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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 20, 1943, Mason City, Iowa HISTORY AND D E 5 11 0 1 r E a I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MAY 20 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 191 RIP AXIS PLANES ON ITALIAN ISLES Seize Airfield Encircled Last Japs on Attu TOKYO ADMITS HEAVY LOSSES TO DEFENDERS Nippon Forces Fight With Backs to Sea U S Warships Nearby By ROGER GREENE Associated Press War Editor American troops and warships have snapped the trap on Japa nese remnants in the 10 day olrt battle of Attu island and seized 1he enemy airfield the navy an nounced Thursday while a Tokyo broadcast acknowledged Japanese losses running as high as G6 per cent Survivors of the dwindling Japanese garrison are now com pletely encircled in the Chicha jrof harbor area on the north east coast except for isolated snipers hiding in the bleak vol canic mountain ridges the navy said and U S army bombers have started plastering the en emys lastditch defenses Apparently in hopeless straits barring an eleventhhour attempt at reinforcement the Japanese were fighting with their backs to the sea with U S warships lying off shore in a position to blast any effort to escape WHERE YANKS BATTLE bay where one of the two main American forces landed is shown left foreground in this aerial view of Attu island where the Yanks are battling to oust the Japs To the right is Chirikof point and at upper left are the mountains overlooking Chichagof harbor After landing the Americans pushed into the mountains toward the other U S landing on the opposite side of the island This is an official United States navy photo live days from there as the navy announced Wednesday the enemy retreated into a tight pocket around Chichagof Harbor on the northeast coast With the Taiunese garrison on Attu apparently doomed Wash ington quarters forecast a sus tained aerial offensive against Japan once the enemy has been thrown out of the Aleutians Other Pacific developments saw Gen Douglas MacArthurs bombs United States forces captured pound the Japanese base at Koe Fears Levees From St Louis to Cape Girardeau to Break Engineer Expresses Eat Red Tape TRENTON N J hrive on red tape a victory gar dener wrote Leonard Dreyfuss state civilian defense director Thursday in a letter rich in pathos Last winter the gardene plan ning a fine food crop discovered large rabbit on his plot in Mountain Lakes Realizing the rabbit might eat his produce he wrote Dreyfuss for information on liow he could get rid of the rabbit legally By the time a reply arrived the rabbit was being followed around by five little rabbits Dreyfuss told him he could get a permit from the state fish and game commission to trap or shoot rabbits doing damage on his prop erty provided such a permit does not conflict with local ordinances which prohibit shooting The gardener wrote to the state house for a permit The state house mailed him an application for a permit Before he made out the application he took anothei census and counted 165 rabbits gamboling about his property His latest letter to Dreyfusss asked for information on how to get a permit for a machinegun la pass leading to the pang Dutch New Guinea des or5Fea the naVybu1etIl probably seven enemy p while onthe Burmafrontboth Srana chagi said The contacts of the US north arid south forces from the Holtz bay and Massacre bay area have confined Japanese resistance to the Chichagof area except for isolated sniper activities This was the first official dis closure that no other enemy forces occupied the western areas of the strategic island which lies only 2000 miles from Tokyo via bomber War Secretary Stimson had previously announced that the Americans were making satisfac tory progress and captured the enemybuilt air field Stimson said Maj Gen Eugene M Landrum commands U S troops on Attu At the same time underlining Prime Minister Churchills pledge that Britain would fight Japan to the e n d President Roosevelt called a meeting of the Pacific war council and invited Churchill to attend A Japanese reporters dispatch said there was not a single man free of some wound when Japa nese troops retreated from ex posed positions along the beach in one sector The next day May shortly estroy ny planes American and British raider stepped up the fiiry of their as sault on the Japanese U Sarmy 10th air force planes dropped more than 100 tons of bombs on enemy fuel depots rail tagets and other objectives along a 175mile stretch in the Irrawad dy River Valley which lies be tween Handalay and Ragoon