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SAVE ME! I am valuable to the War Effort! '•VOL. XL]—NO. 31 Wythcvlllc Dully News Blythcvlllc Herald Blytlicvlllo courier Mississippi Vulloy Lender THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER LE COURIER NEWS SI'APEH OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND sotri-iiPAc^. ..,™~ '*-* " * ^-^ BT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS * Hitler's Vital Rail Arteries Under Attack By JAMES IIAKFEIt United rress Staff Writer 'J'hc Allies arc winning a bailie hi Kriincc even before they lanil. They arc systematically dismantling the railroads over which Miller must .speed men and supplies to second front beachheads. Two great prc-invnsiou tasks face British and American airmen: First, they must destroy the Gcr- maji Air Force. And second, they must snap the rail arteries feeding from the heart of the Nazi war machine in Germany to its threatened outposts. Two weeks ago, while continuing tlie campaign against the Luftwaffe, the Allies pushed the button on a second air offensive—an offensive aimed at ripping apart the rail system lacing Western Europe. In - that second offensive, the Allies have a choice of a wide range of targets. Trance, Belgium. The' Netherlands and Germany are webbed by 78,000 miles of trackage. These lines radiate from all the big cities, so that the destruction ol one rai) yard may mean the destructions! several routes. For instance, the Allies hit Cologne three times last .week. There, the main lines from: Berlin and (he Ruhr converge on Die lIoheiKollern bridge,. then radiate into France and Belgium. W Others Damaged They also have pounded oilier rail hubs. Munich, for instance, which is the knot lieing loget:! r the chief lines from Germany to Italy and from Austria and Southern Germany to France. In addition, .they have hit Karlshrue, Mannheim, Ilaaim and Dusseldorfl, all junctions on routes from Germany to the invasion beaches. But the rail system of France is us Important to Hitler as the system in Germany. Before the war, France was veined by 2G.ODO miles of track \vilh nil annual capacity of 627,000 passengers and" 27,000 tons of freight. Now, Allied airmen have greatly shrunk those figures. In:general, this'is the patlern'ot the railroad system ori which the Germans . must depend some D- Day. Parallel to. the--coastline'.of. France anil some 150 miles behind it. liei': a great lateral line. It starts iiear the'Bay of Biscay, '- moves >" through Tours, Orleans and Paris ' ;and touches" the coast at Antwerp,: BelijHiiii.'.,Westwar(] from th!£spinc, .-^fe.na^Huncs-wcb out to sunh wastal cities".'as. BrestrCherbourg", Dieppe, Boulogne anil Lille. On the other side four great east-west routes move hack into Germany. One from Antwerp to Hannover, Brunswick nnd Berlin. A second from Liege to Cologne. A third from Lille lo Frankfurt. And a fourth from Paris . to Frankfurt. • ) Many Smaller Routes v Tliis great system Is Interlaced by a network of smaller routes which weave in and out among the big cities. That close-woven fabric of rail lines will be ripped more and more as the "new .offensive mounts In fury. It also will suffer heavily on D-Day when Europe's great underground army declares open war on Germany. This new air offensive already has borne fruit. Only today, the British radio quoted a Madrid dispatch as saying the entire French rail system has been '"thrown into complete chaos." Tlie broadcast revealed that the Germans have taken over 5000 French trains, but even so, they cannot make them run on lime. It added: "The damage done to the lines cannot be repaired immediately although the Germans always keep over 2000 repair workers ready at all import ail t points." The Germans long have realized the importance of railroads. One of ^ their military men. General Ludcn- pilorff, once said: "There is a time In war when lhan guns." locomotives become more Important But the Germans always tied their air force to ground operations and never fully realized its importance in such strategic operations as the destruction of communications. Apparently they never heeded the words of the American warfare