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I Soviet Bayonets
Beat Off Attack
; On Sevastopol
\
Black Sea Fleet's Guns
Help to Break Up
I Nazis’ Offensive Plan
»
I
By JAMES E. BROWN
Isl'l T**wt n~rr\t* M»ff f
I MOSCOW. June 16.—While
1 heavy shells from the Russian
Black Sea fleet screamed over
| head, the Soviet defenders of Se
i vastopol met German attackers in
I hand-to-hand eombat today, hurl-j
’ ing hack the enemy in a series of,
bloody bayonet charges on the
historic Crimean battleground.
I Naval planes from the Soviet j
1 aircraft carrier Stalin participated
| in the fighting, bombing and ma
chine-gunning German positions
while marine detachments landed
by the Black Sea fleet played a
pan in disrupting the Nazi offen
sive plan.
German Infantry troops, sup
ported by tanks, are attacking
repeatedly on two fronts, the Com
munist party newspaper Prmvda
reported. Each thrust is preceded
by aerial bombardment.
ALL POSITIONS SAVED
Latest front line dispatches said
the Soviets were maintaining all
positions intact.
Meanwhile, counter-attacks by
Marshal Semyon Timoshenko's
armies slowed down the Nazi drive
on the Kharkov front and a Rus
sian offensive appeared under way
in the Kursk sector, 200 miles to
the north, relieving German pres
sure in the Ukraine battle zone.
Fierce battling at the Crimean
port of Sevastopol raged into Its
thirteeenth day with the Soviet
defenders holding firm despite ter
rific German poundings from land
batteries and luftwaffe bombers.
The famed heights of Balaklava,
scene of the historic "charge of
the light brigade," took on a
prominent role in the battle for
the Sevastopol naval base.
FLEE AIDS DEFENDERS
The Moscow radio said power
ful units of the Soviet Black Sea
fleet took up position from which
they were battering German artil
lery on the heights of Balaklava.
Sailors and marines from Black
Sea poets carried out Commando
type raids against the German
forces besieging Sevastopol from
several coastal points.
Nazi Subs Sink
Four Allied Ships
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Axis submarines, cutting a broad
swath of destruction from the
North Atlantic to the Gulf of
Mexico, have sunk four more
United Nations ships, naval au
thorities announced today.
The latest sinkings, with the
probable loss of nine lives, bring
to 242 the total of United Nations
vessels known to have been de
stroyed in American continental
waters since December 8.
Struck almost simultaneously
by two torpedoes, a large cargo
ship of Panamanian registry went
down in the Gulf of Mexico on
June 11. One seaman was re
ported missing; 59 others made
port.
Six lives were believed lost In
the sinking of a small American
freighter off the southern coast of
Cuba June 7. There were 27 sur
vivors.
At a South Atlantic port, 52
survivors of a torepedoed Ameri
can cargo ship of medium sue
landed in lifeboats with the aid of
sails. They had w'aved away two
Brazilian ships which hove to for
the rescue, they said, fearing the
submarine might still be lurking
in the area. Two men were killed
w’hen the torpedo struck.
The fourth sinking was that of
a ship of unspecified size and
nationality from which 26 sur
vivors reached an East Canadian
port.
NAZIS BLOCKADE U. ».
BUENOS AIRES Argentina,
June 16 (INS). The German
charge d’affairs today formally
notified the Argentine government
that United States ports were un
der blockade.
The Argentine government now
has more than 15 ships operating
between Buenos Aires and United
States porta.
Plane Hits Hangar;
Pilot, Worker Killed
SAN FRANCISCO. June 16
♦ INS) An army pursuit plane
crashed into a hangar at the San
Francisco airport yesterday, carry
ing the pilot to instant death and
*.:)inji • private working in the
building.
The plane exploded as it struck
the hangar, causing a $500,000
fire. The dead were identified as
Second Lieut. James Mittfiel, the
pilot of the plane, and Pvt. Lev
eret t B. Thomas, an aviation
mechanic i
PAGE 2
CUTIES By E. Simms Campbell
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Planes Damage
6 Jap Warships
(Continued from Page One)
referred to was one of those re
ported damaged by the navy.
