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Save Waste Paper/ It is valuable to ih* VOL X LI—NO. -1 -™ ™. rap.,, „.„ v^,*^,/* Waf>fffoH! T/.oBdy.Scbufs^Wl^c^^Sa.pPo^r every So« U r d o y BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS : •-. ™* «W«ANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SO n-n,« t «. «, M «™T ^ * '*-* * " **> lMhHn y , Ncws Blylhcvlllc Courier DlytheviUc llertild Mississl|ip| Valley Lender NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAaT AUKAN8A8 AND BODTHBATO MtSBOOM "" ~"~ *— Bm'HKVll.l,rc, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, MAY 8, 1044 • • » ••!••• B • M ^m ~~ ~ ~ SIMULA COPIES FIVE CENTS LUFTWAFFE DUELS YANKS OVER GERMANY Supreme Court Firm On Stand For Negro Vote Texas Petitioners Turned Down On Plea For Reconsideration WASHINGTON, May 8. (UP) — The Supreme Court is standing by lls decision Hint Negroes have 11 right to vole in state primary elec- lions. The court has liirncd down n mo- lion by Ihe. state of Texas and two Houston election judges for a rc- consicicralion of thc decision. The petitioners contend that tlie high court erred in its ruling, bccuii.se the Democratic, party in Texas is n .voluntary association, not an instni menl of Ihe stale or of any governmental agency. Tiic Supreme Court, incidental!) has announced that il will ndjoitrii its current term on May 2uth and reconvene in the Pall. It will sit o-i each of thc next three Mondays, but only to hand down (iccislout One of ils first cases in ine Pali term may be a review of Ihe. null (rust case involving.tiic Associated Tress by a New York federal courl The Supreme Court agreed lo review the case and hear the A. r 's arguments lliat thc New York decision is incompatible with freedom of tlie press. Strike Crisis Eased On the labor front, Ihe govern menl is having some success nt, straightening out some strikes in war plants. But others are still in progress, and some new ones arc threatened. ' ' In thc Dptroit area, 2500 workers al the DcSoto plant, .idle since last Tuesday in a dispute over the re- clnsslfiration of six men, have returned to work. Their grievances ;'•• will be settled by the War Later Board. Workers at- two .Republic • Aircraft plants also have returned. ,oBunion^ officials ovifr -i»-clerec! 250 !. .-.JiiWi}' 1 copuerViriWiJs.' liV,« •'••piijc- fittcrs at a San Francisco drydock company to end their walkout until their wage dispute is settled. And iti western and'central Pennsylvania. 2500 miners have go;?e back to tlu-ir jobs. But. the biggest strike of all—by 14,000 workers at Ford plants in : Windsor, Ontario, still arc idle. An important announcement concern ing this strike is expected soon. Lesser strikes in the Detroit area, also hamper .war production. Employees at the Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Company voted 10 to one to continue their strike. And 3000 % foremen remain idle in a fight for union recognition. This walkout, which already has affected II win- plants, may spread. Nine thousand foremen at three Ford plants have set tomorrow noon as a deadline for company acceptance of their contract proposals. Hummer Plant Slill Idle At Springfield. III., employees of the Hummer Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of Mon(gomcr) Ward, are idle for Ihc fourth daj and union officials'say they'll sla> out until the company signs n contract or the government lakes over flic planl. Back in Washington, the House Ways and Means Committee 1m approved a hill to boost thc national debt limit lo 240 billion dollars. Thc increase is necessary to permit the government to' go Flood Waters Strike Central Texas coastal Forces Berlin and Brunswick Pounded- I AVMAMJt \L!»». VI V A ' Tokyo To Accept Supplies For U.S. Prisoners, Radio