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pi - NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL. L, HOME EDITION Ak.L NORTH IOWAKS NEIGHBORS Associated Pro* «nd United Prts. Full Leased Wirra Fiv« Cents a Cony) Fighters, 15 Abreast, Charge at U. S. Planes GERMANS MAKE FANATICAL BUT FUTILE EFFORT Furious Air Battles Reported as Flying Forts Raid Brunswick By DOUGALD WERNER AND t'j COLLIE SMALL fi London, (U.R) -- German fighte fjpanes charged 15 abreast straigh ' i n t o flying fortress formations urine like artillery, in a fanaticu put futile effort to blunt an Amer [can Hying fortress thrust at th aircraft center o£ Brunswick Thursday. Returned bombers and fighter: called it a "Satan's merry-eo round'! and said the luftwaffi used every available plane am tried every known tactic. "It was like something out o the movies--only worse," said 2 Lt. Benjamin R. Chaneles, Brooklyn, N. Y., a 25 year old co-pilo of a bomber, "Over 100 German fighters attacked a wing of bombers abou a mile to our right. I watched through field glasses as they peeled off into the bomber formation, smashed through it and then dived under to form up for more attacks. _·.. ' "When a fortress Mould star I I straegline. they would ail hop on |5 it uutil they battered it down [ Then they would go bad after the :; main formation. I "Any'straggler was a dead duck f I saw plenty of fighters falling I too. Twice I saw 3 going down in » flames at the same time. tt "Parachutes, some white if some black, seemed to fill the sky." What Chaneles saw was only a small part of the fighting which whipped -the bky into a % ast bat[ tleground of shooting plane" bursting rockets exploding air craft, and curling vapor trails Our airman said only a do or die 7 ' order from Adolf Hitlei could.have brought the luftvvaffe of! the ground in such numbers ! and with such desperate tactics. f They "said the nazis evidently I threu' their every available plane {into the fieht hoping to over- · t whelm the comparatively small : fortress formation and its fighter (escort. \ But the forts plunged on- and isaw their bombs burst squarely across the target. Looking back i';ss they scooted for home, ' thev _ A iaw huge fires and great pillars P|fir black smoke rising over Bruns- fc wick. ... ; The battle lasted 3 hours and was fought 5 miles above the Dearth in temperatures of 40 de' grees below zero. The first Foeke-Wulf 190s and Messerschmitt 109s attacked the forts over the enemy coast on the way in,_bursting upon the bomber formations from cloud cover like Indian raiders ambushing a wagon train on the American frontier. They soon -n-ere joined by the rocket-firing planes -- twin-en- gmed Junker 88s and Messerschmitt 110s. T h e s e wheeled acainst the forts in "company front'! formations of 15 and bored straight on, firing in unison like artillery. Fighter groups came barreling through the American formations |n jingle .file so fast they looked like a .solid signboard of swastikas. Pilots said there never were fewer than 75 German planes attacking at one time and frequently were more than 200. Except for the spots ol cloud the Germans used for cover, the sky was clear. The luftwaffe appeared to have given some thought to regrouping since the great air battle of a month ago in which 60 American bombers were lost and 152 nazi fighters shot down. This time tlie switt Focke-Wulfs and Messerschmitt 709s engaged the American thunderbolt, lightning and mustang escorts while the slower, twin-engined rocket ships roared in against-the bomber formations. Airmen told of one wild dogfight--possibly the fiercest mass sky engagement in this war-which was fought almost inside the fortress formation when 25 thunderbolts jumped 35 Messerschmitt 110s. The battle still was going on as the bomber's flew on. The flak was heavy, but no one had much time to notice it. There ·were too'many fighters tt. James Cockerill, Muscatine, Iowa, and 2nd Lt. Paul Leiy, l n - Slewood, cat., watehed one fortress explode In midair and take in- other down with it. "But most of the destruction was on the ground," Lezy