and left huge fires burning British headquarters reported no change on the Arakan front along the Bay of Bengal coast where the Japanese have been driving toward the IndiaBurma frontier amid Tokyo boasts that the mikados armies were pre paring to liberate Indias 390 000000 Ava Gardner Divorces Rooney Who Wouldnt Stay Home at Night LOS ANGELES Gard ner Rooney obtained an interlocu tory divorce decree Thursday from Mickey Rooney the young film star whose boxoffice magnitude belies his small stature Mickey 22 wasnt in court when Opinion as Crews Try to Check Floods By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Belief that all levees along the Mississippi river between St Louis and Cape Girardeau Mo will e wiped our was cx pressed by i federal engineer Thursday as emergency relief crews and niili ary troops worked to check the flood waters from turbulent rivers and streams which covered a wide area of the midwest Vern Alexander regional liy droloKic engineer at Kansas Citys weather bureau after completing a tour uf the Mis souri and Oklahoma flood areas said I believe all levees along the Mississippi river between St Louis and Cape Girardeau be wiped out The levees protect thousands of acres of rich farm lands Alexander predicted that the levees at St Louis and East St Louis Ill will hold although he said he believed by Saturday or Sunday the crest at SI Louis will reach 37 feet which would be just six inches under the second all time peak the 38 foot level of 1903 when disastrous floods oc curred The St Louis weather bureau said the stage Wednesday was 329 feet a rise oC 27 feet in the lost 24 hours and predicted a rise of 2 feet in the next 24 hours The mated number of persons driven from their homes was more than 12000 in In diana and 10000 in Illinois Many others were evacuated from homes in Oklahoma Ark ansas and Kansas Property damage was extensive while damage to crops was expected to be severe although no ot ficial estimates were given Damage thus far in Missouri is in the southwest section along the Osagc river in the central parl and in the Missouri river bottom area from Jefferson City to the mouth in the St Charles area The Osagc already is past nil previous marks and a power plant at Beg nell Mo is threatened Roy Win gate district director of the dis aster relief for the Red Cross esti mated 500 homes were damaged in the state and 30000 acres of farm crops destroyed vvcl3llllllUULL after 11 a m came word that the Miss Gmcmcl jn Su all time peak at St Louis was Jaanese headuarters of our o miss Lrarcinci appcarea in Japanese headquarters of our Jutllc TluinlloKl Clarkes 412 feet in 1844 Alexander said sitions in the ndge east of Holtzjcoult ancl asserted the actor just Tiee was only slight measure bay was destroyed by the comj voukilft stav home nights and that of relief in bmcd bombardment of aircraft c had told her repeatedly that ho a sixstate m and warships the dispatch said AVhilc admitting virtual sui cide losses among the Japanese garrison the enemy account as serted that the defenders took a toll on seaborne U S forces blew 10 American land in craft out of the water and saw a tremendous explosion shake a an a battleship or a the vessel either hit an auto matic mine or was attacked by a Japanese submarine None of these Japanese claims has been confirmed and Secrc lary of the Navy Frank Knox has officially announced that Ameri can losses were much lightcr thm expected The Japanese account said the Americans landed at Holtz and Massacre bays on the east end of the 35 mile long island under cover of heavy aerial and naval bombardmcnt U S planes began an eight hour assault at 2 a m May 12 the dispatch said and al 10 a m the next day American warship loomed through the dense fog out side Holtz bay and fired salvo after salvo in a wild effort which seemed to indicate the enemy was intent on blowing the island out of the sea The dispatch said that after beating off repeated American at tacks and having accounted for 700 to 800 Americans during the day May the Japanese los than twothirds of their streneth and the Japanese com manding officer ordered his ex hausted men to fall back to tin ridees east of Hollz bay The account ended wilh th acknowledged destruction of Jap i ancse headquarters on the ride onsidered their marriage a mts ake She charged him with men al cruelty Mickey was represented by At orney Martin Gang who said a property settlement had been cached Miss Gardner did not equest alimony They were married at Ballard al Jan 10 1942 and separated an 15 1943 REPORT 72 SHIPS IN GIBRALTAR fey THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Berlin radio obviously seeking information reported Thursdaythat 72 ships including the British aircraft carriers Argus and Formidable and the Battle ships Nelson and King George V were in the port of Gibraltar Thursday The broadcast claims which had no allied confirmation were recorded by the Associated Press The report attributed lo Snan lllllv IlLUctaLII he flooded area fsh correspondents said that 2o idcontinent section FURTHER GAS LIMIT PLANNED Ickes May Have to Adc MidWest Restrictions WASHINGTON Ickes said Thursday further re ductions in use of gasoline fo driving will have to be made hi fore the present crisis is over despite reirhposition of the plea liredriving ban in most of tl east at noon New restrictions may have to I imposed on driving in the midd west as well as the east bccaus we might temporarily have bring in more supplies from Ihc middle west to the using the shorter haul the interior sec retary told a press conference in his capacity as petroleum admin istrator Ickes declined fo discuss the form of the indicated restrictions further reduction in ration coupon allowances and per haps extension of the pleasure driving ban to the middle because he insisted that u the province of the office of pricTc ad ministrator Ickes reiterated What Ive 72 BILLION FOR ARMY IS ASKED BY ROOSEVELT increase Wilt Help in Expanded Aircraft Program for Year WASHINGTON oosevelt asked congress Thurs ay to make available nearly S72 00000000 for the army in the iscal year starting July 1 boost ng his Januarv budget figures tune than SC000000000 White House Secretary Stephen iarly explained that the increase s accounted for by a projected the aircraft program if The army expects to gel he said 1147000000 pounds of planes in the next year exclu sive of the weight of engines and motors compared with 911000000 pounds in the cur rent fiscal period The total Early said will ex ceed the combined production ot all other nations The president in a letter to Speaker Rayburn transmitted a request for war department ap propriations totaling 559425 586500 He asked also that S12 472913200 of unobligated bal ances of current apropriations for the army be made available again in the coming fiscal year The to tal of the two items is 571898 499700 The new budget figures pro vides for pay food clothin equipment for more than 800000 individuals in the army includ ing 375000 WAACs forwhom a intensive recruiting service is progress Funds also were provided for overseas construction including facilities for a rapidly cxpand injt air transport command op erating ferry routes throughout the Morld and construction in theaters of operation 3rd Raid in Week Made on Berlin LONDON and speedy mosquito bombers of the royal air force carried the continuing allied air offensive to Berlin itself again Wednesday night the British announced Thursday th been saying for a year and a half ought to be no nonessen tial driving and there is a lot of it He added that if nonessen tial driving had been banned long ago gasoline slocks would have been large enough to avert the present critical position of the east Biggest blow to the cast Tckes said was the break in the 20inch pipeline near Little Kock Ark where a section was washed out by a flood He said this would mean a net loss lo the east of COOOOO barrels whcrc surging waters have driven thousands from their homes cov ered millions of acres of farm lands caused disruption of rail and motor traffic ancl halted work in many war plants and factories The number of dead In the Hooded area was 10 six in In diana three in Missouri and one in Oklahoma while the csti from the direction of the Mediterranean and that one American and two British mer chant ships were damaged A British destroyer also was dam aged it was reported The fleet included tankers merchantmen and transport ves sels the battleships and aircraft carriers 22 cruisers IB British destroyers and some American destroyers the broadcast said oil untM flooc Military construction in this country however a statement said will he much smaller than in recent years More than will go for pay for members of the military establishment and allot ments to their dependents Near ly 52500000000 is set aside to feed the army and guarantee a steady flow of food to soldiers wherever they go The RAF raid on Berlin con stituted the third attack on the capital of the reich within a week and came only a few hours after American flying fortresses had smashed into Germany to blast submarine and shipbuilding yards at Kiel and Flensburg Results of the British over