The Monitor from McAllen, Texas on October 16, 1944 · 1
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McAllen, Texas
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0 TH! VIATWR WcAUIWt m lifcprtiurf, Oft. 1ft II ftfrm Fii. WftMM Uit II ' I frt til Mt fn4i M tltfTMI. VAU-IT rOHCHTl Wr ti ftr m4 ?Nt4r firM, , ( tnifkl 4 T r BID SAWPEi T will iim fill tarufkHl lk dnifi't rtp tdt Mil H t , mm jwiu ji ji out. SfcRVING THE HIGHEST AGRICULTURAL COUNTY IN AMERICA RTf-flrTH YIARNt, V? THI McAlLEN, TEXAS, MONDAY, OCTOIIR 10, 1944 5 A COPY EIGHT fAGIJ . n i o iKT wi roacrr . , lUrt TT41I 4t ftMNM. U, ltt.M Iwtvm tf It II r ftiUf ft fiat yMMiima (rift $ hnrr f ViU4 , Smut Vlr kit 4 twt m ktt bMa WI ARI AT WAR . r II w f i " " i ii .11 'n ... . T."j --ttht h ujnnm. 'I.-'- ' - ...... .V ' '-- HAD FIGHTING RAGES INSIDE JERMAH CITY l LONDON () The last thin lifeline of the Nazi garrison of Aachen waa cut in the Battle of the Siegfried GUne today by American fortes which battled to a junction from positions north and northeast of the city. The junction was made at Wurselen, three miles north of 2.he rlty. by the U. 8, First Army which crushed five frantic counterattack in three days and knocked out 60 to 60 of the enemy'!' tanks. Wurseien was mop pfd up in the process. .-With the city completely lock Wdjntirclihg forces, the Germans were reduced to supplying the garrison by parachute. Other Advances Elsewhere Allied, forces sent patrols across the Neder Rhine jn Holland, clamped twa-edg-d ho'1 on the sea approaches to Antwerp in Belgium and captured a dozen towns, villages andfort in a broad advance in the Vosges which took French tro is to within .33 miles of the Rhine. J But along the Moselle the bitter battle Inside Fort Driant ended unsuccessfully after 10 ciaji of close-quarter combat. American forces withdrew there before dawn Friday, it was announced today, At Aachen American troops mashing down from above the city joined forces with others working up from the south and completely sealed in the city by the juncture. . Screaming Nails H The union was made east of Aachen despite three frantic : German ; counterattacks in 24 hours, one of them from inside the city, Sin which Nazis screaming "Hei! Hitler" rushed Ameri-can -lines1 with savage fury. The Americans threw a German charge off Crucifix ridge, northeast of Aachen, and in cold; and bloody fighting turned back the counterattack inside the ' city.' . A Thirty enemy tanks had been knocked out Sunday and today by artillery and planes At r. Aachen, a staff officer estimat-' ed. ' Britush patrols crossing the Ne-. rter Rhine on probing expedi--:.-Jions..wheVeBriti5ji "Red Devil" parachutists failed three ,weeks sgo to hold the bridgehead menacing Adolf Hitler's comparatively defenseless northern frontier, were a Uutative threat to Nazis - lighting fanatically in the western Netherlands. ' - ' Canadians In Battle Canadians were waging a crucial battle for the opening of : Antwerp as a supply port before winter's gales, and the drive tn 7 he i Vosges. on the south of the K GERMANY, Page jicynosa Honors Group from Valley REYNOSAPrftv connrita of Beynosa pinned multi-colored bbons reading "Camara de Comercio, Reynosa por-Calles" on Texas and Mexican guests of local business men at a barbecue here Sunday afternoon. The guests donated whatever amounts wished to help construct the hew road from Reynosa to San rnando. About 200 persons attended the wrbecue and listened to Spanish hQ Enelish nratnrv in a n Im. .Fomptu program in trharge of r. Roy Rendon of the Reyno- chamber. Rendon was presented to the Texas visitors by gr. Harry Cook of the Edinburg cnamber. The main address was ti - MiRuel Flores Villar, who a plea for an ending of . nat he charged was continued isolated eases of racial discrimination. .Other speakers Included R. B. ikI , lsn- ecuttve secretary of Vaeey. Planning Board. May-xr: Harm and City 'Comm. w Kel!py ot Edinburg. Lee 5t Jof nn- Carl Blasig of E'V Merle Kelly of Phar. Moulton (Ty) Cobb of KRQV. wesuco, Mayor Hugh Ramsey 11 HarHngen Judge Charles V?n RaymondvUle. Joe s7. t;w?f hidalgo, Mayor Hor- "chison. Jose B. Martinez, elK.Mnier nd T. Vick-m of McAllen. Joseph C. Mont-apery wu interpreter. of clWi. Trap Make Roaches Sleep in Park, Couple Advised I McAUJCN This dilemma, faced a man and his wife Mon day: . ' ... : - , Sleep in a cockroach-tn fested apartment or a park, i Chamber of commerce offi rials told the couple they had better take the cockroaches, as winter had