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! 2 ! ! ,The Wealr-= artly Cloudy Tonight and Wednesday; Slightly Warmer Wednesday. State istorial Madison, #is. Society C .... . KENOSHA EVENING NEWS VOL L--NO. 157 14 PAGES KENOSHA, WISCONSIN, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1944  14 PAGES Home Edition PRICE FOUR CENTS IPincers Close on-Airfie-lds IHGHTY NAVY TASK FORCE WHICH HAMMERED MARSHALI INTO SUBMISSION--This sweeping panorama shows a part of the mighty avy task force which hammered the heart of the Marshall islands into Submission and then calmly anchored in one of the atoll lagoons. Pictured are nine aircraft carriers, a dozen battleships, cruisers, and supply ships. Less than a week after this picture was made on Feb. II the ,Tap base at Truk was smashed by a terrific task force blow. Navy Photo. (NEA telephoto). Yanks Pound Nazi Air Bases in France Af'ter Huge RAF Attacks Karlsruhe and Munich Leftin Pall of Flames London  'P)  Well over 1,000 American bombers and fighters bombarded three German airfields in France today, the llth consecu- tive day of the war's greatest aer- ial offensive. The  radio said other Allied raiders had pene- trated into the southern sector of the Reich. A preliminary announcement of daylight activity, which appeared against be be on a gigantic scale, said Fortresses and Liberators from Britain smashed at German air-! dromes at Nancy, Metz and Dijon = in the continuing all.uS effort to humble Hitler's air forces ahead of the western invasion. The daylight attacks followed attacks last night by probably 1,000 planes of the RAF which blasted industrial Munich and Karlsruhe. British Lose 30 Flanes Thirt British planes were lost last night. Mosquito planes hit Dusseldorf and other raiders pounded the rail depot at Chambly 20 miles north of Paris. Reconnaissance showed fires spreading over a lmfge area of Munich an hour after the main bomber force had left, the air min- istry said. and the attacks there and at Kar]sruhe 150 miles to the northwest were "well concentrat- ed`" The raid into Germany was described as "in very great atrength." T,e RAF night bombers struck following Monday's record con- carted assaults by more than 3,000 bombers and fighters from Britain and Italy against factories and air- dromes at Munich. Friedrichshafen, ucharest, Ploesti and Belgrade, which also tore new gaps in Nazi fighter strength. The Monday armadas from Brit. (Continued en ]?age Thirteen} Plane Crashes in Montreal Montreal ------ The crash of a twin-engine bomber in Montreal's downtown commercial district to- day killed nine peraons, injured others and left • dozen dwelHng$ wrecked and flaming. Some eyewitnesses said the bomb- " exploded in the air, while said it blew up after striking the building, sending fragmen 50 feet into the air. Parts of the  and engines settled over sections of • b/oak bounded by Colborne, Otto- wa, Shannon and Smith streets not far from the Canadian Nation- al railways" old Bonaventure sta. tion. l"arhuttst Injured The plane apparently struck coming in over Shannon street, wrecking two tenement houses. Its fuselage came to rest in • ma of wreckage in which bodies could be see One eyewitness said a membm" of the crew who parachuted wu bad- - injured and taken to • hospital Flames from the exploded beml er set afire a half dozen buildings. One woman removed from • 'uo ture by firemen screamed that her three children were still inside. Two hundred soldiers were brought into the ar as brought the flames under control Constabla Phfl/ppe Lemieux, pa- trolling his beat at the time of the crash, Was hit by the fttsel and killed. Edgar Forget of Farn- ham. Qua. died in one of the wrecked dwellings. War Fronts in Brief By United Press AIR WAR  50 American heavy bombers smash at three German airdromes in northeast France to set pace of ninth straight day of pro-invasion bombing after strong forces of RAF night bombers hit German rail hubs of Karisruhe, Munich, and Dusseldorf. PACIFIC  Allies, using newly captured airstrip, expand offen- sive on northern New Guinea as ground troops gradually close in on three air fields at Holiandia. RUSSIA  Massed squadrons of the Red air force and fleet air arms planes take over siege of Sevastopol sinking 15 vessels and de- stroying 36 planes in 24 hours while ground forces regroup for final assault. ITALY  American troops drive forward on Anzio