Reports Torpedo Ships In Nazi Convoy Naval Action Today In English Channel; French Put On Alert l)y llnllril I'ri-ss New IIIIVA! iictloii took plnce In ">n English C'liiiinu'l lodny us tho great lire-Invasion n | r O ffi>i>,slvc went Into UN fourth straight week. /in mlmlrally war bulletin snUI Ihe FL-ciich-miinned light cou.sliil' forces attacked u strongly escorted C-ei'inan convoy, scoring torpedo hits mid probnbly .sinking n supply ship nnrt mi escort vessel. Olhcr Nazi ships were riikcd by Biinllrc .Meanwhile, the British nrondcnst Coj •pornllon sent » slicnm at wum- ng to the Frencli lodny, ?W> »V^T$; •"••**', S-j-' Mrs. W. T. Stewart of Lake Waco, Waco. Tex., i* helped .sho r extensive crop damage. <NEA pIiot,o.O through its 5lh War Loan drive without having to stop in the middle. Thc new figure is 30 billion dollars above the present limit. In the White Home, President Roosevelt has been given a fill-in on legislative developments during his four-weeks vacation In tlie South. He met for an hour and a half with Vice President Wallace, Speaker Rayburn nud Democratic leaders of Ihe Senalc and House. After thc conference, Senate leader Barkley said Mr. Roosevelt recommended no new r legislation, and said he saw no indication Hint any new legislation will lie sought, At least not before Congress goes into recess this Summer for the national political conventions. Harold Hole Lost On Raid Over Hungary Overseas only a week, .Staff Sergl. Harold Hale was on his first bombing mission over Hungary Aurll 13 when the B-24, on which he was ' aerial engineer, failed to return to Its base in Italy, his mother, Mrs. J. B, Hale of Little Rock, was informed by the Wnr Department yesterday, which listed him as missing In action. Sergeant, and Mrs. Hale made their home here for a number of months with his sister, Mrs, Joe Trlochmami and family, until his induction 15 months ago into the Army Air Corps. At the time "he was an employee of the Blytheville Army All- Field. He was also formerly employed with the Courier Ncws. He lias two brothers, C. E, Hale of Altheimer, nnd J. O .HsOe of UUle Rock, Jaycees To Hear Plans For Show Visiting Officials Of Horse Show Group To Attend Meeting Plans for thc second annual Horse Show lo IK singed here in July by the Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce will be completed at a meeting of Ihe local group at Hotel Noble tonight, it was announced by John McDowell, chairman of the Horse Show committee. Special guests nt thc session will be Jeff Roland, president of the Northeast Arkansas Horse Show Association, and Sam Lee, secretary, both of Paragould. Mr. Roland and Mr. Lee will outline plans of Ihe nssociation for a series of shows to be staged in Ihis section during the summer. One question members of thc local group probably will settle lo- night will be whether the Blylhc- villc show will be a one or two-day affair. Tentative dales have been set for July n and 12, although il is possible mcinncn; of the group may decide to make it a one-day show. A number of local show horse owners and enthusiasts have been invited to atlend loniglil's meeting at which Louis Davis, president will preside. A special restricted im'lilary film also will bc shown members of the group. Inheritance Tax .Decision Is Won By Couch Estate BUTTLE Rock, Mity 8 (UP)-The Arkansas Supreme Court held today inat tlie estate of tho last Hnrvcy C. Couch, railroad and utilities magnate, does not owe the Arkansas Revenue Department an additional $2559 ill inheritance taxes. Tlie appeal was brought from a Jefferson chancery verdict by C H. Moses and H. q. Conch Jr., executors of the estate. The dispute lunged on th c question of whether °r not. the estate should be valued at the date of death or one year afterward, as