Despite the confusion, these
things stand out in a recapitula
tion of official statements on the
Aleutian action:
There has been ho specific men
tion to date by the navy depart
ment of any American surface
vessels in the Aleutian area; all
American action reported thus far
has been by aircraft.
BIG JAP FORCE
The Japanese force in the North
Pacific is a big one—probably far
greater than the public has been
given reason to suspect. It was
recalled that Admiral King re
cently said that the Japanese were
not in the habit of sending a "boy
on a man’s Job.”
There is every Indication that
the Aleutian battle has or will de
velop into an engagement com
parable—in importance if not in
size—to those that preceded it,
first in the Coral Sea and later
off Midway.
The battle of Midway was a
sequel of the Coral Sea battle.
The thrust at Alaska and the
Aleutian Islands obviously was
planned by the enemy to parallel
its attempt to capture Midway.
FIRST OFFICIAL WORD
The navy's communique last
night was the first official word of
the Aleutians engagement since it
announced last Friday that the
Japanese had landed on Attu and
had ships in the harbor at Kiska
—both in the Aleutians.
Last night s communique made
no mention of the enemy forces
that have landed on the Islands,
indicating that they were still
there.
The text of the communique;
"North Pacific area:
| —"The army and .navy are
continuing air attacks
against the Japanese forces
which recently were reported to
have landed on western Islands
of the Aleutian group.
O—" Foul wqpther and fog,
characteristic of this lo
cality at all seasons, are ham
pering our reconnaissance and
attack operations, but reports to
date indicate that at least three
cruisers, one destroyer, one gun
boat and one transport have
been damaged, some of them
severely.
O- ‘ Except for these continu-
ing air attacks upon the
enemy landing parties and their 1
supporting naval contingents,
the general situation in the
Aleutian Islands appears un
changed.”
ARNOLD'S TELEGRAM
Arnold’s telegram to the Martin
company was made public shortly
before the naval communique was
Issued. It was to inform the com
pany that Lieut Gen. I>elos C.
'Emmons, Hawaiian commander,
'and MaJ. Gen. Simon B Buckner,,
;Alaskan commander, had reported
("the magnificent i>art your <B-26)
bombers have played in the recent
successes off Midway and the
Aleutians."
“In the Aleutians," Arnold's
telegram said, "a group of B 26'a
made three attacks on the main
Japanese forre, ainUlng a cruiser
and scoring two hits with tor
pedoes, beddes dropping a tor
pedo on the deck of a carrier."
Windsor Sailor Killed
Thomas Albert Chapman. 37, of
Albert road, Windsor, a
sailor in the United States Mer
■ chant Marine, wa* killed in the
torpedoing of an oil tanker in the
[Gulf of Mexico last Thursday, his
mother was informed today by the
Marine Transport Lines, operator
of the vessel. The body was re
covered and is to be returned to
Windsor.
Axis Claims
Many Sunk
In 2 Convoys
(Continued from Page One)
lowing up claims of yesterday, said
Italian submarines had sighted a
big British convoy as soon as It
left Gibraltar and had torpedoed
and sunk two British “units.”
At dawn Monday, it was said,
two Italian light cruisers and five
destroyers “violently” attacked
the convoy as it steamed toward
Malta and "beat it into retreat”
even though it was escorted by
two cruisers and 12 destroyers.
In close range fighting, the com
munique said, an Allied cruiser
blew up and sank under concen
trated fire from the Italian cruis
ers Eugenio d» Savola and Rai
mondo Montecuccoli and two Ital
ian destroyers were "gravely”
damaged.
The communique said that an
"additional" Allied cruiser and a
destroyer were damaged by Italian
destroyers.
Thereafter the Italian navy con
tinued its attack throughout the
day, sinking a second destroyer,
sinking four merchantmen and
setting fire to a tanker, it was re
lated.
SECOND CONVOY HIT
A second convoy from Alexan
dria, Egypt, was attacked by
bomber and torpedo planes, the
communique said, and one de
stroyer was sunk and “seven
other large units” hit.
“An Italian heavy rrulaer
was lost when hit by an aerial
torpedo and later by an under
water torpedo," the communique
confessed. It said that another
Italian “unit” was hit but
“could reach base,” and that a
large part of its crew were
saved.