tmachhd and recaphre three positions in Ctstera d Crano sectors. e Britain Halts Overse00s Travel in New 'Invasion-Secrecy' Adion London  ( -- Britain halted all but the most urgent travel over- seas in another invasion-secrecy step today, while the Germans predicted the invasion hour was near and declared their most seasoned troops stood ready to meet the assault. The travel ban, "except for business of urgent national hportance which cannot be postponed," will run indefinitely and was taken "for military reasons," a home office announcement said. It followed orders restricting movements of diplomats, tightening control over coastal areas, suspending travel to Eire. and other recent steps to pre- vent leakage of information. Persons now holding exit per- mlts can use them to leave Britain until midnight Thursday. There- after only 'rgent" permits will be issued. No permit to leave the country will be valid unless issued on or after April 19. German People Warned Berlin broadcasts told the Ger- man people to expect the invasion: at any moment. Experienced German troops from the Russian front now are guard- ing the Atlantic coast, one German commentator declared, and they "are ready for a hard fight." i DNB said the Allied air blows i had weakened "potential German countering strength" but that the Luftwaffe '"’,-ith many of its plane production factories underground, will not be knocked out," and is "planning a second front of its ogn ---adding reserves to use only when the curtain raises." Another broadcast said prepara- tions had been made to counter Allied parachute landings, and that the Germans would "meet surprise with surprise." Here in England, Lt.Gen. H. D. G. Crerar, Canadian commander- in-chief, said the Canadian army was finished with its pre-invion training and eager to settle the -iebt of Dieppe. fU. S. ment monitors heard Oflo radio broadcasts that CoL  Nlkolatm yon Falken- borst, Gman tmmander in Hov. way, had complted an of fortifications along the Nor- wegian coast and had gained the "impression" at it was ''protected very thoroub, ly against all aible Anglo-American intentions of invasion.") Stockholm dispatches disclosed that the Germans also have acted to safeguard their preparations to counter an invasion. All passen- ger traffic between Sweden and Denmark, both by ferries and plane, was halted mddenly yes- (Centfnued on h ) Yugeslavs Seize Island; Aided by Allied Forces , London  Yugoslav Parti- san troops, supported by Allied naval and air forces, have landed on the Adriatic Island orM]Je18 m/lea northwest of Dubrovn/k, a P[m. ni said today. Farrell Resicjns OPA Rent Post Emmet Farrell, Kenosha repre- sentative of the Rent Division of the Office of Price Administration since the inauguration of the federal rent control program on August 1, 1942, has resigned that post to re- turn to the real estate businea in which he has been active in Ke- nosha county for many years. Announcement of the resignation wa issued today from the Milwau- kee offices of the area rent di- rector. Farrelrs resignation, suh- misted to the OPA several months ago, will become effective as of May 1. it was disclosed. Iuded by Hayes Phil P. Hayes, Area Rent Direct- or for the Milwaukee Area, under whom Farrell has served, in com- menting on the resignation of Mr. FarreH stated, "We regret to lose the services of Mr, Farrell. His ]Red Cross Had Bicjcjest Year In Its History The greatest year in the history of the American Red Cross chapter here was reported Monday with the annual meeting of the chapter at the Knosha Youth Foundation. In every field of activity results exceeded that of any other year, officials reported at the meetlng. In finances, the chapter set • new record in War Fund receipts, another record was set in the num- ber of pints of blood collected for the armed forces blood bank, tre- mendous strides were made in the work of the special services, Jun- ior Red Cross, surgical dressings, sewing and knitting. Symbolizing the spirit of the volunteer worker, the Kenosha County Council of Defense through its chairman, H. M. Pauley, presented Mrs. H. G. Kinder with a ribbon award, highest within the gift of the council, for giving more than 5,000 hours of volunteer work to the chapter. Mrs. Kinder is chair- man of the sewing division, and has a record of 6,632 hours of service. Directors Elected The chapter also elected thee fol- lowing