said |-The formation ahead of us put its bombs right on the target and I don't believe they left us anything to hit. We dumped our bombs right in the middle of flames and smoke that covered the whole target area." JAPS CAPPED AT KWAJALEIN--Bewildered Japanese capturedX.Americans .in their assault on the Kwaja- lein atoll in the Mai-shall islands, sit in a large cell aboard an American ship. 6 Inches of Snow Reported at Fort Dodge; Near Blizzard Conditions Forecast in Iowa miles an hour. . Sn ° W nCa " blizzard Conditions with .'wind near 35 Sioux City reported some rural schools closed, bus travel hamoerea and roads blocked west of there, particularly in northeast^Nebraska Ottumwa said streets and roads* were, slippery. At the same time the weather bureau forecast much drifting and blowing Thursdaj The bureau also predicted ·aUme to aero U 5 below fey Friday morning The forecast tor Friday was partly cloudy and continued cold, with diminishing w*mds. Minimum temperatures Thursday morning ranged well above She zero point, with 13 the state :ow at Spencer. Indications were, nowever, that the mercury began dropping slowly after the minimum recordings for Thursday- night. In addition to the 6 inches of mow recorded at Fort Dodge other reports showed: Council Bluffs 4, .Mason City 2. Sioux City 2.4, Charles City 2; Des Moines, Ames, Lamoni, Spencer, Mar- Hampton Man Dies Shoveling Snow Hampton, 6O--Albert Branson, 62, fell dead while shoveling snow Thursday In Hampton, where he was n part-time service station employe. He suffered a heart attack. : shalltown and Waterloo 1 and Dubuque and Cedar Rapids a half. Jttumwa, Davenport and Burington also reported snow, but gave no measurements. ^ .Most points .reported snow still ailing and considerable wind. The weather bureau said snow was general in most of the western and northern portions of the stale, tfiat there had been none up to early Thursday morning in he eastern, central and southeastern portions, but snowfall began in those areas later. Other minimum temperatures Thursday morning were: Charles City 14, Waterloo and Mason City o, Sioux City and Fort Dodge 16 Dubuque 17, Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids 20; Des Moines and Ottumwa 23, Burlington and Davenport 25. The weather bureau aid all other minima were above 20 degrees. State Safely Commissioner R. 3. Laird said reports from high- vay patrolmen at 9 a. m. indicated main roads still were open, but he commissioner advised drivers o stay at home if possible. The highway commission at \rncs said it was preparing for evere drifting in all sections of he state Thursday afternoon be- ause of a strong northeast wind The snow was dry and was blow- ng freely. Additional reports of s n o w vere: Boone 2 inches, Audubon 2 D ocahontas 5, Estherville 2 to 3. inow also was reported from ipirit Lake and Oskaloosa. Un- fficial temperatures from those ities include: Spirit Lake 10 Es- herville 11 SENTENCE IS COMMUTED lincobi, Nebr., (IP)--The 18 year rison sentence of James Hull 30 Ottumwa, Iowa, was commuted to our and one-half years Wedncs- ay by the Nebraska pardon oard. Hull was sentenced from ;hcridan county. Ncbr., in Febuary, 1943, for feloniously cnter- ng a building. . i ADMITS KILLING KWfl SOLDIER Describes Fight m North.Carolina Hotel Columbus, Ohio, (I?)--Chief 'b£ Phillips ant h a t Pvt. Detectives Leo L. nounced Thursday Charles Reynolds, 19, of Columbus, had confessed killing another soldier, Pvt. Lee^M. Riley of Webster City, Iowa, in a fight in a hotel rooih at Charlotte, N. Car., last Monday night. Phillips said Charlotte police informed him they ivere leaving for Columbus at once to take custody of Reynolds. The youth was arrested here Wednesday and in his possession, Phillips said, were Riley's automobile and some personal effects. Reynolds related in a formal statement, Phillips said, that he and-Riley checked into a hotel at Charlotte Monday night alter buying several drinks and began fighting in their room. "He kept coming at me and 1 nit him in the Adams apple and used some judo," Phillips said the