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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 21, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL U Aaodated Press and Halted full Leased Wire MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Five CcnU a Copy MASON crrr UWA TUESDAY NOVEMBER si mi FRENCH EXPLOIT GAIN ALONG RHINE HEAVYFIGHTING MET BY B29S IN OMURA RAID 20 Attacking Nippon Planes Downed Also Blast Nanking Shangha Washington UR American Superfortresses in their lates forays Tuesday continued th strategic reduction ot the Jap anese Airplane Works at Omur in the Japanese homeland thi 20th airforce announced They also attacked 2 key point m and Shanghai A communique said that the entire force of B29s was aimed at Omura but that bad weathe caused a diversion of part of it t the other 2 targets For the first time on a B2 mission to date the communi que continued strong fighte plane opposition was encounter ed Our aircraft report that thej destroyed 20 Japanese attacking planes with 16 probables anc 19 others damaged Antiaircraft opposition how ever was meager The bombing of Omura on Ky ushu island was accomplished bj precision instruments but the results were not observed be cause of heavy clouds At he Nanking docks the ob served results were good and a Shanghai they were fair to The bombing of the large Omura Aircraft Works was be gun on Oct 25 and resumed on Nov 11 The communique explained that as all of the B29s had no Jet had time to return to their bases in China it earlj to determine whether we sus tained any losses Tokyo said Japanese fighters intercepted the 4engined bomber and engaged them above the clouds in fierce air duels shoot ing down 8 and draaginga 9th Japanese lighters in tnepasf havi been reluctant to tangle with tti heavilyarmed Superfortresses The Chinabased raid by Mai Gen Curtis Le Mays 2flth bomber command was disclosed by the war department in a brief announce ment which identified the objec tives only as industrial targets on Kyushu Further details would be announced in TL later communi que the war department said Tokyo press and radio reports recorded by the FCC said 70 to 8 Superfortresses attacked the Nag asaki and Omura areas of north west Kyushu southernmost of the Japanese home Islands in S waves about a m 745 p m Monday Tokyo said lowlying clouds prevented accurate bombing anc asserted variously that extremely slight and hardly any damage re sulted The Domei agency pre dicted that further enemy losses were expected when all reports had been received from fighter pilots Omura also was hit in the Super fortresses raid Nov 5 with an air craft plant the main objective While Superfortresses concen trated on the enemy homeland other American bombers and car rierbased planes spread further ruiu through Japans shrinking but still farHun Pacific empire Planes from n carrier task force of the Pacific fleet struck again a Manila occupied capital of the Philippines Sunday Saturday Pearl Harbor setting fire to 2 large cargo ships and a large tanker and destroying 118 enemy planes More than 100 Liberators from Gen Douglas MacArthurs south west Pacific command blasted oil installations shipping Sunday at Tarakan Borneo with 121 tons of explosives Huge fires were started sending smoke towering 15000 feet Sixteen small vessels including barges were set afire in the harbor Cither landbased bombers of the southwest Pacific and central Pa cific raided targets ranging from the northern Kuriles in the north to New Guinea in the south and from the Philippines in the west to the Marshalls the east First WACs Arrive for Work in Chungking OlR first 2 WACs arrived in Chungking Tues day and were assigned to secre tarial work at headquarters They were Capt Elizabeth Lufze ot Sheboygan Wis and First Lt Florence Bullitt of San Jose Cal BOYS PACK Weston Mo visitor in this white hurley tobacco center bought the last pack of cigarets Now tobacco workers have to roll tiwir own Paris u Eisenhower said Tuesday that the only sensible course open to the German army is to fight to the bitter end west of the Rhine Eisenhower inferred that he ex pected the final battle of the European war to be fought west of the Rhine where 6 allied armies were waging the allied grand of fensive and hammeringthe nazis back along a 400mile front But he battle will not be easy the supreme commander warned at a press conference To win the victory and peace he said Weve got to fight like hell for it Now lets do it He called on his armies and the home Ironts behind them for ever greater effort and warned that unless all elements of the united keep on the job ever nations lasting and with tensity we are only postponing the day of victory We are keeping the pressure at maximum strength all along the front Eisenhower said The German has to be hit with every thing weve finally the ii eaking point will come End West of Rhine JEEP IN THE DEEPMaj Gen John Millikin