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Save W«,e Paper, „ ,, valuable to the Wa , „,„„ fl , y r «.,. rri»<e roper; ii is valuable to the Wat fffortl ^ht Boy Scouls wW col/ t ~ S BLYTHEJILLE COURIER^NEWS ' ™« DOMINANT NKWBPAPKR OP NORTHKABT AUKANPA* » M n' B ™ m , w .^Z_^_r +" * •*"* » " KJ VOL. XLI—NO. 76 Blythevllle Dally Ne«i Blythevllle Courier H/TtfR'S SfCRfF WEAPON.' Blythevllle Hemld Mississippi Valley Leader NOBTHKABT ARKANSAS AND' SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ARKANSA FRIDAY, JUNK 1C, ]<M,j Robot Bomber Fleet Smashes At Britain From Across Channel LONDON, June 10 '(U.PO-Gcrmany's slrai i ge acriaj warfare, a stream a* pilotlcss bombers raining ex- contimied ovcr England into thc diiyliglil hours The raids started last.night when fantastic robot pianos andcd in scores, ol' unidentified districts in southern Eng- Jarnl,.exploding into gigantic balls of fire. • liiulio Jicrlin sairl DIG robot plans fleet also smashed 'it London itself. |Io\vever, London rciiprts have not nahied tlic Apparently Hitler finally hns .< '*•••'•'' S •launched his boasted secret weapon. One . German commentator snul of Ihe new weapon Is the beginning of vengeance for Allied bombing of the Nazi homeland. But the British public, prepared for niontlis for German reprisals took the attack In stride nnd with confidence that the exploding planes would be countered by Allied defensive techniques. c. Counter-Action Planned Home Secretary Herbert Morrl- EOH confirmed the existence of tlic raiders -this morning, nnd promised i< immediate counter-nction. All re- firts Indicate Die missiles are either rocket-bombs or radio-controlled planes crammed with explosives set to go off after striking the ground. accounts of the secret weapons varied. But nil ngrced on these four points: Thc robot planes travel at tremonc'ou.s speed. All were equipped with lights which flashed off Just before, the explosion. All gave off trails of sparks, apparently from exhaust gases. And they traveled n remarkably straight course. Observers said they came over singly or in groups of two or three, sometimes three thousand feet up, sometimes barely above the rooftops. Some eyewitnesses reported seeing terrific explosions high in the air, apparently from direct hits by RAP night fighters or by antiaircraft. Pilots Describe Weapon American pilots described thc robot bomb like this: A stubby, cigar-shaped ...monoplane about SO feet IOIIK; t >yith, ; ..short, rounded ' '•wings,'makiiV'ft <rioWe : r like'a'glant washing machine. • ; .' Reporter Harry Ashbrook , wrio reportedly saw the opening of the attack, added these details: The take-off Is.from a niiled runway Imilar to an amusement pnrk roller coaster, and these runways already are under constant attack by Allied planes. Information available in Washington today lends milllnry ex. perts lo believe thc robot planes nrc gyro-controlled flying bombs and not rndio-coiitrolled planes. The observers believe there is no driection other than by automatic fixtures Inside the wenpons once they start on their journey. Consequently, it Is believed the flying bombs can be aimed only in R general direction, and not at specified largets such as a factors'. Tlic Allies revealed today that Marauder and Havoc crews of the Ninth Air Force have been pounding the Nazis' secret weapon installations since last November. Sworn to secrecy;'the airmen made more than 7,000 separate attacks in nn attempt to knock out the launch- Ing tracks before they could be complsrt;! iii.-l trained on southern Englan 1. At ilnt, nit CVPII croup coniiian'.!- j«rs knew w~»i, tt'cy were aiming a 1 . *aul Ine i.cml?nro:'ers lilt ',h; tirvy targets from morn than two mi»u c in the air. thought !hc secret \\-ea pon st/'ies were sir lor, v phony. Hut Pwillj the crews weip told for frar j-.iiiebody inuiht guess right sboul the targets nt the wrong time. Military observers see no Immediate connection between the robot bombing and the Normandy beachhead. On thc Cherbourg Peninsula today, American troops have advanced to within two and a half miles of the main highway nnd the Inst German-held railroad south of Cherbourg itself. And to the norlhcnst, the Americans scored modest advances north ot Montebourg and Quine- ville, a four-mile coaslal sector. Heavy fighting still continues between Caen and Tilly-Sur Seul- les. where the Norman landscape is reporter! to be turned Into a valley of death. The Nazis reported they had blown up sluices and dikes nt Caen, possibly foreshadowing abandonment of thc ruined stronghold. 