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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT ITCWSPAPBl OF NOMTREA8T ARKAM8AB AND SODTRKABT M1B8OORI VOL. XLVI—NO. 31 Blythevllle Courier Blylheville Daily Nem . MlMisslppl Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1950 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Full Production of New Cotton Chopper to Start Here Monday OAF STAFF-Officers of the Blylhevllle —Courier News Pholo Civil Air Patrol Squadron are shown here after their appointment by Maj. U. \V. Nichols, (seated, center), who was installed as commanding officer of the unit last night. Seated left to right are: Capt. W. H. Yarbrough, Maj. Nichols, and Capt Charles Blttner. Stand- Ing left to right: Lt. George Spaeth, Lt. E. B. Dickenson, Lt. Percy Wright, Lt. Lee Richardson, Capt. Kelton Francis,- Lt. Howard DcSplinter, and Lt. L. c. Pos«y, Jr. Not shown are Lt. Paul Bradley, Lt. Worth Holder, the Rev. Roy I. Bagley. and Lt. Robert Cullison. State's First Active Civil Air Patrol Squadron Set Up Here The Blytheville Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol becarhe the first active CAP S adron in Arkansas last night as Maj. R. W. Nichols, superintendent of Armorel ools, was installed as commanding officer and plans were announced for owning of a A new product will be added to Blytlieville industry and Introduced to a large section of the United States Monday when the Southern Belle cotton chopper Is put into full producllon by the Thomas Manufacturing Company at the air base. Although designed for cotton chopping, the versatile machine also can be used for thinning sugar sects and Is being developed for tomato cultivation. Distributing rights to the machine, which reputedly does the work of 40 men, have been purchased by the Southwest Company Ltd., Memphis, and some 250 dealers in the Blytheville-Memphls area should have models of the cotton chopper by the end of next week. The Southwest Company cover: an area of 11 southern states and the machine's backers plan to push ts sales In the sugar beet states of he north and northwest as well as he east. Buy* Entire Output The company's entire output was bought by the Southwest Company alter a week's demonstration in the cotton landi around McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. The demonstration was attended by Southwest Company owner J. W. Greenwood, Sales Manager C, H. Cloud, and Interested Texas cotton growers. Cotton farmers everywhere have favored the Southern Belle chopper because of Its two rotary cutting arms which closely resemble the chopping stroke of a field hand Wesley Thomas, manufacturer, said Field tests have been conducted on about 100 Southern Belle ma chines for the past year In order hat all faults could be Ironed out, Mr. Thomas added. His Other Vm Besides its cotton hoeing abilities the chopper has shown that it can be used to thin sugar beets once the cotton chopping season has passed. It manufacturers also say It etm be adapted to the cultivation of tomatoes. Tests with these and other crops now are being conducted 111 the Rio Grande Valley. In Texas, the Southern Belle was used lo hoe cotton planted In furrows thus proving its adaplablllty to different, types of cotton cultivation. The machine weighs less than 200 pounds nnd Ls powered by means of a simple couple; attached to the transmission unit of the powering tractor. Truman Praises Hoover Proposal For Moral Unity WASHINGTON, April 28. (AP)—The White Hous* said today President Truman telephoned Former President Herbett Hoover last night to congratulate him on his call for the "mobili'/ation of the moral forces of the world." Frederick Field Denies He Is Agent of Soviet In Answer to Budenz Charges I high school cadet program. The latter will be handled through Mississippi County schools end is open to Northeast Arkansas boys 15 to 18-years of age. Enrollment will begin next week, Maj. Nichols said. Lt. Col. Elton Patterson of Jonesboro, Northeast Arkansas Group commander, conducted the installation after R dinner at the Fly Inn. Col. Patterson also announced the appointments oE two group officers-^Maj. W. R. Crawford, Blytheville cotton buyer, as supply officer, and Maj. R. A. Owens, Walnut Rlt^je, as communications officer. Commandant, of Cadets will be named later. Organization Praised \ : "Blytheville has done the best 'organization joh of any squadron in tKe state thus far," Col. Patterson ; said, ''^And it is entirely possible '^that Manila will have its own squadron If necessary personnel, can- Alycure; V"'*: ' • . ' - W-* , Osccola, or any other c m unity; rimy form its own flight or squadroYi if it can provide a "Ses- ignated le'aiyltng strip." (CAP organization is broken down into 53 units with each state and United States territory or possession constituting