commander ot the 3rd corps U S army rides in a jeep being towed through a street of PontAMousson in France wheie flood waters of the Moselle river reached their high est point m 30 years Heavy rains and swollen streams are one of the obstacles encountered by allied troops in their current drive into Germany PBICBRISES STIR DISPUTE Action to Reverse Trend Expected Soon Washington to re verse recent price rises described as small but disturbing is ex pected shortly designed as an as surance to workers that living costs will not outrun pay scales Climaxing a series of adminis tration moves all pointing to a decision to hold on to the princi ple of the little steel wage for mula until after VEDay Price Administrator Chester Bowles called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon The conference was arranged following Sundays statement by Economic Stabilization Director Fred M Vinson that disturbing advances in costs of living espe cially in textiles and clothing must stop Observers believed Bowles was ready to First tighten controls over fab rics and wearing apparel the items singled out by Vinson as inflated and Second announce more rigid standards for ruling on requests for extraordinary price increases not provided for in the price con trol act and other laws On the extraordinary increases pPAIs not sole judge but must set iis ceilings by agreement with other agencies usually war food administration It was indicated that Vinson as final economic ar biter has given assurance be will uphold a firm position un the part Events of the last fortnight bear out the impression of a concerted effort for a homefront freeze until Germany yields The series began with President Roosevelts refusal to accept resignations from War Mobilization Director James F Byrnes and 3 members of the war labor boarduntil Germany quits It gained momentum with the current campaign to empha size war production and deem phasize reconversion in planning Trial of Brothers for Assault Is Postponed Emmelsburg wpjThe trial ot 2 Des Moines brothers Clyde and Merton Lyons on charges of as sault with intent to murder How ard Knight Emmethburg farmer Monday was continued until the January term of Palo Alto county district court when it will be the first jury case The brothers ut shooting Knight while on a hunt ing trip Nazis Fiercely Trying to Defend Synthetic Oil Plants Lose 52 Planes plosives on to 3 zealously x The pressure must go up both at home and on the front and con tinue to increase so that the high est point Is on the day Germany surrenders He said he wanted more sup plies than he is getting and I think the soldier wants more than synthetic oil plants An 8th air force spokesman said the score of the swirling battles over Hamburg Harburg and Mer sebure might approach the 208 destroyed on Nov 2 Then as Tuesday the Germans came up to defend the huge Leuna syn thetic refinery at Merseburg 100 miles southwest of Berlin The mighty fleet wis well guarded Tuesday and it struck in fine weather even as General Eisenhower promised Germany a winter of remorseless bombard ment from the air The 1100 fighter craft made up the most powerful escort ever dispatched with the bombers and most flew from British bases the 8th air force announcement said The teuna synthetic oil plant at Merseburg at almost the ex act geographic center of Ger many was bombed for the 12th time on Nov 2 It once was cap able of supplying 50000 tons a month The Deutsche synthetic oil re fineries at Hamburg are among the largest in the reich The great Rhenamia refineries are located 6 miles south at Harburg All were objectives Tuesday Hickenlooper Senate Observer Is Greeted by Senator Gillette Washington if Gov B B Hickenlooper of Iowa and Sen Guy M Gillette Iowa democrat Wiiom Hickenlooper will succeed in Janary greeted each other with smiles Tuesday The governor a republican came to the senate chamber shortly after the body convened He came as an unofficial observer and took a lounge seat near the republican side Gillette sitting on the demo cratic side suddenly spotted the governor and walked quickly over to him with outstretcher hand Gillette with a broad smile gestured toward the democratic side but they stayed where they were and chatted for a quarter of an hour Olher senators from both sides of the aisle came over to greet Hickenlooper The governor said he came fo Washington for a brief visit and just to look around and find out some of the preliminary details of his new office and principally to do some house hunting I Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from jour GlobeGazette carrier boj Holt KILLED IN CRASH City Andrew i2 of Somers Iowa was a was killed Monday night when the car in which he was riding left the road 10 miles southeast of here Glen Roberts and John Cromwell were injured FILIPINOS AID in outrigger canoes for Japanese survivors of naval action in the REDS SWARM IN AGAINST NAZIS IN LATVIA