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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 9, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP DEPARTMENT OF HIST OgY AMO ARCHIVE i j A THE NEWSPAPER THAT GIVf MORE N44 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION V3L L Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Contb a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 9 1944 This Paper Consists of Two One NO 132 American Subs Sink 16 More Japanese Vessels LARGE TANKER in Red Cross Nearly Half of Quota IS INCLUDED IN LIST OF SHIPS Submersibles Score Victories in Enemy Controlled Waters Washington American submarines have sunk lii more Japanese ships in enemy con trolled waters The biff bug announced Thurs day by the navy included one large tanker which could have been loaded with badly needed fuel for enemy bases The toil brought lo 627 the number or Japanese ships sunk probably sunk or damaged by submarine action alone Sinkings by other planes and the total damage to Japanese shipping to 1389 enemy vessels of all types Pursuant to policy the navy communique announcing the lat est sinkings did not report the areas in which the submarines op erated However our submarines are known to have been operating along the coastal waters ot Japan itself Ill addition to the large tanker other ships sunk by the farrang ing undersea craft included 5 transports and 1G cargo vessels all of which presumably were en deavoring lo keep men and ma terials moving to bases scattered over the Pacific Such heavy damage to the ene mys shipping lines has been ac complished with steady regularity and only Tuesday Admiral Chestei W Nimitz commander in chief o the Paeilic fleet commenting or the submarine campaign in the Pacific said I think it has taken such a heavy toll of their shippinj that lack of shipping may soon bi a controling factor in what thej are able to do Nimitz also expressed opinion J that our submarine activities have the Japanese withdraw their heavy naval units from thei South Pacific base at Truk by cut ting off supplies of fuel 2 CounterAttacks by Japs Reported By RICHARD C Associated Press War Editor Two Japanese counterattack in the Bismarck Sea campaig were reported in Thursdays al lied communique One on Lo Negros Island in the Admiral group was smashed and the oth or on New Britains Willaume peninsula is being bitterly re sisted Veteran American marine shock troops are fighting lo hold their Willaumez peninsula beachhead which they established Monday against fanatical Japanese coun terassaults Associated Press War Corre spondent Murlin Spencer repWrled from the scene the landing met the bitterest opposition of any such operation in the southwest 3 YOUTHS HURT IN AUTO UPSET Car Rolls Over 3 Times ReturnirigFrbm Games Riceville Three R i c c v II1 young people who were injurec when their car left the road am turned over 3 times while on thei way home from a sectional bas ketball tournament were recov ering Thursday Most seriously hurt was Glcnt Grossman son of Mr and Mrs Forrest Crossman who driv ing his fathers car He suffered a broken collarbone a wrenched back and painful hip injuries when thrown 10 feet from the car Jimmie Regan suffered several broken ribs and Helen Hughes a cut above Hie knee that required 14 stitches Jim Hughes Joe Duffy and Or villc Dana who were riding in the rear seat escaped with a severe shakeup Grossman and Regan w ere taken to a farmhouse where they spent the night and were taken to their homes by ambulance the following morning I Weather has slosved up the pace of the Ccrro Gorclo county Red iross war fund campaign but the return of sunshine Thursday rought it a substantial rise I the amount reported Paul Fritchard general chair nan for the eounty drive re orted a total of a gain f since Tuesday when the ast report was made near half he goal of This increase came from busi icss solicitation in Mason City ome residential returns and also nother addition made by advance vorkers No returns have been received rom the rural sections where the olicitation has been slowed up py the bad weather Some rural vorkers however are reported to lave completed a large share of heir territories A meeting for rural workers In he northeast section uf the couu y was held Wednesday evening n Mason City and a postponed meeting of southeast county rural vorkers was planned at Rockwell Thursday night Substantial reports from the sections where several women have been can vassing the city was expected Thursday afternoon The work of the Red Cross in providing aid and comfort to serv ice men from the time they leave home for camp on war fronts al over the world and even aftei hey return from service has made the war fund campaign one of uni ersal appeal workers state The amount sought over the en tire nation in the Red Cross cam paign is 3200000000 Two arms and practically half of the 3rd arm of the Red Cross symbol have been filled as the Cerro