The communique reported 25
Allied planes shot down in the
eastern Mediterranean and an
other 19 shot down yesterday. It
reported a total Italian loss of
four planes.
A United Press Vichy dispatch
quoted Italian sources that United
States warships were among those
protecting the convoys.
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Naval Ensign
Spotted Japs on
Way to Midway
Sent Word Back
and Help Arrived
to Rout the Enemy
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, June
16 (UP).—A navy ensign spotted
the Japanese invasion fleet and,
after flying over it three times
undetected, sent the report which
led to the American victory in
the Midway Island battle, It was
announced today.
The navy revealed the story, In
its first account of its own part in
the victory, only after its long
range Consolidated PBY patrol
bombers which had played a mem
orable part, picked up 27 airmen,
many wounded, in a 10-day search
of the shark-infested waters.
HEROES OF BATTLE
To the many heroes of the bat
tle, the navy added:
• Ensign Jewell Reid, 28, Pa
ducah. Ky., whose part was de
scribed as "an instance of an
officer whose reports may have
influenced an entire action.”
He spotted the Japanese inva
sion force while on a routine
patrol in mid-morning, June 3,
having taken off at dawn.
• Lieut. Howard P. Ady, 24.
San Antonio, Tex., and his co
pilot, Lieut. Maurice (Snuffy)
Smith, Lodi, Cal. They
spotted the Japanese striking
force at 5:30 a. m. June 4.
• Lieut. William A. Chase. 30.
Altoona, Pa., pilot, and Ensign
W. C. Corbett, 28, Philadelphia,
observer, whose plane inter
cepted Ady*» report on the strik
ing force and then sighted 150
miles off Midway the enemy
plane fleet heading for the
island.
SAVE 27 FLIERS
The navy’s PBY planes which
spotted the Japanese Joined in the
torpedo attacks on them, provided
invaluable reports on patrol work
throughout the Midway battle and
then carried out the rescue work
for 10 days, saving the lives of
27 American airmen.
Crews of these planes had an
average of two hours’ sleep a day
for many days.
In addition to their spotter
work, and on a volunteer basis,
they made a daring night torpedo
attack, the first on record by
planes of their type, scoring a hit
on an 8,000-ton troop transport.
LED BY CAPTAIN BIMARD
The navy revealed that in the
Midway battle, the first in which
units of the navy, marines and
army ever operated under a single
command, the directing man was
Capt. Cyril T. Simard, California,
commander of the naval air sta
tion and senior officer on Midway.
Simard. Capt. Logan C. Ram
sey, Philadelphia, who directed
the operations of the patrol planes;
Commander Massie Hughes, Selma,
Ala., and Commander Robert C.
Brixner, Piedmont, Cal., told the
story of the navy air arm’s role
with the role of the men who
fought the battle.
Plea for War Workers
WASHINGTON, June 16 (INS).
War Labor Board Chairman
William H. Davis today appealed
to the United States Employment
Service to provide workers at the
Arkwright Corporation, Fall River,
Mass., to replace 125 strikers who
failed to return to work as
orderd by the WLB.
Why Not Get Both?
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2 Navy Pilots Fight
Sharks and Live
Fliers Downed in Midway Battle
Spend 5 Horrible Days on Rafts
By JACK SINGER
Inl’l News Servies Staff Cormnsint
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, June
16. —Two young navy pilots whose
planes had plunged into the Pacific
during the great battle of Midway
Island described today the almost
incredible tortures they endured
adrift on two tiny inflated rubber
boats.
It was a stirring saga of five
days and four nights of sun, wind,
thirst, hunger and despair.
The pilots were Ensign John
Mclnemey, 26. of Worcester, Mass.,
and Ensign John Magda, 23, of
Louisville, Ky. They told how
they miraculously cheated death
In a heroic and stubborn battle
against the sea after their planes
had run out of fuel and plummeted
into the Pacific.
SAVED BY PLANE
Delirious and half crazed by
their harrowing experience, dur
ing which they drifted 300 miles,
the two ensigns were plucked
from the waves at dusk on June 8
by a navy PB-Y plane.