AREA Nazis Report First of Great Winter Drives Expected on East Line London UR Russian troops tanks and divebombers were re ported swarming in for a battle of annihilation against some 400000 Germans pinned against the Bal tic coast in western Latvia Tues day as other soviet forces to the south rolled up the nazi flank northeast of Budapest partly iso lating 2 of the Hungarian capi tals main outposts Jittery German broadcasts said the Russian armies of the north over to the attack in western Latvia Monday in the first of the great winter offensives that are expected to set the entire 150C ralle eastern front ablaze In the coming weeks The hey offensive which was not immediately confirmed in Moscows early morning commu nique apparently was aimed at wiping out 30 German divisions hemmed into a 6000 square mile pocket southeast of the Baltic port of last Russian claimed territory still in nazi hands Striking behind a blistering aerial attack that sent waves of hardhitting Stormovik dive bombers whirling down on the cornered nazi divisions the soviet commanders hurled their armor and infantry against the German perimeter Berlin said and won a number of penetrations after a bloody allday battle The Germans had been cut off from their main armies in east Prussia since Oct 10 when Rus sian forces speared through to the Baltic between Iiepaw and Memel and Berlin said the new drive was ntended to clear the soviet flank or adrive into the Prussian prov ce At the same time the nazis re ported that tens of thousands of veteran Russian winter fighters were wheeling into position on the eastern and southern borders of east Prussia and along the Vistula river south of Warsaw Polish underground sources said he Germans were evacuating their sick and wounded from War saw and mining and sacking the city fearing that another massive red army assault on the capital was imminent The Russian communique how ever reported only local skirmish ing on the northern front Monday in the Jelgava area 100 miles southeast of Liepaja and along the Prussian borders Moscow also claimed the sinking by soviet fliers of a 6000 ton German transport trol b s in tl the H Rodion Y Maiinovskys 2nd GEN DWIGHT D EISENHOWER DURAZZO WON BY ALBANIANS New Gateway for Aid to Balkans Is Opened London parti sans captured Albanias most im portant port Durazzo 20 miles west of the newlyliberated capi tal of Tirana and opened a new gateway Tuesday for allied aid to the Balkans Titos free Yugoslavia radio in announcing the conques of Durazzo said the Germans los more than 1200 killed and2000 captured together with much equipment and stores at Durazzo and Tirana In the capital a radio station and power plant were captured Jntact Titos communique liailed the Albanian victory as a major move toward a final linking of Albanian patriots and Yugoslav partisans to the north in Montenegro he is getting both now and the future Eisenhower received 200 cor respondents at supreme head quarters He looked fresh and fit and in his frank and forcefu manner made what amounted to an aPPeal against any feeling thai the war is won I am optimistic myself he said but 1 hope Ican prevent myself from becoming compla cent While his appeal for more sup plies fitted in with his appeal a day earlier for more ammunition Eisenhower emphasized that he intended absolutely no criticism of the home front but simply wanted the men at the front to have everything possible to hasten victory for the sake of the men in the trenches and their relatives at home He said there was no sign of a German retreat to the easl side of the Rhine and offered it as his opinion that any adversary who had concentrated so much of his forces west of a great river when the enemy had air supe riority that could destroy its bridges would find the only sen sible course to fight to the bitter end west of it A crossing of the Rhine he said would amount almost to a naval operation He added that the enemy now is regarding the territory he is losing west of the upper of less importance than the German territory in the center where the Ruhr is threatened He paid tribute to the French forces who drove to the upper Rhine and said it was a most im portant morale defeat for the en example of putting fail ure after failure before the Ger mans until the people crack de spite the pistol ot the nazi brig ands at their backs He recalled that he had said In a war review 5 weeks ago that aggressive pressure would he maintained rtesnite the weather and that is what now Japs Cite Cigarer Shortage as Sign of U S Collapse By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Tokyo radio in a broadcast recorded by CBS said it was vir tually impossible to find a package of popularbrand cigarets any where in the United States and cited this as an indication that collapse on the U S home front was near Skeleton Identified as That of Iowa Boy Sandstone M i n n Coroner F G Gottry Monday dentified a