Gordo county Red Cross war fund reached 824900 Thursday When the county reaches goal of 551500 the whole symbol will be blacked out Each arm represents and the center the remaining 511500 PLANE CRASH TOLL REACHES 7 2 Parachuted Safely From Second Craft Atlantic Iowa mic County Coroner Jack Tyler said Thursday that 3 additional bodies were removed from the wreckage of a plane from the Har vard Nebr air base 10 miles west of here bringing the total number of victims from Wednesdays plane crash to 7 The plane one o 3 flying in a formation nt feet crashed after colliding with aiiother Two men parachuted from the plane that did not crash and it and the 3rd plane returned safely to the Harvard base The crash occurred on tile Andy Schuttloffcl farm which is in Pot tawaltamie county The men who parachuted were identified as 2nd Lt W J Matthews Lakewood N J and Sgt Leland Bradley gunner Fort Wayne Ind Bradley was treated for a sprained shoulder and Matthews bruised a muscle in his leg The lieutenant said he dropped 5000 feet before his parachute opened At the Harvard base officials said 7 men had been aboard the ship that crashed Elton Schuttloffel who works on the Andy Schuttloffel farm said the bomber crashed 500 feet from his farm home burst into flames and exploded Schuttloffel said he Reports U S Tapped Wires Out of Pearl I Tacific and was accomplished ITT 1 F f 1 without naval or air bombard flaiDOr DCFOrC AttHCK men The leathernecks are driving for the unused Talasca emergency landing strip 5 miles f rom the beachhead The airstrip is 170 air line miles from Rabaul main Japanese base on New Britains northeast tip While small forces of Japanese planes darted through the night cluster of troopfilled enemy barges attempted to land on Los Negros Island Tuesday Gen Douglas MacArihur communiqued But American artillery caught the barges offshore and every land ing attempt was iepulscd Allied forces leapfrogging up the coast of New Guinea have strengthened their positions west of Saidor and are now 23 airline miles from their objective Ma dang South Pacific planes some of them springing from the newly rarvcd allied airfield on Green Island at the north tip of the Solo mon Islands pounded Kahaul with 55 tons of bombs hit Kavicnjr New Ireland with 62 tons and racked other targets throughout the Bismarck archipelago For the Gth lime Japans in stallations on Paramushiro on the northern Kurile Islands were raided Sunday Pacific fleet head quarters reported Other planes dropped 31 tons of bombs on en emy bases in the eastern Marshalls Monday DAMAGED BY FIRE Waterloo Colony club dine and dance establishment on the west city limits of Waterloo damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon Loss from the fire which was blamed on an over heated furnace was estimated at S5000 The club had been closed since Sunday for rcdecoration RUSSIANS OPEN NEW DRIVE ON UKRAINE FRONT Stalin Reports Gains of 19 to 37 Miles on Line 105 Miles Long L o n d o n Josef talin in a special order of the day broadcast from Moscow an lounced Thursday that the Rus sians have opened still another offensive on the Ukrainian front under Gen Rodion Malinovsky He said the offensive launched across the Ingutets would be aimed at the German defense bastions of Nikolaev and Kherson on the lower Bug and Dnieper gained from 19 to 37 miles along a 105 mile front in 4 days of fighting Kazanka and Novi Bug 25 and 40 miles respectively west ot ICrivoi Rog have fallen before the Russian forces in the new ad vance said the announcement re corded here by the soviet moni tor Three German tank and 6 in fantry divisions probably total ing more than 125000 troops have been routed in the course of the new advance Stalin said Novi Bugs capture placed the Russian forces across the main northern rail line into the great Black sea base of Nikolaev and threatened to flank the base from the north T h e Russian advance also places soviet forces only 6 miles east of the Iiifful river which flows into the Bug at Nikolaev and forms the last natural bar rier to a drive on the naval base which lies 55 miles below Novi Bug Stalin said that 200 other pop ulated places had been captured in the newr offensive and ordered 224 of Moscows guns to boom out 20 salvoes Thursday night to celebrate the major victory Marshal Zhukovs red army troops drove forward through the deep mud of the southwestern Ukraine Thursday toward the im portant junction ot Proskurov capture of which Moscow dis patches said would give the Rus sians a firm grip on a 40 mile stretch of the OdessaWarsaw trunk railway between Prosku roy and Volochisk A soviet communique an nounced that Russian forces al ready had captured Irov only 11 miles northwest of Proskurov and said a furious battle was raging inside Staro Konstantinov which was de scribed as a vital German base 25 miles to the north Failure of the Germans to hold Prokurov it was pointed out would forcethem to fall back on a circuitous