permitted In federal statutes. The courl also a frj rmc k the Jackson Circuit Court in an appeal brought by the Liverpool, Lon<ion and Globe Insurance Company against E. u Jones and j. L. Rainwater of Little Rock. Tlie opinion affirmed judgement of $397 to Jones and Rainwaler for damages lo a truck and Irailer insured wilh the Liverpool company. In another opinion, thc court up- Irain Service To Be Resumed Regular Schedules On Frisco Possible Later.This Week Through train service from Hly- Iheville to- SI. Louis, discontinued since April 25 due to flood waters from thc Mississippi River which cover a potion of the tracks in Missouri, is expected lo be resumed the latter part of- Ihc week, cilher Thursday or Friday, O. I', Rnlney, general agent of the Frisco line, revealed today. For Ihe past two weeks one train, which left here at 9:10 o'clock In the morning, has been carrying passengers as far n.s- Chaffce, Mo., where passengers were met and cnrricrf to Cape Girardeau, Mo., in busses. The train 'then returned to Rlythcvllle at 3:51 o'clock, cn- roulc to Memphis. epe ony, lolling Uicin to inonllor their radius carefully. Tin; Frcneli |»O|)lc were (old to listen closely for Instructions on how (o help the Allied Invaders in tii c comlni; nssnnll agalnsl Wcslcrn Europe, the greal- c.sl uillllnry adventure In history. (,'iiininniHliis in Adbn Toduy, too. Fascist Hiillim news- Paper dispatches In Stvllwrlnml ndded to the tension of the coming iiviislmi hysnytuB thut Allied Mod- llorrnncnn Cmnnmndos Imvc destroyed newly built Nn/l fortifications along the lljillini lilvlcm. The operations were said to have taken place In a scries of daring weekend raids, bnl there was no cflnliiinallon from uny Allied source. At, Allied headquarters In Itiily, the Mediterranean nlr chief. Llcn- lennnl General Irn o. 1 Kiikcr, reported-excellent result In the Mr onernllnus ngnlnsl the 1'locstl oilfields In -Uonumla. He said Ihc recent bombings Imvc cut the output of the oil fields to less limn 25 per cent of their normal capacity, Eakor snld this would liiivc an immediate nnd iidrersc effect oh the Nazi wnr effort. The! . Mediterranean nlr chief nincle disclosure In n message of the (« fiy llnltcil . The Tokyo radio reports Dial. .j|i 1N1 n j s willing lo rcMivu .supplies) for Anmiicun A Iji-oadcnst . Japiiiumi! drnpiilcli Hii'ys u plan loi- sliipping Ntipj.lic.s by way of Vliuli- vostnk, in Russian Sihcria, wii.s .sent Su-if/.ci-laiitt on Way I! for relay to Ion. American state DepartinenL of- «— - flclnls say the Japanese ncito Im.s not yet iirrlvcd. Umlcr the reported pliin, n j nl ,J anesc ship would lie cent Ui Vladivostok to pick nn American mull mid relief fiuiinllon. In Ilic same ronorl, the Jnpane.se minuter u! infoiinallon cililcl/.e« Anieilnin Irailmciil of Jnp NH- llonuls In the United Blflles. He chniT.es thnl, Ain'erlcan nulliorltles huve Ijcen "imjnsl-," As for tudny's baltlc news In Ihe wni' ngnlnst lllc .Inpiuii'se. bll- ler flKhthiH Inis teen renewed on Ihe Durum-India fronl, •f«|is C'nimtcr Attai-k All Allied coimnuuUjuc announces lhal Ihe JHPS hnve connlci' nl- Inckcd strongly around Kojilmn,' nnd are, pounding n\vny with iienvy artillery from llielr hill positions, The communique mys thc enemy is losing Huge numbers of enemy troops. in muih-c'cntriil Wiinnii, General SlIhvcH'fi Chinese American ironps arc pushing nhcad down the Mourning .Valley, against strong enemy nrllllcry and mnchluc, ami positions. •''.'•'.. To the siwlh of Slllwcll. u 'force of nlfboine "Chlndlts" inflicted' licavy di-sunltlcs a'gntnsl the Jap- ; tihcsc In Lhe Myllkytna n'rcn,.-- 1 And Alnerlcan bombers Xvcrc al- so mi tliu iillack "ear Myitkylim uii Jnp Imttiilii- T!llt siege r.