persons to the board/of di- rectors: Ralph S. Kingsley, Richard P. Cavanagh, Jessel S. Whyte, Jos- eph Funck, Lynn T. Hannahs, Mrs. Edith Cavanagh, Gilbert S. Lance, W. W. Davis, Mrs. Harry Mickel- sen, Mrs. Earl Yule, Chester M. Zeff, Harold Ericksen and Donald Frost. Joseph Funck was re-elected chairman of the chapter, and the other officers are Mrs. James R. Anderson, vlce-chairman;. W. W. Davis, secretary, and Paul Zielin- ski, treasurer. In addition to the officers the executive committee was expanded to include H. H. Paddock, Judge Edward J. Ruetz, Don Frost, Harold Ericksen and Mrs. Edith Cavanagh. Reports from the chapter officers reflected the tremendous achieve- ments of the past year. in member- ship alone 16,000 men, women and children were enrolled in 1943, con- tributing $63,000 to the war fund. In 1944 the number will exceed 25,000 and the amount over $112,- 000. More than half a mill/on arti- cles were made for the army and broad experience in the real estate navy, with 114,000 hours of volun- field in Kenosha County made him ] __tees" service contributed by 4,000 • valuable asset to the Rent Divi. women. sion of the OPA. His wide "-e ael00,t P-asses qualntance with the citizens of Ke- noslm county and his exealien' standing in the community have re- suited in • highly mrtlsfactory pub- lie relation for the Rent Division. Landlords and tenants of Kenoaa county have cooperated freely with [ Mr. Farrell in the administration of the Rent Control progran" Hayes indicated that no selection of • sueemr t direct OPA control activities  the Keno. aim oces has been named, He stated that area ocials expeet l to fill the post within the coming week. @ 'Delinquent Groups' Used By Nrmans Allied Headquarters, Naples flJ.l---The German high command is throwing an increasingly-large number of convicts, political pris- oners an4 grounded fliers into front.line positions on the Anzio beachhead, Allied spokesmen laid today, dlostng that these "de- linquent battalions" recently have doubled in sh.ngth. The lxrsonnel of these penal units are placed in dangerons see. Huge Navy Bill Washington  2 -- The. sen- ate today passed unanimonsly • $,,0,000,000 navy appropriation bill largest in history, and several membera voiced determination that this nation maintain its fleet at full strength in the postwar er Arecerdvote61 to0.was taken at the request of Sen. John H. Ovation, D., Okla., as "an as- surance to our Allies and a warn- ing to our ememies that Uncle Sam[ means businesa" Over,on told the senate that this[ biggest of all navy appropriation] measures represents the peak re-J quest anticipated and that by the} end of 1945 the United States will l have • naval combatant force as i big as the rest of the world corn-i bined. He was Joined by Seas. Kenneth D. MeKellan, D., Tenn., and Tom Connally, D. Tax. in declarations that the United States should keep its navy at full strength after the war and not sink any combat ves- sels as was done under the dis- armament agreement after the lt N'r. Around Captured Hollandia iYank Fighters Already JapSiecjeLines Use Airstrip at Aitape IAround Imphal and Dutch invaders, s'owed more by mud and mountain than by dis. Allied Southeast Asia Headquar- ters, Kandy, Ceylon -- J.pJ  Al- most I0,000 crack Japanese Jungle troops have been killed in the month-old battle for Imphal, an: Allied observer reported today as, counter-attacking British and In. dian forces broke open the north- era arc of the enemy siege lines around the Manipur state capital. The "Allied defenders of Imphal were estimated to have slain at least 4,900 enemy troops in a se- ries of pitched battles along the approaches to the city since the invaders opened their assault late last month. In addition, the observer esti. mated that as many more of the enemy died under Allied artillery fire and aerial attackpresumably in rear areas where the bodies could be buried or removed by their comrades. Allies Driving North Meanwhile, Allii headquarters revealed that strong British and Indian armored forces were driv- ing north and northeast of Imphal after breaking through the Japa- nese advanced positions on the Imphal-Kohima and Imphal-Ukhrul roads. The communique did not revea the location of the broken Jap- anese road block, but it indicated that strong British armored forces l had gone over to the attack in an effort to clear the highway and