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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 1944
CQUEENS DIE PROUDLY SYNOPSIS CHAPTER I: The story of the famous 19th and 7th Bombardment Groups, of Lieut. Col. Frank Kurtz and his Fortress crew in the tremendous air campaign that saved in the Southwest Pacific. Lieut Kurtz, who was pilot of the old Fortress, known as “The Swoose.” which escaped from Clark Field, in the Philippines, tells of that fatal day when the Japs struck. He pedals to the WTeck of Old 99. finds eight of his crew lying in an irregular line. CHAPTER H: Lieut. Kurtz tells how orders to camouflage Old 99 were coun termanded instead they were to load bombs. Then he was ordered to jerk the bombs, reload with cameras and rush the camouflage. Preparations made for taking pictures of Formosa. Someone shouts. Look at that pretty navy forma tion." The "navy formation" happens to be a flight of Jap planes. CHAPTER HI: "Bombs hit the mess hall. The Japs move off. They hear another hum. "P-40’s." they think, but they prove to be Zeros coming in from the direction of Corregidor. The boys duck back into their foxholes. CHAPTER IV: The pilots are given their targets and towering above the group is Colin Kelly, about to head out on his first mission. Buzz Wagner is chased by Japs in his P-40. He meets Lieut. Russ Church and they bomb a Jap field. Church fails to return. The death of Colin Kelly. CHAPTER V: Fortresses are kent in the air to save them from the Japs. Through some mistake someone opens fire on them. Japs begin photographing the place. No longer safe CHAPTER IX: Bombardier says they had caught Japs flat-footed. At Malang Field boys are briefed before dawn. told about big concentration of Jap ships N.E. of Borneo. They take off, but hit a frightful fog. Cannot see plane right ahead. Coming out of fog they see a huge black cloud resembling tornado. It was the Dutch burning their Borneo oU. CHAPTER X: One of Kurtz* motors is hit as they approach target. He makes direct hit on cruiser. Losing altitude fast Tries to make Malang Field on Java, but changes mind anti heads for Surabaya Field. Sets her down safely on short runway. Dutch get reinforcements from U. S.—new E model Forts. CHAPTER XI: Bombardier tells of hazardous trip to Brazil when running low on gas. and of sabotage on planes. Gunner picks up the story, tells now E model Fortresses tangled with the Japs. CHAPTER XU: ©.WHIT* W.N.U.YEATUftU the day for the United Nations io sleep in the barracks, cots are moved into a corn field. With no fighters left to defend them, evacuation begins. Lieut. Kurtz tells of last plane trip out in a patched up plane. Japs land fight tanks at Apart. Squadron commander Major Gibbs fails to return from mission. U. S. forces flee from Clark Field to Mindanao. CHAPTER VI: Navigator Harry Schreiber tells of a fight with Zeros in which Shorty Wheless takes part. He lands in a rice paddy and is surrounded by Filipinos. The crew buys an outrigger canoe and sail to the isle of Panay. Later they take off for Australia. CHAPTER VU: Lieut. Kurtz takes up the story again. He describes the hot, dry Christmas day in Australia, and how U. S. fliers spent it A report comes in over CW radio. It was from Schaetzel saying he’d be in after dark with one body aboard. Schaetzel gets in, his plane a wreck. Gen. Brereton lands on the field and the boys are summoned to a meeting. CHAPTER VUI: U. S. fliers arrive at the Dutch field, and shortly after start on flight for Davao, in the Philippines, but run short of gas and come home. Gas up and take off at midnight for Davao, but fall to make target. On third trip over, Kurtz sees tremendous concen tration of ships, makes bomb run. Jap fighters come up. "Bombs away!