33ad weather, thc worst since D- Day, hampered Allied air support, nnd supply shipments. Money Approved For Rocket Guns 55 Million Dollars May Be Spent For Developing Weapons WASHINGTON, June IB. (UP>The House Appropriations Commit tec hns approved the use of 55 mil lion dollars for the development anc production of rockets nnd rockc guns. Thc funds for the Navy weapon, come under thc new supply fail which authorizes two and a Iml billion dollars to pay for some o the nation's war time requirements More thnn 177 million dollars o the fund will go to the OPA. That's eight million .more than the ngcncj received Inst year but thc commit tee recommends that the OPA expand its anti-black market drlv,;.' The War -Labor Board is back in the headlines. Negotiations between Montgomery Ward and Ihe CIO union have broken down nn< attorney Francis Heisler says 'thn v the union is going to ask WLB'to intervene. Hcister says there is i definite strike trend of thc workers Hint the union is trying lo holt back. And Ward's head of labor relations Insists that thc only thtni that slnnds in the way of a, con tract is the union's : demands for the maintenance of membership-; .-A;WLB directive last "FebYuarj granted a wage, increase^tew"40JMX drivers for mldwestern tru'ckihf firms. A branch of the A. P. of 1, Teamsters Union now demands that the government sci»o 112 of thc firms charging that they have refused to comply with the.directive The union council says that a strike date will be announced tomorrow and that if nothing Is done at least 250.000 drivers will be affected. Thc stalemate between the United Mine Workers and thc Southern Appalachian Coal Workers finally has broken. The union announces that the Southern Coal Producers Association has signed a wage contract in behalf of all the Southern Appalachian Coal Operators except one. The contract carries thc same provisions as the agreement already in effect in northern nnd western mines. , SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS JAPSTHL CENTER U. S. TARttl This German Will Fiqht'No More ! ax v '"'"* . -_ * djNew York Cotton open Mar. . 2026 May . 2003 July , 2151 Oct. . 2084 Dec. . 2059 high low 2027 2019 2003 1895 2151 2146 2065 2072 2054 2045 close 2026 2008 2151 2079 2051 2026 2003 2151 2083 2054 N. 0. Cotton open Mar. . 2026 May . 2003 July . 2174 Oct. , 2081 Pec. , S051 high low 2030 2021 2005 1006 2175 2167 2083 2013 2057 3M7 close 2028 2023 2002* 2006 2175 2171 2080 2082 2055 2054 Five-Ton Goal Of Waste Paper Set Tomorrow The waste paper that collects In Blythevillc homes, store rooms, and garages is a mighty weapon of war, for through the ingenuity of wartime scientific developments, tlie paper is being converted in actual weapons used by the Allies. Some of the military essentials into -which thc paper is converted are bomb, bands, practice bombs, wing tips, airplane signals, parachute flares, ammunition chests, shell containers and shell protectors. Pointing out the great need on all the battlefronts for these Items which can be madt possible by the cooperation of housewives, L. G Nash urged today that this Saturday IK R 10,000-pound waste paper day In Blylheville, instead of the 3000-pounrt day of last Saturday when Blythevillc failed to icach its quota by more than 6,000 pounds. He also asked that thc paper be lied securely in bunnies so that they might be handled easily by the Boy Scouts who pick up tho paptr weekly. Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCKYARDS— Livestock (VVFA): Hog receipts 7,500 head, with 7,000 head salable. Holdovers 6,000 head. Top 13.70; 180-270 pounds 13.70; 140-160 pounds 11.00-12.00; sows 10.75-1090 Cattle: 1,600 head, with goo salable. Calves 800, all salable. Cows 9.25-10.75; canners and cutters 6.009.00; slaughter steers 11.25-1700; slaughter heifers 9.50-16,25; stocker and feeder steers 9.75 -H.OO. Chicago Wheat July Sept. open high low close I60S 16U'< 159% 159% 159?, 159« 160% 158vi 159 160 Weather j " ARKANSAS-Palr this aflerrjcorj, tonight and .Saturday. ' , A group of French tell American soldiers about the dead Oermnn in foreground who wn.s Frenchman at right after ho was forced to work for the German al two dollars n week. Radiotetephoto from NHA Tclcplioto.) killed by ilu: (Signal Corps Wounded Vets Promised Work In War Plant NEW ORLEANS, June 1G. (UP>Andrew J. Higgins, the boat nncl aircraft builder who is responsible foi much of America's warpowcr, says that he is ready to rehabilitate train and employ 50,000 injured service men. He says that his wnr plants have already experimented with return- Ing veterans who arc blind, maimed nnd crippled'and .that he is convinced that his plan -for rehabilitating those injured In mind and body will work! • • ' ;••••• "We have built for them, Ihc'ibi vicemen, the implements of war. We now plnn for the rehabilitation of those who have paid n price—the part in Uy and totally Incapacitated. And if the government buck me up, f am going" ahead on my own. f will train nnri employ up :a 50,000 injured servicemen, nml more if we are successful with that number." F.D.R.'s League Plan Attacked Minnesota Senator Describes Outline As Vague, Uncertain WASHINGTON,-June IS (UP)— President Roosevelt's onllinc of a lew League of Nations has drawn lonshlerable criticism. Opposition to .the President's >roposal centers in charges lliat t failed to revenl how such an organization would keep peace. Senator Ball of Minnesota, a trong advocate of nn international police force, describes the Presi- ient's outline ns "vague nnd uncertain." Ball says it doesn't meet he main issue of an international igcncy with the power lo prevent aggression in (he post-war world. Congressional plans for a recess next weekend may nm into trouble n the Senate. Southern Senators nrc prepared o stage a "kill or amend" fight igalnst the appropriation for the 'residents Fair Employment Prac- ices committee. Tlie agency was ct up to prevent racint dlscrlm- nalion in wartime employment. New York Stocks Amcr Tobacco 71 \nacondaCopner 263-8 Beth Steel ... 51 Chrysler '.'.'.'.'.'.'.' 9G 3-4 ; oca Cola 126 3cn Electric 38 1-4 3en Motors '".] 64 1-2 lontgomcry Ward 48 1-8 \ Y Ccnlrnl )8 1-4 nt Harvester 15 j-2 forth Am Aviation s 1-4 lepubllc Steel is 1-4 ^ di ° • •••• 10 1-8 bocony Vacuum 135-8 iludebakcr 18 7-8 Standard of N J 51 7-8 'exas Corp '' ' ^g 1-4 nckard 578 1 S Steel '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. 53 Chicago Rye open high . iflDM lit t. . 110% 111% low close ios?4 idovi Japanese women make burial hrouds, which they first wear t Garment Workers Attend Meeting On Union Plans • Between 150 nnd 200 employees of the Ricc-Stlx fnclory last nljsht attended n meeting at Um Court Ifpusc, which WHS held muter the auspices of CIO organizers who have waged a six-month cnnipaluu to unionize tlie factory. Ariolph Nosblt of SI. Louis, representative from the nnllonal cip office, addressed Ihc group. After his speech, he answered questions from tlic audience pertaining (o •unl-jii plans and benefits. Presiding; al Ihc meeting was MLss Mnrlii Kiely, .CIO.'organizer<'o'f St. Louis? ^te^tSI'roswj^lvcs fnnt they, would'contlniifc gain Eigners, In which event the union will flic for a scc'rct, bnllol to be conducted by the National Labor Relations L'oard. Approximately 310 Rlce-Sllx workers nre eligible for union membership. A member of the police force. O. E. Nicholson, attended the meeting ns a precaution against any possible disorder. Arkansas Briefs LITTLE UOCK.