The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 22, 1944 · Page 3
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^.THURSDAY, . Air Route Via Alaska Making USSR Neighbor SEATTLE (UP)-VVhen the veil of wartime secrecy Is lifted In Alas- ,,kn, Americans will find tn tile Far Worth one of the world's best Integrated 'airways, providing the shortest aerial route to Asia and making Russia a neighbor on our western border. That Is the overall picture of aerial development pieced together from recent announcements of war department and otlier government officials, a picture which gives a glimpse of a much-used aerial Itwl-Iense rout e (o Russia, indicates the importance of Alaska in (he war against Japan, and portends a great commercial sky era In the future. The Alaskan skyways have developed ' under military secrecy along two routes. One runs along the coast from Seattle to the Aleutian., Islands and the other Inland fram Great Palls, Mont., to Pair- banks, and Nome, is only 150 miles from the Soviet East Cape In Siberia. The aerial boundary of the United States and Russia merges over Bering Strait and the East Cape is less than 400 miles from Anadyr which the Soviet embassy once described as the eastern ier- mimis of tlic 5,000-mile Russian airline from Moscow. l.end-l.caso Pipeline The Alaskan-Siberian route to Moscow was pioneered in 1941-as a lencl-lease route and was operating at "peak capacity" by November. 1942, for movement of "desperately-needed air equipment to Ihe Soviet Union . . . at a critical time," the War Department said In a recent citation of Mai Gen. Pollelt Bradley of Long Island, N. V., who played a major role in negotiations with Russia. Some indication of Importance of Mile northern route as a lend-lease ? pipeline is seen in the war department-approved announcement of the Douglas aircraft company that it has delivered more than 3,000 attack bombers lo Russia, most of them by air. Existence of the route was brought into prominence by flights of notables on diplomatic,' exchanges between Premier Stalin and President' Roosevelt. Tin's is Hie route used by Joseph E. Davies on his second "mission to Moscow," by Wendell L. Willkie on his "One World" tour, and more recently by Vice President Henry A. Wallace mi his visit to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Spurned Canot Project Undersecretary of War Robert P. Patterson revealed importance of the route when lie told the Truman Committee one of the reasons for development of the Canol oil project in the Norman Wells area was the need for a nearby fuel sup- plv or fueling planes being flown lo Russia. For security reasons, Army officials have never announced the location of landing fields along the route but Marshall'" Hoppin, civil aeronautics authority chief in Alaska, announced recently that 30 new airfields have been completed in Alaska since the war started, adding thousands of miles of new air routes to those existing before the war. The bases were built under (•);c_ most difficult engineering con- aitions, many of them curved oui in isolated areas with bulldozers graders and other equipment transported to the site by airplane. Weather is the bugaboo to operations throughout the North, but the Alaskan-Siberian route has the advantage of offering an overturn route, except for a patch of water between Nome and East Cape. It is also the shortest route to Asia from Midwest ana Eastern states. Most Direct to .fapan The coastal air route over whicl the Navy hns been operating regularly-scheduled flights from Seattle to- Aleutian points since July 19+2, is the most direct between (he United States and Japan. It is 1,400 miles closer from Seattle to Yokohama via the Aleutians (ban it is by way of Hawaii. However, the deiise fog--baiifc s that shroud tiie island chain make it a less feasible commercial route to Asia. Aside from its current militnrj value, the northern route to Russia if of importance because it means £jat the U. S. S. B. is no longer '»\'(European" nation. She is now a neighbor which the airplane has brought almost as close as Canada and Mexico. Already the sight of Russian fliers is regarded as commonplace In Fairbanks and other Alaskan (.itfes. in a recent story the Anchorage Times said that "plane movements and tiie presence of Russian pilots in Fairbanks lo take BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS EDSONJN WASHINGTON Background Of Finnish Rift BY 1'ETEK KDSON Courier News Washington Correspondent Real reason for tlie U. S. government's firmly biU politely showing the door to Finland's Washington Minister HJalmar J. I'rb- corje and three or his counselors can't be told now and may not be told till the war In over. Nevertheless, people