expert, Captain Alfred Theyer Mahal), who said: "The object in war is not battle, out results." HI. VTi IK VI1 ,f ,K, A It Kjr\NSAg.JHlKShjW. A |'KII, 25, 194-1 BOMBS SHOWER NORTHERN SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS "-,, Ward Officials Refuse To Obey Roosevelt Order Mail Order Concern Fails To Comply With Decision Of WLB 'WASHINGTON, April 25. (UP> — The Montgomery Wnrtl Mall Order Company has defied President Roosevelt's order that it comply with a War Labor Board decision. The company and striking workers were given until noon today to comply. Union officials representing the company's workers accepted the decision. But the deadline passed without any word from Montgomery Ward. The president of the firm, Scwcll Avery, drew up a tele-- gram to President Roosevelt an- nouiicing the firm's decision to ignore the War Later Board's demands. The Issue Involved a WLB order directing the company and union to extend their contract pending a new determination by the Nul-onal Labor Relations Board, of the union's majority status. The company contended that the union no longer represented n mnjurlty of tlie employes, and refused lo extend the old contract. President Roosevelt already has warned that further steps will to taken, if either the strikers or the company defies the government. The usifal procedure in such cases has been for Hie government to take, over the company conccrnc'l. War Goads \ot Involved .In this case, however,-the situation is somewhat complicated, because Montgomery Ward does not directly produce war goods. Other labor strife, however, lias tied up war production. Some 15t production workers of Hie Oh|o Fuel Gas Company have disregarded a WLB back-to-work order, and threaten the output of several companies which produce jeeps and machine tools..The issue is a wage increase. -.•.•• :. .; The same issue has resulted in a strike of 2000 workers at the Piill- iS.2!i.Slcndard-i.Ca iv ^Manufacturing Company in' Hammond, Ind., and I the union has appealed to President Roosevelt to take over the ! plant. • At Pittsburgh, a dispute over demands that a Negro lie hired to replace » wliiie man, caused 00 men to strike, and make 2000 others idle at the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation Hazelwood plant. Back in Washington, the CIO Steel Workers Union has been assailed by steel industry spokesmen for its campaign lo force a revision of the so-called "Little Steel" formula. Benjamin Fairless, president of V. S.- Steel, charges that the steel workers are Insisting on wage Increases which seem to have no sound economic justification. Also under sharp attack In Washington is the government's \irice control set-up. Irving Fox, n r.pdkus- man for the National Retail Dry Goods Association, charges that OPA has become a complete bureaucracy, a law unto itself. And hr; ;id- vocaled a series of amendments which, primarily, would link ceiling prices with production costs and abnormal market conditions. • Pox presented his views before the House Banking Committee. Earlier the Senate Banking Committee heard Russcl Brown of the Independent Petroleum Association ask for higher oil price ceilings. 'Co 11 ing Tokyo' Mrs. Lula Hale Dies Yesterday At Little Rock Mrs. Lula Hale, wife ol Henry Hale, died yesterday ,at a Lltlle Rock hospital where she had been a patient for more than a year. She was C8. Born near Dycrsburg, Tcnn., she hart lived hese many years when Mr. Hale was In the timber business. Her husband, her daughter, Mrs. Louis Hardin, Mr. Hardin and their daughter, who now live in .Greenville. Miss., have arrived and *^ill be with relatives at Osceola and friends here until the funeral services, to be. held tomorow afternoon, 2 o'clock, at Cobb Funeral Homo. The Rev. Bates Sturdy, pastor of Lake Street Methodist Church, will officiate, with burial at Elmwood Cemeterj'. Students Buy Stomps War Savings Stamps totaling $156.25 were sold yesterday to students at Sudbury School. . persons have been taken to hospitals. Lions Nome Candidates For Election Next Week Tlie Lions Club will elect a new president next Tuesday following a luncheon meeting today at Hotel Noble when a blind tabulation