started early, and . there wasn't an apartment left in McAllen even big enough for a cockroach, much less a man and his wife and an in Sect to boot, (They were also given a sure-fire cockroach recipe.) i Monday at high noon ro apartments ,na houses, no places with kitchen priviledges, and six bedrooms was the stove at the chamber's housing de partment. MEXICAN BORDER GETS HEW ROAD INTO INTERIOR PEvwnai- Priimimrv rnn. atruction haa been atarted on an important new border-to-interior highway link, ona of many in this section of the country in the past few years. The new highway when com- Etetedf ivtH connect the thriving order city of Reynosa with San Fernando, located on the Mata-moros-Victor la highway, and with Victoria, capital of the state of Tamaulipas. . UO-MUe Routt The road will extend about 110 miles to the link with the main highway, chamber of commerce officials said today in announcing that first stages of construction were under way. The pre liminary work is being paid for by Reynosa chamber of commerce members with a donation from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and other border interests; - Reynosa officials said they had enough money now to pay to dig the roadbed and that they anticipated state-federal aid would assist the project for eventual completion. ; The road is estimated to cost about 2,000,000 pesos approxi-I mately $400,000 U. S. for pav ing ; and a roadbed to link with the Matamoros-Victoria road. The highway ia the first to link this part of the border with the state capital, and will provide a direct route for passengers. In. the past the trip to Victoria was a long one, forcing travelers to go first to Monterrey and then across the republic to the state capital. : -South f Garrison The road leads out of Reynosa at the south end of the city, linking with the Matamoros highway about three miles south of the military garrison. Plans for the road were in the discussion stage in August when McAllen Chamber Mgr. Paul T. Vickers. Joe E. Pate of the Galley Bridge Co., and Mayor Rodri-go Gonzales of Reynosa went to Victoria tcrconfer with Gov. Mag-daleno Aguilar on the-proposal. Attending the conference were the state highway engineer , and the state paymaster. All agreed the highway should be started, maintaining that it was the psychology of the Mexican people that once a road was started it would eventually be finished. Valley Sergeant Wins Bronze Star WITH THE XIV ARMY CORPS In the Southwest Pacific St. Sgt. Rudolfo Garza, in fantry. U. S. Army, brother of Miss Celia Garza of Los Saenz, Tex., has been awarded the Bronze Star medal by Maj. Gen,TClerk M, E. Stone. Of these $12 O. W. Griswold. commanding general of the 14th Army Corps. The award- was f or meritorl-; ous service against the enemy in a combat area inhe Southwest Pacific July 12. 1943 to Sept. 21 of this year," Woman tlas 20th Child ALLENTOWN. Pa. (V- Mrs. Esterly and her 20th child, two-day-old Timothy, were reported doing well at Sacred Heart hospital today. Tve done my share, the 43-year-old mother said after Timothy's birth. This is my last." GMD JURORS TO DECIDE ON VOTING PROBE fjpiNBURG -A decision on whether Hidalgo Co tin ty'a new grand jury, which convened here thia msiTjing, will conduct an investigation of irregularities in last July's Pemocratic p imary election was left up to e jurors by Ctimilnai Pist, Judge Bryce Ferguson. With only two weeks remaining in the ptember term of court, the panel must complete the cases brought before it by Oct, 28. May Hold Over Jn the event the jurors judge the time left them is insufficient to investigate the irregularities, Judge Ferguson indicated that he will hold the matter for .consideration by the next grand jury, which he said -hehopes to call together early enouglTin the session to allot almost six weeks to the testimony if necessary, laying the matter before the new jury members, the judge 1 emphasized that several days 1 w e .ftWtji profluc nesses to testify in the election matters. The evidence brought out during his civil court , inquiry into the sheriff's primary balloting some weeks ago was not pursued to the extent where any person could be indicted, he said, jn a thorough investigation the fact that crimes against existing election laws had been committed would have to be reason ably established and specific persons named as allegedly guilty of the crimes, the judge said.. Confer with Hartley After the jurors were sworn in, they were instructed in thir duties by the