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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 1, 1944, Mason City, Iowa SSSS NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Of HISTORV ANO OtS MQINES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT as and United Press Full Leased Wins FRENCH COAST LASHED BY RAF NIGHT RAIDERS Murky Weather Over Channel Halts Assaults by Daytime Bombers BULLETIN London formations of allied bombers and fighters re sumed the offensive against 1071 Europe late Thursday breaking a weather enforced lull of several hours which followed heavy blows by British night bombers at 3 French rail centers and the inva sion coast London simultaneous overnight assaults powerful forces of RAF bombers hammered nazi defense installations along the French channel coast and fanned out over a 200 mile front in France lo blast 3 of the largest railroad centers through which the Ger mans are shuttling their forces to meet the impending allied inva Murky weather prevailed over ihe English channel early Thurs day however and there were no signs of daylight aerial operations from first lull in the allied offensive in 2 weeks al though heavy bombers did not no out last Friday At a a m the German radio reported that the reich was free of enemy planes and one hour later broadcast that single enemy Planes were approaching ap parently on reconnaissance mis sions In the rail center attacks Wed nesday night some 500 RAF night bombers smashed the Trappes yards 16 miles outside Paris Tergnier 75 miles northeast ol Paris and Saumur inn miles southwest of Paris Eight British planes failed to return from the operations which included mine laying in enemy waters the air ministry announced Probablv vell over 2240 tons bombs were dropped in the night attacks Halifaxes and Wellingtons ot the Mediterranean allied air force bombed railroad tow tracks by the Danube rivers iron gate canal on the RomaniaYugoslavia border After a interval the Germans again sent some planes against England These raiders droned over East Angiia and dropped a ieVr bombs but they appeared to be mainly on the snoop It was officially reported that no one was hurt by the Ger man foray and only slight dam age was caused In daylight raids Wednesday powerful forces totaling possibly 3500 allied planes struck from the west and south bombarding the 4 German rail centers of Ilamro Osnabruck Schwerte and Soest and the nazi oil source at Ploesti in Romania The attacks from British bases against the transportation hubs saw from 750 to 1000 U S heavy escorted for the 4th con secutive day by more than 1200 fighters carry out their missions at a cost of one bomber and 4 fighters Later in the day Thunderbolt and Lightning fighterbombers at tacked 2 western German air dromes and shot down 5 of the 30 German fighters without a loss to themselves Battering Seine river bridges for the 6th straight day American Marauders struck at 3 important highway spans be tween Paris and Rouen One plane was lost in this operation Approximately 750 Flying Fort resses and Liberators from Italy battered the Ploesti oil fields arid hits were scored on at least one major refinery The Mediterrane an raiders met enemy fighters and neavy flak The operations Wednesday pro Tided a thunderous finale for the month of May whch saw allied planes fly a recordbreaking 148 sorties individual plane flights U S bombers and their fighter escorts flying from British bases destroyed 895 enemy aircraft dur ing the month This was a rec ord the previous high monthly kill being 784 in October 1943 A total of 287 American heavy bombers and 153 fighters were lost in May The latter exceeded by 7 the previous alltime high of 146 lost In April Heavy bombers of the U S 8th air force made 12000 indivi dual sorties during the past month and fighters of the 8th and 9th air forces made 16000 additionnl sorties in escorting them RAF heavy bombers were estimated to have flown 10000 sorties from Britain losing 263 planes Addi tional thousands of sorties were flown by tactical planes of the al lied expeditionary air force While the record of tlie Medi terranean air forces activities last month are not complete here it is known to have flown more than 40000 sorties with all types of planes losing at least 171 and destroying at least 176 nazi air craft ARRIVES IN MOSCOW Moscow Eric Johnston president of the U S Chamber of Commerce arrived Thursday from the United States with W Avercll Harriman U S ambassador MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JUNE MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS 31 Overseas Decisive overseas uecisive i 0 n n Actions Are at Hand Line See Rome Buildings Washington of War mis i in GERMAN TIGER TANKS KNOCKED Two knocked out German tiger tanks stand in the road at the approach to Cori in Italy while infantrymen advance into the town One American soldier gives a tank a close inspection ry of War Stirason said Thursday that with 3657000 army troops already overseas the deployment air and service forces is practically completed and the period of de cisive action is at hand The bulk of forces now moving out of the United States to combat areas is composed of ground troops prepared to use the bases and take advantage of the pre liminary air assaults for the final blows against the enemy the secretary told a news conference adding The United States army today has 3657000 soldiers deployed outside the continental United States in theaters of operation throughout the world striking and preparing to strike victory winning blows by land from the sea and in the air against Ger many and