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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 31, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTOSY AND AfiCHIvCS A HOME EDITION THE THAT MAKtS AIL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAYT MASON CITY BRIGHT SPOT THIS CONSISTS OtV TWO SECTIONS Afrf Crash Emergency Landing Kills All Aboard Plane Over Ontario emergency Wreckage of Plane Crash Killing 14 SMBOSIVJIF vwu vf with its motors sputtering when was paled when an later the plane plowed int the ground exploded am sent a great tower of flarn leaping into thesky No on aboard had a chance It was enroute from York to Detroit and met it end at EST oclock Friday night a little less than 20 hours after a North ves Airlines plane crashed near Moor head Minn killing 14 persons Thus from 3 a m t Thursday was the mos in the history of Unite States commercial aviation airliner took off from La Guardia field New York at 60 p m with Capt David I Coope v of Plandome L I N Y a vet eran of the Commercial Air Ways at the controls It arrived in Buf lalo at p m 22 minutes late slowed by bad weather It took bl again at p m for the 22 mile flight to Detroit and approxi mately half way there srnashe to the ground in this rolling farm country of southern Ontario fac jng on Lake Erie Residents of Lawrence station a tiny fanning hamlet 11 miles west 61 hereprovided the story of the planes list minutes Thompson Howe owner of the farm on which it crashed his Hugh Smith and John Mc Naurtton neighboring farmers the Rev O G Taylor pastor of the United church there and lewis Blddle the hamlets store keeper watched it and their stories agreed III summary and aggregate their stones were that out of thi misty rainy night a plane des cended on Lawrence station T madethree circles of approxi mately five miles in diameter starting at some 100 feet from the ground and getting lower and lower No witness was qualifiec to judge the condition of airplane motors from their sound but a were under the impression tha one or both motors were sputter ing Occasionally their roar was ac celerated as though the pilot wa attempting either to get more power from them or was merely keeping his plane on an even tee while looking for a place to land All witnesses noticed that the right wing was lower than the Finally the plane was only a few leet from the ground That droop ing wing scraped the ac cording to Mrs Howe who wa only 200 feet away when it hap pencd which flew the machine into the earth The explosion and fire followed at once Howe who was doing his chores in the barn came run ning out and he and Mrs ran as near as they conld to the DUilnjf wreckage They said that through the flames they saw at least two bodies The plane horned Into 3 a m Friday By the wreckage had cooled sufficiently for provincial police members of the Roral Can adian Air Force which has a nation nine miles away to be gin removing the bodies which were brought here for identifl cation The explosion scattered the planes mail over a quarter of a o a bursting open the pouches and even envelopes Royal Can adian airmen picked up two checks payable to the Ford Motor company of Detroit one for S3 500 the other tor There were a number of letters from united Slates soldiers at Fort Bragg N Car addressed to rela tives in the Detroit area The plane liad circled around Lawrence station for at least a half hour residents said Its circlings had aroused the entire community and within an hour some 200 farmers their wives and children plus military airmen were watching the flames roar Under the command of Plight Lieut J C Foster the airmen gathered the scattered mail and did what they could until pro vincial police arrived and took charge iJST fnetremendous impact of plane with ground Both motors were buried so deepTy they could not be seen tut six Jiches of the propeller of one stuck above tiie ground like a miniature cenotaph Only wings and tail were recognizable as parts of an airplane The tail stood upright little damaged One wing was more ot iess whole Jhe other was twisted and broken The wreckage was in one corner of a sloping 130 acre field covered with wheat stubble J6 the olice were inspect the wreckage the telephone rang m the Howe farmhouse Mrs Howe answered It was a lone distance call from Buffalo This is Miss Cooper said f My brother Jhe pilot of the plane Can you tell me please are there any survivors Mrs Howe drew In her breath v down cheeks VMiss she there t wd yon very ranch rvn lelSplone Miss Cooper had broken the connec tion Hovr ivas up al nsht as her husband But Friday morning she prepared breakfast I rf a mjmber of Dangers who had suddenly become her guests and sent her four children off to school Howe went out to his fields at dawn as usual mErwm L Thownsend r of the United States civil aeronautics authority ar rived by motor from Detroit He said he would cooperate with anadian authorities and that be cause of the international nature the situation he would make nis report to the dominion govern ment which would