** Lieut. Kurtz tells of bombing run on cruiser. Two hits scored. Major Robinson radios to Skiles: "Radio base at Malang to have ambulance ready." Then Major Robinson’s plane goes into a dive and crashes into sea. CHAPTER XIII: A Jap transport hit by U. S. bomb, goes up in confetti. Lieut. Kurtz, now in Batavia, gets word that P-40’s are on way from Australia with belly tanks. The P-40’s arrive at Gnoro. Japs move into Borneo and the Celebes, and three waves of Jap bombers fly over Java. CHAPTER XIV: An American sub sneaks through from Corregidor with 14 passengers aboard. Sergt. Boone, the gunner, tells how Queens die. CHAPTER XV: Java sea now full of Jap carriers, continues Lieut. Kurtz. Japs bombard helpless Dutch town. Scant Dutch rations described. Japs come over and blow up the kitchen a bomb scores a direct hit on their supply of beer. CHAPTER XVI: Japs learn weakness of E model Fortress, and U. S. fliers put in a .50-caliber machine gun. Attack a Jap cruiser. Lieut. Kurtz senses he is being watched. CHAPTER XVII “We dreamed and prayed for this And as a matter of fact the Navy did make an attempt. An aircraft tender was loaded with P-40’s and started out from Australia. But what happened was just what was feared. Those P-40’s were in crates stacked high on her decks, so she had to come clear in—through skies the Jap bombers ruled. She went down with her entire crew and those crated P-40’s forty miles off the southwest coast of Java—but I’m sure the Navy was doing the best it could for us with what they had. “Of course it gave our morale a kick in the belly. Late the next afternoon young Jack Dale (he’d won his spurs in the Philippines with the 17th Pursuit) came in from Gnoro on a personal mission from Major Bud Sprague. When he’d fin ished it he stayed a few minutes. “When he first came into Java he’d been a real sparkplug quarter back for the rest of the boys. When the alarm would sound, he’d jump to his feet, slap them on the back, and yell, ‘Let’s go, gang!’ But now he looked tired. He’d been living, sleep ing, eating under the wing of his plane for weeks—when he wasn’t up stairs fighting. Yet now, he said, they could hardly stay in the air because they were operating about ten P-40’s against as many as fifty or seventy-five Jap fighters, swarm ing up from carriers off in the Java Sea. ‘Frank,’ he said, wearily, ‘when we first got here, I’d run for my cockpit thinking, “How many am I going to get this morning?’’ But now when I take off I catch my self wondering, “Will it be my turn today?’’ “The next night a Navy man who had just got in from our little fleet told me what had happened to the Marblehead and the Houston, those (two beautiful cruisers which had been the nucleus of our Asiatic Fleet —helping the Dutch and Australians defend Java. With the rest of the fleet they’d been out in the Java Sea. When they sighted a Jap recco .plane overhead about, noon, .they knew they were in for trouble. They had no carrier, of course, which could send a fighter up to shoot it down. He said the Jap bombers pres ently came over them from their bases in Borneo and the Celebes (our bases they had captured) in three waves, spaced about half an hour apart. By skillful maneuver ing they dodged the bombs of the first two waves. But the third, which crippled them, caught them just at sundown, and chewed their superstructures into steel spaghetti. “In the darkness, they were able to crawl away out of range, and the Marblehead eventually got back to the States. My friend, who was an old-line blue-water surface sailor, praised the clever maneuvering which enabled her to survive at all, and I didn’t say anything, because I know what those poor guys had gone through. Only in that position, with the Japs absolutely in control of the air, they stood a ninety per cent chance of getting found and hit. No doubt their maneuvering was good. God knows I had sym pathy for them. When"! think of be ing down there on the surface, help lessly dodging and twisting to writhe away from bombs, it gives me night mares. “But troubles of our own were looming ahead. The boys in Navy Patrol Wing 10 came in with the report that their planes on recon naissance had sighted a force of six Jap transports and five warships headed toward Bali Strait, which di vides Java from Bali. They were after the Den Passar airdrome on Bali—our last stepping-stone—hav ing already occupied the airfield at Timor. This was, as maybe you now begin to see, a war of airdromes— Clark, Del Monte, Kendari, Sama rinda, Kupang, all of them lost pearls in the United Nations* de fenses, and now Den Passar. Next it could only be Malang, KNILM, Gno ro, and Madiun—all we had left on the strand. Seldom in this war did the Japs make a brutal assault al-, ways it was the skillful surgeon’s technique—isolate and occupy the airdromes