Through lips scorched and
cracked by the sun, Mclnerny
and Magda told of their heart
break as planes roared overhead
without sighting them; of their
ceaseless battle with sharks; of
their silent but fervent prayers
for rescue.
"W© prayed plenty, and we’re
not ashamed to admit It,”
husky, florid-faced Mclnerny
said.
Magda, swarthy, handsome, with
a trim mustache, quietly nodded
assent.
Returning from an attack on
three Japanese aircraft carriers in
the battle of Midway, the planes
piloted by the two ensigns ran out
of fuel before they could reach
their own carrier. The planes
glided into the sea, striking the
water with shattering impact less
than 20 yards apart.
DESPERATELY SICK
Mclnerny told about those first
few minutes in the water:
"I was the first to get my
rubber boat inflated. Those
boats are built like sausages
and It’s very difficult to climb
Into them. Mine upset three
time# before I finally managed
to worm ray way Inside.
"My plane sank within 15
More U.S.Planes
Land in Turkey
LONDON. June 16 (INS).—
Three additional United States
bombing planes have landed in
Turkey, presumably after a new
sortie against Nazi positions in
eastern Europe, the German-con
trolled Paris radio said today. Five
United States planes which landed
Friday were reported part of a
formation of 100 bombers.
ANKARA, Turkey, June 16
(UP).—Vichy French soldiers re
ported today that big Allied planes
had been bombing Axis targets in
southeastern Europe for several
weeks before four United States
Army bombing planes landed in
Turkey Friday.
Informants asserted that the
raids had been made intermit
tently.
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seconds. I rowed to where
Magda wm itruiKllnf into kli
boat Juit aa his plane tank.
"Between us, we got the two
sausages lashed together. Bat
by this time we had swallowed
a lot of salt water. We were
desperately sick all the first daj
and night.
"The sun was scorching, bat
when night fell It was freexlng
cold. We huddled In oar boats,
shivering and shaking."
Magda took up the gripping
story:
"Heavy swells kept ns con*
stantly soaked from head to
foot. Wo constantly kidded each
other and told Jokes to keep up
our spirits.
BEE PLANE IN NORTH
"Late In the afternoon we saw
a plane to the north of us. We
rowed like mad. We prayed.
But the plane swept out of
sight. That night a heavy rain
squall swirled around us"
Their entire food supply con
sisted of a bar of chocolate, a
Saves Schoolmate
PEARL HARBOR. June 16
(INS).—An ensign was rescued by
a schoolmate following the rout
of the Japanese armada at Mid
way, a navy communique disclosed
today.
The ensign was TTwsmas Ramsay
of Ramsay Springs, Miss. He
was rescued by August Barthes of
Biloxi. Miss., who found his school
mate floating on a raft after eight
days with even his eyeballs sun
burned.
three-ounce can of concentrated
food, a small bottle of malted milk
tablets and some water.
"On the third day the morn
ing sun was almost unbearable,"
Mclnemy said. "We put our
shirts over our heads for pro
tection bat It didn't help much.
"Most of tho time we were
busy beating off sharks with
our paddles.
“By the time dawn broke on
the fourth day wo were both
very weak and began for the
first time to doubt that we would
be rescued."
All this time their lashed-to
gether boats were being buffeted
by heavy swells. Mclnemy, ex
hausted, slumbered fitfully. Magda
talked constantly about his wife,
the former Mary Katherine Miljer
of San Diego, Cal.
"You think about everything
you ever did when you’re in a
spot like that," Magda said. "Wo
both made a lot of resolutions
that we pledged to keep if we
were saved.
SPOTTED BY PLANES
“Late in the afternoon wo
•potted two planes on our port
wide. I stood up and waved so
frantically that I toppled over
board.
“A couple of minutes later one
plane swept over at about 500
feet. He dipped his winfs and
dropped smoke bombs to show
that he had seen us, circled for
10 minutes and then landed on
the water 100 yards away.
‘The pilot pulled us aboard
and the first thing we did was
drink a gallon of water."
During the ordeal Mclnemy lost
25 pounds and Magda 20.
Tuesday, June 16, 1942
150,000 Japs
Close Pincers on
Chinese Railway
80-Mile Middle Section
of Line Still in Hands
of Chiang't Defenders
By KOBEBT P. MARTIN
VmitU mss lac C«tw»m4ml
CHUNGKING, China, June 16.
