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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 24, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT Of HIST AND ARCHIVE DCS MOINES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PBESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEA FIVE CENTS A HOME EDITION mini MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY OCTOBER 24 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF T1VO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 13 LAUNCH DRIVE ON ROMMEL I PLANES MEET IN MIDAIR 12 PERSONS DEAD Airplane Spotter Says He Saw 2 Twin Motored Airplanes Collide PALM SPRINGS Cal After an American airlines offi cial had declared that an army bomber was in collision with a transport plane shortly before the latter crashed near here late Fri day killing 12 a civilian defense airplane spotter told Saturday of seeing the two twinengined ships come together just before one wavered from its course and struck a mountainside Southern California army au thorities maintained a strict si lence pending a military inves tigation But in San Francisco fourth air force spokesmen maintained that to their knowl edge no military airplane uas involved in the crash of the American airliner The plane spotter is R M Mar tin also a guard at a telephone repeater station He told report ers he saw two planes flying at about 8000 feet one about a mile and srhalfbehindthe other veered away into aridI thought it had changed course Then it came back and slid in so close to the other plane I couldnt distinguish between them Bits of metal began flying from the planes When asked it he would say that the two ships collided he said Well I wouldnt say they didnt He said he was willing lo tes tify before an army board of in quiry Army spokesmen on the scene said they had absolutely noth ing to say about the crash and at March field officers saitt they hadnt even heard about it A military guard was thrown about the wrecked airliner and civilians barred The crew of three and all nine passengers were killed airline of ficials announced Among the dead was Ralph Rainger song writer who composed such popu lar numbers as Love In Bloom June in January and Here Lies Love The statement of the airlines executive Charles A Rheinstrom vice president in charge of traf fic was made in New York and released through the airlines of fice here He said American Airlines flight 23 eastbound Los Angeles to New York was in collision with army bomber crashed hair a mile west of Palm Springs at p m Pa cific lime Friday Oct 23 Left Los Angeles at p m and was at normal cruising altitude on course clear weath er and daylight when accident occurred American Airlines announced the names of the crew members as Capt Charles F Pcdley pilot Tirst Officer L F Rcpport copi loot and Estellc Regan steward ess all of Dallas Texas The passenger list incuded Ralph Rainger Hollywood en route to New York B R Vest Birmingham Ala bound for Phoenix M C Henderson Phoenix Ariz member interstate industri al commission bound for Phoen ix C Baker Phoenix enroute home Frank Bird Lockheed Aircraft Corp employe bound for Wash ington D C Mother Mrs F Bird East Walpole Mass L A Hege no address avail able enroute to Atlanta Ga E H Wallace Las Vegas Nev bound for Phoenix Lt Joseph R Rosser Santa Ana army air base bound for Dallas C M Wert 3750 Vlen Felfz Blvd Los Angeles bound for New York Halsey Promoted in South Pacific Command ShakeUp l r1 t Task Force Chief Succeeds Ghormley Faces Solomons Problem WASHINGTON navy jaturday announced a sweeping shakeup of its high command in he South the Solomon islands where Apierican torces are struggling to hold vital Guadalcanal The reorganization luts Vice Admiral William F Halsey in command of the area Halsey has been a Pacific fleet ask force commander anil head ed several raids on Japanese bases including the highly suc cessful foray against the Mar shall and Gilbert islands last January He was awarded the distinguished service medal for that raid He succeeds Vice Admiral Rob ert Lee Ghormley who has been commander of the South Pacific area since the command was tablishecl last spring Ghormleys new duties were not announced immediately It was Ghormley who launched the first operations in the Solomons What effect the command shake up will have on the battle of the Solomons could not be discerned immediately Ghormley has been in charge of the entire operation up to now