Daily News from New York, New York on June 30, 1940 · 39
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Daily News from New York, New York · 39

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Sunday, June 30, 1940
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o 20 Balho as i. W Stiiv Him n A ) f -4 Here' hovo New York greeted Marshal Italo Balbo, smiling and waving to the crowd on his visit here. The world-famous flier died in the flaming wreckage of his ' plane in battle at Tobruk, Libya. WmEEpn SEaanm una JLnlbnjjaa HBapvaE&w Rome, June 20 (U.R). Hunched over the controls of his bullet-torn Caproni bomber, Air Marshal Italo Balbo hurtled to death yesterday on the Libyan border after a duel with British scout pilots. Governor of Libya, one of the four original founders of Fascism, friend and later rival of Dicta tor Mussolini, the 44-year-old Balbo was patrolling the frontier when a flight of British Hurricanes dropped down on him from the clouds. The four gunners in the Caproni answered the enemy-fire till their big machine, laced with fire from tracer bullets, pitched over and dived to earth near the town of Tobruk. Duce Orders Mourning. Balbo, with his flashing brown eyes, his black spike beard and booming laugh, was one cf the Nazis Drop British Romfis London, June 29 (.-P). Experts who examined bombs dropped by German planes in Scotland Thursday night declared today that they were "made in Britain." The bombs presumably were part of the booty which fell to the Germans in Flanders. .Mussolini shared the crowd's cheers as Gen. Balbo returned from Chicago flight. most colorful and adventurous men in Italy. As soon as ll Duce heard the Hews he proclaimed a day of mourning throughout Italy. Flags flew at half staff and preparations were begun for a great military funeral. In 1933, the late Air Marshal led squadron of Italian planes in a daring flight across the Atlantic to the Chicago World's Fair and back again without mishap. Built Libyan Forts. It was Balbo who organized the Italian air force now engaged in Africa. He, too, was responsible for constructing fortifications along the borders of Libya, of which he has been "boss" since 1933. Prior to that, he had been considered political heir to the Duce's title, but his popularity is believed to have piqued Mussolini, who virtually banished him to Africa and rave his favor to Count Galeazzo Ciano. In 1931 Balbo won fame for spectacular mass flight from Or-betello, Italy, to Rio De Janerio. lie led 12 hydroplanes of the Sa-voia-Marchetti type. Hero in World War. Balbo was born in Ferrara on June 5, 18U0". In the World War he was decorated three times for gallantry. When demobilized, he founded a newspaper, L'Alpino, in Udine, then going back to Ferrara, threw in hLs lot with the Fascists. He took part in the march on Rome. He was appointed Secretary for Air in 192G even though he did not then know how to fly. But he learned to do so in a few months and soon was winning fame for spectacular air exploits. On Aug. 10, 1928, he was appointed general of an air fleet and was named Air Minister in the following year. A o n O o ft m jw(s(SJs J By ROBERT ST. JOHN Bucharest, June 29 (P). Germany and Italy tonight promised military and air assistance to Romania, it was reported on high authority, if Soviet troops attempt to make further advances into this patchwork kingdom, beyond the areas reluctantly ceded by King Carol. Informants who are close to T both Palace and Cabinet said the Axis powers had given broad and flat assurances that any more penetrations would be stopped. Bessarabia, which the Russians always have called the land of milk and honey, already is under the heavy tread of the Soviet military in a comparatively bloodless occupation. An official Romanian statement said the Russian occupation of Bessarabia and northern Bucovina had been completed "without incident" and that the Romanian cession of territory had "avoided a great catastrophe in southeastern Europe," according to a United Press dispatch. This service quoted Propaganda Minister Teotil Sidorovici as saying the Russian occupation "was a catastrophe of injustice." Russian sources said that the principal cities in northern Buco- I vina the other area yielded by j Carol under a Moscow ultimatum I are now in control of the Red J Army. The chaotic state of affairs an ! the lack of good communications j from Bucharest to the provinces made it difficult to learn at what point in the north the Russians had halted, but the latest semiofficial word was that they had pushed on as far as Doiohoi, some 15 miles beyond the western boundary of Bessarabia