ght raid were not announced mmediately an air ministry ommunique saying merely that argots in Berlin were attacked Ml the bombers returned Wednesday nights attack on Berlin had the character of rc laymcnt in kind for the series f German air force attacks on he London area It apparently vas the same sort of swift brief stab by highflying last planes Berlin has not had a cascade from heavy bombers since March 29 Taking up where night raiders eft off large formations of al ied planes swarmed over the channel by daylight Thursday in the direction of northern France German planes meanwhile approached a south coast town but were driven out to sea by an antiaircraft barrage before they were able to drop their bombs Th In night operations extending along the coast of Europe from the Netherlands to southern France RAF whirlwind bombers attacked enemy air bases at Poix AmiensGlisy and Crecy en Pen thicu and raided rail targets at Gamaches and Eu Speedy mosquitoes strafed a concentration of barges in the Ghent area and shot up a Tanger bvugge factory while beaufight ers set off a terrific explosion on five barges in the Lys river and shot up three trains near Poisy Sens and Boimicrcs The American flying fortress units recently rein forced touched off destructive and fast spreading flames at Kiel and NAZIS LOSE 73 PLANES TRYING TO STOP ALLIES Enemy Aircraft Rise in Large Numbers to Challenge Attackers ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA fighters and bombers in mighty smashes at axis air power de stroyed 73 planes Wednesday in the greatest aerial blow they have inflicted since the collapse of the German ground forces in north Africa it was announced Thurs day if f Twentynine planes were shot down in fierce dog fights olf Sicily and Sardinia in an where the German and Italian air forces have concentrated hundreds of aircraft in an at tempt to stem the great and con tinuing allied onslaught and at least 14 others were destroyed on the ground For the first lime since toe fall of Tunisia enemy aircraft rose in large numbers to challenge allied domination of the skies over Sar dinia and Sicily and their squad rons were ripped to pieces in what official sources described as sev eral long and gruelling dog fights Fifty axis fighters jumped United States flying fortresses which bombed the Milo air field near Trapani Sicily and more than 30 fighters attacked United States marauders and warhawks when the Americans bombed Big Gas Tank in Chicago Is Hit by Plane Monserrato Elmas air field and the harbor of Cagliari in south ern Sardinia Four American planes were lost in all these operations V W Thirtyseven of the planes destroyed on the ground were on the Afilo field At Milas airfield in central Sardinia Mitchells scored direct hits on at least six grounded planes and at Villacidro where ap proximately 50 planes were parked hits were seen all over the dispersal area and several explosions were observed in fuel dumps The dispatch did not bring out ers subsided so repairs can be made Iowa Farm Boy 15 Killed in Accident MANNING Puck 15 son of Mr and Mrs Herman Puck farmers south of here was killed Thursday in a farm accident He was operating a tractor that had a harrow attached His par ents said the harrow evidently caught on an obstruction the youth got out to see what was the matter ancl was caught when the machine suddenly started moving His neck was broken The parents found the body whcn he failed to appear for lunch airphruc rammed into a gas comI pany storage tank on tile south side Thursday and according to j sources reports received by the Englewood district fire alarm iffice set the tank afire The ilane rammed the huge tank squarely and plunged to the ground in flame The tank is one of Gas Light ami Coke company at 71st street and South St Louis avenue and serves Chicagos southwest side Flensburgjn one of the greatest j Whcre the Americans destroyed the 44th grounded plane but pre sumably it was one of those at Villacidro 25 miles northwest of Cagliari A lone bcaufighlcr patrolling the eastern Sardinia cast encoun tered five torpedocarrying junk ers 88s It destroyed one prob ably destroyed a second and dam aged a third The twentyeight others shot down in combat were bagged by American bombers and their fighter escorts in raids during which tons of bombs were dropped on Italys island outposts The biggest fight of the day oc curred between the Sicilian coast and the Egadi islands when 50 en emy fighters attacked fortresses which had just bombed Milo field The fortress gunners shot down 10 and P3fi lightnings which were escorting