—Members of (he 15th District of thc Arkansas Department of the American I,e- Sihn have elected W. H. Voss :is Ihclr. commander. He will assume office at Hie state convention in August. Little Bock Post Comniamlcr, B. A. Duncan, was also mailc ilis- trict vice commander. hey would 'continue efforts .to a inajorlty of union card' Sale Of Bonds Spurred Here By War Hews Spurred on by Llio chccrlnc news of ycstcrdriy's bomblnj; of Japan, Bond Sales committees swarmed over Ihe town lo twosl Miles to $21)0,031 nt noon toctny. Tills Is nn inereiiiiu of ncmrly $11)0,000 over Ihc report mndc ycslcrdny. One committee chnlrmim snid "people nrc shelling oul money for bonds as freely ns the bombardiers' over'Japan yesterday." , Several Inrgc sales have been re- i 'xuHoil bill these cannot be couiitcil "HIWrAtejtoirt. until pfjlclal pc IriiiillfoiriS 'rccdlYcTtt 'rfr)W-XWFi cral Reserve Bank, according lo n (statement by lay B. 151ch, chnlrmni of the Chlckiwitiu'bn district. "Every day since the Fifth War lonn opened there have been glad tidings of additional successes on all war fronts, climaxed yesterday by the announcement of tho bombing of Japan. Such heroic deeds of our boys nl thc front cannot (jo unheeded by the home front," Mr. Elch said. "I have every confidence that Ulylheville and the Chlckn- snwbn district will go ovcr the top by Monday morning," he milled. niONTICKLLO. — Stale Commissioner of Education K:ili>!i H. Jones will sprak at cmnniniicc- tncnt c\erciscs at the Arkansas A. and M. '.College in Monllrcllo Monday night. Fire of Ihc graduates will receive bachelor of nrls degrees. Anil four, Hie bachelor of science clc- fircc. KI. noKADO.—A new RIW dis- lillutr. field may lie opened nc;ir Ihc townsllc of Mmml Holly. Itc- cent showinss lead oil men lo consider tlic possibility of o|icn- inff a field similar fo tlie McKamc field in Lafayette county. Application for a 15-itay tost period on the ircll lias filfd !>>• thc Carter Oil Company with Ihc Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission. Installations necessary lo comriletion of the well arc now being made. LITTLE HOCK. —Tlic Stale Highway Commission lias iivraril- ed six road maintenance contracts and a bridge construction job. The six road maintenance contracts are for the sealing of bituminous surfacing. The construction of two reinforced concrete bridges on Stale Highway Nine have been awarded to a Tine Bluff company ricmlinc Ihe securing of a priority rating on Ihc materials. HOT SPniNGS.-Approxlin.ilr:- ly half of thc quota rcprcseiilhiB Hnt Sprites' part of a fund to expand the Ozark Sanatorium into a Methodist hospital has been raised. Chairman II. A. Tuckerman says that Hot Springs lias raised about half of its SM.OOO iiuota. Two hundred thousand dollars Is thc amount that has been set for the purchase of the sanatorium. Veteran Named McALESTER, Okla. (UP) — U. Col. Jess I«trson, Lawton, Okla,, wounded veteran of the 4Stli Dlvi slon's battles In Italy, wns named ecently president of the Initiation class ot 248 A. F. and A. Masons taking the Scottish Rite degrees at the Indian temple here, British In India Show Slow Gains Near Kohima KANDY, ccylon, June 1C (U.P.) —Thc fighting in indln !» tough fool-by-fool slugging. J)ut British troops In the Konliun area wiped out the Jap roadblock at Vlswcna on Wednesday, and after repairing demolished bridges leading to ncnr- by Khuxnia brought tip their tanks to aid the successful advance into that town. Though It's still hard going for the nrittsh troops on tlie Kohlma- Iniphnl road, they have occupied Ihc dominant ground on both side.; of the important highway. Olhcr forces gained a foothold on n hill north of Sarnrniaimi, but were held back from carrying out th'.'lr attacks on the next Jap position by intense automatic Jap fire. Tin; floods In thc Blsiienpur area nrc slowing up thc advance—come of Hie troop hunker sare fltraclcd with water two or three feet deep. The British launched nn attack south of I.aiinannl village, but wore thrown buck by Intense machine- gunning. Tito's Right Hand Responsible for planning ot ninny of the Yugoslav guerrilla battles against Germans is Mai. Gen. Arsa Yovanovich, nb'ove, chict of staff for Marshal Tito, Partisan Tokyo Admits U.S. Foothold In Marianas Ity United I'rrss On,- troops on Salpnn have Jnb- bed lo within tlvo miles or cinm- i;im-ll>o largest city on (he Islnml. I'hcy have secured llielr