resume contact with the Kohima garrison. An English county regiment was credited with driving the Jap- anese from their commanding po- sition aside the highway. Thirty miles northeast of Im- phal, other ]British tanks and in- fantry were reported pressing on toward Ukhrul in full lmrsuit of an enemy force whtch last week had penetrated to the edge of the Imphal plain. "No Material Change" The communique did not elab- orate on its reference to "mopping up" operations in the Kohima area, but stated that there has been "no material change" in the situation there. British Indian troops last week lifted the siege of Kohima after a 46-mile dash down the Kohima- Dimapur highway from the Assam- Bengal railroad, rescuing a be- leaguered British unit that had been pinned down in a corner of the city. (Japanese broadcasts today re- newed their claim that Kohima had been captured and quoted the renegade Indian Nationalist leader Subhas Chandra Bose announcing plans for establiahing • "govern- ment" in India.) IGermans Adto Isolate Denmark Stockholm  (59  Hitler's spe- cial dputy and minister to Den- mark. Werner Best, declared to- day that the Germans were mov- ing swiftly against Danish sabo- teurs and underground elements affecting German interests. Denmark was virtually isolated from Sweden and BesS's statement before Danish press chiefs was the first tangible evidence of the rea- son. The country was cut off late yesterday afternoon. Best asserted that Denmark was PAIR OF HEROES  Sgt. Charles E. (Commando) Kelly, (right) Pittsburgh, holding 60 mm mortar shell which he used as a grenade in killing five Germans. and Sec- ond Lt. Ernest Childers, Creek Indian from Broken Arrow, Okla., both holders of the Congressional medal of honor, appear for press in Washington. (NEA Telephoto) Set Date for Annual Study Of GameL00s Kenosha county sprtsmcn, in- eluding hunters, fisher.en and con- servationists, will be :Iven oppor- tunity to voice their : ews on the Wisconsin game and :sh laws on the evening of MaT ; when the annual Conservation C: gress elec- tion and review of (onservationl regulations will be heh! The annual hearing nd election will be held at Kenosi :: Historical, and Art Museum buil ing, begin- ning at 7:15 p. m. on I y 23, Con- servation Warden Will am A. Oz- burn, chairman of the mssion, an- nounced today. In the election, rep'esentatives of Kenosha county to th : Wisconsin Conservation Congress will be se- lected by ballot. Last year, Phil Sander served as chairnan of the Kenosha delegation and as vice chairman of the later ste congress i sessions in Madison. Other mem- bers of the 1943 Kenosha county I d e I e g a t i o n included: William [ Schultz, Salem; Ford Otto, Bristol; I J. M. Palmer and Harold M. Erick-i sen, both of Kenosha. The latter two members of the delegatlon were alternates. Cites Importance Citing the importance f the annual hearing, Conservation War- den Ozburn urged that all Kenc sha sportsmen attend the sessions at the museum building. He indi- cated that is in former years, three committeemen and two alternates will be named to the state-wide con- grass meetings which will be held in Madison on June 26 and 27. Ozburn emphasized the fact that only through a full representation at the local hearing can true con- census of conservation opinion be attained and urged that as man conservationists and spokesmen as are able attend the meeting here. He indicated that the game regula- tions and fishing rulings will be subjected to lose scrutiny. Kenoshans will be permitted to (Continued on J-lge Seven) MacArthur's Advanced Headquarters, New Guinea -- (59  American organized Japanese resistance, closed from two sides today on three air- fields in a 350 square-mile area of Dutch New Guinea around captured Hollandia. A fourth airfield" seized by another invasion force against sniper oppo- Hawes Replies I To Dahl Action In Appointment That Norman C. Hawes, .ap- pointed on March 16 by the board of education to fill a vacancy on the vocational school board, is qualified for the job is the con- tention of proceedings served on Leo Vaudreull, attorney in quo warranto proceedings brought against Hawes two weeks ago. Vaudreuil's action was original- ly taken in the name of Hartwick !Dahl. president of the Kenosha Trades and Labor Council, and al- leged that Hawes is a foreman and as such is disqualified from serving as an employe member