was made of "favorites." The three leading candidates for the office will be presented at next week's meeting with "campaigns" conducted" before the voting takes place. Names of these will be kept secret until that date, it was announced b v the president, Frank Whil\vorth. Kclton Francis was introduced as n ne\v member. Twin Baby From Armorcl Dies Of Whooping Cough Annette Haynie/ one of the twin daughters born three months ago to Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Haynie of Armorcl, died this morning, II o'clock, at Memphis Baptist Hospital. Stricken with whooping cough, the baby was removed to the hospital a short time before her death. Funeral services will be held tomorrow \ morning. 10 o'clock with burial at Number Nine Cemetery. The baby nlso is survived by five sisters, including her twin. Cobb Funeral Home Is in charge. Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCKYARDS—Livestock: (WFA): Hogs 19,000, with 18,500 head salable. Top S13.70. 200-270 pounds $13.70. 140160 pounds 10.75-11,75; sows 12.15. Cattle 3,600, with 3,500 salable. Calves 1,500, all salable. Slaughter steers 10.50-16.50. Slaughter heifers 9.15-16.00; mixed yearlings and helt- crs $14.00-15.40, Stocker and feeder steers 9.75-14.00; caiuiers nnd cut- tors 7,00-8,75; cows 8.55-11,60. *f.Jfy.'.._ A Ji:p prisoner, wearing skimpy lol,, c i o th, resueclfully bows low 01 Admiralty Islands to, left to right. Col. Karl F. Tlioiimsnu. Lake James hid.; Major Richard H. Wright, Alice, Tex.; Drlu/Gen. William C Cluu*: I'rov.. 11. I.; and Lt. Col. Maurice E. Webb. El P aso . Texas NEA Iclephoto.) (Pl.olo by NEA Photographer Tom I,. Slmtcr for Wa, Picture Pool,) Seven Known Dead After Plane Plunges Into Home At Montreal MONTREAL, April 25 (U.P.)-A Bntisl, bomber crashed into a Montrea home Lo.hty, killing all its crow nml an iindefcriiitncil num immed- , iindefcriiitncil number of civilians hJ™;^' , a ' SO l T hc( ' ,°, fr " la '- ftc fi J.uely ongtilicd -several nciyhljorinu Iminc.s I'he four-motored Libcndor tra.i.s|,t)rt ' had just -lakoii off and earned a crew of four or five men. Two hours Re the crash, several bodies had iWn recovered. And no iee in, firemen were Marching n,i, m ] builclingH for others An eyewitness, watching irom'< _ t>' '»>. ui.in.ia. _ ~j - •- ibiiv.M, IXMV1JIL1& HUlll * the 10th story of a nearby hotel,! fays .M.'P.'l'lanE^ : ,wlnes, r wore.'(lip- ' plug from side -jo side, suggesting [ that it was out of control. The observer adds that, the plane had an altitude of only 200 feet when it zoomed, over tlie hotel, and lie says: : "I coutci sec the pieces breaking away from it as it struck. Tlicj'i there was a flash of [lame mid fire ..." The Liberator ripped clear through a row of ancient brick buildings, reducing them | O rubble. Chunks of the plane were scattered over an area several hundred feet square. One motor and ~ propeller were half-buried along a street, and the wings ami fuselage were 75 yards away. The first bodies identified were policeman, Philip a man from Farm- mase • of a Lemiux, and ham, Quebec, Edgar Fnnnham. , . Among the bodies still unidentified is one of a woman. Two injured Wadley Funeral Set For Friday Wcll-Known Resident Will Be Buried At Elmwood Cemetery Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon for Mrs. G. C. Wad- Icy, 55, found dead yesterday morning in the bathroom of her home -1th a gun r.t her sine. Although no inquest has been held yet. pending completion of the official investigation by police, it is generally known that Mrs. Wadlcy was in ill health, it was announced today. Mrs. Wadlcy's body was found by her 12-year-old daughter, Doris June, who went to the bathroom alter hearing a noise and someone fall, she said. Tlie gun had been held close to lie temple, where the shot entered the head, causing instant death. Mrs. Wadlcy and Doris June were ilonc in the house when the shooting occurred. In the kitchen together, the mother went Into the Bathroom nnd the daughter was continuing preparation of breakfast when she heard the noise and investigated. The mother was dead when Doris June found her at 7:25 o'clock. Police were notified, who informed Mr. Wadley