men iias confessed his part in the crime Bangs said Jack Bruett 22 ccnfcsscd ami impli cated William A Quigley also 22 and also named n third man who is still at large dates are east Farm Machinery Sales yOPA WASHINGTON of fice of price administration Friday night clarified regulations regard ing its restrictions on used farm machinery pointing out thnl the exemption deadline of SIOO is de termined by the selling price rather than the appraisal price Before n slight revision was made in OPA rules last week equipment sold at judicial sales such is foreclosures or bankrupt cy was exempt from control if at the equipment was appraised SIOO or more In other cases ccilins prices were effective on articles ap praised at S250 or more The exemption deadline is now SIOO in both cases and is deter mined by the sale price of the ar ticle involved The change was reportedly made because reports were re ceived that articles were ap praised at low prices merely to avoid regulation WAACs Arrive for Duty at Fort Sam Houston WASHINGTON war department announced Saturday arrival of a headquarters company of the WAACs at Fort Sam Hous ton Texas on Thursday The company was sent from Fort DCS Moincs Iowa WAAC trainins center to take over various tasks at Fort Sam Houston now bcin performed by soldiers thus re leasing them for combat scrvici TwoThirds of Quota Raised in Christmas Cheer Campaign 2O STARS NEEDED Only 4 Giving Days Are Left to Reach Goal of Fund PREVIOUSLY REPORTED XE1V CONTRIBUTIONS Circle s U s C S tfuley Church Pat and liJtc McCuy A Friend Home Room 1IW Ilifh School Wilson Parent Education Group Ucnnv Sis Friend Crit2 Kenny and Itavitt nankin Dorcas Circle of Our Saviours Lu theran Church J Preston Coukmaii A Friend A n j t Gahriel A Fritnd Home Room Hish School Home Room llich Sclinnl HiRh School Hoys Physical Train ing Clares Two by Two III hie Class Conyre atinnal Church Decker Ioiicr Hijrh School String rToup CMenxn and North Urtrn Broth erhood of ItaitMav Clerks II G X Dollar Bill1 Kipper Ktab National Cosmetologists Association Trinity Highland Circle Phyllis and Stanley Elmer and Neva Memory or Idellys Ann Olson lton a Circle No 1ft w S C S Mcih ist Church Fifth rradc Wilion School Sixth Grade Wibon School Shirrs 2JHt 1011 2110 Kilo 1IHI I Oil I nil Dannie I Olson S Grral lakrs c CftvTc Jack lal anil At Club tu TOIIAVS CONTIUKUTIOXS TilTT TOTAL RAISED TO KATE TOTAL NEEIIEU FOR COAL HEN BUSINESS CLOSED A WEEK AGO ON the Christ ma s Cheer Fund the fig ures showed that almost ex actly onethird ot the quota of S2000 had been raised N o w going into the final w e e k with only four GIVING DAYS the amount on hand is al most exactly twothirds of the quota All of which means that be tween now and next Thursday noon when the solicitation is scheduled to come to an end there is going to have to be an average daily total of something more than S150 a day This is well above the rate of giving thus far achieved in the campaign The total listed above for example is only SI 1571 When the bouquets arc given out for this years Christmas Cheer effort special mention will need to be made of the generous contributions from the schools of this community The largest addi tion to the Saturday list was from the high school boys phy sical training classes It reached the GlobeGazette in a milk bottle filled with pennies nickels j dimes quarters and half dollar pieces Servi ce where in gratifying the school system Its to know that this cause has the blessing and the active support of the youth of our community Were now ready for the final lap There can be no resting on the oars There can be no relying on the other fellow All who havent made themselves a part of this venture in applied Chris tianity should send their larye or Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa 30 MILE GAIN IS MADE ALONG BAY OF BENGAL Marks First Step on Promise to Open Route for Supplies to China liy DAKKELL BEK1UGAY NEW DELHI UP Gen Sir Archibald Wavclls British imper ial army vas oil the offensive along the roads and rivers ot Burma Saturday one year and four clays after the Japanese in vasion that resulted in a com plete British retirement into India In lie first phase of the of fensive 11 communique of the Indian command announced Ihe British forces struck 30 miles into Burma alone the Bay ot Bengal advancing on a 20mile front between the lay and the Mayu river Japanese forces which had been fortifying the area with drew without offering a fight It was not immediately appar ent whether the advance was the first move in a big scale offen sive all alona the Burmese border or one of limited scope desianccl to test the thickness of the Japa nese defense belt But it was the first step toward the fulfillment of Wavclls prom e Japanese from i the Burma road es which China needs urgently with which to drive to the China sea coast and establish air bases from which American land based planes can bomb Japan Wavelis communique revealed tlieir attack sfeveral days if Striking suddenly from lie Chittagiing Hill region the pow erful British and Indian forces moved southward the Bay of Bengal anil occupied Bauitg daw and Buthichtung no miles inside Burma and 60 miles above Akyab 4 PERISH IN CHICAGO FIRE Man and Woman Jump From Fourth Floor CHICAGO least four persons perished and five other were burned severely Saturday when fire swept through a five story brick building housing the West hotel at B02 West Madison street m the MadisonHalstcd i these flophouse district A man and a day i woman were killed when they Foivc attacked jumped from a fourth floor win cupicd dow before firemen arrived The enemy who had been in occupation of this area since our withdrawal from Burma and who had prepared defenses withdrew without offering resistance the communique said It was indicated that Ihe British advance continued toward Akyab 90 miles inside Burma Koynl air force planes closely supporting the ground forces swept ahead of the urmy and heavily attacked Akyab ntid Ra thendaung village 20 miles north of it at the mouth of the Mayu river The British left wing was mov ing down the river from Butlv daung toward Sathendaung Kig Blenheim bnmlicrs blasted the entire ItalliciiilainiK water front and left ninny buildings in flames and fighter plaucs made a savage offensive sweep along tlic Mayu Wellington bombers followed up with a night attack on the Akvab area The text of Gen Wavcls com munique snid During the past few days some of our troops have advanced southwards from t li c Arakan bolder into western Burma and have occupied the Maungdow and Buthidong area about 60 miles northwest of Akyab The enemy who had been in occupation of this area since our withdrawal and who had prepared defenses withdrew without offer ing opposition Friday Dec IB supporting operations for the second in succession the Koyil Air Japanese oc rtathcndaung the llagc of Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Slight tendency to warmer temperatures Saturday afternoon Saturday night and Sunday forenoon low tempera tures Saturday night 8 IOWA Light snow Saturday night and Sunday forenoon mixed with some sleet or freezing rain in south and west portions not quite so sold MINNESOTA Not quite so cold with slight snow Saturday night and Sunday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 24 Minimum Friday night 1 At 8 a m Saturday 23 CiEN ARCHIBALD UAVEU Xew Drive ;