—The Japanese have gained con
trol of all the 400-mile Chekiang-
Klangsl Railway except an 80-mile
section between Ylngtun and
Shangjao, but Chinese demolition
squads are dynamiting and de
stroying abandoned sections, a
military spokesman said today.
He said the destruction was so
thorough that the Japanese had
been unable to utilise any of the
railroad they have recently taken
oxer.
The Japanese, he revealed, have
concentrated 150,000 men in a
pincers movement from the east
and west.
Yingtun and Shanjao still were
in Chinese hands, he said.
"We are calmly resisting the
enemy's hogs pincer movement
according to prearranged plans,"
the spokesman said.
From Chekiang province, vir
tually overrun by the Japanese,
one enemy column estimated at
100,000 men was pressing west
ward at Chinese positions around
Shangjao, about 60 miles inside
Kiangsi province.
The seamd column of possibly
50.000 men was driving southeast
ward against Ylngtun, 80 miles
from Nanchang.
Maine Isolationist
Loses GOP Vote
PORTLAND, Me., June 16
(INS).—lsolationist Congressman
James C. Oliver, seeking a fourth
term, was defeated in the Repub
lican primaries by Robert Hale.
Portland lawyer and supporter of
the administration’s foreign policy,
returns showed today.
Hale’s victory margin in the
Second District fight was unoffi
cially indicated to be nearly 2 to 1.
Hale will oppose former Gov.
Louis J. Brann who easily won the
Democratic nomination over Ray
VV. Stetson of Portland.
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Lesson
for tomorrow
At the Noble Street station of your Gas
Company the other day, visiting experts
demonstrated actual fire bombs. On a
wood platform representing a wood floor
the bombs sputtered, flared with tre
mendous heat. Then, with the latest
types of fire control equipment, the
experts showed how to bring the confla
gration under control.
Witnesses were officials of the Company
and the Company-wide Fire Warden
organization, a group of men from all
the plants and offices of your Gas
Company.
Each Gaa Company Fire Warden is care
fully trained in his duties, is required to
know what to do and how to do it should
a fire bomb fall on his sector.
This special fire control training will be
valuable to the community as a whole,
as well as to the Company.

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Hamburg
Workers 1
Map Revolt ;
By taiUS
Private advices from continental
Europe said today that the work
ers of Hamburg. Germany’s major
port and industrial center, were in
a state of incipient revolt, prom
ising openly that the time would
soon come when they would have
their revenge.
The advices, purporting to detail
the state of civilian morale there,
followed closely apparently authen
tic news that there had been a
bloody food riot in Hamburg last
week.
The advices came from an
Aryan German, who, until a recent
date, lived In Hamburg. He said
that hardly anybody there be
lyieved in an ultimate German vic
tory; that the presence of maimed
and mutilated soldiers from Rus
sia had had a demoralizing effect.
The Hitler, stiff-armed salute, Is
out of vogue, he said, and an offi
cial propanganda campaign has
been started to restore it. Nazi
party members no longer wear
their badges. Reichsmarshal Her
mann Goering and Propaganda
Minister Josef Goehbels are spoken
of with the greatest disrespect,
even ridicule.
The German asserted that a
great part of the population of
Hamburg would be glad to lose
the war if only the present state
of things could be ended and the
Nazi regime abolished.
Since the big Royal Air Force
raids started, the British radio has
become exceedingly popular, de
spite heavy penalties, including
death.
Private advices reaching the
United Press from other sources,
which seemed equally reliable,
said that the number of German
soldiers deserting and fleeing into
neutral Switzerland was increas
ing. It was not pretended that the
number was large—it was the in
crease which was considered sig
nificant
'One-Eye' Connally
to Start Work at 73
LOWELL, Mass.. June 16 (INS).
James (One-Eye) Connolly,
famed gate crasher, today was pre
pared to start a new career at the
age of 73.
He’s going to work, he said, in a
Detroit war plant. Connolly re
turned to Lowell, his native city,
to obtain a birth certificate re
quired for war production work.
The job will be his first since he
sold newspapers as a boy.
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