and thus well within old Romania. Russian informants declared, however, that this penetration beyond the agreed line was "probably a military error." There were, at the same time, signs that at least two possible sources of conflict were quieting. These involved Bulgaria and Hungary, which have claims of their own for Romanian territory. It seemed clear, from information received by diplomats here, that their demand was being calmed. In Budapest, Hungary, it was learned that Germany and Italy (Contimird on page 5. cnt. J) 6Probahltj (in Error9 "Probably an error" was Russian explanation of armed drive (1) to Dorohoi and Botosani, beyond ceded zone ( shaded area) of Romania. Bulgaria soft-pedaled demand for Dcbruja (2) and Hungary calmed down demand for Transylvania (3). i' TBAN- c -f SYLVAN I A MOLDAVIA V ROM A N l( A J X fAOIOAS : M W I Black J) ( S'a WALACH I A BUCHAREST KVH mat by Mall Arlisi Km ri i A T"V 0 sfT. V Hong Konsr. June 29 (P). Expecting a crisis within 10 days, Dritish authorities today ordered the compulsory evacuation of all European women and children from this crown colon v in the next week. As the United States was reported preparing to evacuate American women and children to Manila, a small armada of British ships gathered to remove some 4.-500 British subjects, possibly to Australia and New Zealand by way of Manila. The impending mass flight was taken generally as a sign that ITAIN HEARS PLEA AP AlPfPHASEPL fro f London, June 29 (). Removal from office of Neville Chamberlain, Lord Halifax, Sir Samuel Hoare and other "appeasers" to still rumors of a British move for an armistice was urged today by Lord Strabolgi, House of Lords Labor leader. In an open letter to British editors, he declared the mere presence of Chamberlain, Lord President of the Council, and Foreign Secretarjjfcilalifax in the Government was having an effect "most serious to the two most important neutral countries in the world the United States of America and Russia." The mention of Halifax's name along with that of Chamberlain's appeared significant. It was the first time the Foreign Secretary had been criticized by such a source. Meanwhile the firfet authoritative estimate of Allied casualties in the battles for Belgium and France, made by French Gen. Charles de Gaulle, was that 60,000 were killed. 300,000 wounded and nearly 1,000,-000 taken prisoner 358,080 in Belgium and 600,000 in the Battle of France. Neutral sources meanwhile said that a direct threat to British sea supremacy was implicit in the possibility that Germany had seized four French men-of-war which would give her a 6 to 3 edge .over Britain in fast, heavy fighting craft. Hope of any considerable French support for Britain appeared to be fading. Six thousand Polish troops have crossed the Syrian frontier into Palestine and joined the British forces there, the Polish Government in exile announced through British official sources. British officials estimated that well over 100,000 children had been registered "for havens in Canada and other overseas dominions, but they said that the total response from the Dominions was not nearly enough to accommodate them all. The American Embassy will open special headquarters at Grosvenor House Monday to handle the flood of immigration applications from women and children-. - Britain would reject Japan's demand for closing the Burma rout to China, over which the Chinesa have been getting arms. Japan was expected to retaliate by attempting to blockade lion;; Kong or even launching an invasion, observers said. It was sail that Britain would adopt powerful counter-measures to any Japanesa step, no matter what the consequences. A Japanese invasion of French Indo-China and possibly an assault on Hong Kong were feared in well-informed Shanghai quarters, according to the United Press, after a new declaration in Tokio by Foreign Minister Hachiro Arita proclaiming Japan as the dominating and stabilizing force in East Asia and the South Seas. It was believed that Japan regarded it necessary to occupy Indo-China as a base from which to enforce the Arita declaration, which was regarded as admonishing non-interference by any Occidental power in the Netherlands East Indies. The United States gunboat Tulsa is in Hong Kong harbor and the United States gunboat Asheville is expected to arrive tonight from Amoy, China. Call Nazis in China Shanghai, June 29 fP). Th German Consulate today notified! German youths of the class of 1921, or 19 years of age, resident in Shanghai, to report for registration for possible military seVvifce. a a pj ft- n

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