judge. Fossibilititi; of the lection probe by the pre sent jury will be discussed with , pist,: Atty, Tom Hartley by mem- bers after completion of 19 crim inal cases prepared by the dis trict attorney's office. Besides Cart J. KlingerTPJharr, who was appointed foreman, grand jury members include Burl Stugard, San Juan; Earl S. Murrey, Donna; J. A, Medley, Wes-laco; Ed G. Vela, Hidalgo; Carl JohJston.MHarglll; J. C. Powell, Edinburg. IsycTore i Moczgemba; McCook; R. E. Williams. Alamo; R, O. Wade. La Villa ; Carl; A. Roettele, Elsa and Crisoforo Hinojosa, Edinburg, Excised for sinckness were Floyd Lang ford, Mercedes and Ira Peace, Mission. Business reasons kept Bemis Daskman from serving and death claimed D. F. Baltis, the six teenth prospective juror, New Records Set By Tax McALLEN Booming tax collections in the city and school district are pouring record-breaking returns for the second consecutive year into the treasuries of the two taxing bodies. Through last Friday the city had alreadyeollected approximately 34 per cent of its 1944 levy while the school district had bet-terthan 20 per cent in the till. Officials of both districts said the new receipts have broken all existing records for early tax collections. The city has taken in $50,662.-14 on its 1944 levy of $148,766.-12, City Tax Assessor-Collector J. R. Glasscock said today. The collections represent approximately 34 per cent of the levyrThey compare with collections to the same date last year when $32,-826.30 had been taken in through Oct. 13 on a levy of $143,684, Glasscock reported. School district receipts so far this year have reached $20,895.- 16 on a $105,013.81 levy, said 015.73 was received in the first 13 days of October and $8,879.-43 during September. AH taxes paid during October carry a 3 per cent discount. The November discount is 2 per cent and December 1 per cent. The discount is the same for the city, school, and county-state collection agencies. Advertising Pays . ADEL, Ga. (FV-Warden Charlie Dean of the Cook county farm advertised 25 feeder pigs for sale. The following night the entire lot was stolen. x v f 1 4 tATESTThis protogrph-ic study of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of Allied forces on the WestV ern Front, is the latest formal picture of the American general, GERMANS QUITTING GREECE; WARSHIPS LAND AT PIRAEUS LONDON OP) Berlin radio indicated today that the Germans had decided to evacuate Greece. The , broadcast by the Trans-ocean agency said r ' - j - "Because of the perman evacuation of Greece the Balkan front will assume a different aspect, said a German military spokesman this afternoon. Events there are still very fluid. I The decision in this sector will fall later." ROME A strong British naval force has arrived at Piraeus, the port of Athens, and will begin disembarking troops today, Allied headquarters announced. The fleet, headed by the 7,-000-ton cruiser Orion flying the flag of Rear Adm, J, M, Mansfield, anchored in the roadstead Sunday evening after being delayed by enemy mine fields, the bulletin said, v Liberation of Athens and nearby Piraeus was : announced Saturday night, but there still were no details on this operation. Field dispatches, meanwhile, reported that the comparatively few Nazis remaining in Greece and were heading for Yugoslavia in an effort to escape the trap which advancing Russian forces are cloisng in the north. Carol. Lupescu fin New Orleans NEW ORLEANS VP) -The New Orleans States said today that former King Carol, who has expressed hopes of regaining his throne in Romania now that his nation has been liberated from the Nazis, was in New Orleans today, accompanied by Madame Elena Lupescu. Carol and Madame Lupescu .fled Romania during the Nazi uccupauuii nu jitivc uccu Ui Mexico, 270,000 Prisoners , LONDON WV-Allied armies on the western front have captured at least 570,185 prisoners since D-Day, with 400,185 of them caged by the four American armies in the field. Yanks Give Up Fort Leave Nazis in Their OUTSIDE FORT DRIANT, France MP) American troops have "withdrawn from their small footholds inside Fort Driant five miles southwest of Metz after blowing up enemy installations.' The s withdrawal ; climaxed 10 days of close-quarter fighting in which Lt. Gen. George tg. Pa tton's Third Army Doughboys penetrated only 100 yards into one of the underground passages of thepxlstling fortress, honeycombed by a myriad of tunnels. v They cut -down steel doors with acetylene torches and fought " from entrance - to entrance. But they were handi- ' capped - in efforts to advance in upper portions of the fort by mushroom pillboxes . which were raised hydrauXically to y 'I '; VALLEY T CROP BIGGEST III HISTORY WESLACQ The largest citrus crop on record in th Valley is moving out to the breakfast tables of the na tion in everincrenaing daily shipments 4n n new season that opened about three days ahead of last year, , Shipments through Sunday reached a total of 348 ears, the Urs. Market News Service reported today, the opening day of Ha annual news reports tq shippers. The service will last thrpugt the spring tomato deal, (RrPfnilt Heavy Grapefruit shipments are far in advance of all others with 275 cars, A total of 23 orange cars havebeen shipped and 60 oa ib tnivafitnTO m a vr mt tlAUTC ' officials said, Shipments- Saturday included U i cars of grape, fruit, 9 oranges, and 28 mixed citrus, Sunday shipments were 10 grapefruit, and one mixed citrus. Through the same date last year 32 cars had been moved, The shipping season opened last year on Oct, H, This year's start ed Oct. 10. According to a U. S. Department of Agriculture special citrus report today, prospective production of grapefruit in Texas for the current season is indicated to be 20,160,000 boxes, or an increase of 14 per cent over the 17.71P.000 boxes harvested last year and 15 per cent above the 17.610,000 boxes produced in the 1942-43 season. The United States grapefruit crop for the present season, exclusive of the California summer crop for harvest next year, is indicated to be 61,166,000 box esb-a-m increase1-' r'abottt 7W. ooo boxes over last year's reeord of 54,0?9,000, Florida expects 36 million boxes compared with 31 million - harvested in 1943-1944 while Arizonaexpect reduction of 380.000 boxes or a crop of 3,700,000 boxes compared with 4,080.000 last year. The shipment of Florida grapefruit started a month earlier than last year and heavy shipments were expected Orange Increase According to the estimate, production of oranges in Texas is placed at 3,750,000 boxes. This is an intrease of six per cent over the 3,550,000 boxes produced last season. Maturity of fruit was somewhat dt.ayed by the hot- and dry spell of July and August but conditions the latter part of August were very favorable. Late variety Valencia oranges were particularly benefited by the recent improved conditions and early season varieties are! now expected to be available at about the usual time. .. Total U. S, production of early and mid-season oranges for the 1944-1945 season (the principal sources of supply of . orange supplies from Oct, 1 to May 1) is expected to be about one per cent less than in 1943-1944, A decrease in California navels and miscellaneous oranges of approximately 2.300,000 boxes is partly offset by an increase of 1,200,000 boxes in 'the prospects for. Florida early and mid-season or ansres. Early indications for . Florida Valencias, which begin harvest in March, point to a crop of 25 million boxes compared to 20,400,000 last season. - THE ROAD TO BERLIN Sy THE ASSOCIATED 7BESS 1 Western front: 302 miles (from west of Duren), 2 Russian front: 310 miles from Warsaw). 3 Italian front: 160 miles (from Livergriano).. Driant Baltic, Tunnelled Maze fire upon the soldiers who had passed ' them. The fort, .one of the main bastions guarding Metz, was pounded heavily from, the air and by Third Army artillery with only slight effect. The withdrawal was completed at 2 ajn. Friday. At no time was vthere more than a battalion of American soldiers involved in this action, designed as a test to determine whether the Metz ring of fortifications should . be subject to " frontal assault or. bypassed. A spokesman said the fort "might have been taken by frontal assault" through use of much heavier forces but that resultant losses would nojt have been Justified." ' "Casualties were numerically light" among : the attacking force, he said. t : FOR MPS A ifcjjaajjfspsasBBjajpsMs PRIME PACIFIC TARGET Japanese Installations on Formosa, shoyvn above, and the nearby Pescadores Islands have been attacked twice by U. 5. carrier task forces and today underwent their second pummeling from American sky giants the B-29 Superfortresses. Heavy damage has been dealt the island, according to Pacific Fleet announcements; M jp weg i ca LONDON The German Finland has been cut with the capture of the Arctio port of petsamon linpoitant.Dad junction close-io the Norwegian borderr v Pravda of Moscowdescribed thenewly won highway center