U.S. Navy Department (December 22, 1942)
Communiqué No. 227
On December 20, U.S. bombers, escorted by fighters, executed a heavy, coordinated attack on Japanese shore installations on the island of Kiska. Hits were scored and heavy explosions were observed in the vicinity of the submarine base. Camp areas and buildings were bombed and strafed. All U.S. planes returned.
On December 20, Army “Flying Fortresses” attacked enemy installations in the Munda area of New Georgia Island. Results were not reported.
On December 21:
Army “Flying Fortresses” again bombed Japanese shore facilities at Munda, but no report of the results has been received.
Two Japanese cargo ships were attacked by “Flying Fortresses” near Kahili in the Buin area on Bougainville Island. One direct hit and several near hits were scored. One of the cargo vessels was last seen settling by the stern.
The Pittsburgh Press (December 22, 1942)
‘Solo drivers’ may be denied ration books
‘Large number’ of B and C motorists fail to share rides, OPA says
Fighting intense –
Allies capture Buna Airfield
Tanks overrun strongpoints of Jap defense
By Brydon Taves, United Press staff writer
‘Slow but sure’ –
Merged armies to hit Tunisia
Planes guard men, supplies rushing to front
By Phil Ault, United Press staff writer
Unionists predict shutdown –
Change in order to rehire seven ‘witnesses’ unlikely
By Fred W. Perkins, Press Washington correspondent
Three agencies draft plan to ease gas, fuel shortage
Entire petroleum rationing structure likely to be revamped; Byrnes predicts improvement
U.S. raids both ends of Pacific
Bases in Aleutians and Solomons bombed
Pay-for-future delivery plan studied by OPA
Such items as refrigerators, autos and pianos are mentioned
Canadian Air Force girl and sergeant to marry
New two-cent stamp
Postmaster General Frank C. Walker today announced he had authorized the issuance of a new two-cent United Nations stamp to on sale Jan. 15 throughout the country. It will be red and of regular size, but the design was not revealed.
Teachers may furnish help on income tax
Treasury considers plan as means to provide general facts
A myth exploded –
Taxes in Britain really lower than in America
Britons have fewer local taxes than in U.S. and value of currency favors them – no exact comparison of levies possible
By Ralph Hendershot, financial editor, New York World-Telegram
Underground cable links Pacific, Atlantic Coasts
New York (UP) –
The new all-underground transcontinental telephone cable, begun in 1940 to ensure telephone service between Washington and the Pacific Coast in case of war with Japan, was opened last night.
President Walter S. Gifford, of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company in New York and President N. R. Powley of the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company talking in San Francisco, held the first conversation.
The new cable actually runs from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California, connecting with older cables at those points. All the four older transcontinental lines cross the Rockies and most of the great plains by pole line and are subject to service interruption because of weather conditions.
Earthquake in Pacific
A strong earthquake shock, with its epicenter near the western end of Unalaska Island in the Aleutians, was recorded by a number of seismographs in this country on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 6:18 p.m. EWT. It probably did not disturb the Japs on Kiska, for Unalaska is approximately 1,400 miles from that battered mass of rock.
Downed more than 600 Japs –
Colin Kelly’s outfit all heroes after full year in Pacific War
19th Bombardment Group in thick of fighting from very start
By James Cullinane, special to the Pittsburgh Press
Army fliers die in crash
Jackson, Mississippi –
The death of two fliers in a collision between two training planes above Augustine Field was announced by the Army last night.
Campaign in Africa proves that gun can beat the tank
By Phil Ault, United Press staff writer
Austrian countess held
Los Angeles, California –
Countess Elsa Carqueville Fardulli Gunnerson von Starhemberg was held today on a charge of impersonating a federal agent. She allegedly represented herself as an FBI agent to obtain $200 for Lawrence Santrey Dodd at Miami, Florida. The Austrian countess denied the charge.
Wheeler protests sedition charges