of i the vocational board.. The answer was prepared by Atty. Walter W. Hammond, repre- senting Hawes. It was served on Vaudreuil Monday afternoon, and it specifically denies that Hawes is a foreman or supervisor, and in- sists that he qualified for the office by taking and filing the statutory oath with the city clerk. Recalls Petitions The action recalls several months of controversy within the board of education  ever since the Febru- ary meeting when the name of Hawes was firSt proposed to fill the vacancy. The name of W. G. Kulf, president of the Kenosha CIO Industrial Council, was sub- mitted to the board but a vote of four to three Hawes was elected. The selection was challenged im- mediately on the ground that Hawes was a "key man" and had powers of hiring and firing. There were numerous additional reasons cited in support of Kult's appoint- ment over that of Hawes, but the majority on the board prevailed. Action in court followed in which Dahl sought to have the court determine whether or not Hawes qualifies for the appoint- ment as an employe-member of the board. In Hawes' reply to the circuit court action, the answer declares: "The defendant alleges that he is a journeyman electrician, a mem. ber of an electrician's union, and employed as a journeyman elec- trician along with other such elec- tricians; that he is not a foreman and is not disqualified to serve as a member of the said board of vo- cational and adult education, all of which service is rendered without compensation of any kind; that he accepted the appointment to the said board for the purpose of do- ing what he could in the way of sition 150 miles to the south east near Aitape, was pressed into service less than 48 hours after its capture. Fighters and troop trans. port planes landed there yesterday. (Presumably the fighter planes were thrown into action immedi. ately to support the advance toward Aitape, and possibly also into the Hollandia action.) Thousands of invading troops the bulk of them Americans, were landed at three beachheads Satur- day, protected by the guns and dive bombers of a naval armada which Adm. Chester W, Nimitz credits with wiping out 101 Nippo- nese planes, all but 13 on the ground. Reports today by Gen. Douglas MacArthur and advices from the field by Associated Press war cor- respondents told of a steamroller, impeded largely by the terrain, overrunning territory within bomb. fig range of the Philippines. No Organized Fighting Nowhere in the Hol]andia area, less than 1,200 miles from Minda- nao, was there any word of orga. nized fighting by the 14,000 Japa. nese estimated to comprise the de- fending force. On the west flank, American sol- diers, last reported within five miles of the main Hollandia airfield, told AP Correspondent Murlin Spencer that some Japanese "didn't even have guns." This invading force, landed at Tanahmerah bay, had moved six miles southeast by Sun. day afternoon. On the east flank, red mud which caked the Yanks from head to foot was the chief deterring factor in • mile and one-hail push from Hum- boldt bay into the wreckage of Hol. landia village Sunday, AP Correspondent Asahel Bush, writing his dizpatch amidst the ru. ,ins of the commurty's 150 build. I ings, said only the sprawling bodies !of dead enemy stragglers were found after naval guns, dive bomb- ers and mountain mortar raked the village. Enemy Fled Aitape At Aitape the enemy garrison of between 500 and 1,000 fled, leaving 98 dead and a few prisoners around l seized Tadji airfield. Australian Royal Air Force engineers worked at night under floodlights, disdain- ful of the enemy air arm, to repair the bomber and fighter strips while American troops moved on Aitape village five miles north. If the Japanese in the Hollandia area planned a last-ditch fight in defense of the airfields, it remained to be developed. And whether others of the 60.000 Nipponese soldiers between Hoilan- din and by-passed Wewak and Ma- dang would figure in the fighting re- mained to be seen but headquarters reported today a supporting 333-ton bombing of the Wewak-Hansa Bay area by Allied bomber and attack :planes. Wewak is a Japanese air base 250 miles southeast of Hol- landia. public service, and there is no rea- I To the northwest of Hollandia, son why he should be ...... put to cost (Continued on Pate Thirtee -t and expense to defend lmse sn I ' * the ho)ding of such office, and in 