Japan This force at the end of pro CHEESE CUT 2 RATION POINTS A POUND T0 10 All Meats Now Ration Free Will Continue So Through July 1 Washington JP All meats now rationfree will continue so during the period through July 1 the office of price administra e an mes and reach ion said Thursday in announcing into every continent repre hese r sents a Sheriff Burned Setting Fire to 61500 Condemned Eggs George Harms was badly burned on the face and forearms yhile he was lighting a fire to destroy 61500 adul teiated eggs seized at Ridgeway Ten gallons of kerosene had been poured over the seized eggs when he lighted a paper to ignite the pile the kerosene fumes in the air caused an explosion a search and seizure warrant from Judge T H Goheen in the Winneshiek county district court and were assisted by County At torney Frank Miller and Sheriff Harms Sheriff Harms at the order of the court seized the cases and 450 cans of frozen brok en eggs these cans about 300 were of 30 pounds each equal to a case and twothirds and 150 cans were of 50 pounds equiva lent to 2 cases each ot eggs All the eggs seized equalled 2050 casesol 30 dozens each orieiSQO dozensof At aVdozeh would have been worth J5i2i300 There are some 13000000 cases of eggs in storage in the United States and no more places to store eggs It has been reported that eggs purchased by the govern ment have been allowed to rot on railroad tracks i L Coryell Sr in his Monday Morning Mes sage from Lincoln Nebr charges that there are hundreds of car loads of eggs standing on the rail road sidetracks drawing a day demurrage Other parts the official Iowa Department ot Agriculture release follow f Four cases were disposed of Wednesday May 24 in Justice H F Barthells court State of fowa vs Meyer Klempf of the S K Produce Co of Milwaukee Wis operating at Hidgeivay Iowa The first case disposed of was the crime of buying selling and dealing in eggs without a license from the State Department of Ag riculture to which the defendant pled guilty and paid a fine of and costs The 2nd case was against Meyer Klempf for operating a mo tor vehicle without proper regis tration Klempf pled guilty to the charge and paid a fine of S50 and costs to this charge and paid a fine of and costs Meyer Klempf admitted oper ating an egg breaking business in Ridgeway foithe S K Produce Co of Milwaukee Wis A search and seizure warrant was issued through the District Court and all property belonging to the said company was seized FRANK MILES SON IS KILLED Action in Italy Des Moines ff Second Lt William Miles 21 Liberator bomb er pilot and son of Maj Frjmk Miles public relations officer for the Iowa selective service admin istration has been killed in ac tion in Italy Major and Mrs Miles were informed Thursday Lieutenant Miles allstate high school football center for Roose velt high school in 1940 attended Drake university before being sworn into the army air corps at Fort Des Moincs army post on Dec 31 1941 He also starred in track in high school The war department notifica tion of Miles death came to his widow the former Kathleen Whiteheacl at her home in Helena Ark Surviving besides his widow and parents is a brother Lt Frank Miles Jr a bombardier now sta tioned at Albuquerque JJ Mex Iowa July Draft Call Under That of June Des Moines The Iowa draft call for July is somewhat lower than the June call Col Ralph A Lancaster assistant state selective director said Wednesday 1 t 1 uui acivite unecior sain Wednesday The 3rd case was the Slate cal ior June was comparable Iowa vs Meyer Klempf charge o lhat fo February the lightest being the crime of having in his month in last winters quotas Possession effeR unfit dinn Iowa bei possesion eggs unlit for human food not broken in shell and de natured The defendant pled guilty and was fined and costs The 4th case was against Meyer Klempf the crime being having in his possession and un der his control frozen eggs which are adulturated and improperly labeled The defendant pled guilty PROPOSES DEBATE Des Moines a Milton W Stricxler Des Moines attorney and a candidate for the republican nomination for governor asked the other 2 republican candidates for that office Henry Burma and Lt Gov Robert Blue to join him in a radio debate of their programs NEAR ANZOAmerican soldiers man which landed on Peter d vn I6 f0f f Itaiy Tube on Ieft is the tor pedo which is shackled to driving compartment on right housing 1 man Torpedo can be released in time to thi SU ursay n announcng vry connen repre these principal changes effective sents approximately 47 per cent Sunday in the point values on the total strength of the army other commodities Lanned carrots orange juice grapefruit and blended orange Overseas deployment of neces sity came first for the supply and HV tu more Ulan o UUO UUU and grapefruit juice are added to men approximately twothirds of the long list of pointfree pro total strength ccssed foods All varieties of cheese and cheese products are reduced 2 points a pound to a new value ot 10 points The ration cost of canned evap orateed and condensed milk is iwwiiolnilj tic 3U1U IIILI pomt shipping is available lor the movement of ground forces to the overseas theaters This movement rapidly is Hearing the peak Stimson said that the overseas strength of the army exceeds the for a yound to a half point The only increases ordered are for pineapple juice up 3 points to la for a No 2 can and grape juice boosted four points to 10 for a pint container Butter stays at 12 points a pound and margarine at 2 points Choice beet steaks and roasts continue to be the only meat cuts requiring ration stamps Values are unchanged