beiidihcnd positions firmly. Iml m 0 meeting furious resistance inland. Admiral Nlmlty.'s headquarters says I bo (loiinlilm.v« «re timkliig' excellent progress, mid ihal Amcvli-nn warshlii.i; stand offshore iciirty (o frustrate an v Jup nllcmpl to reln- lorcc (lie Island gnn'leon. Ifmlli) Tokyo. In n proimgnndn broadcast, says Hie Americans 'nmimjtcfl [ 0 G ntn n fool hold In n sinnll si-dor" of Snlpim. it clulm- <xl ii landing iillcnipl on nearby Tlulnn Island wiis repelled with lieiivy losses. The enemy assorts our (muting vvns mndo nt great MW- Mlce— nnd declines l(i Aiiicilcun Innks IHIVC been de.slvoycd. The ,;«ps report, two additional blows on Ihelr bruised empire. One Is mi Allied air raid on Korea ~ "n Ilic Asiatic mainland Just ncross tin." Jupnn Sen tram Battered Kyu- sliii. The olhcr Is nn ivtliick by mi Allied task force on the Uonln Islands-lying north of the Mnrl- nnus some MO nHlcx from Tins .Japanese clnhn Uiey shot down more Htnti. IV Allied, plunes In the latter niisniiU. B-29's Struck Yawalaf Pittsburgh of Japan; Four Sky Giants Lost WIU.KTIN June (hat four Sup e )(i (U.P.)— The War Department cr-KorlrcweH failed (9 return frarr. nnd TODAY'S WAR AN'AI.TSIM Allies Speed Victory With New Bombers Bj JAMES IIARPKR : United Frew 8UH WrlUr Before you forget It, dmwiv'red circle niouiul Juno is, 'in<4.." Your clilldfcn's children jwillre- riicnibor -thnl date • as one' of the most • incmoralilo In^thu history of man. : Yesterdiiy, llicse things !' 1 '"" '. • •• • • °. . . „ , First, Tokyo Suddenly read lure In Hie story of huni'liiE ncrlln. Second, Atiierlcnn «glitlng men moved within 1BOO miles of Japan nncl 1000 of Ihelr linmcdlntc' goal Hie Clilna consl. Tlilrd, oilier Americana, having pierced Hie west wall, were fighting toward 'Germany. The Allies now have found the rmUi to Berlhl nnd Tokyo Jusl us, earlier, they found Dio pntli lo Home. Within a bloody forlnlfili!., tlic IjntHc |)lcltire lins changed drastically In .tlic lOlli month df the fifth year pf connict. One Axis cnp- Hnl has lojjpled. A hole lins IKCII blown Into the defenses of Europe. The Island hopping niarcll neross Hie Pacific has gathered speed. Anil the Islnncls of Japan have been centered In Hie boinlBlghls of American planes. Japan's Fntc Indicated • But perhaps tlic most dram.illc news of all of yesterday's dm- iraUic news w«s simply: this: Germany's present Is Japan's future. American strategists have pulled the switch on a gliml nlr ofTcn.ilVi; to soften the Islands of Japan for Invasion— just, nn Germany before wns softened for Invasion. Details dlllcr, bul the pnllcrn of attack against both enemies Is Ilia snino. First the iiccumulallon of power, the dnnmlnij up of the enemy progress. Second, the readying of a springboard for invasion. Thlra, a giant air olfcnslve to pave the way for thai Invasion. And fourth, the Invasion ll.self. That nnllcrn hns licen acted out tn Europe ami ;,ll io War Department amended a previous communi' By Duller! I' Amcnciui sui>cr-L>bm!>ci'.s, Hying ihu longest raid in history Imvo gollon tlic uir offensive ngiiinst Japan off to a grout, stud,, .. . A DOW communique lins been received on the raid • n dramatic United Prow story from fl 20th Bomber Com-' mmul bam in wcsloru China, iiml nn eye-witness slory'frorh' wlirTlli 0 '" lUmlly WC " 1 °" UlC fllBht nnd Saw tl \ e And nil lliOHC spiireoaUifi-ee Ihnl it WHS'H great raid" ii 1 BniMlnnK Hlart for the great air offensive to pLe Jap., on Ihc sumo liomb-liluslod footing as German v > Tlic War Hcparlmcnl reveals *- "'' thai lh« ghuii H-so's sot off .. Inrge fires nnd explosions nl Ihq steel center of Yaivnlii, 'Jiipnn's. "I'ltts- hurjili" on the Islnnd of Kyiislni. Tlie communique, Issued by the brand-new 20th Air Force, unyi tho li-20'a raided In "stable fcrco" With a low of livo planes, And Ihosc plnneii were losl as. a result of nn accident, not because'of cn- ejny notion. 'Tlic crewmen from onu ot those planes ivci'o mivccl. 1 . No n-ms Hlml Down Tlio Japs threw moderate to Intensive nnll-nlicrafl flra al the Udders. IJul they didn't, as they clnlinc'd, shoot clown 6 cven planes. . "o\v, as for llio damage done, the ion-word communlmie, issued OIL the. basis of "preliminary' incomplete reports", has this lo say: "filers .