transmit ft to tne United States department Two employes of the American Airlines arrived from Buffalo by motor A plane is expected to bring officials of the lines here Friday morning American Airlines announced hat passengers boarded the in New York II in Buffalo were men The following pas enger list was published by the ines which were unable to supply efraencies in first names and ad Iresses The 17 passengers and craw members aboard the plane were isted by the line in New York as Robert Flowers Hastings N Y Edward Bfcda it BrtdgeW aircraft inspector of thi NoughtSikorsky dlvfctaR ot Unit ed Aircraft corporation A L Lewis Walpole Mass Iso of VonghtSikonky mtfnter af department E t Ann Arbor Mich Thomas A Frarcr American V R Conzett American Brass ompany Detroit G S Van Norman American rass company Detroit of the crash of a Northwest Airlines plane near Moorhead Minn is shown on the above map Fank A Fisher accountant for Arthur Anderson and company Detroit J E M Scott Detroit Mich Frank Snyder international representative of the CIO United Automobile Workers Buffalo George E Russell 45 pro motion manager of Oilman Fan corporation Niagara Falls George Buffalo N V D E Stowe Eddy Paper com pany Three Riven Mich PrattWhitney com pany Royal Oak Mich Joseph Bacon 47 West Euclid avenne Detroit Mich John Kay Porte Ind Y First officer R i Owens 30 New City Stewardess Mary E Blackley Z7 New City ACTING SUPERINTENDENT MINNEAPOLIS B Schoonmaker was named acting superintendent of Minneapobi ic schools Friday Weather Report FORECAST MASON Friday aft ernoon changing to snow and colder Friday night lowest about 20 becoming fair Satur day IOWA Rain Friday afternoon and iriday night changing to snow extreme west portion Friday afternoon and in central portion Friday night becoming fair Sat urday Colder south and east iriday night rising temperature Saturday afternoon west and southcentral portions MINNESOTA Fair northwest mostly cloudy south and east with rain or snow southcentral and extreme cast Friday night becoming fair generally Satur day warmer northwest and ex treme west Friday night and in west Saturday IN MASON CITY lobcGazetlc weather statistics Maximum Thursday 41 Minimum Thursday night 3fi At 8 a m Friday as YEAR AGO Maximum 52 Minimum 15 Ashes Sifted to Determine Crash Cause MOORHEAD Minn In vestigators sifted the ashes of Northwest Airlines transport Fri day in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash that killed Workingbehind a canvas wind guard on the Weak frozen field civil aeronautics authority offi cials headed by Gen Donald K Connelly CAA administrator from Washington joined Northwest Airlines officials in the search for clues in the tragedy that killed passengers CoPilot Aldcn Ons gaard and Stewardess Bern Blowers With Donnelly were Harold Neely Chicago regional CAA su pervisor Frank CaldwcII chief inspector for the civil aeronautics board safety bureau and William A Butters also of the CAB safety bureau J The federal officials also hoped to talk with CaptainPilot Clar ence Bates sole survivor of the crash Company officials said tcs was thrown through the wmdshied of the control cabin of giant 12ton Douglas airliner received lacerations and suf fered severely from shock at tendants at St Johns hospital Fargo N Dak said At two Moorhcad morgues at tendants said identification of all victims was completed late Thurs day and bodies were to be sent to relatives Friday Clay County Attorney Tames A Garrity said n nquest would be held into deaths 12 ice the SUmps for GlobeGazette Business office 20 GERMANS STEP UP TEMPO OF MOSCOW DRIVE Soviet Workers Join Red Army Troops in Battles Near Tula By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS Soviet workers fought along side red army troops Friday in a bloody series of battles around Tula 100 miles south of Moscow as Hie Germans stepped up the fury of their 0 day old drive on the soviet capital from two direc tions On the southern Ukraine front Adolf Hitlers com mand asserted that the Russians were in full flight under Ihe assault of German and Ruman ian troops smashing into the Crimean peninsula Apparently heading for Rus sias big Black sea naval base of Sevastopol 100 the Crimea German flame throwers tanks and troops supported by strong aerial attacks were re ported to have broken through the Crimeas bottleneck naleivav two days ago Soviet dispatches gave no hint or a precipitate retreat dcclarin that red army troops and marines were counterattacking fiercely aided by planes of the Russian Black sea fleet Dispatches from Kuibyshev auxiliary soviet capital said all Crimean men capable of bearing arms were being mustered to stem the nazi onslaught The Crimea is strategically im portant both as controlling the northern waters of the Black sea and as providing a short cut roulo to the Caucasus oil fields across the narrow Kerch strait On the Moscow front the Ger mans were hammering violently at Soviet Gen Gregory Zhukovs red army defenders from the Tula sector in the south and the Volo kolamsk region 65 miles north