at the Carpenter farm south of Blythevllle, which he op- crates. He had left home earlier for the farm. Her two sons, Eugene Wadley, second class gunner's mate In the Navy, now at Norfolk, Va., and Lemoin Wadley of Houston, Texas, arrived this morning. They will bo olnod later by a sister, Mrs. Louise Johnson, en route from Hiinllng- on Beach, Calif. Another tiaugh- er, Mrs. Virginia Mayo, lives here. The Rev. F. W. Nftsh, pastor of Church of the Nazarene, will conduct the funeral services at Cobb All Low-Enforcemcnr Personnel May Attend Demonstrations Here How to disarm a "pistol-packing" person before being fired upon will be demonstrated to Inw-enfprce- mcnt men of Mississippi County in H FBI Law Enforcement Conference tonight, 8 o'clock, at City flail, it was announced todny by Douglas Vardaman, FBI agent iioiv stationed here. This will be but one phase ot the Informal-program which also will include a discussion on police subjects, law evidence iinil FIJI work and a talk about four outstanding federal fugitives now sought in this section, m, ivell as other parl.s of the country. Richard L. chapman, assistant .special nsjcnt in charge, will give Ihe exhibition and talk on "Disarming Methods", and R, j. (j:>- tcreincr, special agent in chaise of the FBI Little Rock Field Division, will be assisted by Graham Sudbury, depuly prosecuting attorney of North Mississippi County, in the question and answer forurn, Included In those eligible to at- itciKl arc the sheriff, chiefs of po- 1 lice, sheriff deputies, constables, members of city police forces, state police, members of Company "K", Arkansas State Guard ol hers connected with forcemcnt. and law any en- Lee Waives Hearing On Shooting Charges Simon P. I,cc, K, well known shoe repairman, was bound lo Circuit Courl after waiving preliminary hearing in Municipal Courl today on a charge of assault with lulcnt to kill, and Harvey Dlsmore. 30, was fined $50 after having been found guilty ol a charge of a.ssaiilt and battery as result of an altercation which occurred 10 days ago at Twin Gables Night Club. Di.smorc was found guilly alter standing trial In Die case which has attracted much interest because a gun fired by Lee struck r. soldier, according to testimony. Scrgt. Orvllle Eubanks, of lilythc- ville Army Air Field, struck in the side by a bullet as he sat at a table of the inn, has recovered following removal of the bullet. He was one of several soldiers from the local base used by the state as witnesses. It is alleged that Dismorc and Lee had an altercation, during which Dismore struck the older man which led to Lee firing his gun through the door of the night club which Dismorc operated. Chicago Rye high low close pr.cl. Japs Gain Huge Area In Central Honan Province But Enemy Is Beaten Back On Imphal Front In Eastern India II) 1 IJnHrd I'rpss Holh good nnd bad new.s comr rom the Pacific war theater (o- lay. 'Ihe bad news comes from Ohlnn aero (he J«pauc-sci ««• ifiihilni, cimtrol of a.hiiBC rocliintsular area In Central llomin province, 'flu enemy now has e.\lendi' ( | his con trol In Ihe new offensive lo EUIIU •1MO W|iiiire miles. > A communique from Chuneklnu reports (hat uic Japanese have, can- lured Yushlh, .southeast of encircled Chcnelulen, an Imporlan nllroatl Junction which also nun bo In enemy humls. other mills o'f some eo.OOU Japanese on (he Central China plain 11IO puslilim u and southwest. The iireii Is slnilcHlc ti> (lie Japanese because supplies are Iraus ported across it U, Manchuria li the north to Ciinlon mid the Soutl China fiim. • 0» oilier fronts in the war nt!iilnsl Japan, the news Is much belter. In Eastern India, MMUSJ, m ,,| ,„. Live In Channel Coast Lime Caves ^< S HV/1 ** i ».*•«> * sum. ,, ,^_. ... „ . _ . . *lll , . troops have broken Japanese lines to the north of Imphal m the hlRliwnys leading to Kohimu mil to Ukhrul. And llrlllsli armored forces are driving i,p both roiuh At Kohlmn. Ihe fighting has cached llie mopping np singe ifol- lowliiB the arrival of Allied troops who rescued the lirltlsh garrison cornered In Ibtil supply center The- Eiislcrn indin riylui n(! ) coslliu; the Jniianc.se dearly. An Allied observer csllmittes that nltnosl (1.000 crack Japanese jungle troops In Northern New Guinea, Allied Planes already arc flying out 'from ncivly-capturcd airstrips. AuslrHInn and American plnnes-bolli fighters .and cargo transports-lire using '' , -_-_ „ .... «tlu ; "(Americans are-.