statement related. "He fell and didn't get up." Reynolds left the room, the 'detective chief said the statement continued, then returned, placed the nude body on a bed, and fled. BODY WILL BE BROUGHT TO IOWA FOR BURIAL Webster City, (^--The body o£ Pvt. Lee MT. Riley, 24, reported round strangled in a Charlotte, N. Car., hotel room, will be returned here for burial, his parents, Mr and Mrs. Lee M. .Riley of Stanhope, said Thursday. Pvt. Riley, a 1937 graduate of the Webster City schools, enlisted m the army in July, 1942. after taking aeronautical training at the Lincoln, Neb., aeronautical school and at the University of Nebraska. He had just completed a 14-day furlough at his parents' home and was scheduled to report back to the army air base near Wilmington, N. Car. He was the Rileys" only child. KILLED IN AIR CRASH AT WELLS Wells, Minn., CU.PJ--One roan was killed and another seriously injured Wednesday night in the crash o£ a naval training plane near here. ·.., The navy flyers had taken "off from Wold-Chamberlain field 'in Minneapolis. The injured flyer was taken to the navy hospital at Albert Lea. Minn. Lt G. D. Stricter, Alexandria, Ind., was killed, and Lt, Robert K. McDonald. 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. K. McDonald, Edina, was injured. The 2 had been stationed at the Primary naval air station at Dlalhe r Kans., and. were on a training flight. MASON C1TV. IOWA, THUBSPAY. FEBRUARY 10, 1941 John Frank Given Sentence of Year for Tenney Death This Paper Consists o f Two Sectio The sentence was pronounced by Judge T. A. Beardmore after a district court jury Wednesday evening had found Frank guilty of assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury. The judge discussed at some length from the bench his reasoning in pronouncing the maximum sentence for the offense. He pointed out to young Frank who listened with a half smile on his face that punishment in criminal cases has 2 purposes: It is to deter the, offender from , committing a similar offense and it is to deter others from making a like mistake. The judge.dwelt particularly on the latter aspect pointing out that the offender owes a debt to society. He also paid tribute to County Attorney M. L. Mason as a capable law enforcing officer. During several years of professional association with Mr. Mason the judge declared, he has found the county attorney to be consistent, conscientious and reasonable. "I am therefore inclined to fol low his recommendation in this matter," added the judge, indicat mg- his desire to back up the lav. enforcing officers. Joe Frank. 24, brother ot John still faces trial on the joint indictment for manslaughter re- ""· u - the grand jury agains t t , ,, -a --,.,,. j Mi^ u£i**iia the brothers. The 2 were-working as waiters at the Friendly tavern where the fight occurred The jury of 8 men and 4 women received their instructions from Judge Beardmore and began deliberating the case about 11-30 a m. Wednesday. They returned their verdict about 9:15 p. m. The trial begafl Wednesday, a wee k ago. The state spent Z/. days introducing its testimony by 26 witnesses and the defense presented 7 witnesses in one day. Jurors in the case were Vern Bar]ow, Burchinal; Mrs. H E jof- g ens ° n -'p° 15th S. E.; J. S. Mehan Portland; Genevieve Oswald, Mason township; Sophie Cutler 23 Oak drive; O. A. Rector, 229* 7th N. W.; Forrest Lair, Falls township; Bernard M. Hulke 108 5th N E Chris Floy Thornton C H Sears Clear LaXe-£dith I^Ciner Plymouth and W A Baldwin Burchinal M. L. MASON --^"Conscientious" BRITISH FIGHT BESIDE SERBS "Successful Operations" on Hvar Isle Reported London, (ff) -- British ground troops, fighting on Jugoslav territory for the first time, have joined partisan forces in "successful operations" on Hvar island, 25 miles south of Split on the invasion route to Dalmatia, a partisan com- munique revealed Thursday. .Though the communique did not identify (he British units, they were believed to be a small commando group which may have been landed by motor torpedo boats to Help the partisans sabotage German military