as the "key to Norway," 'without naming TiMurther and said it had been captured after Russian forces beat off a counterattack by a German armored column retreating toward Norway. Also, Pravda said the land and sea assault on Petsamo, capture of which was announced officially by Moscow Sunday night, routed two choice enemy Alpine divisions in a three hour battle, JlJoscow did not report on progress of the Red Army in Hungary, where Hungarian Nazis were reported to have imposed a rule of terror following an armistice pe tition by Regent Nicholaa Worthy. The battle for Belgrade was not mentioned in the official Soviet communique, but Berlin acknowledged that Russian troops and tanks and Marshal Tito's Partisans had fought their way into the city after reaching the outskirts Saturday. Into East Prussia Berlin implied also that other ; Soviet troops had crossed into . German East Prussia on a 27- mile front in ; the Memel terri tory NMoscow announced Red Army ; troopshad advanced three, miles west of the fallen Latvian capi tal, Riga, as they steadily herded Nazis Into the narrow trap sprung when the Soviet First Baltic Army reached the Lithuanian coast north of Memel. Other Moscow dispatches described the tank battle on the Hungarian plains as one pf the heaviest of the war and the Soviet communique announced that 143 German tanks had been knocked out Saturday. This made a nine-day total of 1,294 German tanks destroyed on the basis of Moscow bulletins. Hungary the last large Nazi vassal nation- was reported engulfed. in a Hitler-inspired reign of terror as- Hungarian Nazis made frenzied efforts to counteract an armistice request by the government of Admiral Horthy and prevent another political and military debacle for Germany, Eliminate Traitors ; -Pro-German elements, presumably aided by German SS divisions, rushed to Budapest from Vienna and apparently seized control of the country immediately after the petition for an armistice was broadcast early Sunday evening in an order of the day signed by Regent Horthy, Within a few hours another broadcast from Budapest announced that the Hungarian Nazi party heafded by Ferec Szaiasi had "taken matters in hand to eliminate ; traitors at all costs" and ; promised that "the most ruthless measures." including the death penalty, would be imposed on v those disobeying orders. TheAnkara' radio said the ges-tapo was making mass arrests and a report broadcast by the radio at Lille, France, said Horthy had been seized by the ges-tapo and taken to Germany, De Gaolle, Giraud Confer PARIS W) Gen Henri Giraud and Gen. Charles De Gaulle conf ered Saturday for the first time . since the former French eommander?inrchief returned ' to France and there was speculation today that Giraud might resume an - active military or governmental role. n Bo v d e r sea escape route from northern Severe Hurricane Threat to Mexico MIAMI, Fla. WV-A severe hurricane in the Caribbean sea offered a "serioua threat" today, the weather bureau reported, to western-Cuba, the Yucatan chan nel area and the Yucatan pen- insula of Mexico. Storm warnings were hoisted at 10 a. m. on the Florida keys, and the weather bureau warned that strong northeast and east winds and squalls would sweep southern Florida, Gales were forecast off the south Florida coasts. The advisory said the hurricane was centered at 10 .m. about 90 mileswest-southwest of Grand Cayman, a Caribbean Island south of Cuba. ... ' It was movingjvest-northwest-ward six to nine miles an hour, "It is attended by winds of full hurricane force over a consider able area," the advisory added, "and gales and squalls over a very large . area, with winds of 100 miles per hour near center, Regulars, GOP Fail In Fusion Effort HOUSTON (VP) With rejections by both Texas Regular and Republican, leaders of specific proposals and counter proposals looking to a coalition of antiJ Roosevelt forces in Texas, during a conference-in the Rice hotel S.undaythe possibility of any effective sueiwcoalition appeared dimmer than ever today. Two proposals were made by Republican leaders and rejected by the Regulars, who countered with two proposals of their own. both rejected by the Republicans, ib was icarnea alter me meeting, Attending the conference was R. B. Creager of Brownsville. Republican national committeeman for Texas, v Lee Under Halsey In Formosa Raids U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS, Pearl Harbor rv-. Vice Adm. W, A. Lee Jr one of the naval heroes of Guadalcanal, is- second