- expanding<their hcnciihenrls One Invmllng force Jins rcnchcd the apliroaches to Allapc In Northeast New Guinea. The enemy Is believed to have •• evacuated the village And other units arc closing iif-on the three airfield.? nl Hollnmlla In Dulch ,Ncw.Guinea. So far t'lic Americans have en- coifulcrcd little opposition. But thousands of Japanese nro.still .reported pushing northward from by-passed Wcwnk. It w.is disclosed today that nearly 100 Dutch whites and Indonesians landed Saturday with American troops nl Tniinlimernli Bay to establish Netherlands Indies civil administration In that recaptured Dutch territory. County Ticket Will Not Close Until Tomorrow Jesse Taylor, county cJuilniijin ,,f the Democratic Central Commillcf said lodny Hint the time for candidates lo nic for nomination In this year's primaries would close at 12 J'clock noon tomorrow Instead of today, as had teen announced. For many years rules of the pally I let-milled the comity committee to fix the date at not less than 30 days or mure llian BO (lays before the irlmr.ry which led to confusion in nany counties, it was pointed out. The slate central committee, which body makes rules or the party n Arkansas, clitinccd the rule this year with all county llckels to be closed by "noun on the OOlh day wfore the preferential primary elec- -ion," which this year Is July 25. Tlie fact that May has 31 days was overlooked when it was figured the deadline was April 25, it has been Minted out, Candidates for county and township offices must pay Ihelr filing ces and file party loyalty imbues vllh the secretary by 12 o'clock noon tomorrow, mid must flic corrupt practice pledges with the conn- s' clerk by noon. June 2S. to get heir names on the county ticket. Mr. Taylor announced today. With rumors flying as to last- ninutc candidates In Mississippi County election races, no would-be officers had filed with the official committee up until 2 p.m. today, except those already announced. With several offices unconlcslcd inZT " '""" onm " n 8ims "" ly ».""'«• «•»>* »« o o o, T'T'u" 1 0 ""' K "' iS ' mnm """ ""°" 1 M °<"" «"'<" s ^leriort;^' 1 ;:;^;;;;!:,:;;!;; 1 ^,,;;;:^' vu "*" s ° D — i»M..ucd ro, IK,, „, „,„ rnmiiA ,J. hl ( . .''^'"cchmuo '' " Jim Sniofhermon To Head Jaycees Succeeds Louis Davis As Club's President; 1 rill.*.* f\££i ...''L.I -i or another race, several contcst- mt,s were expected to nic prior to he deadline tomorrow noon, al- hough old-lime politicians pointed out that candidates would, In their opinions, file by noon today If they Jlanned to run. This was because an error was made in figuring the deadline for \llng which Is tomorrow noon instead of today noon, as announced >y the committee. _---. ,..*, . UIIV . tk . .,^, ..^^^ ,,„ vsuuu UplMl 11IKI1 1OW CJOSC |J].Cl. mineral Home, with burial at Elm-. ; May . 128 129 127-Ti 129 128 May wood Cemetery, r .; . • •: • '.July. iw& 127% 126« f27% 12(1 V4 July Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl. 1735J IMS 173% 173K H3« IBOtt HOW I69H 17014 1G9',S Jim ' Siuoli'iurinon, ni-j'ear-oU I'tanlm- who returned to "Dlylhc- vlllc after fiirmin« at Kciniett. Mo, lor the iwsl llvo years, was electetl president of the ulythovlllo Junloi Chamber of Conuncrce lii.sl night n n dinner meeting at Hotel Noble. He succeeds Louis Davis, ' Olhcr ofllcere named were' Sah- rord Shellmi. vice president; Vance llemtcrson, secretary; Charles Bi'OB "on, treasurer. Mcinbeis, of the board of dlrcc- <ors elected were Hlcliard Decker 1nj> Ron, Cecil Wrotcn un,| Kcmper These will'be Installed nl ItieM neetliig In June. The new president, who has lived n Blytlicvlllc all of his life except lor the stay In Kcnnclt, is no now- coiuer lo Jnyccc work, tic served is vice presidcul of tho Missouri state organization and as president of Die Kennetl club. Also tilled lust night was the of- tcc of state director, made vacant )y Thatl Nicol entering the Navy, o