rail line running from Lwow to Ccrnauti Ru mania thence back to the Odessa Warsaw line at Zhmcrinka if they hoped to maintain contact with the partly isolated German forces in the lower Dnieper river bend Capture of ChcrniOstov was followed by the storming of Gru zhevitsa four miles further cast and only seven miles from Pro Yank Bombers Again Strike Blazing Berlin With Furious Aerial Siege was watching the 3 planes fly over his farm when pieces began drop ping from one of them and it crashed FLYING FORTRESS CRASHES IN by nazi flak over Paris a B17 fly ing fortress plunges toward earth trailing a blaze ot smoke This is an official United States army air force photograph Ask Omaha Mayor to Appear in Iowa Night Club Probe OMAHA Dan Butler disclosed Thursday that he has been asked by a Iowa grand jury to appeal before ii and relate his charges that gambling is being permitted at the Chez Paree night club in Car Washington The armed forces and the federal bureau of investigation tapped all the wires out of Pear Harbor before the Japanese attack Chairman James L Fly of the federal communi cations commission testified Thurs day in seeking to show congres sional investigators that his agency was not responsible for this phase of national security Fly added that the law pro hibited such wire tapping but the justice department felt it was jus tified in doing it in the circum stances Republican members of the house investigating committee as serting that Ihe commission was to blame for information leaks from Hawaii to the Japanese homeland or fleet drew from Representative Magmison D Do you want to get down to the blame for Pearl Harbor Ex amine the voting records of mem bers of congress on appropriations for national defense All America was responsible for Pearl Har bor 2 Irwans Among 7 Victims of Louisiana Airplane Collision S h r c v e p o r t La lowans were victims of a plane sh here Wednesday in 7 airmen were killed The crash rcsultdd from a col lisionin flight between a Barks dale medium bomber and a pur suit plane from the Deridder La air base field authorities said The Iowa airmen killed occu pants of the bomber included Lt Erwin L Ewrart 2C bombardier whose home was in Carroll His wife had been living in Shreve port Staff Sgt Everett D Tordoff 27 armorergunner whose mother Mrs Jessie Peterson lives at Al den Iowa was the second victim SHUNS INFANTRY Topcka Kans K L Ketchcrside Topcka postman was drafted recently he had only one stay out of the infantry Kelchersidc got the habit of whistling constantly as he walked around on his mail route and hes afraid the derstand skurov the Moscow bulletin said This narrowed the escape corri dor for the Germans fighting in the StaroKonstantinov area to a 26 mile long gap between Gruz hevitsa and Volosovtsy Field Marshal Fritz von Mann stein threw great reserves of tank forces and infantry against the surgiiiR red army advance rToseow saUl but was hurled back on all sectors More than 3000 nazis were slain during the days operations according to the communique which also listed 100 additional towns and hamlets swept up by Zhukovs forces Fortytwo out of 100 tanks that von Mannstein used in a single counterdrive were destroyed the Russians said StaroKonstantinov is the mid way station on the railway run ning from Shcpetovka to Prosku rov and a main prop of the entire nazi defense system in the area It already has been outflanked by the capture of Volosovtsy 16 miles to the southeast but the rail line to Proskurov is still in German hands and is a possible escape route if that town holds FINLAND SENDS REVISED REPLY Terms Acceptable to Russia Paper Thinks Stockholm inland has sent a revised reply to Russian armistice demands which may be a satisfactory basis for furthering the negotiations it was strongly indicated here Thursday Aftonbladet said the reply should be acceptable from the Russian viewpoint and declared it had the backing of Field Marshal Baron Carl Gustaf Von Manncr heim and other high Finnish mili tary officers The reply originally was pre pared for delivery last Friday but apparently because of its sharp tone it was held back for revision and modification and the final draft was not transmitted to the Russians until Tuesday Aftonbladet said the modificaj in the tion was the result of objections rasied in certain Swedish circles r which persuaded the Finns to DrCaKS llltO L Tdopt a milder tone The new note was said lo seek further explanation and more pre cise statement of terms whereas the first draft rejected soviet de mands for the internment of Gcr ler Lake Iowa Mayor Butler who has asked Gov Hickcnloopcr of Iowa to I order the night club closed said that he received a letter from Harry Hoist Council Bluffs grand jury foreman asking him to ap pear and testify The grand jury is now in ad i journcd session and can be con vened at any time Mayor Butter said 1 am going lo answer the letter but whal I am going to say in it 1 cannol state at