beginning more than two months ago when marines in Again Lash Italian Cities WILLIAM F HALSEY Pacific Navy Chief 1 Ked Cavalry Makes Gains Near Mozdok yaded in the Guadal footholds Only open criticism of the Solo mons campaign was voiced a week ago by Rep John HCostello D a member of the house mili tary affairs committee He told the house last Saturday that he feared the navy had attempted to make a grandstand play in the Solo mons by waging the campaign without consulting the army or seeking its cooperation American forces in the Solo mons now are apparently con centrated on Guadacanal site of a strategicallyvital airfield first conturcted by the Japa nese before the marines cap tured the island The field sub sequently was enlarged and im proved by our forces Japanese forces also are con centrated on Guadacanal and have conducted at least two feel er land assaults in what appears to be an effort to find soft spots in the American defense through which they can push a big offensive Other changes in the navys Pacific command announced at the same time included designa tion of Vice Admiral Herbert F Leary heretofore commander of southwest Pacific naval forces under Gen Douglas MacArthur as commander a Pacific task force Lcary succeeds Vice Admiral William S Pye who moves from the task force leadership to tile presidency of the naval war col lege at Newport R I Rear Admiral Arthur S Car pender who has been second in command under Leary in the southwest Pacific succeeds him as commander of united nations naval forces under MacArthur The United States has lost at least 12 warships in the Solo mons under Ghormleys com mand Three heavy the Astoria Quincy and Vin destroyer and the Australian cruiser Canberra were lost in the initial phases of the battle f Since then four transports three of them four destroyers have been sunk Japanese losses in the Solomons area include 10 ships sunk three probably sunk and 46 damaged Navy communiques have ani nounced destruction of 353 enemy planes while American plane their number is not known have been considerably less Fear has been expressed in con gress that the army and navy high commands are not working in the cooperative manner they should Some congressional leaders em phasizing that they feel the en tire matter must be kept free of political taint have said privately that unless the situation is cor rected they will bring it to a head after the elections By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The had Germans Saturday still long and bitter road to travel in the Russians were staging a magnifi cent defense in the snowblanket ed mountains and along the Black sea coast Red army headquarters said Russian cavalrymen pressed the enemy back after beating off several attacks in the Moz dok sector gateway to the Grozny oil fields in the central Caucasus but acknowledged hat the Germans had advanced on the Black sea port of Tuapse in the northwest Caucasus In the61 day pic siege of Stal ingrad the Russian command an nounced that defenders ot the fireblackened Volga metropolis killed more than 2200 Germans Friday frustrated all nazi at tacks and breached an enemy for tified seat along the 40 mile northwest corridor between the Don and Volga rivers It was the fifth straight day without a single Russian retreat on the Stalingrad front Hitlers field headquarters as serted that tankled nazi troops threw the enemy out of vari ous streets in fierce house tohouse fighting Friday and seized the greater part of the Red October works and ad vanced to the Volga V The nazi command dismissed soviet relief attacks north of the cily as weak and unsuccessful In contrast to the official Ger man claim red army head quarters declared the red de fenders crushed all nazi attacks against the northside factory Red October despite a shower of 1500 Stuka bombs A Berlin broadcast quoted nazi military quarters as conceding that Marshal Semeon Timoshen kos relief army had attained numerical superiority on the northwest flank but asserted that the Russians nowhere succeed ed in breaking into the main German fighting line SENATE VOTES YEAR TRAINING FOR YOUTHS 18 Override Presidents Plea of No Restrictions in Lower Draft Age WASHINGTON The sen ate overriding President Roosevelt amended the teenage draft bill Saturday to provide that no in ductee under 20 shall be placed in combat duty outside the continen tal United States without at least one years military training By its action the senate