installations and generally harass the occupation forces. Disclosure of their presence on Hvar was buried at the end o£ a lengthy routine partisan'communi- que broadcast by the free Jugo- slav radio, indicating that Jhe Su- erations were of a minor,*3ture\ Tile arrival of Britij* ground forces on Jugoslav terjRory nevertheless was regarded as significant because of the implied hint of increased allied aid for Marshal Josip ' Tito) Brozovich's hard- pressed partisans. The free Jugo- slav radio'on several previous occasions has mentioned the presence of British liaison officers in Jugoslavia, but emphasized they were engaged chiefly in distributing allied supplies. Boone Approves Airport Bond Issue of $60,000' Boone, (if)--A proposed 560,000 municipal airport bond issue was approved by an 1,118 to 447 vote at a special election here Wednesday., JOHN FRANK --Will Serve Year WillMe, Says- He Will Win Nomination )-- Wendell Wili- in a brief speech Baker. Ore.. ' kie predicted from a railroad car here Wednesday night that he would be nominated for the presidency by the republican party. The 1940'^GOP candidate, on a tour of western United States, spoke during a 12-minute halt emoute to the Pacific northwest. "I'm going to be nominated for the president of the United States on the republican ticket," he said without elaboration. BODY OF GIRL IS. RECOVERED -Probe;Tragedy When ~ Girl Fell Through Walk Pittston. Pa., (jpj--The earth that opened up and swallowed little Jule Ann Fulmer, 2, as she toddled along a quiet residential street gave up her body to weary rescue workers Wednesday nisht and Thursday the coroner began an investigation to fix responsibility for her death. Investigations also were started by Pennsylvania mine inspectors and the Pittston Mine Cave commission, and Mayor John R. Reitly said he hoped they would lead to legislation to shore up the honeycomb of abandonee! mine tunnels that undermine the town. A mine cavein opened a fissure in the earth under Jule Ann's feet Tuesday and she fell in. Then an earth slide along the sides of tne hole buried her alive. Rescuers removed tons of dirt to recover the body. It was the first fatal cavein in a series that began several years ago and caused damage to many homes and public build- Allies Beat Back 6 Attacks on Beachhead Below Rome THINK MADANG BASE GIVEN UP BY JAP FORCES AU Anti-Aircraft Positions Silent as Flyers Sweep Low By 3IORKIE LAXSBERG Associated Press War Editor Japan appeared Thursday to have abandoned menaced Madang her main port on the northeast coast of New Guinea and the goal of advancing allied troops. Sweeping low over the shipping center Wednesday, American flyers said they saw evidence that the Japanese may have demolished buildings not leveled in previous raids. All anti-aircraft positions were silent, and Moj. Bruce Marston, Pasadena. Cal., said there was little left ot the town. Associated Press War Correspondent Olen Clements reported the Japanese may'have pulled oul for Alexishafen, about 10 miles north. This subsidiary base u-itli air facilities also has been hit regularly by allied planes in recent weeks. The surprise development, recalling the enemy's evacuation of Kiska in the Aleutians a step ahead of American assault forces raine as allied ground troops moved on Madang from 2 directions with American Gth army patrols already established- some 15 miles south of. the jungle-lined coast. Rabaul, too, showed signs at lessening usefulness to the Japanese as the result of steady ail assaults. Allied pilots who flew to the New Britain base for a pie da\\n attack Tuesdiy declared theie were fewei ships in Simpson Jhacbor than thjjy iad seen in sevetal months T«o enemy crafl were sighted and hit. Ope was a submarine which gave UD an oil slick after being bombed from 50 feet. The other, a 1.000-ton vessel, was Icfl burning. Torpedo and dive bombers dropped 129 tons of explosives on 2 Rabaul airdromes, and shot down 12 to 27 enemy fighter planes. The American victory in tlie Murshalls campaign grew even brighter with disclosure that the U. S. destroyer Burns sank an