a wing. Wings are divided further .into groups, squad rons f and flights- Fifty one senior members are the minimum quirement for formation of a squadron while the. Jatter may consist of a number of flights.) Activating of the Blytheville Squadron made the Northeast Arkansas Group the first of five in the state to enter a unit into active participation. . To Have Radio Stations "We expect to have six radio stations, both transmitters and re ccivers, set up in this group in tin immediate future," Col. Patterson explained, "so our civilian groui can be prepared to serve In an emergency such as floods, stonr or search work." The equipment already has beet provided by the U. S. * Air Force of which -the CAP is an nuxiliarj New York Stocks ^a:30 .p.m. Quotations: ^fv & T .. • 155 7- A/ner Tobacco 68 7- Anaconda Copper 297- Beth Steel 373 Chrysler , G7 3- Coca Cola Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central Int Harvester National Distillers . Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum ., Studebakcr Standard of N J . . J C Penney U S ^Bteel Southern Pacific . , nd installation will begin soon. AP units also w '1 be supplied • i t h aerial photographic equip- lenl and an L-5 or L-4 plane t all times. Jonesboro and Blythe- ille squadrons will trade models ach month. Hangar four at the Blytheville Ir Base has been donated by the ity and will be used as squadron leadquarters, Maj. W. R. Craword announced. Although the Blytheville squad- on, as such, is closed to mfimber- hip and has a waiting list, Maj. Nichols said that flight openings vill be available to Osceola, Luxora, Manila, Wilson, Lepanto, and Lea- hville. These would be part of the Blytheville Squadron. Appointments of staff officers lamed by Maj. Nichols follow: executive officer, Capt. "Charles Bitt ner; director of operations, Capt. W. H, Yarbrough; public information officer, Lt, L. C. Posey, Jr.; fiscal officer, Lt. Paul Bradley; adjutant, U. Worth Ho: :er; personnel officer. Lt, George Spaeth; check pilot, Lt. Lee Richardson; and chaplain, the Rev. Roy I. Bagley. Photographic Officer, Lt. Robert Culllson; operations officer, , Lt, Howa rd DeSplinter; c omma ndan t of cadets. Lt. Percy Wright; supply officer, Capt. Kelton Francis; and engineering officer, Lt. R. E. Dickinson. Other appointments are to be announced at the next meeting May 11, / Sixteen members were sworn In by Maj. Nichols last night, / Col. Patterson was accompanied by Stanley Barker, Jonesboro Squadron check pilot. * WASHINGTON, April 28. (ff) — Frederick Vanderbllt Field swore today he is not a "Soviet espionage agent" but refused to tell Senate investigators whether or not he is » Communist, Field also told a Senate foreign relations Investigating subcommittee he had never attended a Communist meeting with Owen Lattimore and had never said that Lattimore or his wife were Communists, Field was called as a witness because of testimony the committee got last week from Louis Budenz, former Communist editor. Field Called Affent Budenz said Field had told him that Lattimore, a Johns Hopkins University professor, was a Communist. Budenz also said that Field himself was a Soviet agent. The committee is investigating charges from Senator McCarthy (R-Wis> that the State Department Ls infiltrated by Communists, McCarthy has made Lattimore, some times s consultant to the department, the central figure of his charges by saying he la wilting to stand or fall as to his charges on the Lattimore case. Lattimore himself has denied the charges and called the senator an "unmitigated liar." Second to Dispute Field was the second man to dispute Budenz's testimony about Lattimore. Yesterday, Earl Browder dented that he had ever told Budenz that Lattimore was B Communist, as Budenz had testified. Browder, Termer American Communist Party head, said he had never met Lattimore but knew him by reputation as anti-Communist. Today's session followed a new Senate speech by Senator McCarthy (R-Wls). author of the Commun- Ism-in-the-government charges. McCarthy told the Senate late yesterday that Slate Department official Haldore Hanson is the man See FIELD ON Pair 14 Frederick V. Field FD r n united Jewish Appeal Drive Harry H. Lcvitch, campaign chairman for the.. Mississippi County United Jewish Appeal Drive, today announced that the, goal .for., the 1950 fund drive has been set at $10,000. Mr, Ijevitch '• said' the '.county goal^ ----of $10,000 U "our share of CowanCandidate For Legislature Osceola Attorney • Seeks Election as State Representative share of the $272,455,800 that Is required this year by. the United Jewish,.Appeal for support of programs on three continents, with emphasis on aid to immigrants entering the State of Israel." Funds obtained by the United Jewish Appeal are used for development of the Jewish State, for relief 156 48 84 155 514 26 122 5-8 30 3-4 21 1-8 IT 1-4 . 