and then you have the country. It was a game we knew well too, but you’ve got to buy chips before they will deal you a hand, and we didn’t have the equipment. “All I can say is the Dutch and Americans were ready to defend Bali with what we had. Our little surface navies moved in that night to clip them a glancing blow on the run, as they’d done at Macassar Straight, and our submarines did a grand jq.b in. the moonlight. The Colonel sent his Fortresses out and down to 5,000, to paste them from the air. We left two transports burning in the moonlight, and a crip pled cruiser. As a result the main Jap force had to stand off instead of seizing the airdrome that night they were able to get only a small beach head. “Next morning it was up to the Air Force alone, because the Navy w*as too tiny to venture out by day. The Forts went over, of course—in fact everything we had, to smash at those Jap- transports as they poured thirty thousand troops onto the beach at Bali. The P-40’s were led by Bud Sprague himself. That morning he got his commission as a lieutenant colonel. He paused just before the take-off to scraw’l his signature on his papers, but he didn’t take time to pretty himself up in his new silver leaves I guess he was satisfied to die in his old gold ones. Because what they desperate ly needed was dive bombers, and about all they had was P-40’s—a fighter plane which was never built as a stable platform to launch an egg from. But all right, there the job was to do, and so Bud climbed into the cockpit. ‘How many passes at the target are we going to make?’ someone asked. ‘Depends on how many wild hairs I’m sprouting when we get over her,’ says Bud with a grin, and they were off. “He led them cold pigeon into that Jap barrage over the Bali beach— Hell!—back here, the people don’t know that boy ever did a thing out there—and the other boys saw him go down in on his run—and never come up again. Yet his boys—what are left of them—still like to hope maybe he succeeded in landing on that Bali beach, which looks so nice in the travel folders, and will turn up grinning some day, telling them what a social success he was with the natives. “But it was pitiful. We lost al most all our dive bombers there, and about half our P-40 fighters. Of course Bud and his gang made the Japs pay ten to one for taking that airfield—but the Japs had it to pay. “With the Japs holding that Bali field, they could send bombers and fighters into every corner of Java, and we knew it was almost over. But anyway the Forts could now bomb our ow*n field the Japs had tak en from us—very convenient, be cause we knew exactly where every thing was-__ ____ Willys Triplett softball team chalked up its second successive inter-city vic tory last Wednesday night, drubbing Pandora, 16 to 1, in a game played at Pandora. Teeing off with four runs in the first inning, the local outfit went on to score a one-sided victory in which 18 hits were rapped out. In the hit ting assault Bluffton sluggers got 12 singles, two doubles, three triples and a home run. Paul Eikenbary paced the Triplett attack with a four-bagger, a triple and a single in four chances, and Landis got a double and a triple in three times at bat. Fourteen men saw action for Bluff ton in the contest, and seven of them made two or more hits. In addi tion to Eikenbary and Landis, others who got two hits included Bert Swank, Norm Triplett, Fred Swank, Beaverdam Mrs. Leonard Green is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hoffman and family at Miller City. Mrs. Irvin Sawmiller returned last week after visiting relatives at Tulsa, Okla. OPPORTUNITY to change breakfast menu. Serve new Post’s Raisin Bran, the delicious combination of crisp wheat and bran flakes plus California seedless raisins. Miss Ruth Durkee spent the past week in Toledo with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pratt. While there she attend ed the wedding of her niece Betty Jean Pratt to Lynn D. Ryan at the St. Paul’s Lutheran church on June 9. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Michael and family entertained at their home on Sunday a group of relatives in honor of the birthday anniversary of Mrs. Wm. Younkman. Those enjoying the dinner w-ere Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. John Augsbur ger, Mrs. Emma Baker of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Larue of Harrod, Mr. and Mrs. Norval Larue, Mrs. Lulu Klinger, Mr. and Mrs. Otis La rue of Lima, Mr. and Mrs. Ira La rue, Bernard Gratz, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Younkman. Mrs. Homer Bowers of Lima and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Anderson and family were Sunday guests of Mrs. Lillie Anderson. Mrs. Everett Rowland and Miss Irene Rowland were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pugh and family. Miss Linda Ramsey spent the past week with her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Ziegenbusch at Buckland. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Bowers oi Bayne were Sunday evening callers of the latters mother, Mrs. Etta Yant. Mrs. Troas Beach, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Benroth of Lima and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Conrad of Bluffton were Sunday evening visitors of Mrs. Charles Weaver. Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Stewart of Lima were callers Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Downey. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Yant have received word from their son Pvt. Lawrence W. Yant that he has been assigned to the 175th Training Bat alion at Camp Hood, Texas. Sunday visitors of Miss Adda Yoakam and Clem Yoakam were Mr. and Mrs. George Yoakam of Hills dale, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. John Wag ner and daughters of Ft. Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Gale Wagner and daughter June, Miss Ethel Spar of Lima. Visitors the past week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Kramer were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hawk and son Elmer of Lafayette, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Ewing from Columbus and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Plummel and family from Belle Center. More than 75 per cent of Ohio farms now have line electrical service but only a few farms get maximum use from this power. In many cases, the electricity is used only for lights and for household equipment. MARVELOUS VALUE AT ONLY FffE BLUFFTON NEWS^BLUFFTON, OHIO Triplett Softball Teatn Defeats Pandora, 16-1, For Second Victory Russ Gratz and Anderson. The Triplett pitching assignment was shared by Maynard Geiger and Timer Spaeth, and between them they gave up only four safeties to the Pandora team. Triplett AB Pftsingpr ......-...... ... 2 1 0 Landis ... ....... 3 1 2 Swank .. .......... 0 2 N. Triplett __ 5 2 2 Swank _____ ... 5 2 2 Gratz ..... —...... .... 5 3 2 F-ikenbary ...... 4 3 3 Moser 1 0 0 Anderson ................ .... 5 3 2 Rerky .. .............. ..... 5 2 1 Ream ..............- 0 1 Luginbuhl ................ ... 1 0 0 Geiger .. ...............- .... 3 0 1 Spaeth .. ...........-..... ...... 0 0 0 Totals ____ ... 48 16 18 Pandora-------------- __ 34 1 4 Elrose Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stauffer and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Potts and daughter of Bluffton spent Sunday evening with Mrs. Emmaline Non namaker and the Lendon Basinger family. Mr. and Mrs. David Fisher and daughter Elizabeth of Pandora spent Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Fisher. Mrs. Purl Hartman of Findlay spent several days last week at her h|me here. Those enjoying a picnic din ner Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Purl Hartman, Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Basinger and Mr. and Mrs. James Watkins. Celebrating Mrs. Lucinda Koontz’s 80th birthday the follou-ing enjoyed Sunday at the Henry Koontz home: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Marquart and daughter Dorothy, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brvaeneller and family of Jenera, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Marquart of Arlington, Mrs. Brown of Wil liamstown, Mrs. Richard Bayless and family and Mrs. LaVfirne Marquart and son of Findlay, Mr. and Mrs. Wil bur Marquart and family and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Marquart and family of Eagle township, Clifford Koontz and the honored guest. Mrs. Koontz wishes to thank all her many friends for the card shower and gifts she