this time Butler said there has been a report quoting him as saying he would not appear before the grand jury but that the report is not true I never made such a stalc meiit1 Butler said I do not know at the time what I am going to do except that I am going to answer the letter Butler added that he presumed the grand jury would expect him to testify as an individual I have never been in the place Che Paree in my life he said My investigators have given me information and it is oirthcm that I base the statements I have made District Cage Tournament Opens Here Thursday Night Class B teams will square off on the Roosevelt fieldhouse floor Thursday night in the opening round of play in the district basketball tournament At Hayfield will take on Sheffield while the St Josephs quintet meets Swea City at Doors will open at oclock There will be no season tickets sold for the 3day meeting and no reserved scats will be available Admission prices Tor cents adults 55 cents tax included There will be signs in the gymnasium indicating the various root ing sections but spectators will not be obliged to sit in them Officials will be Roy Martin of Eagle Grove and O F Moore of Goldficld Friday night the class A teams will play Algona facing Hampton at and Mason City tangling with Forest City at President of Armour Received in Pay Past Fiscal Year Philadelphia and company of Chicago paid its presi dent George A Eastwood 5102560 during the past fiscal year the companys annual report to the securities and exchange commis sion disclosed Thursday Henry W Boyd Armours vice president received and Charles J Faulkner Jr general counsel 577500 Other companies and salaries reported included Oliver Farm Equipment com pany Sivright pres ident S72000 A King McCord executive vice president S50000 The Cudahy Packing company A Cudahy president 855100 F E Wilhelm first vice president S54220 reaks into Lar Finds Out It Is Not His man troops in Finland withdrawal J of Finnish troops to the 1940 fron tier and partly rejected the de mand for repatriation of some prisoners particularly those resi dents of the Baltic states who went to Finland when the Rus sians occupied those countries in 1939 The Morgon Tidningcn reported lhat the Finns had rejected the principal Russian demands in their present form but this ap parently a reference to the earlier drafi which was under stood to have proposed ncgoation for a free for the Ger man troops in Finland Ilolyokc Mass resident here accepted a bill of damages Thursday because unable lo un lock the car parked in front of his home he smashed a rear window carefully removed the g 1 a s s crawled inside and discovered it wasnt his CASUALTIES OF NAZIS German Losses Near Cassino Announced Allied lleaduuarleis Naples army forces have in flicted BOOO casualties on the Germans in and around Cassino since the end of January bring ing total enemy losses in Italy for lhat period to approximated allied headquarters an nounced Thursday The Cassino casualties iuclud nc 1500 captured and the re mainder killed or wounded were disclosed as a communique told of the repulse of 2 new minor German thrusts against the American beachhead positions southeast of Carrnccto German losses on the beach head have been announced as about 21000 In addition the enemy has suffered other casual ties at the hands of the British along the Garigltano at the hands of the French in the moun tains north of Cassino and on the eighth army front Except for the 2 minor stabs on the beachhead all fronts remained relatively quiet Wednesday aside from routine patrolling artillery duels and a German night air I raid on Ihe beachhead in which a n t tpe r s o n n e 1 bombs were dropped In the sector British artillery got two direct hits on a house which the Germans were observed occupying Eighth army Canadian patrols engaged in skirmishes with the enemy around the caves in the vicinity of Tollo and Polish artillery shelled en emy movements near Ateleta in MANY FIGHTERS PROTECT LARGE RAIDING CRAFT Quick Follow Through Made After Record Fire Raid on Capital London Gcu James I Doolittle sent the heavy bomb era of his 8th air force against Berlin again Thursday for the 2nd straight day in a quick follow through of I he biggest fire raid history on the capital Fourmotorcti American bomb ers struck at Merlin while the city stil blazed from the record day light assault 24 hours earlier and carried on the first week of the United States aerial siege of the battered heart of nazism Powerful groups from U S 3th and 9th air forces and British fighters again threw a protective shield around the bombers an army headquarters communique announced Heavy bombers of Ihe 8th air force again attacked targets in the Berlin area Thursday the com Is One of Most Exhaustive Weeks for Nazi Air Arm London first bunch of 9th airforcc mustang pilots back from the raid on Berlin Thursday said they saw hardly one nazi fighter and for the 2nd day in a row did not lose