with one excep tion chuck steaks and roasts are cut 2 points a pound Flank steak remains pointfree grade D beef is removed from rationing lor the June per iod OPA said veryfew steaks and roasts this lower qualityv are sold itretail Most of the meat from these animals is made into hamburger and sausage In continuing the rationfree meat bargains the agency said overall civilian supply for June averages 310135000 pounds a week a 96 per cent increase over the 282859000 pounds a week in May Beef veal lamb mutton and variety meats will be in more plentiful supply in the new period Pork while still corning to mar ket in amounts exceeding de mands will fall slightly in vol ume Allocations ot cheese for June total 67000000 pounds as com pared with 55000000 pounds for May accounting for the 2point reduction in ration values An increase to 50 per cent in the butter setaside for the army and navy reduced the monthly al location or civilians to 133000 000 pounds from 145000000 in May when 40 per cent of pro dnction was put aside This tight ens the supply but the overall distribution situation is regarded as good OPA said It explained that the point value on evaporated milk is being cut in half because with most meats re moved from rationing only 30 red points instead of 60 are being validated each month milk is an im portant item in infant feeding and halving the point value will per mit purchase of the same amount with 30 points as previously could be bought with 60 OPA said The point increase for pineapple juice and grape juice reflects short oim t luiuuii campaign supply and too rapid movement landing iast September intn rnnsmmriHnn VT i into consumption Slow movement a zero rating from 3 points for a No 2 can Weather Report FORECAST Mason city Partly cloudy Thurs day through Friday with scat waim and humid Iowa Mostly fair but with scat tered afternoon and night thun dcrshowers continued warm and humid gentle to moderate winds except briefly strong in thunderstorms Minnesota Partly cloudy with scattered thundershowers Thurs day night and Friday Continued warm and humid IN MASOIV CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 85 Minimum Wednesday night B7 At 8 a m Thursday 74 At p m Thursday 87 Ram 11 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 79 Minimum 62 Precipitation 22 tected supply lines stretching more than 56000 miles and reach By the end of 1944 the num ber of troops overseas will be in creased to more than 5000000 for the eventual main drives against the enemy Those bases arc now established he said and peak overseas strength fn he World war by 1571000 men and is only 400000 men short of the total strength of the army at the close of the World war In speaking of the overseas de ployment Stimson explained that his reference was to total strength not to overseas location of the forces which will have to be shifted at least in part as the campaigns develop The move ment has been made according to tterh set by the United States joint chiefs of staff to fit the overall strategy of the war Stimson said the air forces with a total strength of approximately 2357000 has slightly less than half of that personnel already overseas The AAF has more than 70000 airplanes including 34000 combat planes he said and more than onehalf of the combat plane strength is overseas making the AAF the worlds most formidable aerial striking force in point of size and fire power Tile movement of ground troops to overseas theaters is just reach ing a peak Stimson said but al ready more than ground forces are half of the deployed for action overseas Shipping is avail able to take the outfits remain ing in this country to the combat zones as the developing campaigns require them The tremendous growth of the AAFs overseas combat strcneth said Stimson with an adequate and increasing reserve just now is bringing United Stales arms aerial striking force to the planned size and power which assures a relentless offensive against the axis in all theaters Stimson said the service forces in May moved almost 4million measurement tons of army cargo overseas almost twice the tonnage of May 1943 and compared with the peak month in the World Wai measurement tons November 1918 The secretary said that substan tial progress had been made Ji the Italian fighting and our posi lion today is satisfactory The Italian campaign since th May Zi has cost 55150 America inay 41 nas cost oa150 Ameririr on the other hand brought the casualties Stimson reported T O addition of carrots to the list of these 9686 were lilled 56 910 pointfree canned vegetables Car wounded and 8554 missing rots go to The air attack from England h said continues in even greatei force with synthetic oil plants air fields and transportation ii general blasted every day Discussing the fighting in th southwest Pacific Stimson sail m a single month we have ad vanced 800 miles and the Philip HUMID WEATHER WILL CONTINUE Des Moines shoulc expect continued warm and hu mid weather with scattered thundershowers Thursday after noon and evening the weather bureau said Thursday Wednesday the mersury rose to a top for the state of 92 degrees at Burlington and Thursday morning the minimum was 64 de grees at Alta and Decorah Precipitation recorded for Wed nesday and Wednesday night in cluded 27 of an inch at Decorah 26 at Charles City 25 at Forest City 15 at Cherokee and 11 Mason City t Paper Consists ot Two One NO 2M Tiru Into Nazi COMRADE AIDS BLINDED AMERICAN AT Blinded and with a bloody bandage around his head an American soldier is assisted toward a dressing station on theAnzio beachhead Photo made in the early stages