disre garded a letter from Mr Roose velt declaring that it was import ant that limitations other than those now included in the bill be avoided Sponsored by Senator ODaniel the amendment was adopted 39 to 31 as a substitute for a proposal by Senator Nor ris calling for the full years training only for youths up o 19 The president addressed his letter to Senator Gurncy R S author of the bill to re duce the minimum selective serv ice induction age from 20 to 18 The house passed a similar bill a week ago without any training restriction iSenatorJBBLrf Alabamathe democratic whip Jed the losing battle a s a i n s t ODaniels amendment declaring that has eot to have faith In the military leaders to conduct the war as they saw fit Hill told his colleagues that lo place restrictions on the use of selectees inducted under the leg islation which would lower the Leads Hawks 70 in First Period IOWA Parker Niediiela Dickerhoof Lauterbuck Fenaluna Staak Barbour Farmer T Curran Stauss Uknes minimum draft age from 20 to 18 might be courting disaster LE LT LG C UG RT RE QB LH RH FB INDIANA Walker Zimmy Brown Tavener Deal Bell Pihos LSaban Hillenbrand Cowan White PLANES SEARCH Believe RAF PACIFIC OCEAN FOR ACE FLYER was was the BLOOMINGTON Intl In dianas Hoosiers marked up a 7 to 0 lead in the first period or theirencounter with the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon be fore a crowd ot 17500 Hillen brand passed to Cowan for the Indiana touchdown FIRST QUARTER ran Ukncs kickoff from his 10 to the Hoosier 41 White swept lett end for a first clown at the Iowa 43 Hillen brand ran over his own interfer ence and lost a yard White picked up six through the middle on a fake Hillenbrands punt taken by Youel and he downed in his trades at Hawkeye 11 got four off left tackle Youel rushed with his punt booted it lo Hillenbrand who took it on the deadrun at the Iowa 45 and went to the Hawk 29 Indiana Hillenbrand got four and then Cowan smashed for an other two yards Indianas crack ai Hillenbrand faded back and passed to Cowan for a touchdown Hillen brand kicked the extra point and Indiana led 7 to 0 Satans kickoff was returned by Farmer to the Iowa 26 Dickerhoof missed a first down by a yard The Hawks made a first down at their 42 Youel got five more at the center Youels punt went straight up in tlie air notan oft Indiana f tackle Onl fa 4 nf This is a case where we have Ala While malic a one handed iwaVoi 1 Indiana Iowa FINAL Wills Most of Estate to Cop on the Beat CHICAGO will ot Mrs Florine C Mix 60 a widow Saturday bequeathed the largest portion of her estate to the cop on the beat because she wished to reward his watchful ness good nature and his kindness to stray dogs and horses The beneficiary Henry O Lar son 43 former patrolman walked the beat near the Mix home for 20 years before he joined the navy last month Mrs Mix widow of a real estate dealer died of pneu monia Friday and her will was filed in probate court by Henry V McGurren her attorney bama senator declared the MERCURY WILL TAKE PLUNGE AVill Dip as Low as 15 at Some Points DES MO1NES weather bureau Saturday authorized for broadcast the forecast of a hard freeze in the north central and north portions of the stale Satur day night Temperatures are expected to i go as low as 15 degrees at some points The change to colder readings was to be preceded by warmer weather this afternoon The state forecast Somewhat warmer Saturday afternoon and in southeast por tions Saturday night becoming colder over the entire state Sun day forenoon and in north central and extreme west portions late Saturday anight with brief snow squalls and strong winds Hard freeze in west and north portions Saturday night with temperatures 15 to 25 degrees CoOperation of All Motorists Required in Program Jeffers Says WASHINGTON UR Rubber Director William M Jeffers said Saturday there is a fighting chance of keeping the nations automobiles on rubber for the du ration but he emphasized that it will require the cooperation of every motorist He said this is the only word of optimism in the rubber crisis Jetfers observations were made at a press conference which he called to reply to reports that tires will be available for all and nonessen 15 or Nov 22 when nationwide rationing begins At the same time he declared that there is no intention of de f e r i n g nationwide rationing That decision he said is final Hillenbrands pass and went to tne losva 20 Hillenbrand picket up nine