^ho participated In that mission rcporl the bombing »m accurate and Hint' {nrgc lira and pxiiluslpiu ..worn observed,"* •' '*£•;. However, there :wcrc more' delnlli) on the dnimiBc done from Walter nimdlo, Unlled Press news niaiiii- Rcr for China. Reporting' from nn ndvnnco ccliclwi of (ho 20th Donib er Commnml in Western China Kundle' quotes offlclnls there us describing tl 10 m \ss\m\ ny n "Kami start toward destruction of Jnpnn's Industrial empire. Watching th c n-A como home, UrlBiidler .General Kenneth Wolfe, commnndlnjf officer of, the 20th grlnnc,! nnd snld: "I Believe that Japan can be in- diislrlnlly weakened by proper application of slrntcBlo bombing. She will raptril,, lose llio will to wnuo wnr when her Industrial empire 'Kins to disintegrate.'' He continued: "My Impression of today's rait Is Hint the Job cfin be done anci thc bombing of Ynwntn Is n good filnrt." In nnoLher communique on thc mid, this one Issued by Lieutenant General Joseph Slllwcll, the fllffh is cnlled the "longest roimd-tr mission In history. Stllwcll snys: "Prellmlnnry Indlcntlou^ nrc Hint there wns heavy damngc to the nrjjcls, the Inrgrat steel mills Ii the Japanese empire." Returning pilots nrc more to thc point. One, Mcutcnnnl Robert Winters, of Wlehlla, Kansns, said: "It looked like we plnsterod heck out of the place." minl?cil clcslruutlon of the Jn'pnnese lnclii5trlal rmiiliu." Kiirllcr Raid on Hangkok '•' I'lieti Wolfe icvealcd (hat tho ml.sslon netimlly ' thc first for the li-20's m June 5, In a sort of bhakcdown omtw, they had raided lallway ihops nt Bangkok, Slniri hiougli which Jap supplies pais In-' lo uiirmii. Results were clcserlbed ns "good to excellent." Then nimrile lellj, (lie story 'of the bilQflng for tho minion. Pilots KCie told to lake no chances of lailng oho of, the big ships, Rumlle wns Mi|)|>osecl to go on Oio inkslon And 11 was tar Hint reason that tho lilnnc he wns riding turned back wllcn the fnol pumi) wouldn't perform. * v At [he briefing, the pllou were told : i i . is It." It coimt While Riniriic ts bnscs. And Captain Ira MaUhewt; of Fnyettc, Aln,, adds: H was as colorful as a Fourth that icmalns Is the most difficult All Job of nl], step Number Five.,Victory. In the Pacific, wc'va accumulated the pow.'r. We've stopued tin. enemy's progress. American fi|;lil- infj men, now battling in the Mnrl- nnns, arc headed for China, the springboard of Invasion. And the air offensive has begun. Necessarily, Ihe nir o/Icnslve against Japnu took longer In preparation than the nlr offensive ngainsl Germany. Allied planes In [Jrllaln nrc only GOO-to-100 miles from Berlin. But 3800 miles of blue Pacific water stretches between Pearl Harbor and Tokyo. Two things nnd to be done. We had lo shrink the distance between Japan and our nearest bases. And we had lo extend the range of our bombers. Kanjrc Tops 3000 Miles The range of our new B-29 Super- fortresses Is necessarily a secret. We (now only that they will carry winbs fnrlhcr, faster and higher llinn any plane In existence. Tho announcer) rntige of the British Lancaster is 3000 miles. Tims, we know of July ccloljratlon, no kidding." that the Super-Fortress cnn nt, least, lop that. Hence, they could fly from 'the Marianas, 1500 miles away, and rc-i urn home wllh gasoline still liclr tanks. They might even be able to fly from Klska, 2400 miles •way; from the MarshalU, 2300; from New Britain Islnnd, 2800. Ja»n says the planes which hit the ionic Islands yesterday camj Irom Shcnsl province, which Is roughly 2000 inlles distant, Just as Allied planes first went o work on Germany's industrial Ruhr vnlley, so they now are leading off with nn attack on Japan's Ruhr. lorlhcrn Kyusho Island with Its ight-packe.cjl UnlusWes; Here we the pilots returning lo Bundle's base showed not n. mnrk of combat. They salr) the attack apparently caught the Japs off Bunrd. They encountered no fighters nnd the fink was inaccurate. First news that tlic bombers were ovcr the target wns flashed back by