-c cnrls of the Rnsslnn against Sevastopol. The Ocrinnn high command said Ihc Red Army has driven nnolher wedge into the Nnzi defenses south of Ihe Black Sea naval liasc. And ii Nazi commcnlalor said the Germans had retreated lo a shorter line north of the besieged city. Manila Grocer To Face Charges After Accident MANILA, ARK.. May 8-Chnrges of manslaughter have been brought against liaymoiid English, 25-yenr- old local grocery store owner In the dentil of Miss Frelda Hogan, 1C. Miss Hogan was killed nenr Pnragould Iwo weeks ago when she was struck by nn automobile allegedly driven by English. Thc Mnnlln man, who Is free on $500 bond, said that he was driving west on thc highway from I Walnut Ridge to Paritgoulcl. As 'mi- iu j.ic-«i[jiiis. i »rtiin«i, fiicjgu HJ JHrflgOUlcl, Two north-bound Irains and Iwo he approached a car parked i i^' "" Ulllcr opinion, the court up- iwo norlti-Iiound Irains ami Iwo he approached a car parked on mm oarland Chancery's refusal lo south-bound train,, normally arc' the opposite side of the highway iicnnit removal of an estate trustee scheduled daily on the St. Louis- headed cast, the nirl darted around •is requested by Alfred Rhnninisl.tM Memphis runs. ihn nnrkrrl v,.i,i,,i n !„,„ 1,1.. —"•>»>,-<.- ui twiKnu- so on inu ulnllom to Major General Nathan I nlurUiig big Twining, thc commander of thc' lions I'iftccnlh United states All-force! 'iinnmy (;,.,!,„ i,,.<;i,| H /i ed In Ilnlv. Together with the British, our filers hnve been liain- mering Romania nnd other points In ,thc nnlkans throughout the first week of May. Fifth Repulses Attacks On lllc Tin I Inn ground front, Allied Fifth Army troops have repulsed new German patrol raids south of Casslno. Bui German nr- Ullery fire has been stepped up. with the Nazis nppnrenlly hoping lo disrupt, concenlrnlion.s being gathered lor a new Fifth Army push. In Russia, Ihc Berlin radio has acknowledged new setbacks on both lloimn Province, Mechanized Jnp troops wore reported pressing steadily north and south along the PelplnjJ-Hankow railroad. A Chungking communique snys the Chinese wilt not attempt a major defense of the 35 mile section of Ihe road, still In Chinese hands. However, the Chinese say they have repulsed a Jap attack at north, on Ihc ... . of staff, Mnjor Gcncrnl Thomas E. Hcarn Is on his way IIOIJID from Chungking— afler 20 months In China. neforc leaving, General Hcarn wns decorated by the Chinese government for rendering distinguished service, 'flic General lias been In chnrgc of SlllwcH's Chungking headquarters. Loyang, lo the Liuighal railroad. Slilwell's 'thief and Hull] > Alfred BliiincnsUcl . The opinion ...,„,, uiuiiiL-iisiici. TJIC opinion "« : «"« jxiciii of (inniDgcs lo in fnvor of John Morris, cxc-] lll c tracks caused by the high wa- named In the will of th' c late lers has nul been determined as " '"' ar part of the tracks remain under O. Chinese Store Owner Attacked And Robbed Police today were searching for the Negro assailant of an elderly Chinese who was attacked and robbed in his South Franklin Street store about 7 o'clock Saturday morning. Ceid Sing, 60, lold officers that the Negro entered his store at 830 South Franklin and asked for black eyed peas. While he v/as waiting on the Negro, the man struck him on the side of the head, grabbed him by the throat and removed $24 from his pockets. The Negro then lied, Mr. Sing said. Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.c), ~.,.,...-.. .,— t i/i tin, nfiLi-..-, itmfuci [iiuii.1 ic high court ruled against J. tt '<Ucr. Three feet of water conlin- - Evans in an ejectment suit "es to stand on th c tracks al Cape urought by Evans against Mar,- and . Cirardcaii. Where tracks arc known Minerva Davidson of Fort Smith, to bc washed out, materials are a!