34 ' . 70 1-2 . 57 3-4 . 33 . 52 Wecther Arkansas forecast: Mostly cloudy with scattered thunrtcrshowcrs this a fternoon, tonight and SaLur- kCooler in the hwest portion Saturday. Missouri forc- c«st: Showers and Lh under- storms this afternoon and tonight, becoming occasionally heavy south and central portions tonight; New Addition May Be Added To City's Area A preliminary order approving the annexation of the Country Club Heights to the city of Blytheville has been granEed by County Judge Roiand Green, it was revealed today. The petition seeking annexation was filed in the county court on April 12. and is now awaiting linal action by the City Council. The addition, being developed by the Noble Gill Agency and Builders Supply Co.. covers approximately 40 acres. J. E. Stevenson, Jr., Noble Gill Agency representative, said today that present plans called for the development of the south part of the addition, which would provide approxima' :ly 85 lots. Tills area Is bounded on the east by Tenth Street, on the south by Moultrie Drive, on the west by Rogers Street and on the north by Highland Street. The last Uo will be laid out to form boundaries for the new addition. Mr. Stevenson said that work was started this week In the leveling and excavation of the area, and thai the plans called for the paving ant curbing of Adams Street, Pecan Street and Maple Circle Drive Ir connection with the development ol the new addition. Mr. Stevenson indicated that several of the lots had been reserved but to date actual sales had no! started. Marcus Evrard. attorney for petitioners, said that he relieved the annexation would be considered the May 9 meeting of the City Council. SMOWKKS showers Saturday, occasional thunderstorms east and centra! portions; no important changes In temperatures; low tonight in Ws; high Saturday In 50's Minimum this morniiis—17. Maximum yesterday—75. Sunset today—5:42. Sunrise tomorrow—S:I2. Precipitation 24 hours lo 7 am today—none. Tot«l since. Jan. 1—24.31. Mean temperature (midway between hlgb and low)' 60. . .Normal mean for April—61. and rehabilitation assistance to distressed Jews in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and for refugee aid in the United States. Funds raised here, Mr. Levitch said, will be allocated to the United Jewish Appeal for support of the programs or its three constituent agencies, the Joint Distribution Committee, the United Palestine Appeal and the United Service for New Americans. To Help Immigrants "According to the priority of need," he explained, "more than 50 per cent of the funds we raise will go for the immigrant program In Israel." He stressed this aspect of the total need, asserting that "the people of Israel are stretching their resources to the breaking point to provide for the great flow of lomeless immigrants from Europe. North Africa and the Middle East." "Unless the Jewish community here does Its full share in match- ng the sacrifices of the Israeli people, that country will be confronted with an economic and financial crisis of the gravest proportions,"- he added. Appealing for total support of the local drive, he said "When Jews were pinned down under the deadly weight of persecution and misery in Europe not so long ago. we were quick to recognize cur responsibility help them. Today, however, when more titan 375,000 of them have been transferred to Israel, we cannot assume that they are the sole responsibility of the Jews of that country." Represents Obligation Trie goal set by the local drive, Mr. Levitch said, represents the "extent of our obligation not only to the Jews of Israel, but to those whom they are welcoming to their shores." "We must continue to fulfull our obligations until Israel's newcomers have weathered the first dlf- N. O. Cotton May , July Oct. . Dec. Mar. Open High Low . 3245 3245 3243 . 3273 3278 3270 , 3144 3161 3144 . 3127 3146 3127 . 3135 3150 1135 1:30 3245 3270 3180 3144 3143 Soybeans , Open High Low Close May 281-H 296 287'.i 2M',J July 2SS 283 285 29H N'OV 316 320 S15U 219 John J. Cowan, Osceola attorney, today formally announced his candidacy for state representative In this summer's Democratic primaries. He is seeking the legislative post now held by Leslie N. Speck of Osceola, who is not a candidate for re-election. Mr. Cowan was born In Gcceola and later moved to Luxora, where he spent his boyhood. He Ls the son of the : late John J. C'owan. Sr. former Mississippi County Circuit Court clerk. After graduating with honors from Columbia Military Academ> at Columbia, Tenn., Mr. Cowan enlisted in the Army, Fallowing his discharge, he attended Memphis State College, where he received degree In business administration Ke later was graduated from Van- derbllt University Law School. Mr. Cowan recently opened i law office In Osceola. He is a mem/ ber of the Masons, the Methodis 1 Church and the American Legion. In his announcement, Mr. Cow an said "I am not obligated to an; .