as he faked Iowa out of position and shot off left tackle McKinnis smashed through for an other first down at the Iowa 7 He failed to gain on his next try at the line Hillenbrands pass hit Gambino as he jumped high m the air in the end zone but he dropped the ball Hoerner made a brilliant knockdown next pass intended of Billys cT for Pihos baban s try for a field goal was and Iowa took the ball on failed lo gain at the middle as the quarter ended with the score Iowa n vtiana 7 its 20 Grid Fan Killed i n Fall as Goal Is Scored MOLINE III Peter son of Rock Island was killed when he fell from the lop of a baseball dugout while watching the MolineRock Island high school football game at Browning field Moline Friday night Peter son lost his balance and toppled six feet am touchdown Rickenbacker Crew of Large Military Plane Reported Missing HONOLULU IP American war birds ot 42 were in the sky over distant Pacific waters Sat urday searching the sea for Capt Eddie Rickenbacker Uncle Sams ace eagle of 18 The war department said Rickenbacker on an inspection trip for Lieut Gen H H Ar nold army air force commander had not been heard from since Wednesday evening when he reported only one hours supply of gasoline remained in his planes tanks Al that time Rickenbacker and the crew of a large military plane were flying between Oahu Ha waii and another island in the Pacific United States army Hawaiian department headquarters an nounced that every available army and navy plane and surface craft from the southwest Hawaiian islands was searching for the missing fliers The army did not disclose names of othersaboaio Iti epl ane but i i was believed there were at least 12 persons including the crew in the flight group Officers here hopefully remem bered that normal equipment of all such planes includes rubber life rafts These fragile craft have saved the lives of many mil itary flyers who have been forced down at sea in Pacific fighting The planes have sunk within min utes alter striking tile water bill survivors have lived for week rubber rafts Many a piloting Ihe searching planes may have nour ished Iiis aviation ambitions on tales of Ricks triumphs over Germans in the air In 191718 and perhaps prayed that he would be the first to spot the rubber rafls which might be bearing Ricfccnbacker and his comrades to safety y M JM Mindful of the courage skill and luck of the 52 year old veter an who as Americas first great ace bagged 21 German planes and four enemy balloons Dcwey Hick enbacker brother of the flyer said at Beverly Hills Cal this just isnt Eddies time After all this isnt the first time hes been in a light spot But Mrs Elizabeth Ricken backer 79 the mother had her misgivings when the captain vis ited her at Beverly Hills recently enroute to the Pacific assignment My mother felt thai something Iowa Woman Charged With Murdering Man L O p A N T Mrs lUelvin Baker 30 of near Woodbine was charged with murder in connec tion wilh the fatal shooting of Mac Lee Riley 34 farm laborer at her farm Thursday Sheriff C A Bul lis asserted Mrs Baker admitted shooting Riley H was Mrs Baker who notified the sheriff of the slaying Illinois Notre Dame FINAL Charges Husband Took Furniture to Home No 2 NEW YORK UR Ara Sullivan accused her husband Jesse 45 Saturday of having the furniture moved from her home Moreover she charged the movers told her that he was having it moved to an apartment he was furnishing for a new bride Sulli van was charged with bigamy and released in S500 bail Tries to Halt Rommel Aid LONDON iP biggest bombers in the RAF back in force over Italy for the second successive night showered explos ives again on Turin and Genoa Friday night and also on Savona in a sweep over three of Italys northernmost provinces Especially at Savoima a port on the Lieiiriaii coast about 25 miles west of Genoa and one oC the chief Italian foundry cen ters the fascist communique mentioned notable damage Without specifying the numbers the British again said the raiding armada was a strong force and that all but three returned safely As on thepreceding night the British said these included the RAFs great fourmotored Stir lings Halifaxes and Laneasters as ell as Ihc smaller Manchesters All had to fly roughly 1500 miles roundtrip virtually the en tire distance over hostile territory and twice across the snowy peaks of the Alps One Lancaster they said flew most of the way out and all the way home on three engines The three bombed cities all