In Washington familiar wilh the activities of the popular envoy and his staff are not overly surprised that the' "here's your hat and passport"' ceremony came as it did. It came-as no surprise- to the Finns.Ve'lther. They hrul been expecting It. for in recent months' the propaganda line of nr- gtlment which the Finns have been freely handing around to congressmen, u. S. government officials and newspapermen have been definitely contrary to what are now conceived to be America's best interests in the war, if not actually borderhig closely on the seditious. Only American democracy and freedom of speech let them 'get nwa'y with it as long as they did. Since the latest Russian drive began north of-Leningrad'the Finnish diplomats In',Washington have been attempting, to spread the idea that this was to be the:extent of the Soviet army's . offensive, as .a companion blow to the American, Canadian and British Invasion of western Europe. ' . ItKD STALL IMPLIED . This vras carried even further by ^thc Inference that Soviet Russia Would make no further attempts to p.ush the German armies back on the eastern front, that the Red armie s might adavance to the line which Moscow wanted for its western border ,on Germany, occupy the territories it wanted to bring into the U. S. S. R., and then leave the. actual Job of beating Germany to Americans and the British. No matter "how si.ncerely the Finns may have believed this themselves. It was considered a rather vicious effort to spread dissension among the United Nations an;' it was resented by many of the Woshingtonlans who heard It. Finnish criticism of the United States fw Us aid io Soviet Russia became more open after the drive against southern Finland began a few days ago. The criticism was leveled against this country for furnishing the Soviet with arms which could be used agninsL the Finns, with whom the United States was not at war. Tim line didn't sit well, either. One of the stock propositions which Finnish propaganda tried to promote ivas an idea that Germany should say to the western powers something like this: "As you invade Europe, the German armies will give ground as you advance. The German armies will continue to retreat across France, the low countries, across Germany Itself, until the American and litltlsh armies have, occupied all of the Baltic states, Poland and Balkans, '[lie German armies In the cast will in the meantime hold tl:c lino against Russia. When the Amur- lean and British armies sluill have reached the Russian frontier, then the German tinnles will lay down their arms." FINNS' DUEAM: AU.IKS VS. RUSSIA. ' The fiendish Ingenuity of this plan from the Finnish point of view is easy lo see. What (lie Finns were after in sponsoring this idea was lo hamstring Russia and eventually bring the armies of the western powers up against the armies of the Soviet. Continuously the Finns have preached the doctrine that Die United States and Great Britain must eventually break with the Soviet and they have seized U|x>n everything they could to promote that discord, even to courting known niitt-Kussliin and Isolationist leaders in Washington. : American patience with the Finnish government In Helsinki is n matter of long record and (lie efforts pi the American government to get Finland out of the war have been numerous, being based on natural sympathies and sincere respect for the Finnish people. Finn! armistice terms offered Finland by the Soviet earlier this year were admittedly severe as to reparations expected, but when the Finns made no counter proposal and seemed totally disinterested in Betting themselves out of the war, tin- suspicion grew in this country that the present Finnish government was definitely pro-Nazi and under German domination. That's what led to the present rupture in Washington, though the actual .proof of It cannot be disclosed at this tiini'. George M. Powell How Promoted To Colonel George M. 1'owell, husband of the former Miss Virginia Keck, now wears the silver eagle of a full colonel In the Army. Colonel 1'owcll, who )>ns visited Mrs, Powell'* parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Keck, u immbcr of times, now is stationed in Washington, D. C., as a member of tin- Medical Corpa, Entering the Army us a lleutcnunt utter graduation from medical school. Colonel Powell later was In foreign service In the Pmiiunn Cn- nal XOHU when war came. . ' Followlut! completion of his foreign service, ho was stationed ai iiij) Robinson, Little Hock, before being transferred to Washington where he, Mrs. Powell mid Ihelr ion, Oeoi'uc Keck, motto their home. Neighbors Pitch In To Raise Corporal's Crops BAST CANTON, O. V (UI')-Cpl, r=*\l WWW. 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