of tile Aiizio fighting was withheld by censors until Thurs day Wounded man is being guided down watercourse ditch which offered only cover from enemy fire Romes Fate Depends on MACKENZIE By DEWITT MACKENZIE Associated Press War Analyst With furious fighting proceeding only 15 miles from close that at one point Thursday our doughboys could see the dome of old St its small won der that world anxiety for the Italian capitals welfare should intensify The allies have made it clear they will do their utmost to preserve the Eternal City which not only houses the Holy Sec but whase site was inhabited as far back as neolithic days and thus is one of the earliest mile stones in the progress of mankind What the nazis may do is another matter When Pope Pius appealed to the allied and German leaders March 12 to spare Rome from be coming a battleground Secretary of State Hull said the allies hoped this could be done Hull added that the blame would be on the Germans if Rome did suffer President Roosevelt a few days later in a note to Premier De Valera of Eire said substantially the same thing The latest allied statement was by British Prime Minister Churchill last week when he declared Wehave great hopes that the eily of Rome wilt be preserved from the struggle ot our armies Churchill didnt explain this seemingly optimistic forecast We know the allies will do their best lo shield Rome but as he re marked its impossible to forecast what the Germans will do on their retreat from Italy in the way ol iottucUoi to a people they and Perhaps the prime minister view was based on the thought thiit the Germans may not try lo hold because of desire to spare the city but to save their own skins I dont believe the present determined resistance by the nazis in the powerful defenses of the Alban foothills Rome is in itself proof that they intend to hang on to a finish Whatever German Field Mar shal Kesselring may intend to do about holding Rome he has no choice at this juncture but to de fend the approaches to the city until he has rescued as many as he can his mauled forces which are retreating along bombed roads 11 ot which lead to Rome The capital is the hub of Italys highways and railways lie must clear his army through there to reach new defenses lo the north If the allies should occupy Rome now great numbers of German troops would be cut off Hitlers propagandists are in forming their public ami the the nazis will with draw to the north ot its occupation by the allies doesn matter One looks for catches i t enemy propaganda but this might mean it says One good rea son may lie here Berlin itself is predicting a pos sible allied landing on the Italian coast above Rome from the island of Corsica Such an invasion i successful would cut Kessclriiij off from the north and might re sttlt in annihilation of virtual1 his entire force Hitler couldn afford that Boy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GIobcGaictt carrier boy ONE AMERICAN COLUMN MAKES GAIN OF 2 MILES Rapidly Fired Cannons Cause Homes to Shake Within Eternal City By NOLAND NORGAARD Allied Headquarters Naples American soldiers fought Thursday within sight of Rome just visible from the highest ridges of the Albau hills cap tured in u deep timisl into the tennau defense From these heights wrote Associated Press Correspondent Edward Kennedy from the front the doughboys got their first glimpses of hazy uf buildings in the distance from the midst of which rose the dome of St Peters its lines just barely isiblo One doughboy column breaking through east of Vclletrl plunged forward nearly 3000 yards al most 3 seized a point on Mount Pescliio ridire highest feature of tlic Alban hills Other forces won high ground near the Lake of Nemi northwest of the menaced town driving within 15 airline miles from Romes gates of St John Laleran The punches below Rome brought limited but important gams allied headquarters de clared British troous in a MlUflankinjr drive on the toast advanced be hind a pummeline of nari de fenses by U S destroyers stand inr off the shore A CBS broadcast from Bern said Rome residents could see the smoke and flashes battle through binoculars and telescopes with the fightingso near that cannons firing with the frequen cy of machineguns caused the houses of Rome to tremble and the windows to rattle continuous ly throughout the clay and The allied command was silent on Vclletri itself but German radio reports indicated the shell and bombbattered town had been left to the Americans after hot street fighting The eighth army meanwhile advancing steadily up highway 6 the via Casilina captured Fros mone provincial capital 54 miles by road from Rome Frosinone with a population of well over 20000 is the most important town and communications center yes seized in the drive along high way 6 It fell to British infantry and armor after a sharp battle A dispatch from Associated Press War Correspondent Edward Kennedy said the Americans broke through the German de fenses cast of Vclletri and fought thenway ahead 3000 yards and occupied a point on Mount Pcs chio ridge in the Alban hilis to the northeast Other American elements plung ing forward in the vicinity of the Appian way captured dominant high ground near the lake of Neml northwest of Velletri latter gain brought the fifth army to 15 airline miles from Romes gate of Saint John Lalcrau Ihrough which the Ap pian way enters the capital wrote Kenned3 From these heights the Ameri can infantrymen could see Saint Peters famous dome rising in dim lines from a hazy mass of build ings that formed Rome The 5th army gains from Val montone to the Tyrrhenian coast ;