received in rememberance of her birthday. Union Prayer services at the Olive Branch Church Thursday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nonnamaker and family spent Sunday evening with the Rolland Koontz family in Bluffton. Callers at the Mr. and Mrs. Ami Nonnamaker home the past w-eek were Mrs. Stanley Ream, daughter Patricia and son Gene of Gary, Ind., Mrs. Don Ream of Bluffton, Mrs. Susan Arnold and daughter Bess, Richard Gossman of Bluffton, Mrs. N. M. Hiestand, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Kramer of Mt. Cory, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hamilton and Betty, Chas. Nonnamaker, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Nonnamaker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Klingler and family. Miss Arlene Welsch of Valparaso, Ind., spent Friday night and Saturday with the Lendon Basinger family. Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Elzay of Ada, spent Saturday afternoon with the Henry Koontz family. Mr. and Mrs. Wright Klingler and family entertained the following guests at supper last Wednesday evening: Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Strat ton, Flo Stratton, Mr. and Mrs. Bern ard Stratton, daughter Elaine, sons Larry and Ortho, Misses Anna Mary Crow*, and Marilyn Reiter of Mt. Cory, and J. D. Clymer of near Benton. Callers the past week at the M. J. Stratton home were Mrs. Freeman Basinger, Mrs. Arthur Nonnamaker, Mrs. Della Warren of Payne, Ohio, Mrs. Allen High of Mt. Cory. Mrs. Stratton wishes to thank her friends for the cards and gifts received on her birthday last Wednesday. News Want-Ads Bring Results. Twenty-Three Pieces! Complete Service for Fowl MOONSTONE LUNCHEON SET Hobnail glassware with all the creamy beauty of the moonstone for which it’s named! Bet includes four each—salad plates, cups and saucers, footed tumblers and sherbets and one each— sugar, creamer, and sandwich plate. Bluffton Implement & Harness Co. Firestone Dealers 1.98 Summer arrived Wednesday wear ing her last winter’s outfit maybe her slacks and shorts w-ere delayed somewhere enroute because of the war and the w-ar has to take the rap for everything nowadays so that shiver that went up your spine when you saw the thermometer at 56 de grees Tuesday morning must have been due to the war. and remember when it was up to 96 Sunday ... as tonishing how the mercury performs all those coltish antics cavorting up and down anyway the calendar says it’s officially summer and there are plenty of signs pointing that way for instance the council is talking about warning residents to mow weeds on their premises and medals to those public spirited folk who went beyond the call of duty and cleaned up the alleyway at the rear of their lots and youths from United Brethren denomination in their annual confer ence at Bluffton college this week. and boys and girls from the First Mennonite church at a similar gather ing at Camp Mack, Indiana and High School Principal Buhler leaving next Monday as instructor at a boys’ camp in Minnesota and summer reunion season here—Owens school folks to hold get-together at Richland Grange hall, Sunday—all of which goes to show that we’ll never be presi dent or even governor cause we weren’t born on a farm and never went to a little red school and it looks as if the horse, all but forgot ten during the lush days of joyriding is coming back ... at any rate the horse will be in the kingrow at Bluff ton’s Fourth of July rodeo and who knows, perhaps the one-horse shay ahd surrey with the fringe on top may be back too and hats off to the bond solicitors and bond buyers who have rolled up an impressive record for Bluffton within the last ten days let’s keep it up—and remem ber that extra $100 bond you intend ed to buy. You’ll never be able to convince O. O. Alspach, Bluffton’s veteran tailor, that 13 in an unlucky number—not since the arrival of his thirteenth grandchild—Richard Allen, bom to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Alspach in Chicago, hast week. What is believed to be an army carrier pigeon is being cared for at the Clarabel Owens farm south of town. The bird, apparently exhaust ed was found there the first of the w-eek. It has two legbands, one of i which bears the inscription USA 30. You know the old