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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 4, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME AND ARCHIVES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FJVE CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 41943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE HOME EDITION Ullllf NO 125 22 JAP SHIPS DESTROYED 15000 Nipponese Die as Convoy Sinks T 11 U S Soldiers Only 3 Miles From Faid Pass NAZISNEPARE FOR THREAT TO MARETH FRONT Germans Make 4 Mile Advance in Northern Sector of Tunisia By CARL C CVANMER Associated Press War Editor American troops were reported within three miles of iaid pass Thursday where they began their recent 66mile retreat as the Ger mans concentrated their striking forces on the northern and south ern sectors of Tunisia Near the sea in the north an allied communique announced allied forces fell back four miles before the attack of Gen Jurgen Von Arnim Marshal Erwin Rom mel in the south was concentrat ing at least a part of his armor in the Mareth line whence he struck out with small infantry forces against theBritish eighth army the announcement said The change of emphasis from the central to the southern Tu nisian fronts by the German chiefiaiu wasfurther indicated by field reports received at al lied headquarters that Ameri can and British forces retracing the path of their recent defeat had occupied Sidi Bouzid only about 10 miles from Faid pass without meeting opposition The allied north African com munique said the British eighth army had repulsed axis infantry attacking eastward from the Mareth line and added the enemy has reinforced his infan try with tanks in this area The allied occupation of Sidi Bouzid again placed allied forces within striking distance of Faid pass whence they had been dis lodged by the armored drive of Rommel Feb 14 At the same time allied patrols were reported with in a few miles from Gafsa to the south evacuated by French and Americans when they were threatened by encirclement from Sidi Bouzid The allied withdrawal was in the Sedjcnane area 12 miles from the coast and about 40 miles west of Bizcrtc after the infliction of heavy casualties on Ihc Germans Dispatches from the northern front said the Germans had lost about 40 of their 70 tanks in a series of attacks in recent days About 1000 men or the equi valent of two of the 14 battalions of infantry employed were said to have been captured Tunis Gabes and objectives near Gabes were bombed by al lied north African airplanes while bombers from the middle easl command attacks Messina in Sicily The Italians claimed 16 alliedplanes had been shot down The allies said they had lost three K appeared that Marshal Erwin Rommel had no intention of mak ing a stand short of Faid Pass the starting point of his offensive Tlie French forces to the south reported further successes also in restoring Ihc situation that existed before Rommels drive They an nounced their camel corps had reached Ncfta about 60 miles west of Gafsa on the northern rim of the salt marshes of Chott Djerid With the allies again in posses sion of the three air fields they were forced to evacuate at Sbeitla and Feriana in central Tunisia and with improved weather condi tions rapidly converting large areas of the Tunisian plateau in the north into huge flying fields the operations in Tunisia appeared to be taking on the character of a largescale air war And in Ihe air the allies were exercising a grow ing advantage PUTSffiDCROSS NEAR HALF WAY m By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two red army offensives north west and south of Moscow gained momentum Thursday as the Rus sians smashed southwestward from the fallen fortress otBzhev cap turing 11 towns and villages and raised an increasing threat to Orel to the south in evident determi nation to wipe out once and for all the German menace to the soviet capital Southeast of Kharkovin the Ukraine hoxvevcr the Ger mans claimed a further success in their couiileroffensive that is menacing the Russian flank and declared that Slavyansk a vital Donets valley railway hub about midway between Rostov and Kharkov had been recaptured Two hundred miles south of Moscow the Russians also were applying a manysided pressure to Orel which long had stood as a southern threat to the Russian capital Following tiie capture of Lgov and DmitrievLgovsky the Rus sians engaged in bitter contests with the Germans for an unnamed town which was taken by the So viets lost in a German counter attack and finally regained bv the red army soldiers who killed 300 of the enemy Capture of DmitrievLgovsky and Lgov important railway points 55 and 65 miles