-, " — •••••...IVI* v, t i-yi t OlimH- tvans asked for possession of a lot Snvitl 0 Place Adclitio " l ° F ° rt Weather ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy this afternoon and tonight. Tuesday, Partly cloudy, -right showers and local thunderlsonns this afternoon and tonight in southeast portion early Tuesday. Warmer cast portion this afternoon and tonight. Coo.er north and west portions tonight. Fresh winds. Chicago Rye ' open high low close pr.cl. May . 1271,5 12914 12754 1295i 127-V, , -, July . 12VVImi25--!l 12G3& 125% , Ark. (UP)-For 23 years Watklns Market hart weathered every situalion-botli good and tad. "ut thc market has closed.iU;: doors for the duration; The , ready on hand for repairs, which can be made in a day's time, Ihc agent said. Becaase of uncertainly of the rising and falling waters, thc exact date that (he railroad service will be resumed cannot bo determined. Livestock ST. LOUIS (WFA1— Live-stock: Hogs: 44,800. Salable 42000. Top 13.70. 200-270 Ibs. 13.70; 140-160 Ite. 10.65-11.75; sows 11.15-11.25. Cattle: 4.900. Salable 4,600. Calves L500, all salable. Mixed yearlings & heifers 14-15.23; cows 0,50-11.50; canncrs and cutlers 7-0.25; slaughter steers 10.50-16.50; slaughter heifers 9.75-16; stockcr and feeder slcers 0,75-14. N. 0. Cotton open high low closs pr.cl. Afarch 1953 1S5G '1353 1954& 1051b May:.. 2129 2130 2128 2l28b 3129b July' . .2075 2075 ••20742074 2075 Oct..' . ;i!»8 iSOftt '19fl82003 IBM Oct*i<; .'1998 .-2001 1930 Dec.,. 1077 1973 107710781)19751) Dec. ; 1071 1076 1078 Ihe parked vehicle lulo his car. he said. He veered the machine sharply lo the right, nnd the automobile turned over in Ihe ditch. Tiic girl died before she arrived at the hopltnl. The ease Is scheduled to bc heard May 15 In cuil Court Paragould CI Dorado School Post Goes To Marianna Man EL DORADO, Ark., May 8.—Tlie El Dorado School Board has announced thc appointment of Garland A. Stubblcfleld of Mnriannn, Ark., as superintendent of the El Dorado school system. Mr. Stub- bleflcld will succeed J. I. McClur- kln, who has served ius superintendent 10 years. The newly elected school head Is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and has been superintendent al Marlanna five years. Previously he had served at Harrison and Springdalc and in olhcr Ar- knnsus and Missouri schools. New York Cotton open high low close pr el March 1947 1953 1041 1953 10*8 May:.. 2114 2116 2112 2114 2114 July if. (2058 .2003 -2057 .2061' 2058 " "" 2000 1900 1075 1070 Officers Seize Big Lake Sfill 2 Suspects Arrested By Posse Of Federal And Local Officers An Illicit distillery opcrnling at lilg Lake, wns seized In a raid by Federal, state and county officers liitc Friday aflcrnoon. when Iwo Big Lake residents were arrested, niie charged wllli the operation of Ihc slill, and Ihc other with illegal possession of whiskey. Alfred Thompson was arraigned Saturday before thc U. 3. Commissioner in Jonesboro on charges of operating the 50-gnllon cooker which was lodged on the sldn of a levcc. Oran Dilks will face charges in Federal court of having unstamped whiskey in his possession. He lives in a tent near the..still. Participating in thc raid were R. W. Keck and John Oreely of Hie Federal Alcohol Tax Uillt, Koc Ham, Jurdc Wallace, and P. H. Holland, of Ihc Arkansas Alcohol Tax Unll, and Deputy Sheriff Don Hnlcy. i TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Invaders'Will Need Weather On Their Side t By JAMES HAKI'EH Unllcd Press Stuff Writer H inny sound iicudemlc to say (hat weather will play n number one pnrt In Hie, coming Invasion of Europe. Hut let's examine why weather Is such nn Imporlniil fiiclor In tho opernllon o[ 'Iho glgnhlli: ' Allied war machine (lint Is 'set to strike a rtealli blow nt the Nazis. If Ihe Allies could control Ihc wciillicr with Ihc flick of u switch, tlui chnnccs