radio by Major Donald Humphrey of Postville, town. Thc prearranged signal wns—"Betty, Betty, Betty." That signal, incidentally, was selected by Lieutenant Colonel James Garcia in honor of bis wife Belly. As thc signal was flushed, all the high-ranking officers were pacing the floor of the map-lined wardroom back at base. F,vcryhody was drinking black coffee nnd ash Irays were piled high with cigarette bults. When the "Betty, Betty, Betty," came through, Major General George Str&temeyer comniander of thc 10th Air Force In China, slapped the back of Wolfe, chief of the sotli. Wolfe's tense face broke Into n grin and he snld: "This Is the beginning of our or- the mills which turn out one-fifth of Jnpnn's steel. Here, too, are' docks, refineries, shipyards, engine works, warehouses, cement factories, mines nnd airdromes. Close by Is Japan's greatest rail bottle neck— a tunnel connecting Kyushu under a narrow strait with Its larger neighbor, Honshu Island. Soon, we will be reading old com- muniques all over again. But for the word "Ruhr" the communique writers will substitute the worrl "Kyushu." And for the word Berlin,Tokyo. The Allies are fighting two wars with one, plan. And the plan la really working. ' n Juicy tar- As men for tho tnk6 1 "off7caiiialn "Rob- cn 8h«nto, of arrinri Prairie, Tex told them: *..' ; , ' "I linvo no need, to tell yon how much this.mission mean? to us nnd .Uni.u . Rt .. home - tdl's Eo nnd ml^ed the trip, Roy Porter, representing'tho combined American networks, dldnt Hie radio reporter, In contrast to Riimlle, snys many of the planes were clnmngcd to various exlenls m returning to thch other Porter iibrahcd II this way: ' ibis plane would come In per-' M|W with one rudder missing and Hint plane with a huge hole'«iri one whig, but flying proudly." Describes Action Here's how Porter described the raid !Ie eny s . ''The searchlight batteries were full on us Thc enemy antt-alrcraf< was binding below And even before wo reached tho target area, we had lo ivcrtvc and dodge our way in Tt (jol steadily worse as we flew eastward toward the Jln c target.' continuing, Porter says: "rink began to iprny the ship. Hie weaving searchlights picked us. UP time i and again, only to lose 115 almost immediately. And then' It happened." "Onn field baltery ealighi u.,.ln . Us fire. From that time on the ' whole cabin was-lighted up'Hke Madison Square Oarrfcn on hockey iJlsht. A whine and a sputter in the nose told us of a bullet hlf. A t hud on the right wing was'4 ' piece of shrapnc], as .we, found out c fus I turned , nnd turnc'i'.' nlthfill engines kept right In coing without one inoineiil's hcs- 36 Porter clcECribe5'ilie'"tcnso.'mo- ' nients ovcr the targets . . . . . Incidentally, those v secret-, air bases from which the B-29's took" off were planned nt the Cniro Conference. They were rushed to completion In four months by thousands, of Chinese'laborers In fact, It was thc most massive Chinese construction project since the building of the Great Wall 6f China many centuries ago. Chinese Build Fields . 7' Under thc direction of '26 Amerl-' ican engineers, 400,000 . Chinese • worked with little else than their hands to convert paddy fields into taxi strips which meet esaclnz engineering specifications. Those la- borers.hauled 158,000 tons of rock and sand which went into that base, correspondent Rundle says:' "A few weeks ago, I stood on the platform of a newly-completed control tower and looked across a heaving sea of 5000' straw-halted Chinese laborers, scattered as far as the eye reached." Men from one village broke rocks'^ en from another carried \\aler In buckets, snd so on. Lines pf 50 to 200 Chinese chanted as the v tugged ropes, dragging eight-ton hand-mown sondslone rollers. An Army engineer told Bundle: "This would be a good-sited Job at home .with siodern equipment." So much for tlie West news on hat great raid. But there apparcnt- y have been other blfr raids on Japanese ptassssslons The Jjpa-i nese Domel News Agency says Allied planes raided Korea, not far :rom the island hit by the B-39't,

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