in command - under Adm, William F. Halsey ofU. S. Third Fleet unit operating off Formosa-. v Mexlee Rancher ' Dead LAREDO m Emeterio Flo-res, 69, ranchman in Mexico and former member of the Webb County, - Tex.. commissioners court, died at his home in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, today. TOKYO CLAIMS If POII FLEET is in actio;: V- By LEONARD MILLWAtf v Associated Ires War Editor K A second Superfortress Attack within 48 hours) against prime military tar gets on Formosa Island was renorted by the U. 8, 20th Air Force today as ttadio Tokyo waa claiming Japan ese naval ami-Air units wer in hntt.i with an American car rler force in that sector, . Th 9flth Air Pnrrn rnmmiml. , , , V .... r w ... . que said a large force of B-29 hit Okayama, major plane re pair and air supply base, and Heito, 17 miles northward. Both, points are in Formosa's south western, coastal area. Helto he an air field and an air supply depot, : . , - No Planes Lost No Superfortresses were Jos$. during the second attack, the an nouncement said. "Very good bombing results", under good weather conditions were reported by crewmen. In the firsts B-29 Formosa raid Saturday bombing results were "excellent" wittv37 Okayama buildings totally destroyed and 16 heavily damagedTTwo of the Superfortresses previously re-porttd missing on this raid are , safe, the communique said, while a third craslwanded at a forward base. One was lost. Japanese broadcasts reported the Japanese fleet had at last come out ot hiding and was "in pursuit of the fleeing enemy task force." imperial communiques asserted that 16 American warships, including ten carriers, were sunk, and another 19 damaged. joiijted premier Gen, KuniBkl' Koiso as saying "me jong a-walted opportunity for Japan's battle in the Pacific has Just come." Nipponese "naval observers" were reported to have said" "the avowed enemy offensive against the Philippines has been dealt a sledgehammer blow", 63 Jap Ships Sunk The Japanese fleet, long sought by American commanders in the Pacific, has not been mentioned in Adm. Chester W. Nlmitz' reports on the Formosa action. His reports, still incomplete, listed 487 Japanese planes as destroyed, 63 enemy ships sunk or damaged, against a los? of 45 u, S. planes. Tokyo said a divtwqn&ry unit of the great American carrier task force was intercepted by Phtlipplnas-based planes a.fter 60 U. s. bombers and fighter raided Manila Saturday U. S,- timet. The Japanese claimed a carrier was sunk and four other warships damaged. Nimitz reported the Japanese, began pressing "strong counterattacks" against carrier force . off Formosa Thursday night. Twenty Nipponese- were shot d 0 w n. Nevertheless, . carrier planes returned to the attack on Formosa and Luzon Island in the northern Philippines Friday, They encountered "little air opposition" and wiped out 41 enemy planes. Battle Continuing Friday afternoon 30 more Jap- anese planes were snot oown as . --they attacked the U, S, sea force, Nimitz said, and "It is known that many additional enemy aircraft have been shot down. Our plane losses so far have been light. This fight is continuing." Fifty Allied, bombers and fighters raided Canton, Tokyo reported today, virtually completing theaerial encirclement- of the invasion-threatened Philippines. Canton raiders come from the China-based 14th U. S. Air Force whose persistent foray have forced the powerful Japanese armies in Southeast China to move only at night or under camouflage. Gen. JosephW, fitilwell paid a flying visit Sunday to Liuchow, last advanced American air base in the area, to see whether a fur ther readjustment in U. B. air jnaisposition was necessary Land-based nlanes operating over the Pacific attacked 26 small Japanese vessels. Six were sunk, or damaged in the southern Philippines and Makassar Strait. Three were attacked at Iwo. 750 miles south of Tokyo, and 17 were targets in a half dozen raid on the Kuriles north of Japan. T- East of Philippines A Japanese communique, recorded by the Federal Communications Commission, reported Japanese planes intercepted and "carried out repeated fierce attacks in water east of the Philippines" on American carrier forces sent to attack Manila in m diversionary attempt to "rescue the enemy task force now fleeing in defeat" from Formosa. The communique claimed one aircraft carrier was sunk and three damaged; a battleship or cruiser sunk or damaged, , and 30 (See PACIFIC fate 2) j

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