entire can-go of ·! Japanese ships Jan. 31, the day Kwajalein island was invaded. The Burns finished off a medium cargo vessel, a tanker and 2 smaller craft fitter rescuing tlie crew of :\ carrier-based torpedo .bomber hit over Kwajalein by anti-aircraft bursts. Its commander was Cmdr. Donald T. Eller 38. of Petersburg, Va. The sinkings added to the loll of 105 Japanese cargo ships, tankers, transports and coastal vessels which were sent to the bottom of the Pacific during January. In addition, the enemy lost 215 barges in the south and southwest Pacific. feix. SEEK GIRL WHO DROPPED IN HOLE-Workmen hold a ladder and direct others who have entered a cavein over an abandoned anthracite mine in search for Jule Ann *uJrner, 2, who was buried alive in the hole when the earth and sidewalk gave way in Pittston, Pa., on Fcb 8 pulling the child from the hand of her aunt as they walked Jiomc from a shopping trip. Spectators are kept at distance by a rone. Bitter Fight Is Continuing for Cassino At Cassino- i By EDWARD KENNEDY Allied Headquarters, Algiers, (^1--Violent fighting continued Thursday in the ruins o£ Cassino for its 7th fiery day with no rest for either side. Under a grim canopy of smoke and dust from mortar and artillery fire, the Germans clime to the greater part of the town, following- to the letter their orders to resist to the bitter cjid. German and American tanks rumbled through the streets and engaged in short sharp clashes at point-blank range. Doughboys crept among the stones to stab, shoot and kill with grenades the foe concealed in dugouts and mined buildings. The Germans thus lost a few strongholds. Northwest of the town the Americans slowly approached the crest of Mt. Cassino after having reached a within 75 point at one time i r d s- of tlie ancient monastery at the peak. This hill was being used by the Germans ;ss the keystone of their defense of Cassino at its foot, and the Americans were showering one side of it with artillery and the other with bombs as they worked their painful way through pillboxes and emplacements held by the Germans as tenaciously as the cellars of the town itself Some of Ihcse pillboxes w,._ .protected by concrete walls at their mouths, and the Germans in them were receiving supplies al night. They were usine the monastery itself as an artillery observation point, but the ancient landmark of Christian culture still had been spared by .American artillerymen. Shells, whizzed around the old towers .where many civilians were reported.sheltering, but there \vas no confirmation of repoits-tha: the monastery had been hit The Germans even put in counter-attacks both north and south of Cassino to relieve their position, striking up Mt. Albancla, a mile and a half northwest of tlie town where they were repulsed. Below Cassino they struck in the mountainous sector of Mt. Or- nilo, 2Vi miles northeast of Cas- telfortc, but on this Garigliano river front the British also threw the Germans slight gains. back and made On the 8th army front a slrony enemy patrol advanced in the Guardiagrclc area nnd was beaten back only ing. alter hours of fight- M'lNTOSH WOODS NAME APPROVED Des Moines, (IP)--The state conservation commission said Wednesday it had decided to name a recently acquired park on the north shore of Clear Lake Mein- tosh Woods in honor of a pionccr family by that name from which the land was purchased. FKEE SHINES WITH BOXDS Harrisburg, Pa., Iff)--Tliivtccn year old Boy Scout Robert Watts' personal contribution to the war effort: A free shoe shine to all who pledge a S25 war bond. Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Heavy drifting snow Thursday afternoon. Cold wave Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. Snow flurries Thursday night and occasionally on Friday. Temperature Friday morning 10 to 15 below zero; diminishing winds Friday. Iowa: Snow becoming flurries Thursday night and clearing Friday. Cold wave Thursday night with temperature falling to zero to 5 below south and 5 (o 10 below north portion by Friday morning. Gradually diminishing winds. Minnesota: Snow Hurries south portion and partly cloudy north portion Thursday night becoming fair Friday. Cold wave Thursday night with temperature falling to 15 to 25 below north and 5 to 12 below south portion. Continued cold Friday. IN MASON CITY rlobe-Gazette weather statistics: Maximum Wednesday 25 Minimum Wednesday night 15 At 8 a. m. Thursday 15 Snow at 8a.m. 2 inches Precipitation .10 inch YEAR AGO: Maximum 33 -Minimum m Precipitation Trace Snowfall Trace PLANES STRAFE, BOMB COLUMNS OF NAZI FORCES Every Sector of Narrow Allied Holdings Ripped by Germans' Shells On Headquarters, Alters, (U.P.M-Massive German armored attacks broke against a stone wall allied front Wednesday on the plains below Rome, it was disclosed Thursday, as American troops in the Cassino sector battled with increasing fury to smash through the nazi lines and relieve their 5th army comrades on the imperiled beachhead. Fighting under the fire ot German shells (hat ripped into every sector of the narrow beachhead front, American and British units smashed back 6 powerful uazi thrusts against the flanks and center of their line. RAF spitfires, operating from newly-established fighter strips within Hie beachhead, bombed and strafed the attacking nazi columns, while American light and me'dium bombers raked the enemy rear lines and supply roads. The Germans again threw the main weight of their- onslaught against British veterans holding the northern flank of the beachhead in the Aprilia sector-northwest of Carroceto. . (A German communique broadcast by radio Berlin Thursday said the British counter attacked in. the Aprilia area Wednesday and lost 17 tanks ;n a savage, day- .iong battle.) · ... . ' Other German tanks an* uusli troops lunced against the M*lh- ern erfd "of tfte allied lu»1 southeast of Anzio, ani tunes against American nite 4r in west of Cisterna at the cemter of the beachhead perimeter. The Americans held their ground slubbornly against the German thrusts and then counter attacked savagely, regaining some recently lost positions. (Radio Rome gave 2 divergent accounts of the action, one broadcast ussertiii attacking in that the allies were great strength and another that the German counter offensive was in full swing. The latter account claimed the allied beachhead had been cut down to 72 square miles, or less than two- thirds its original area.) White headquarters spokesmen said the Germans had failed completely to roll up the allied front Wednesday, they acknowledged that the anglo-Amcrican forces were lighting a purely defensive battle. Twenty days after the initial landing, it was indicated that the beachhead forces were digging in to await a break-through by the main 5th army forces 50 miles to the south. Observers believed the landings may have been intended to coincide with a fast-rolling drive northward from Cassino that would pinch the pinch the nazis between two allied armies and shatter theiv communications below Koine. Allied b o m b e r s damaged 3 enemy ships off the island ot Cor- ' sica and a fourth off Nice, and attacked the west coast harbor of Porto San Stephano. In all. the allied forces flew 400 sorties Wednesday and encountered only limited enemy aerial opposition. One German plane was destroyed and 3 allied aircraft were reported missing. Walters, Regional "Ceilings" Chief, Climbs 12 Stories Chicane. (£')--Kac E. Walters, new OPA regional director, announced at his first interview he intended to begin work each day at 7 a. m. The next morning he found no elevator operator at the federal agencies building when he arrived there that early. So Walters, whose principal dealings are with "ceilings," climbed 12 stories to his office. Man, Hit by Meat, Gets $250 Damages New York. (fP)--William Bradford was watching the polar bears cat at Central park zoo. U was entertaining until a keeper, trying to pitch a 5-pound chunk of meat into the enclosure, missed--the meat striking Bradford on the head, knocking him out. The city controller's office has announced payment of $250 to Bradford in settlement.

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