damaged three more in a fire bombing operations carried out by U S airmen Tens of thousands of incendi aries were showered over the two targets and a headquarters an nouncement said bath were left in flames The 1000mile roundtrip raid on the two northwestern German objectives by the unescorted American bombers carried the smashing allied aerial offensive on Europe into its eighth day Meanwhile the air ministry de nied Thursday that the idea for the bombing of the Moehnc and Eder dams by the RAF Sunday originated from private citizens and declared that all warimport i ant objectives in Germany have CHICAGO large army i been studied with a view to attack Employes of the fire alarm of fice said two or three scorched bodies were reported lying near the wreckage and flames wec shooting from the roof of the lank The intense heat could be fell for a mile around and prevented fire men and rescuers from approach ing The Fort Worth Tex army air Ihc most favorable time Dispatcher through neutral had said tiiat ihc naz thrcatcncd r c p r i s a 1 s against Jews in Germany on the j spectacular running battle which 1 continued 20 minutes with the op 5 FLOOD SWIRLS OVER ILLINOIS these rushing flood waters is a highway one of several in central Illinois closed by heavy rains This scene is just southeast of Springfield 111 Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Warmer Thursday afternoon not much change in temperature Thursday night warmer Friday forenoon IOWA Light rain east portion ending Thursday afternoon no rain Friday forenoon cooler Thursday night rising temper ature Friday forenoon MINNESOTA Continued mild Thursday night and Friday fore noon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather Maximum Wednesday 70 Minimum Wednday night 52 At 8 a m Thursday 52 Rain 01 inch YEAH AGO Maximum fi5 Minimu m 36 basis of a London report that a GermanJewish medical specialist now a refugee here had suggested the attack on the reservoirs The air ministry reported Thursday night that flood waters from both the Edcr and JIoehnc dams are rolling destructively for ward and that the Ruhr and Wes er valleys present a most mourn ful spectacle William Malcrow British en gineer and world authority on dam design said two years prob ably would be retiuircd to repair damage to the two dams posing forces flying al heights ranging from sea level to 24000 tcct field liome bnsc of the Al American 12 men were aboard the plane nnd all reported killed The fourcn pincd liberator bomber left Ihc Fort Worth field Thursday morn ins on a routine flight Names of the crew will not be released until next of kin have been notified Engine 40 Cars Go Over Man Who Then Stands Up Shakes Fist LOS ANGELES I c n Robertson 19 Compton Cal was set free on a drunkenness charge Justice of the Peace Guy Gambcl flying suid Robertson was living on Driver Awakens to Find Car in Pond MINNEAPOLIS D Sherwood 29 St Paul dozed at the wheel of his car early Thursday He awoke to find him self and his car deposited in the middle of a onefoot deep pond near Eciina Passing police extri cated him from the situation fortress crews sought Wednesday j borrowed time anyway lo complete with fire the destruc tion hey wrought by explosive bombs in last Fridays daylight attack described officially as the most accurate and devastating ever achieved by American pre cision bombers The official announcement of the raid also revealed that Ameri can flying fortress units at British bases are expanding steadily Robertson pursuing a girl stag gered and fell on the Union Pa cific tracks before an oncoming rain The engine and 40 cars Lhundcrcc over him Smeared with grease but suf Farmer Catches Five Italian War Prisoners CARTHAGE Mo Five IS FINED SIM DES MOINES tfPiAt Bisigna no proprietor of Babes restau rant and tap room was fined S400 wilh an alternative of 120 days in jail on a charge of keeping liquor i where beer is sold Italian war prisoners escaped from internment at Camp Clark Mo only to be held at bay by a far mer from whom they sought food Highway patrolmen handcuffed them returning them to the Jas per county jail Then lightning struck the jail Damage however slight faring only a few scratches Rob ertson stood up and shook his fist indignantly at the disappearing train judge Fines Wife ror Not Blacking Out PLAINFIELD N J MKail urc to hear air raid sirens while taking a bath is no excuse for not blacking out contends City Judge Henry W Clements And now his wife knows it Mrs Alice Moran Clements paid S5 fine as a black out violator Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your carrier boy ;