south west of Orel disclosed that the red army had progressed 55 and 45 miles since capturing Kursk south of Orel Stockholm dispatches reported that the Germans were getting ready to abandon Orel a strong Point on the MoscowKharkov railway and only remaining point in the southern winter defense line of the Germans in 194142 The German radio admitted that local breaches had been made in the Orel defenses The capture of Lgov where the Russians said 800 Germans were Killed in street fighting the Dmit ansk a possible new hinge be tween he central and southern fronts if Orel falls I DmitrievLgovsky is 85 miles southwest of Bryansk on the Ery anskLgovsky railway and ujtliin 45 miles of the railway running from Bryansk and Konutop and Kiev Describing the fall of Rzhcv an nounced in a special Moscow com munique Wednesday night after its evacuation had been acknowl edged by the Germans the Rus sians said the red army forces stormed through a formidable ring of fortifications and killed 2 000 Germans in fierce fighting in the ruined town The Russians said they captured 112 tanks The Used Paper Drinking Cups to Bail Out Plane Off Aleutians TACOMA Wash fPi Caifiina patrol bomber lost in fog settled inio rough seas south of Ihe Aleutians Our only hope was to ride it out until found explained En sign John L Sampson 25 year old pilot Seams were forced by the landing though and the nine men had to bail or sink For two and ah lot Sampson said we kept afloa because of paper drinking cups The cups didnt dissolve but nit tups uiun i uissoive out ctumhdi visitors vv they looked sloppy when but not for butchering rescue came Buy War Savings Bonds Sfamps from your GJobcGazcltc carrier boy HAS RESTFUL NIGHT NEW DELHI K Gandhi who ended a 21day hunger strike Wednesday at Poo I na spent a restful night and awoke and i in good spirits Thursday morning a government bulletin announced Thursday Raised in War Fund Campaign in County Incomplete returns from the canvass and a check from the Mason City mem bers of the Internationa Brother hood of Electrical Workers pushed the amount raised in the Red Cross war fund drive in Ccrro Gordo county up another notch Thursday Thursdays report of S11394G brought the total to S19G08H within sight of halfway mark in the 540000 campaign Incomplete returns from the four wards were as follows First Second ward S199 50 Third ward SSOSSO Fourth ward 39 Indications were that literally hundreds of men and women were carrying on every corner the campaign in of the county and Your Gift Will Help Make This a Cross The third report making a total of came close to filling out two wings in the Red Cross insignia shown above It will lake S40009 the quota set for the county campaign to fill out all four wings of the cross that more substantial totals will come as the drive progresses No many persons come with a direct no to this appeal said one worker They know he in the services Among important persons who paign is Eric E Johnson liberal said Contributions of members Commerce to the American Red Cross speak far louder than words knowledge of the activities of the BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO f bfer ro J the above map locates the general area in which allied airmen scored a L nrr v n 4 ii rt the flyers attacked a Japanese Flying Forts Hit Rotterdam and Hamm 5 Fail to Return RAF Bombers Shatter cause is worthy involving as il in the wake of two nnzi nigm does the very lives of our boys raids upon London Ten British Hamburg in Roundthe Clock Air Offensive LONDON S Hying fortresses bombed docks and warehouses of Rotterdam and freight yards at the German city of Hamm by daylight Thursday following a heavy RAF attack Wednesday night on Hamburg in the roundtheclock air offensive Officials announced that five of the heavy bombers failed to return but at least 14 enemy planes were destroyed Results were declared good despite ad verse weather conditions A communique announced the operations against the Nether lands port and Hamm HO miles to the cast Dispatches from tlie allied base from which Ihc Rotterdam raid was sprung described German fighter defenses as weak The allied blows were disclosed nazi night bombers failed to return from the assault upon Hamburg and asso JIL ptriiuiis wno tiaauun upon namourg anu asso haye indorsed the Red Cross cam ciated forays against other targets nniOll ic T lri i tn nnrt nn m western Germany w h i c h president of the Chamber of Com marked the eighth successive merce of the United States who night attack on the continent Danish radio stations suddenly the United States Chamber of woke off transmission shortly after noon Thursday indicatinB that the roundtheclock allied j iuviviii i