west of the capital Sanguinary battles are being waged for every town and village at the approaches lo Tula a so viet war bulletin said All attacks by the German fascist troops on our positions were beaten off with heavy losses Lo the enemy Military advices reaching Lon don however said the Germans ad captured Volokolamsk after bitter fighting in which the town changed hands three times in three days Tula is a munitions and iron vorking city of 200000 population n the broad valley of the Upa RECOMMEND WAGE BOOSTS ST PAUL Minn lact mcling commission recom mended to Gov Harold E Stasscn Friday that 22 employes of seven Austin Mmn lumber and fuel companies be granted wage in creases of approximately 10 per ent The report was filed afte he threeman commission lew hearings at Austin had Report Fails to Tell of Survivors From Crew of Destroyer First reports did not disclose whether or not there were H4 ordinllrilv officers and y JVi njl Unlike the destroyer Keaniy which suivivcd a tornedo wH P f U men wjth 10 others being wounded the older Reuben James went to the bottom The navy said she was convoying in the north Atlantic x The Reuben James was the third American warship fired at the second tobe hit and the first to be sunk since President Roosevelt ordered the navy last month to shoot on sight any axis warcrait encountered F R Sees No Possibility of Cut Relations WASHINGTON Roosevelt said Friday he saw no possibility severing diploma tic relations with Germany aiici thought there had been no change in American policyas a result o the loss of the American destroyei Reuben James and other reccn attacks on other American ves sels It was jn response to a press conference question that Mr Roosevelt said he did not think there would be any change in pol icy bv reason of attacks on Ameri can ships The Reuben James he said was simply carrying on a duty assigned to her The navy said she was on convoy operations m the north Atlantic when tor pedoed Replying to another question Mr Roosevelt said he had nol thought ot the possibility of cul ling off diplomatic tics with Ger many which for several years have been strained severely Reporters pressed Ihe chief executive lor information whether American warships had sunk any German submarines but Mi Roosevelt said he would not tell even if there had been such sink ings He made it clear that the rea son for withholding information on sinkings if there have been was for the effect on the morale of crews of other nazi un dersea craft Is it the policy to announce when our siiips are sunk and not vhen those attacking them have uecn sunk a reporter inquired Mr Roosevelt recalled that his questioner wns around in World war days and that the sinking of jerman ships was not announced men although casualties to Ameri can vessels were CLAIM UBOATS SANK 6 SHIPS BERLIN URThe high com mand said Friday that German ubmarines m recent operations lad sunk six merchant ships total ng 27000 ton bringing to 74 000 ons merchant shipping claimed unk by Uboats during the past veek In addition to reporting six merchant vessels sunk the com munique said that a destroyer and wo naval patro boats were dc troycd Whether the Reuben James or any accompanying ships were able to wreak any damage was undisclosed Secretary of tlic Navy Knox said this week that the navy probably would not disclose any submarine sinkings by the fleet following Ihe Brit ish policy of disturbing axis morale by such secrecy Whether it was a submarine a surface vessel or a torpedocar rying airplane which brought the Nazi Nof Surprised If Destroyer in Convoy Is Sent Down BERUV the United States destroyer Reuben James was participating in a convoy it was no xvonder that she was torpedoed an authorized source said Friday night A convoy is an English af fair and wAocver participates in becomes part of an English formation it was declared I am certainly gluH it ivas not our Uboat that was sunk but rather the American de stroyer that was torpedoed the spokesman added Ameri can destroyers have no business entering the war rone Reuben James to its doom was not disclosed immediately The fact that the scant in formation first available on the Mnkingr was not Quickly ampli fied indicated that Hie convoy which the Reuben lames was escorting was still at sea west Iceland and with radios si lenced in order to avoid irivinir away ships positions to sci raiders Naval officials said they had nr n formation as to when further details might be available but it was recalled that in the case of the torpedoing of the Kearny sev eral days elapsed before the in ormation came in that the Cearny had suffered a loss of U ives In that case the crippled Kearny tself was trying lo reach a riendly port The same procedure might not apply Friday since prc umably ships from which infor nation might come in about the Reuben James were undamaged ind capable of coping with future attacks In the absence of any word as to possible losses of life the naavy department saiii the Reu ben James carried lifcsavinr equipment sufficient to meet ;