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1 - JiQNDAY. MAY 31, 1943 Aboard a British motor...
JiQNDAY. MAY 31, 1943 Aboard a British motor torpedo boat-Daring boat-Daring raids made on hazi shipping close to Germany's North sea shore By gctlt Neichall. Copyright, 1943, by North American Newipaper Alliance. SOMEWHERE ON THE EAST COAST OF ENGLAND.-On ENGLAND.-On our first 4 trip across the North sea to the German coast we ran into the enemy just after dawn. Daylight, of course, is poison to the British motor torpedo boats and motor gunboats that go out prowling .every night for the enemy convoys that hug the German shoreline. But on this particular morning, as the darkness lifted and turned into a gray-mottled day, we were still very near the enemy's coast. It was just as our force turned for home that we collided. Our boats were pitching into a fattening gale, skidding around on the dirty gray chop, when the four German vessels rolled into sight to the north. We could have run away from them because they were slow. And if we had run, there would have been no criti- fism, because, once again, daylight is no tim« for a British motor boat to be fooling around just off the enemy coast, it's too easy for the Jerries to get their planes out. But, there was the enemy. So, daylight or not, we went after him. Closing In. The flotilla commander issued a few quick orders. Then the engines roared up to top speed and the little line lengthened out as the boats prepared to engage. Part of our force, the part I was with, was too far away to dig in with the rest. We had to watch. As .our line closed on the enemy, enemy, the. boats suddenly skidded in a sharp turn, throwing up the This U the firnt of two articles by ·Scull Newhall, Sao Frtuiclsco editor and Journalist, describing his experiences aboard a British motor torpedo boat on a night raid In the North sea acalnst German shipping. cutting up the enemy's coastal convoys, knocking out the armed coast defense trawlers, and keeping keeping the sea cksared of Germany's own fast diesel motor boats, the E-boats. And the work, they have been doing demonstrates better than anything else the fact that now the royal navy runs the show in the North sea right up to the beaches of Germany itself. This was not always true. In the first months of the war Germany Germany had plenty of her famous E-boats. They were fast and deadly, and they ran across the North sea to do their own convoy convoy busting. They would strike at night, just as Britain's coastal forces do now, and then slide away into the darkness again. The royal navy did not have enough of their own boats, and for a while they had to take it. Now, however, there are enough motor gunboats and motor torpedo boats, and when one of them has the good luck to get its teeth into an E-boat, it tears it apart. Moreover, Moreover, whenever the weather allows his sides. The other two officers live in the wardroom, which is a pint-sized dining room, bedroom and living room combined. There are two crew mesa, decks, one forward forward and one aft. The rest of the boat seems to be filled with engines engines and apparatus. Discipline on the-motorboats is something you read about more often than _you see. It's strict, yet it's happy.'"" The officers address their men by their first names, anc .they usually preface their orde-' ; 3 with a sincere "please." Torpedo boats are too small to stand much formality. Yet every boat I visited visited was a well-ordered and happy ship. Some of the boats, incidentally, incidentally, have swastikas painted on the side of the bridge, one for each enemy kill. All of them are camouflaged, of course, in blues or grays, or sometimes in spots. Rubber factory produces 9,000 pounds hourly INSTITUTE, W: Va. UP). Seventy-five Seventy-five pounds of synthetic rubber rubber every 30 seconds . . . That's not a dream about the world of tomorrow. It's the output already achieved at Institute plant, largest of the government-owned synthetic rubber

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  1. The Nebraska State Journal,
  2. 31 May 1943, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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