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Loss of Diego Suarez, But Vow to Fight On Governor General Tells Vichy 'Every Other Point' Will Be Defended B1 the Associated Press. VICHY, Prance, May 8.—The French, acknowledging the capitu lation to the British of the big Madagascar naval base of Diego Buarez, nevertheless announced last night their intention to defend “•very other point" of the island. Hie Governor General of Mada gascar, Armand Annet, said in a message telling of the fall of Diego Buarex after three days of fighting that the rest of the island “will be defended with the same resolution” I and in reply the Vichy government sent a message of encouragement and praise. Annet’s message said: “On the third day of the unequal battle in which the attacker had at his disposition numerous and powerful naval and land forces, supported with armored units and planes, swarms of which submitted Diego Suarez to continuous bom bardment. the defense had to give up the fight. Land Defended Foot by Foot. "This was not done until after the defenders had disputed the ter rain foot by foot, reoccupied some positions, engaged aviation regard less of number and then blocked the enemy at the gates of Diego Suarez. “Then the enemy succeeded in grouping his large resources to cap ture the last redoubt, defended by the colonel commanding the 2d Mixed Regiment, the colonel com manding the defense having been made prisoner during the night at the same titne that the naval cap tain commanding the naval forces Was captured. “From the beginning of the opera tions the mission intrusted to the defenders of Diego Suarez was one of sacrifice, and they knew it. They accepted it and carried it out heroically, their thoughts turned toward France. "Every other point of the great Island will be defended with the same resolution. The repeated evi dence of the loyalty of the Madagascar troops has not been in vain, and the motherland has ap proved their unflinching fidelity.” Praised for Resistance. In reply Minister of Colonies Jules Brevie radioed: “The magnificent resistance to the bitter end put up by the defenders of Diego Suarez against an enemy overwhelmingly superior in numbers and arms, stimulates the admiration of France and all other colonies. "The heroic defenders have merited well of the fatherland. In the name of Marshal Petaln and the government I express to them Initial Tests Begin at World's Biggest Plane Motor Laboratory First of Six Research Units Put Into Operation; Chief Problem Is to Boost Power of Engines . Br th« Associated Press. CLEVELAND. May 8—The muf fled roar of an airplane engine rolled out of an inclosed chamber, and two men at the control panel in an ad joining cubicle studied rows of dials and indicators. Thus, first research activities were started today at what soon is to be the worlds largest aircraft engine laboratory. The men were Dr. George W. Lewis, director of aeronautical re search, and John F. Victory, secre tary of the National Advisory Com mittee for Aeronautics. They inau gurated research in the first of six major units of the N. A. C. A.’s $18. 000,000 Cleveland laboratory, which they declare will surpass anything in existence when it reaches full operation by the end of the year. "Originally planned for comple tion over a period of two and one half years, this new N. A. C. A. lab oratory is being rushed to comple tion at least one year ahead of schedule because of its importance in our present war effort,” said Dr. Lewis. Wind Tunnel for Motors. First operations were in the en gine-propelled research building. Its two torque stands are capable of testing engines up to 4.000 horse power. Five other research units will follow an engine research build ing, the only engine research wind tunnel of Its type In the world, a fuel and lubricant building, a flight research hangar and an ice tunnel. The engine research building will be equipped to study multi-cylinder power plants in units of a single cylinder or in their entirety. Motor accessories, the stress on parts and the recovery of heat lost through the exhaust or through the cooling of cylinders also will be studied. Present exhaust-type superchargers utilize some escaping heat, but at tempts will be made to use greater proportions. Horsepower Increase Sought. Developments In this building will be put to stratospheric tests in the wind tunnel. Whole engines with a rating of 3,000 horsepower, operat ing at conditions found at 50,000 feet and at temperatures as low as 67 degrees below aero can be tested. The N. A. C. A. says engines capable of these feats are still to be built. The tunnel's air speed “will ex the recognition of the country, which follows with fervor the action of those who are continuing the fight on Madagascar.” The Japanese Ambassador, Ta kanobu Mitani, conferred for the second time in three days yesterday with Chief of Government Pierre Laval, presumably on the Madagas car situation. nor r street, n. w. OWN THUMOAT tVW«INOI ***** «»•§ tMNnrMk CWmk ceed the maximum cruising speed of airplanes designed to date.” No men tion was made of the estimated spqed of aircraft now In the blue print stage, but some already in production are in the 400-mile class. The laboratory’s toughest problem will be to increase horsepower with out boosting materially the size and weight of the engine. In the last 10 years power has been doubled with out Increasing size, and major fac tors are high-octane fuels and more efficient lubricants, which also will be studied. What scientists discover in these investigations will be tested finally in the flight research hangar and 1 the Ice tunnel, where entire planes will be subjected to conditions found in the most hazardous flying. Gen. Brett Broke Ground. The site of the laboratory, near Municipal Airport, was selected In the autumn of 1940. A month later the first contract was awarded, and January 23, 1941, ground was broken by Lt. Gen. George H. Brett, now United Nations deputy commander in the Southwest Pacific In charge of air forces. To speed construction Congress approved negotiation of cost-plus fixed-fee contracts December 17, 1941, and the first contract under that system was approved by Presi dent Roosevelt December 31. The N. A. C. A. will conduct re search on problems initiated by its own subcommittees and those re quested by the Army, Navy and Civil Aeronautics Authority. It is con centrating on military aircraft, but says ltd present research will affect greatly the future of civilian flying. 21,267 Soviet Planes Ldst So Far in War, Germans Declare * E* tha Associated Press. BERLIN (from German broad casts), May 8.—The Russians lost at least 21,267 planes from the opening of the war last June 22 to April 30, the German high command declared yes terday. ▲ ^ | ▲ ^ | CHINESE A V I A M SCREENS ^1# ■ I 1 FURNITURE ▲ f% "W& JADES, ivories A I# | \ LAMPS, JEWELRY RUGS, PAINTINGS MANDARIN COATS, SILKS, CARVED STONE FIGURES, ttc. 1511 COHN, AVE, TEL DU. 4535 'Closer-Knit' Government Urged for Prince Georges • T. Howard Duckett, president of the Prince Georges Bank Sc Trust Co. of Hyattsville and Mount Rain ier, for many years a prominent civic leader, believes the county needs a “closer knit” form of gov emment to care for It* expanding population. 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