-peciai group or any special Inter est. If elected to the state legislature. I will actively support and represent all the voters of the county Lo the best of my ability." /ice Raid in Leachville Leads To Arrest of 10 Adults, Youths Affidavits for warrants of.arrest on;'charges of contributing to :he delinquency of^minors against two women, three'men and a tecn- »ged •youtri'iof Leachville were filed by Deeputy Prosecuting Attorney Arthur a; Harrison this morning with City Clerk W. I. Mnlln, The President, however, did not*- dlscuss with Mr. Hoover the latler's ' scrapping of the present United Notions organization and replacing It with one without Communists. "Thai phnse of Mr. Hoover's speech did not cuter Into the discussion," Presidential Secretary Charles G. floss told reporters. It struck a popular note among Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, however. Phone Call Made The President listened by radio to Mr. Hoover's talk and then telephoned him Immediately afterward. "The president said he told Mr. Hoover he »ns glad to see the latter making a call for mobilization ol the moral forces of the world," Rosb said. . He added thnt Mr. Truman sold that was something he has beer trying to promote for some time and the president was ."happy ai what Mi-. Hoover said on the sub' Ject, and told him so." U.N. Proposal Asked about Ihe President's re action to Mr. Hoover's proposal fo reorganizing the U.N. to exclutli Communist countries, Ross snld tli President did .not mention tha phase of Mr. Hoover's address In hi talk with the Republican ex-Prcsl- I dent. Mr. Truman has repeatedly urged support of the United Nations as now constituted. . Well Received Klflewhere The former President proposed In a New York speech last, night the formation of a united front against communism, with the U.N. revamnefl to exclude Russia and her satellites.. While Chairman Conmilly <D- Tcx) of the Senate Foreign Kela r tlons Committee declined public comment, Senator Georgu (D-Ga) appeared to be reflecting wide- Jaltic Incident Weighed by U.S. Officials Study Shooting Possibility In Any New Event IThe affidavits were for warrants^ 'or the arrest- of Arltne Robinson, Vfrs. Lelia Staudcnmire. Van. J. Riggs, J. T. Turnbow, Joe Sando nd a 'IB-year-old Leachville boy. The affidavit for the arrest of ral staudenmlre charged her with the "operation of a bawdy house" and those for the arrest of the others were for contributing to the delinquency of minors. Mr. Harrison's action came after officers raided the home of Mrs. Staudenmlre In Leachville last Friday night. The raid resulted in the arrest of two teen-aged girls, a Leachville woman and a Leachvilte man. The two teen-aged girls arrested during the raid were charged with being delinquents and hearings for them were continued until next week In Juvenile Court this morning. Tiie name of the women arrested in the raid was not revealed by officers but hearing for the man, Identified as Uton Atnsworth, was continued until Monday In Municipal Court this morning. He is charged with carnal abuse. Mr. Harrison said that he planned to file a charge of contributing to the delinquency of minors gainst the woman. Officers said they raided the Staudenmire home after they hac ecelved complaints from a number f Leachville residents of "w i I d Irunken parties" being held there ficult period of arrival nnd Integra- See APPEAL on Paje 14 Oil Dealers Plan County Meerirq Here on May 90 Mississippi County OH Dealers will hold their nth annual convention at the Hotel Noble In Blytheville on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. according to G. O. Poclz, chairman of the Iocs] oil dealers. Scheduled along with the election of officers Is the explanation of the Oil Dealers Association six-point state program by William F. Scarborough of Little Rock, secretary of the Oil Dealers' Association of Arkansas. Mr. Poclz said that the program has as Its objectives protection »nd relief for the automotive taxpayers of Arkansas. Dyess Girl to Represent Missco In Mid-South Spelling Bee Tonight Betty Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Colcy Johnson of Dycss. will represent Mississippi County ot the seventh annual Mid-South Spelling Bee. sponsored by the Memphis Prcss-Sclmltar, at 7:30 p.m. lonlght at Tech' High School at Memphis. Betty, who won Mississippi County's spelling championship two weeks ago. left Dyess early Ihts morning lo be In Memphis for the activities conducted for winners from 60 counties In Tennessee, Mississippi, »nd Arkansas. The Press-Scimitar will pay Ihe expense* of (he champion for a week's trip to Washington, D.C., »ni the National