ui us tiutrv it il it II tlvat we might set down There assault on German strongholds is only one explanation to these was ctng carried into another magnificent expressions That is ctay simply that the United States Chamber of Commerce with a full Red Cross in war as in peace no other group can BLOCKBUSTERS DROPPED OX HAMBUKG BY KAF ics contributing to Germans sub marine warfare Hamburg nut only is Germanys biggest port but its shipyards and factories constitute an important cog in the Uboat campaign Wednesday night was the eighth straight night on which Britains huge foureJigincd bombers some of them carry ing cisrht tons of bombs have blasted targets in Germany thus doubling the previous rec ord of four consecutive night raids on the reich set in May 1912 and equalled the following September ANOTHER GOLD WAVE FORECAST Expected to Reach State Friday Night DES MO1NE5 IP Another cold second this week is expected to strike Iowa Thurs day night the weather bureau said The bureau forecast that tem peratures would drop sharply throughout the entire slate Thurs day night ranging from 5 below zero in the extreme north to 5 above in the south by Friday morning Light snow with moderately strong winds are forecast Amazing Victory Won by Allied Airmen at Loss of But 4 Planes By THE ASSOCIATE IUESS in 19 Bl it ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN entires convoy oi 22 Japanese ships iticludinjj 10 cruisers or destroy been annihilated in the Bismarck sea and lo000 Japanese warriors bound for the battlefields of New 1 Guinea have been wiped out almost to a man by airmen of tlie southwest Pacific command an allied communique an nounced proudly Thursday The amazing victory the bulletin said was achieved at the cost of only three allied fighters and one bomber while Japanese planes protectingthe powerful armada were shot out of the fight and many others damaged Thirtv three of the 55 were listed as certainly destroyed and 2 as probables t In addition to the 15000 ground troops killed or drowned in the furious allied onslaught several thousand Japanese personnel probably lost their lives a spokesman said Tlie daring and persistent twoday aerial or tlie great plane versus ship bat tles of the dis located1 the Japanese campaign the communique said U obvious ly reduced the threat to Australia Nippon Toll Is Equal to Jungle Loss By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS Allied bombers with their dead ly blasting of a Japanese convoy this week killed in just two days as mariy eiremy soldiers as wore wiped out in six months of bitter fighting in the Papuan jungles of New Guinea The Japs landed at Buna in July of last year and opened Ihe Papuan campaign which did not end until last January General Tomotari Horii lost an army esti mated at 15000 in that the same number of troops as perished in two days time under the assault of General Douglas MacArtiiurs bombers meet so adcqualcly as docs Red Cross the personal needs and problems of their families LONDON royal air j force tarried its recordbreaking Ihe proinvasion aerial offensive into at Chicago Stockyards s CHICAGO stock For 24 hours a day we kept two yards where cattle hogs and man shifts using them to bail out sheep predominate had some un usual animal visitors Three camels and a small don key were taken to the yards mere ly to be fed The trained group was being taken from Now York to South Dakota presumably for show engagements CENTER VI LLE Blanche Heck 72 and Buy War Savings Bonds ami Stamps from your GlobcGarcttc carrier hoy its second week Wednesday night with a shattering raid on Ham burg Germanys second cily while weak German forces struck back with two raids on London Objectives iu western Ger many also were bombed hy the I5AF the air ministry said Al together 10 British bombers were lost in the nights opera that at least 200 participated In the Two and perhaps fourton blockbuster demolition bombs headed new destruction on Ham burg one of Germanys most bombed cities in what was de scribed officially as a heavy at tack Torrents of incendiary bombs also were rained on the cily The raid was another blow in 2 to smash onestory house Twice during the last time Iwo hours before I German pluucs flying singly swept over London in Ihc face of a terrific nntiaircraft barrage presumably o make n show at re taliation tor Ihc smashing RAF raid on Berlin Monday night A joint air ministryhome se curity ministry communique said only 30 to 40 German planes crossed Hie British coast in the first raid and fewer than that penetrated the London barrage An even smaller number of planes participated in the second attack Altogether three raiders were shot down the communique said