1 Jsl r II seeking to act for the welfare of] Vll('rllh I-llc t employes and the public." lU311lll /011_ /U The reply also asks that the ................. complaint of the plaintiff be [Japanese Troops misd and that Hawes recover from Dahl his costs in the action. Today Vaudreuil filed the formal complaint in the quo warranto pro- ceedings in the circuit court, the original action challenging Hawes' right to hold the appointment. "swarming" with underground Death Rode the Skies workers and it therefore was Ger- many's task to "attack swiftly and sternly." He said the Nazis would how no mercy toward saboteurs, indicating they would be summari- ly shot when caught. He expressed hope that "conditions would sta- bilize" and that Danish public opinion would react against the re- cent increase of abotage. "Pre.lnvasisn Seeurlty" Sep The belief was prevalent in Stockholm that Denmark was ts lated so the underground could be cleaned up as • pre-invason se- curity meure. Similar action was expected in other occupied countries, many Swedes believed. Salient facts of the aituatien were these: Germans, Finns and Norwegians were forbidden to travel to Den- mark from Sweden by Ferry. Swedes were not directly f. hidden but state railways refused to sell tickets to Denmark. Telephone service between Swe- dmi and Denmark has been shut down completely ainea last night except for official calls which still are coming through from Copen- hagen'. With Somers Bombardier Completing 56 missions as a ra- dioman and bombardier in a Yan- kee bomber in the South Pacific, Staff Sgt. Robert McComas Jr., 22- year-o,d son of Mr. and Mrs. Rob- err McComas, S0mers, is back from the war -- waiting for his next as- signment. The youthful flier holds the Dis- tinguished Flying Cross as a re- sult of his outstanding work against the enemy. Death rode in the same plane on one of the mis- sions when a member of his crew, sitting but a few feet from him in the plane, was killed during a raid on enemy territory. Now Sgt. McComas has a 25-day furlough before reporting on May for a redistribution camp in New Jersey where his next work will be outlined for him. Enlisting the day after the Japa- nese attack on Pearl Harbor, Mc- Comas took his basic training in Missouri, and for the rest of his Shipyard Worker Killed Superior, Wis.  John John. son, 53, an employe of Walter But. ler Shipbuilders, Inc., died y- day in a Superior hospital of in- Juries suffered when a scaffold fell at the ship yarda training he certainly got around.[ S/Sgt. Robert McCom Jr. There were assignments in 22 [ states before he was ready for when he enlisted. His determina. overseas duty. [tion to enter the service came as He attended the Wood road school I he was listening to radio reports in Somers, Washington junior I on the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. high school and the Kenosha high[ 7, 1941. school. He was employed at the[ A sister, Mrs. Florence Kivicin- Nash-Kelvinator corporation plant[ ski, lives in Somers. Chungking  .R)  Japanese troops have captgred Yushih. south- east of encircled Chenghsien, • communique said today, giving the enemy control of a strategic and rapidly expanding rectangle of more than 4,000 square miles in China's central plain. Enemy troops from Kaifeng, east of Chenghsien, drove south to over. come Hushih. Other units of the estimated 60,000 Man:huria-trained Japanese troops in Honan pushed west and southwest to Fanshul, and Jungyang, on the Lunghai railroad, and Sincheng, on the Peiping-Han- kow railroad where fierce fighting was reported. Although front dispatches said the Japanese were storming the outskirts of Sincheng, there was no official statement on the mlitary situation at that city. No Chlne Air Support Ja@anese planes continued to at- tack Chinese military installations and cities without opposition from Allied forces. The Chinese. how- ever fought bitterly with inferior weapons and without air cover. The general direction of tha Japanese push indicated an im- minent menace to Loyang, present site of Chinese military headquar- ters approximately 50 miles west of Chengh$ien. Loyang lies on the Lunghai railroad on the south shore of the Yellow river. The rectangle now under enemy control is bounded by Kaifeng o the east, Fanshui on the west, Sincheng on the south, Yushin in its southeastern corner, and Mils- sien in its southwetarn corner. T