Spelling Beu, which l< co-sponsors. The Mid-South runner-up will receive a S100 United States Savings Bond and the third place winner S50 bond. Every county champion will receive a $25 bond. Miss Johnson, who was coachet by Mrs. Leonard Williams, whi coached her own son to the county championship two consecutive years won over a field of 15 contesUnU in the county contest. Frarler Watson, superintendent o Dyess Schools, said that the county winner has been studying almoj day and night for Ihe Mid-Soul event. itut/ents in County To Dine on Turkey 'n School Cafeterias Mississippi County school stu- denls will be dining on turkey at school cafeteria before too many days. John Mayes, county school supervisor, said that 226 cases of frozen turkeys, or a total of 22,600 pounds of turkeys, had bsen received for disbursement lo the hoi lunch programs in this county. The shipment was made by the state purchasing agent, Schoo Lunch Division, which handles the surplus commodities of the United Stales Department of Agriculture In Arkansas. Mr. Mayes explained that for several months the lunch pro- rr»ms had been receiving supplies of potatoes, peaches, tomatoes rjlslns. peanut butter, apples pears, and cheese, as well as mos olher foods, but that this was the first meat product to be provide< from surplus foods for the schoo lunch programs. Vegro Is Shot ty Constable At Burdette A 30-year-old Burdette Negro was rented at Blytheville Hospital to- ny for pistol wounds In his shoul- er and leg that, were sail! lo have Ken Inflicted by P. a. Stanfield, onstable ot the Burdette Town- Mp this morning. The Negro was identified by Dcp- ty Sheriff Dave Young of Osccola s Walter Conner, nbout 30. His rounds are not considered serious. Deputy Young stated thai Conier, who was being sought by Con- table Stanfield, was shot on a road near Burdette after the car he wns driving ran out of gas. He said thai he Negro was wanted on a disturb- ng the peace charge. Deputy Young quoted the Negro is saying that he was shot by Stnn- icld after having been knocked down with a black jack. Conner told Deputy Young that he did not know Stnnfleld was an officer until he was told this morning. Officer Young said that he had been Informed the Negro had caused a disturbance at Burdette nnd had left in his car after Constable Stanfield had been summoned. He said that Stanfield had not been arrested bill thai an Investigation »f the Incident Is being made. sprend Dcmdcrntlp sentiment when he said, he regards suoh a move as "Inevitable." "Ultimately, we will have, to come lo thnt," George told a reporter. have felt, such n move Li Inevitable since Russia demonstrated that she will not keep her agreement.!. "If the United Nations isn't reorganized It Is difficult to see flow It can continue with any strong promise of success." Senator Hlckcnlooper (It-Iowa), another member of the foreign relations group, snid the present stalemate should cause Congress to give "profound consideration tlon. to and Immediate Hoover's sugges- By John M. WASHINGTON, April 23. (AP)— Tlie question ot wlmt an American arlptanc should rto If It became Involved In another "Baltic Incident" appears to he under discussion at bolh the State nnd Defense Departments. In that first Incident, an American Navy plane asserted!? was shot down by Russian fighters over the asked at his nev,'s conference yes- Baltic Sea. President Traman was lerday whether, In another such case, the U.S. plane would shoot back. "The Stale Department" Mr. Truman replied that the ate Department Is handling that ntlcr. Slale Department officials maln- incd silence on the Issue, hut this the kind of a problem which ormally requires close consultation Iwcen State and Defense offl- als. The Baltic Incident occurred prll 8 when the unarmed Navy Mvalcer plan was lost with It* rw of 10. Silent on International Mr. Truman had little to say on \e International situation. -He did ell questioners that he still favors xtenslon of the draft law arid that e approved in advance a stale- icnt by Secretary of ; Defense ohnsoh that the "force of events 1 ' —Including. .the Baltic -incident— anls an Increase In ' defense pending. ; " .