a plane The first announcement cave no hint as o how Thursdays bomber formations compared in strength wilh previous raids First Berlin announcements failed to crow over he great aer ial battles as during he previous American raids and Thursdays formations may havereachedthe city wilh comparatively minorre sistance from German fighters It was certain that Ihe German air arm was experiencing one of the most exhausting weeks of the wa r munictue said They were escort ed by strong forces of fighters ot the Blh and 9th air forces and Ihe royal air force TIic atlack on Itcrlin was flic Ith by heavy bombers in the last i days and was the 5lh time ill 7 days AAF aircraft have been over Ihe city The 2nd straight bombardment of Berlin and the 3rd in 4 days emphasized the weight of the drive to stamp out the remaining mili tary potential of Ihe charred and pitted city and at the same time knock the Hiflwafle out of tile skies over its homeland The new attack reflected the powerful reserve strciiKth American air forces massed iit Britain now able lo strike repeat edly despite such losses as a rec oril 68 bombers Monday ami 38 Wednesday U S headquarters announced lhat German planes were shot down Wednesday 12 by fortress ami liberator gunners and 83 by their fighter cseorl From the small licginniiig last Friday when fighters made the first American aerial pass at Ber lin the campaign had grown to the formidable proportions of heavy bombers parading in strength over the capital Tor 2 consecutive day5 The daylight offensive still was picking up momentum and j rivaled Ihe best 3 nights the RAF Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy KING SENDS SYMPATHY Paris III and Mrs O M OHair Paris possessed a message of condolence from King George of England and a Silver Star award posthumously awarded their son Sgt Orvillc Stotts OHair 27 RCAF OHair was shot down over Germany on a bombing mission The message was written on Buckingham Palace stationery H read The queen and I offer our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow We pray that your countrys gratitude for a life so nobly given may bring you some measure of consolation Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and cold Thursday nighl Lowest temperature about zero Friday fair and farmer Iowa Fair Thursday night and in creasing cloudiness Friday war mer Friday and west and cen tral portions Thursday night Minnesota Increasing cloudiness with light snow northwest por tion Thursday night Friday mostly cloudy with light snow north and extreme west por tions Warmer Thursday night and Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednes day 22 above Minimum Wednesday night 2 below At 8 a m Thursday 2 below the mountains of middle Italy j ever had against the most bombed The weather was fair to cloudy capital in theworld Thursday and allied air craft got ofr on approximately flights including marauder attacks on the harbor of Santo Slcfrano 80 miles northwest of R o m e and Mitchell blows ayainsl the rail yards at Ortc north of the capi ta Tlic announcement nf 125 Ger man planes destroyed Wednesday raised to 301 the number downed in the first hip American tacks on Berlin Tliirlyeight American bombers were tost Wed nesday as against GX Monday Thursdays nmuunccmcnt said Invaders hit rail ami road tar that one fishier previously rc Igcts at Montalto di Castro on the ported lost turned up rcduc wcst coast about six miles above jng the number Insl to IS continued Rome while British spitfires and I Nearly 2000 American planes kittyhawks attacked road traffic morethan 800 of hem riving for the Rome area destroying enemy vehicles and damaging Buy War Savings Bonds and i YEAR AGO Stamps from your GlobeGazette I Maximum carrier boy I Minimum licsscs or liberators were believed literally to have obliterated the I main objective at Berlin n plant I that turned oul 95 per cent of Are YOU Crazy SaVS Germanys ball bearings Wednes Draftee in Examination Before Psychiatrist New York army psy chiatrists eyes lighted up when he noted that a draflce taking his preinduction examination was an automobile salesman Maybe youre the man who can help me Ive been looking for a good used car said the doc tor Are you crazy retorted the selectee The psychiatrist tons of the at day More than 1500 bombs were dropped tack Though German censorship clamped down lightly on neutral correspondents in Berlin the Stockholm Morgonlidniiigcn re ported from Bern that hundreds of fires were kindled by the 350 000 incendiary and 10000 explos ive bombs dropped by the raiders The Erkncr district 16 miles cast southeast of the center of Ber lin and site of the wrecked ball bearing plant was reduced to complete ruin Morgontidningcn said The American communique quick y said the bombers achieved good changed his expression said j results at Krkncr and reports stiffly Im supposed to ask the from returning airmen indicated questions i ii was one ot their best precision ;