skeleton found in the woods near here as that of Ken neth L Seedorff 16 of Oelvvein Iowa son of Mrs Bessie Seedorff of Lament Iowa The boy who had disappeared in March 1343 while visiting his grandparents was identified through his dental work bifocal glasses arid a 410 auge shot gun found nearby 3oltry said the boys head had seen split badly by a shot gun jlast which apparently was self nflicted done is being There is a job here for every man fit for battle we can bring in and supply he said and its vp toevery maiv backhome to give him everything he needs thals my prescription for vic tory CLAIM GILLETTE TO GET POST To Be on Surplus War Property Disposal Board Washington sources reported Tuesday that President Roosevelt had picked former Gov Robert A Hurley of Connecticut as chairman of the surplus war property disposal noard Guy M Gillette DIowa and Col Edward Heller of San Fran cisco would be the other 2 mem bers according to senators who asked anonomity They said they understood the nominations would be sent to the senate soon The posts carry sala ries of a year Gillette was defeated for re election Nov 7 Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy POUR THROUGH BELFORT PASS IN DRIVE NORTH Nazis Falling Back Toward Strasbourg Rearguard pisorganized London AP French armor thrusting northward down the Rhine stormed Mulhouse Tuesday and U S troops captured Savrebourg 32 miles from the Rhine in an eastward drive COL the whole German stand in the Vosges moun tains The swiftpaced French perhaps had already entered Mulhouse an industrial city of 97000 in exploitation of their Belfort breakthrough This push was undermining German positions for 100 miles to the north Both the American 7th and 3rd armies were beating east ward toward Strasbourg and S a a r b r u c k e n meeting WEAKENING rearguard re sistance from Germans ap parently retreating to the Rhine The 44th division of the seventh army captured Sarrebourg pop miles northwest of mechanized pa trols were stabbing onward toward Strasbourg 30 miles beyond Third army forces fought with in 18 miles of Saarbntcben in the industriallyrich Saar basin Still farther north tanks of the third army had driven 3 miles into Ger many French troops charged into the fortress city of in the plunge to the were fighting to clean it up a front dispatch declared Tuesday night Heavy reinforcements were moving into It and into the pow erdrive along the Rhine The sweep into Belfort was sur prising even to the assaulting French for it and by third army been considered the two strongest fort resses in eastern France Belfort is ringed by more than a score of satelite forts It appeared the Germans were jiving up their last positions on French soil But resistance continued strong in the north especially against the Americans and British making SLOW GAINS in the Aachen sec tors of Germany in rain and mud General Eisenhower called for everincreasing pressure until vic ory is won Six allied armies were heaping on this pressure at quickening pace The U S 7th and 3rd armies swarmmg eastward in the other jlade of aFrenchAmerican scis sors hit into broken nazi resis tance described officially as spo radic and disorganized An unconfirmed Swiss report said the French were attempting o bridge the Rhine southeast of Wulhouse An assault was report ed underway on Mulhouse itself At the north end of the front 2 patrol boats and 2 landing barges in the Baltic sea On the Hungarian front Mar Rodion Y Maiinovskys 2nd Ukrainian army battered slowly through the long German flank extending 80 miles northeast of Budapest to Miskolc Hungarys fifth city Miskolc was all but encircled by 3 Russian columns closing on the city from the east west and south Hunter Is Wounded But He Shoots Deer Clovis N Meat O Mc Crary Grady N Mex was acci dentally wounded on the start of a hunting trip The bullet was re moved he wentback into the mountains killed his deer drove home and dressed the animal be fore receiving treatment for his wound IOWAN COSIMANDER Washington ff Lt J g Robert J Lyon Jefferson Iowa was commander of one of the PT boats reported lost in the Pacific by the navy Monday No casualty status was reported for Lyon Woman Pays I Fine and Court Costs St Louis Louis Mer cille of Rock Hill was fined SI for fishing without a license last summer and decided to fight the j case Monday she paid in court costs Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy with litUe change in temperature Tuesday night Lowest readings Tuesday in Mason City 30 Wednesday fair warmer in the aUernoon Minnesota Mostly cloudy with no decided change in temperature Tuesday night and Wednesday Snow flurries northeast portion Tuesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 4o Minimum Monday night 30 At 8 a m Tuesday 30 YEAR AGO Maximum 47 Minimum 25 FRANCE y f RHlNELavge arrow indicates first armys advance to the Rhine river Other drives are indicated by smaller arrows ;