uro they'd press tho Initlair,to bring fog over the English .clmmiel while the Invasion armies were sohiK across. •'Arid'then tie down" tho switch' ninrked "fnlr wcnlliur" for. there's), .of Ihc campaign.' : ••'"•• The rcnsph Is simple. Doth sides must -hnvp cye.i to ..vce whnt the enemy Is doing. During the.first few days of the hivnston, il will be of the uliisost importance lo Ihc enemy to know what we are doing. Where we- arc sending .our invasion forces. Exactly when we plan lo strike, and hr/w linrtl. ' The Cicrmaiis must know how to deploy their reserves. In which direction lo throw their strength anil hi what proportions at each plncc, lo mccl Ihe allnok. • Enemy Odii Stioi Forces Such a gigantic- opernllon n.s mi Invasion of the continent cannot, be cnrrled out in a single night. It will hnve lo continue throughout Ihc daylight hoiirs. And Ihe Channel Is flat, permitting Ihc enemy lo spot our forces al great distances from his coastal positions. , . He docs not. Imvc nlr supremacy. Hut for this Initial observation lie Uitlleit 1'rcs.s , Some of the w.u's Kic-itest ,ui bnltjcs i'o fon^la DVC-J' IJeilui and Bumswiok lo- dny. • i Two llunisiitul Aniciienii ho.ivy liombeis nnd lighters KiniiHltctl their way Ihioiigh (to.sireralo, fiuiaticiil Na/i lesistnncr to add fni'tlior nun ,1 0 Iwlli citicb Firal I'oliiniiii}; ucwmcn told how Na/i' *i filers actunlly rammed llielr planes uto Iho Plvlnu F-orlrcvses )n ,|ii bulllii, that look place on the dp. pronchc-i lo Iho Nn?l cnpllal A Foitrcs-, pllol from Hclcilii),; Mnnt SeLond Lieut L , Houston '' declared mere wcio Poitrcst,es nnd ngltltn colliding all ovci Ihu •sky. My ship flew tlnmigh UIL" wreckage of a couple of Ihem OK5 Fockc Wulf cnme In io clow I fii;- incd lie wns going to rnm us I still don't know hos, we missed each OlllCl Ilcrlln Htsistjiur I li;lil Owt JJerhn Itself fewci Gciinui Illers challenged the Amci loins doesn't . need If Hie Channel wcnlher Is clcnr. Thus, fog would bc a grcnl advnnlngc lo us. Incidentally, in this reaped, English fishermen say June Is the month when fogs arc tlie thickest and the Channel Is thc smoothest Dill otice on the shores of Nazi Europe, conditions change abruptly for the Allies, particularly during Ihose crltlcnl <iays when we must hold against cverylhlng Ihe enemy 'hrows against us, and gather itrcngUi for Ihe push Inland. The eyes of our army must go into acllon. We mast know what the enemy Is doing. How ho Is grouping Ills forces so we can smash Ihem before he can launch an allnck. Clcnr wenthcr Is what, we most desperately need lo allow our air arm lo do the observation. It has New York Stocks 157 3-8 52 3-4 251-2 A T & T Amcr Tobacco Anaconda Copper .. Belli Steel Chrysler 84 1-4 Coca Cola Oen Eleclric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward „ N Y Central 17,3-4 Int Harvester 721-8 North Am Aviation 81-8 113 1-2 35 7-8 50 Z-8 iiepiibllc Slee! . Socony Vacuum Sludebaker . ... Slnndard of M J Texas Corp Pnckivrcl U S Slcel IS 12 3-8 15 7-8 65 3-4 48 1-2 52 1-8 the . companion Job of keeping tlie enemy's air arm lo prevent him from spotting our movements. Thus, with clcnr weather our nlr superiority can at once act as Ihe eyes for our armies, and blind the enemy. nut bad wcalhcr is thc great equalizer. Our air superiority U, useless. We'll bc as blind as the Germans. And the Nazis arc good al turning such circuimslances lo their advantage to make up for a shortage in sOmc department, In this case, air power. Trick of "The fax" In hh last drive from Tripoli lo El Alamein, for Instance, Nazi Marsha! K'ommel nttucked without air superiorly, atlcr preparation In bad weather which screened his movements from tile' British. Kcsselring used the same trick, grouping his forces in bad weather, with some success In