which nov nca was elected, and linl. of ii local director formerly by J. Parrls McCalla also now u (he Navy, lo which Kcmper Jrulon was elected. New members lulnxluccd for- ncrly were Jn'mcs Davis, Paul Calaway, lien Mall, Edward Reynolds, . D. Burlington, W. I. Osbornc 'r.. nnd Scott Alley. Tim rcslrlctcd War Manpower Commission sound film "rjapllstn of Fire , depleting actual battle scenes, Was shown and n report of the recent state convention nl Harrison clvcn by Kcmper Brulon to conclude the. meeting. New York Stocks A T Jfc T Amcr Tobacco Anaconda Copper .. . licth Sled Chrysler Coca Cola .' " Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Wind ... N Y Central Int Harvester North Am Aviation ... Republic Steel li.idlo Socony Vacuum Sludcbakor Standard of N J Texas Corp Packard U S'Steel 157 Ci-fl Gl 25 6-B 57 1-2 BO 5-8 111 3-1 35 1-8 5G 3-H •12 1-1 17 3-8 68 !-•} 8 1G 1-8 8 7-8 12 1-8 13 7-8 52 1-4 46 1-2 3 7-8 50 7-8 New York Cotton open high low close pr.cl. Mar. . 1053 1953 1948 1950 1054 May , 2118 2110 2115 2116 2115 July . 2070 2070 2065 2008 2067 Oct, . 1997 19D9 1993 1994 1996 Dec, . 1077 1978 1972 1373 1976 N. 0. Cotton open high low close pr.cl. Mar. . 19GO 1060 1052 1955 1060 May . 2133 2133 2129 2132 2130 July . 2083 2083 2079 2082 2083 Oct. . 2002 2002 1995 IS97 2000 Del. . 1980 1MO 1875 1915 1981 Former Resident Of LuXora' Dies'' At Russeiivilie- " . ., Ark., April 25 — Jim lynch, resident ol Ijiixorn until he moved to Rlis.se.llvllla n ycnr ugo died yesterday alteinooii uL St Mmy's Hospital there. He was CO. ' Slrlokuu, with. paralysis- 14 mouths ago, hcTindvcil Lo'Hussellvllli 1 after rotlrlmi Train., funning -Jjecnusc of 111 health. ' Son of the late Dudley Lynch who sclllcd In Mississippi County li 1015. members oi his family had since lived here. Funeral services were. held this afternoon at the Luxora Baptist Church by the Rev, Sam T. Mayo pastor, assisted by the Rev. C. Ev- crctle Pnlton, pastor of Iho Meiho, dlsl church. Burial wasial Ermei Mausoleum In Osccola. He is Mirvlvi!<| by his wife, Mrs Belly 13. Lynch of Russcllvlllo; two daughters. Mrs. William H. Moorg and Miss Louise Lynch ol rtusscll- vlllc; a son Dudley Lynch of Osccola, and a sister, Mrs. John King of Memphis. Lineman Hurt After Storm Early Sunday tMcnl of Injuries received by Harry I... Snnsom, 41, during the .storm early Sunday have become more complicated, necessitating his removal lo Walls Hospital whore X-ray pictures will be made, probably tomorrow, for a more complete examlnatbs of a back Injury, Hurt when ho fell eight feet from an electric pole, Hie Arkansns- Mlssnurl Power . Company employe lay unconscious until he recovered his senses sometime Inter. At the time the back Injury was not believed .serious but exposure- suffered when he lny on the ground complicated his condition and danger oi pneumonia developed. A foreman on the line for the power company, he wn.i summoned for duly Immediately after the storm damaged some of the lines near Manila. His task at that pole completed, he missed his footing on Ihe raln- soaked pole, causing htm to slip, he said. Recder Infant Dies The infant son of Mr. nnd Mrs. R. L. Recder of Burdeltc died yes- tcday noon, shortly after birl^i at the family residence. The condition of the mother was satisfactory today. Burial was made late yesterday afternoon nt Sandy nidge Ceme- lery. Besides his parents, the baby is survived by a sister, Shelby Jean, and a brother. Blllle Ray. Cobb Funeral Home was In charge. Weather ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy and slightly warmer this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; scattered showers tonight and Wednesday nnd In west nnd central portions this attcrnoon. Spring remained a little late in arriving this year with fires necessary here again this morning after the temperature dropped to 46 degrees during last night. Nazi Airfields Among Targets Of U.S.Planes Attacks Today Follow Great RAF Fire Raid Over Western Europe ' LONDON, Apl II 25 (UP) — Amcilinn Kiirplfiici swung {hit nltic-day-old pro-Invasion air offensive bnpk lo France todjy Tom fleet-, of bombers fanned > out over tho nation to hit'three" Oeiman