In east Anplia the home coun ties and the London area there were some casualties of which a number were fatal but damage nowhere was the com munique said Among the dead was Dickie Dorbclt British bantamweight hoxinjt champion for 10 months beginningin December 1031 He also won Ihc title in 1934 hut gave il ur when he became overweight 3 WOMEN DIE IN FACTORY FIRE 6 Other Persons Arc Hurt at Wapun Wis WAPUN Wis UR Three women died Wednesday night of burns received in an explosion and flash fire at the Shaler Manu facturing company plant The dead were Louella Jahn 27 Fox Lake Martha Krucger 27 Hoiicon and Ruth Gensch 25 Waupun John Hopp Waupun was in se rious condition at a Waupun hos pital with burns and injuries Five other persons were burned I or injured in he fire which started in the part of the plant where hot patch fire repairing equipment was being packed Buy War Savings Bands and Stamps from your GlobcGazelte carrier boy Eastman Urges Work Hours Be Staggered WASHINGTON B Eastman defense transportation director Thursday asked all cities of 10000 or more population to de velop programs for staggering work hours to increase the poten tial service of existing transit ve hicles Weather Report FORECAST We have achieved a victory of such completeness as to as sume the proportions of a major to the enemy the muntquc said and General Doufflas MacArthur added that Merciful Providence must have Ciiardcd us in this great vic tory The enemy transports and war ships represented an estimated tonnage of QOOOO tons All arc sunk or sinking the communique suid His the en emy s air coverage of this naval MASON CITY Cold wave Tluus j almost to a ma day FLlIXG FORTRESSES force has been decimated and dis persed SS of his planes having been shot out of combat and many others damaged His ground forces estimated at probably 15 CK10 destined to attack in New Guinea have been sunk or killed City 0 Continued forenoon Lae Sulumuiui ace situated afternoon and Thursday The action was executed bril with light snow and 1 liantly under extreme weather strong winds Lowest temperai biizartls and extended from he lures Thursday night Mason straits between the Bis Friday maick archipelago and the New Guinea coast south Huoti gulf on which Ihc Japanese bases of IOWA Cold wave Thursday night and Friday forenoon Low est temperature 5 below in north and o to 5 above in south por tion Thursday night Strong winds Thursday afternoon and Thursday night MINNESOTA Cold wave Thurs day night with temperatures falling to 10 to 20 below zero north portion and five to 10 be low zero south portion contin ued cold Friday forenoon strong winds and blowing snow Thurs day afternoon and Thursday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 30 Minimum Wednesday night IB At 8 a m Thursday 23 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 32 Truck Plows Into Room InvalidUninjured PFMTPRVTYTTT Mrs bedfast escaped without a scratch Thurs day when a truck carrying eight tons of coal plowed through her bedroom wall hit the bed and pushed it through another wall into an adjoining room Before hitting the second wall the truck pushed Mrs Hecks bed against a hot stove with such force that red coals were scat tered around the room When the truck came to a hall but most of the coal was still on the vehicle Dewey Clark driver of the truck told authorities the steering gear broke as he was driving along a highway at the west edge of Centerville He was not held The truck careened 200 feet off the highway and into the house hitting first the wall against which Mrs Hecks bed was standing She had been bedfast two months The truck pushed the bed ahead Heck was taken to a hospital be cause there was no place in the house where she could remain Hospital attendants said she had miraculously escaped any injury The house was owned by her two sons Leonard and August Heck August and his sister ilrs Robert Cline were in the house at the time of the crash Jlrs Clinc saw the truck about 50 feet from the house and Au gust tried to save P38 LIGHTNING The convoy started from Rabatil New Britain and originally con sisted of H ships Eight more ves sels joined it Wednesday shortly before the fino concentrated al lied attack The convoy was first attacked Tuesday Wednesday when the last of the 22 ships was turned into a burning listing hulk more than 100 tons of bombs END OF A JAP ZERO had been dropped by the allied airmen anil as the communi que said the entire force ivas practically destroyed s wa pmnc demolished 1 After Ihc truck slopped Mrs hide When the truck slopped he was pinned against Our uir force in all categories well by the constantly attacked Ihroughout Ihc liy and ship after ship U r I7 ;