saying about mis fortune never coming singly—well that’s what Paul Detwiler had to ex plain to the state highway patrol last Friday and it was a tale of hard luck that melted even a hard boiled patrol man. It all happened when Paul bought a second hand car the day be fore and made application for a li cense the same day too late to get the tag. Due to a break on his milk truck Friday morning Paul as an emergency measure, used the car on his milk delivery route. But as fate w-ould have it the car developed a flat tire on the Dixie highway south of town and Paul went back to town for a spare. During his absence, however more fate in the uniform of a state patrolman spied the car at the side of the I'oad without a tag and had it hauled in to a local garage where Paul found it—and also a summons from the patrol. Paul explained Fri day ai»d got his license tag. And speaking of misfortune, there’s Mayor Howe’s brother, Artemus Howe, farmer of West Middletown, whose bam was struck by lightning and burned recently, losing imple ments, livestock and hay. Howe lost an ami in a tractor accident several years ago. His wife, the former Es telle Mosiman is a sister of the late Dr. S. K. Mosiman and the farm which they occupy is the former Mosi man homestead. Oldtimers will remember Max Grif fith—brother of Esmond—who first became intrigued with airplanes when he lived here more than thirty years ago. Well, Max is still at it, only now he has a responsible position as inspector in an airplane factory at Patterson, New Jersey. They say that last year he dictated more than 10,000 letters. A special letter of commendation from Major General Clark, command er of the forces in Italy was received recently by the sterilizing unit of which Stanley Basinger is a member. A copy of the letter, received the first of the week by his father, Dr. Francis Basinger. Stanley, former Bluffton funeral director was assigned to train ing with a sterilizing unit when in this country and served for a time in Af rica before being sent to Italy. A swarm of bees which alighted on the side of the Presbyterian manse last week show no signs of leaving and what to do about it is a question confronting Mr. and Mrs. Jay Harris who occupy* the property, also the WANTED 25 MEN WANTED The War Department and Navy are pressing us hard for maximum production of tires, tubes, life belts, landing boats and pontoons. Experience Not Necessary—Paid While You Learn WHOLE MILK GOOD WAGES-STEADY WORK Time and Half After 40 Hours for the manufacture of Spray Powder AND As our production is essential war work we invite 4-F MEN OR 1-A-L MEN who are not now in essential war work GOOD PROSPECTS FOR REGULAR EMPLOYMENT AFTER THE WAR All applicants must comply with W. M. C. stabilization program. THE COOPER CORPORATION SOUR CREAM FINDLAY, OHIO AH Hiring Done Through the for the manufacture of Butter Highest Prices Paid for All Dairy Products THE PAGE DAIRY CO. BLUFFTON, OHIO PHONE 489-W United States Employment Service 216 South Main St, Findlay, Ohio PAGE SEVEN church board of trustees would like to know. Any suggestions as to how to get rid of the visitors will be wel comed. The bees previously swarmed there several years ago. A grand-nephew of Mrs. Lou Eaton, Capt. Richard Light of Lima, with the army medical corps in New Guinea has built himself a comfort able dwelling in the semi-wilds of the island using ply wood and plastic left from materials used to construct the post hospital there. And what’s more he has furnished it just as ingenious ly. For instance, there’s a davenport with an army* cot as the base and up holstered with odds and ends and cov ered with burlap. Burlap drapes or namented with fringe and pillows fashioned from left-over bits of cloth add to the homelike effect. Soap Use An average of 25.3 pounds of soap per person was made in the years between 1937 and 1941. THE A. C. & Y. RAILROAD MEEDS BRAKEMEN BOILERMAKERS MACHINISTS CAR REPAIRMEN SECTIONMEN TELEGRAPH OPERATORS BRIDGE AND BUILDING CARPENTERS Must meet WMC requirements. These are full wartime jobs and good possibilities for postwar work. Liberal railroad retirement and unemployment benefits. Call at the nearest A. & Y. station and the agent will give you complete information. The Akron, Canton & Youngstown Railroad Co.