airdromes In the north- cable) n bolder region nnd mysterious Nn/l Installations along tho noitiien.stern const One foicc of around ^5W Fo'rl- es.se 1 ) and Liberators split up Into three columns one hit Mctz, ncai thr- aeimim border, Another pound- crt Nancy K mites to the south And the tlilid "Struck at Dtijon, llfl miles to the south -* > At tho same time, a'flotilla qf Ubuiatoi'i escorted by Mustangs and backed up by smaller bombers, bntteicd tlio I'as do Calais stiip Just across the neck of the channel fiom Brlttaln On top of all Hint, Jicnrly 200 Mnmudci medium homlior-i and Havoo attack plan's lilt uattciecl (i\rgc(A In northern nance 'Iho planet, bucked dirty wuilhci, heavy anti-aircraft, flic and Icmncrntutc. 1 ) \\h tow ,as ,30 devices Them were no further dclnlls on the raid's "IM\" Forced Ifown , 'Iheic also was no word attacks on Germany, nlthoti tiorlln radio reported' Anic bombeis over the southwcsl part of the fleleli. Tho Swiss t> said thruo Llbeinlor.s were fOi. _ down In Swlt/erlaud by Swfcs fighters. y,i y ;Thp AincHcan day raider's swept out ovoi Eiuono only a matter of liowfi aftci HAP'planes returned from | a, ifowerful assault on the German rail hubs of Kailsruhe Munich nnd DusieWorf Iho night assaults bcnl the tonnage of bombs, ((lopped on wejlehi Europe in ulno day5.ir)ast i ~irie'^31 ( OOJ) rjnark ^* '* ' The ' ftlr i ifJn'l%lVi!^ftveals : ~" i thai Uilllsh Ijomb'cifi dropped over half- n-mlllioa incemUnrlcsi on, targets In Europe last night. ,Jt was the Ki'calcsl lire raid of (lie ,«ni. .Allied wainlanci also are keep- Ing, up their i steady tempo against German supply lines north of the- baUliJfionla in-Italy In new attacks, they have bombed and ma- chlno gunned German rail and road 'Uugots all the way from the battle lines to tjie Leghorn aiea The 'Gorman-controlled Paris:radio says British nnd Anicilcan planes have damaged tho Pope's summei villa But there's no support for tills claim .The Allied- controlled Algiers radio reveals that Germany struck back with a 30-to- 40-iilane raid on Naples last night Hut no further details were given Minor Action at Anzlo On luc ground. American troop's on the Anzlo beachhead have re captiiicd three enemy position^ But n hcadquaiters s|K)kesman indicates that these were only small- scale actions: Germany : snys several short engagements have broken out off the Italian west coast between' light, Allied nnd Gcnrmn imva! units Another Nazi broadcast says Hitler and Mussolini have held .'another oi their conferences ' at Hitler's headquarters. What they .discussed , Isn't disclosed. But It may have, had something to do with:German.Josses In Russia. In n labulatio'n of" those losses, the Moscow radio- reveals that the Red Army has killed or captured half-a-million German troops on the southern front since 'asl July. The sumntary also reveals that the Hcd Arrny advanced on various fronts'.from 500 to over 700 miles and liberated 308,000 square miles of Soviet soil. Nazi Equipment Losses High The campaign, freed,.370 towns and over 65,000 inhabited localities. As for GiJrmati equipment • losses, .he Moscow broadcast places, them at about 5000 tanks and ' seh*-pro- icllcd guns", 10,000, field guns and 1 130,000 trucks. These 1 figures do not include the. et111-incomplete Crimean camuaisri. Russian forces now are trying- to wind up that Crimean campaign, •"rent reports say Soviet ground "orces and planes are pouring ..a .orrc'nt of shells and bombs into embattled Sevastopol In apparent, jreparatioii for a show-down bat- le. in 24 hours, Red air force )lanes have sunk 15 Axis evacua- Ion vessels and destroyed .'.36 planes. - , There's no new word on further icgotlatlons between Russia ahd Finland for an armistice But a xjndon newspaper report 1 : from Stockholm that the American harge d'affaires at Helsinki ho,s old the Finnish government that the United States is breaking dip-, lomatle relations with Finland. • From Sweden comes another 'ibid, story. The Stockholm 1 radio says three thousand more maps of Sweden.; destined' for Nazi 'forces in ^^orway, have been discovered in n railway cor. ••

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