his attacks on our Anzlo beachhead in Italy. He discovered that air power cannot slop an attack once it has started.. That it can only bomb the attacker's supply lines and make his drive falter or lose impetus. But while the ntlack Is In progress, good weather or bad.' the ground troops must take the full brunt of Iho defense. The Germans have found that it pays dividends to risk a subse- ' air onslaught, if K surprise Many gioup b Mild thej dldnt sec any Na/1 defender planes 'Ilwiu. Ihul wcic cncoimleVcd ,c ^ held all by a light ilng O f Llghlnlng<. Mustang'; mid Thunderbolt n«hter? Hut ovei Iliunbwlck, 120 mllD'i '.veil of Berlin, It vns a far diffei- cnt story. Goriimn defender pllaU threw Iholr swift plnncs at the heavy bomljcis oven us the Amci leans wtiu timklng llielr Ininbfng luns Ihrouch nnll-nliLiaft lire ..A navigator fiom Spokunc Wash Went George r Hcrsctt, told llih story "Wo wcic flying rdom> peacefullj Ireforc Ihe Inrgct when I sau a whole bunch of cucmy fighters nim- lnrf;«t ui through the cloJds About" 13 of Ihcm clammed into us nnd a tew niinlltoh !n£er 3*i more hit us In 11 head on nttack Hhey wcie boi In!! right through the formation from front lo back holding down the Irlggcn nil tho uny I saw scy en go through one part of the formation;, and only three came out on Ihc .other -side: Right uliehd of us a Mcsserschmltl crashed Into n Fort nnd both blew. up. His Kill Bridge Hit As the Fortresses and Liberators iiiid Ihcir nghteis weie ictiiininR from Gcrniniiy liidny, l|iey met new waves, of Allied medium bombers nnd other fighters coining-but. These formations battered various Inrgcls In Belgium nnd France. American Mnrnnd,crs plastered one of the busiest rait bridges 'Immediately behind the Channel coast. The span is on- thc outskirts'of Rouen, less llitui 50 miles inland from Lc Havre Fighter.- bombers iilso: ripped at points |n Prnhcel ' .. ',['. All told, 'soine 2500 sorties were flown by noon lodny—aiid .Ihese d the total lo around.H,5QQ-for the past 48 hours. -• . • , ,*" Air war! developments, today also were highlighted by the announcement that an Oklahoma fighter pilot, Capt. Robert Johnson of tnw- ton, shot down two planes over Germany to tie the American fighter iico record. Captain Johnson, n'y- Ing a,Thunderbolt, bagged his 26th and 31th enemy machines, ' equall- ing the number shot down by Maj. Dick Bong in the Southwest ^nciflc. Johnson has scored all his kills in the air. Arkansas Briefs , Slay S (O.I'.)— The 1 S.iliuo .Hardware Company safe was' cracked last night and rob- Iwd af approximately ?2,doo. SlaleV Tolice Lieutenant Earl Scroggln of the Bureau of lu- vcslljtatlon Is making- a fiii.ccr- lirlnl check of the. premises. The burglar got in through . a tack iloor and opened thc safe by knocking .the combination knob off. ••.'... NEWPORT. May 8 (U.I'.)—The Chamber of Commerce is asking lhal a nine-fool channel be maintained in Ihc White river from Newport lo the Mississippi river (o pcrmll shipping by walcr from New Orleans to Newport. attack can get off lo a good start. On Ihc olhcr hand, offensives can be undertaken only if the op- poslle side' does not have sufficient naming (oregrotip Its artillery. In other words, reconnaissance when an attack Is Impending, is more Important than defensive air support after St has begun. When • our , beachheads on (lie continent' are established and we lirepare to drive Inland, all these factors will hold equally true when we are pu the attack. But we can be reasonably ccr- lain that our air superiority will blirtd the enemy. Our concern is about going blind ourselves. ; Thus, Allied forces, once on :he. shores of the continent; .will come to regard non-flying weather M n dnnser signal. '•

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