•'"'" ' T' 1 , Woodward Named Mr. Truman announced he Is amlng Stanley Woodward, chief protocol at the State Department, to be ambassador to Canada. Republican Adviser John Foster Dulles was reported today to - bo rging In the. high councils of the cpartment that the United' States evclop quickly a vigorous action TOgrnm lo • recapture the Initiative nthe cold war with Russia, Rose Festival Caravan to Visit Here Tomorrow A caravan representing the annual Rose Festival to IK held In Little Rock next Thursday, Friday and Saturday will arrive In Blythcvllle about noon tomorrow. The caravan, which will Include about 15 persons and one of the candidates for Rose Queen, will be met by the Dlythcville High School 'band and a parade down Main Street will follow. A brief program will be presented by the caravan members In front of the Junior Chamber of Commerce clubhouse on North Second Street. A welcome address will be made by Mayor Doyle Henderson. Following the program, the caravan members wll be guests at i luncheon at the Hotel Noble. A Jaycce committee headed b Bryce Layson Is In charge ot tb caravan's visit here and the luncheon. Americans Murdered JAKARTA, U.S.I., April 28. Wr- Time and Life correspondent Robert Doyle and Yale University Professor Raymond Kennedy were found murdered today on the road between Bandoeng and Chcrlbon In West Java, an American military observer reported. New York Cotton May . July . Oct. . Dec. . Mar. . Open High I/>w I:: . 327« 3276 3270 32 . 3290 3286 3285 323 . 3147 3166 3146 . 3129 3150 3129 . 3139 3155 313C 31 Walking Horse ; Sale Begun Today At Smith Barn C. G. Smith's 13th sale of rcg- stered Tennessee walking horses ipcned at his sales barn on South -Hghway 61 this morning with more nan 200 horses consigned to be auctioned. The two-day sale opened at 9:30 with yearlings nnd brood mares the 'Irst to be run through the sales ring. Early this afternoon a total of 44 horses had been offered for sale. A large crowd of buyers frotn all sections of the nation are attending the sale. Sale of horses In the pleasure and show classes was to begin this afternoon. U.S. Jaycees President To Visit Caruthersville Clifford D. Cooper of Alhambra, Calif., president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, will visit Caruthcrsvllle Jaycees May 4, A Joint meeting of the Caruthers- villc Jaycces, the Rotary Club and the Klwanls Club will bo held at 7:30 at the Methodist Church there to honor the national Jaycee president. Mr. Cooper's visit to Caruthersville will be his only official appearance before Jaycce clubs in Missouri, He visited the Blytheville 3147 | Jaycces March 3153 Arkansas. 31 on his tour of D-DayManeuversRakeCarolinaSandhills State electrocutes Slayer of Ex-Wife TUCKER, Ark., April 2«. WV—Ex- Texas convict Robert Louis Smith died In the slate's electric chair Ihls morning for Ihe street slaying of his former wife near University hospital, Little Rock, about a year ago. Smith was strapped In the chair at 7:10 «jn. and was pronounced dm! at 1:1* a.m. after receiving two shocks. TTe was th« third man executed In Arkaniu this year. FORT BRAGG, N.C., April 28. fAP)—An aerial armada, roared across the Caronlla sandhills today, striking back at an Imaginary enemy that has launched a three- pronged Invasion of the southeast. The planes, packed with lighting men and equipment, heralded D- Day of eicrcke Swarmer, one of the nation's biggest air-land maneuvers. H-hour of D-day was set for 6:30 am., EST. Present to -witness D-day activities was a large group of the country's top defense men. They want to check the Air Force's contention that large armies can be supplied entirely by air «o u t enable them to mount major offensives without outside land help.. The group WM scheduled to In dude Army Secretary Prank Pace; Atr Secretary'Thomas Plnletler, General Hojrt s. Vandenoerg, chlel of staf for the Air Force; and general J. Lawton Collins, Army chief of Jitalf. Military representatives ol several foreign countries also watched the paratroopers plummet from the skies. D-day activity was divided into two Important tactical phases. The 181th Regimental Combat Team of the llth Alrbofne Division struck fir.st, landing In drop zone Luzon at Camp MacKrall shortly after dnwn. H wa.i to be followed In early afternoon by the 505th Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, dropping In Holland Drop Zone, five miles south of Vasg, N.C. About 2.500 paratroopers, wearing ihe latest type parachutes »nd safety equipment, comprised each combat team. The two tmra h«j the first mission of securing air strip* a>. Camp MacKall und »t Pope Keld *> ttut the Air Force could starl rolling reinforcements In a round-the- clck shuttle of giant transports. The belt-line carrier operation will be fed from the air bases at Greenville. S.C.. and at Maxlon. N.C. Fighter planes from several bases, including Langley and Oceaneas in Virginia and Shaw in South Carolina, threw an "air umbrella" over the troop carriers. Lightning-quick fighter-bombers streaked through the area In an attempt to prove that they are better than support for ground troops the conventional propeller- driven plane. They got their orders by radio tor ground targets from parapllols, airmen parachuted into the battle. . ' More than S.OOO troops and 2.000 tons of supply were target figures. In all, 60,000 men and 675 aircraft of all types art being lucd in th« operation. ;

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