are important as industrial and military centers and the Italians acknowledged that all were pounded with explosive and in cendiary bombs Unlike moonlit Thursday night heavy clouds shrouded the target at Genoa Friday night but the raids were carried out on a heavy scale nevertheless evidently timed to prevent the axis from rushing men and material from those sources lo the desert battlefields where the allies just then were launching a new offensive The Italian communique said the damage in Genoa and Turin both heavily raked the night be fore was not serious but that Savona the damage was more notable The British caused no casualties in Friday nights raid on Genoa the Italian communique said bul a large number of casualties WHS caused by excessive crowding ii shelter On the previous night 29 were killed and 121 injured at Genoa the communique said The communique reported one person killed and ten injured al Turin Friday night and 13 killed and 46 injured between Savona and Vado Ligure a small seaport three miles southwest of Savona Buy War Savings Bonds am Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST IQVA uaimer sauir enbacker said But he laughed and reassured her everything would be all right EDDIE RICKENBACKER flyer missing Minnesota Michigan FINAL afternoon and in southeast portion Saturday night becom ing much colder over entire state Sundny forenoon and in north central and extreme west portions late Saturday night with brief snow squalls anc strong winds Hard freeze in west and north portions Satur day night with temperatures 15 to 25 degrees IOWA SHIPPERS FORECASTS Northwest 15 degrees northeast and southwest 25 southeast 30 During Sunday morning MINNESOTA Continued cold Saturday with scattered snow showers west and north por tions colder with light to mod erate snow and strong winds north portion and scattered snow showers moderately strong winds south portion Saturday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 42 Minimum Friday night 24 At 8 a m Saturday 31 The lowest temperature of the season was recorded early Satur day when the mercury dipped to 24 YEAR AGO Maximum 55 Minimum 33 STRONG PLANE SUPPORT GIVEN BRITISH ATTACK Forces Storm Across Desert Before Dawn With Blazing Action By DON WHITEHEAD CAIRO rebuilt mil refreshed eighth army charged nto the axis El Alamein line Sat jrday in an offensive sprung in the night with blows against the nemy by land sea and air The allies llms beat Ihc axis African corps to the punch and launched what may he the hat tic to decide the fate of the Med iterranean this winter V Y With all branches in close co ordination the armored army of the desert thrust forward under strong nir support including planes and flyers from the United States while a lask force of the Mediterranean licet struck deep on the enemys seagill northern flank near tile Egyptian port of MaUuh A naval communique issued at Alexandria said the naval force Buffered no casualties and only superficial damage to one boat despite an enemy air attack The main battle was concen area stretching 40 miles inland from the coast to the Qattara de pression but probably it will spread rapidly as lie British have been sending desert patrols hun dreds of miles across the dcseit to strike at the rear of Axis Field Marshal Rommel Gen Sir Harold Alexander the 50 year old hero cif Dun licrquc who succeeded Gen Sir Claude Auchinleck as middle east commander Ang 18 durinr n summer lull in the desert fiKhliiiST sent his forces surging across Ihe Egyptian nomans land in the night Rays of steady air attacks by British and United Stales flyers upon GermanItalian air fields and communications opened the way for the ground push Fierce fighting developed and is continuing said a terse com munique issued jointly by Brit ish headquarters and the RAF Thus the allies got the jump on Rommel who boasted in Berlin recently that he would crush their forces in the middle east The marshals spectacular counlerof fensise against the British push into Libya last spring carried to a point only 70 miles west ot Alexandria British supply and I naval base and there it was I checked inl skilled 1 British counterattacks forced Hie German and Italian troops back 10 ihilcs where lines worn set up alotijr the 40mile El Alamein sector between the Mediterranean and the great salt sinks of Ihc Qattara de pression Rested and reinforced Rommel GEN HAROLD ALEXANDER British Attack Georgia Tech FINAL Harvard Army FINAU ;