America at war! (1941--) -- Part 2

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Diary of a WAAC reveals vital statistics

Louisville, Kentucky (UP) –
An official release from Fort Knox today revealed the social statistics in the life of a WAAC.

The Army said these figures were taken from the diary of pretty WAAC Aux. Rita Smith of New Albany, Indiana. In one week, Aux. Smith was:

Asked for dates 26 times
Whistled at 389 times
Danced with 89 times
Stood up 0 times

U.S. Navy Department (June 2, 1943)

Communiqué No. 399

North Pacific.
On May 31, on Attu Island, mopping up operations by U.S. Army troops against isolated Japanese groups continued.

As of midnight May 30, the Japanese casualties on Attu were estimated as follows:

Killed 1,500
Captured 4

On May 31, formations of Army Liberator (Consolidated B‑24) heavy bombers, Mitchell (North American B‑25) medium bombers and Warhawk (Curtiss P‑40) fighters bombed and strafed Japanese positions at Kiska. Hits were scored on the runway, North Head and Gertrude Cove.

Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 2, 1943

Coast Guard cutter sinks German sub

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter SPENCER (WPG-36) has chalked up a definite submarine sinking to her credit.

In an engagement in the Atlantic several weeks ago, the SPENCER skill­fully tracked down a U‑boat which tried to slip away under the roar of the propellers of a convoy, forced the raider to the surface with depth charges, and destroyed her in the gun battle which followed, taking many survivors prisoner.

Casualties aboard the SPENCER were light, while the cutter suffered only slight damage.

The Pittsburgh Press (June 2, 1943)

Coal strike up to Roosevelt; WLB halts pay negotiations

Pledge violation charged; ‘coercion’ method put under ban

Milk deliveries cut by strike

Drivers’ protest against ODT order shuts off supply to homes

Allied fleet twice shells Pantelleria

Italian island isolated; bases on Sardinia and Sicily pounded
By C. R. Cunningham, United Press staff writer

Howard aboard missing plane

Lisbon transport reported shot down by Nazis

Leslie Howard – Death in Bay of Biscay!

London, England (UP) –
A British Overseas Airways transport, which Lisbon dispatches said carried the famous actor Leslie Howard and 14 other persons, is missing on the regular flight from Portugal to London and has apparently been shot down by Nazi warplanes over the Bay of Biscay.

The big Douglas passenger plane, operated by the Dutch KLM Line and carrying three British children who had just arrived from America en route home, was “shot down,” according to the British press attaché in Lisbon, where little hope was held for survival of any of those aboard. The last wireless message from the plane reportedly said it was under attack.

Reporter on board

Mr. Howard’s business manager, Alfred Chenhalls, was also reported aboard the plane, which carried 13 passengers and four crewmen. Another reported passenger was Kenneth Stonehouse, Washington correspondent of the British news agency Reuters.

Mrs. Howard was reported grief-stricken at her home. Dale Harris, son-in-law of the Howards, said that the family had heard nothing definite about the plane.

Leslie Howard was one of the great names of the contemporary American and British stage and of the motion picture. To the British public, he was often thought of as that “American actor,” though in fact, he was thoroughly British, so much so, indeed, that to the American public, he was always regarded as “that British actor.”

His fame as a producer and director of motion pictures was only a little less than as an actor. In addition, he was a distinguished satirist, particularly on subjects relating to the theater, and a playwright of skill.

Made ‘outward bound’

One of his best-known parts was in The Petrified Forest, in which he played both when it was a play and a motion picture. He costarred with Humphrey Bogart.

His popularity with the American movie audience started in 1930 with his first movie, Outward Bound. After that, he devoted his talents principally to the movies, dividing his time between American and British companies whom he served in varied capacities. He maintained a country home in England but he spent the great part of his time in his Hollywood home.

He was firmly established on the British stage by 1920, but after that year, he made only one appearance on a London stage.

Born in London

Mr. Howard was born in London April 3, 1893, the son of a stockbroker.

He went to work as a bank clerk after his graduation from Dulwich School, London, but found it dull. After he was invalided out of the British Army in 1918, he was unable to bring himself to enter the financial marts again and drifted into the theater.

For a while, he toured the British provinces in such pieces as Peg o’ My Heart and Charley’s Aunt. Then came London and a part in The Freaks. His star rose rapidly from then on.

In 1921, he appeared in New York for the first time in Just Suppose, followed by uncounted other plays.

Mr. Howard met his wife, then Ruth Martin, while serving in the last war. Three weeks after they met, Mr. Howard got an hour’s leave and they eloped.

Of his movie successes, some of the better-known were Never the Twain Shall Meet, Devotion, Smilin’ Through, The Woman in His House, Captured, Berkeley Square, The Lady Is Willing, Of Human Bondage, British Agent, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Petrified Forest, Gone With the Wind, Pygmalion and Intermezzo.

Senate due to pass pay-as-you-go tax

Destruction of Nazi subs best in May

Number blasted tops any previous month and construction too
By Clinton B. Conger, United Press staff writer

The man behind the star

By Florence Fisher Parry

U-boat caught trying to ambush convoy sent to bottom after chase and battle

Depth charges bring sub to surface; 40 frightened Nazis in crew captured

Food conferees appoint group to push work

California measure bars Communist Party

Sacramento, California (UP) –
The Communist Party will be barred from future California primary elections under terms of a bill signed yesterday by Governor Earl Warren.

The measure provides that when the registration of a political party falls below 1/10 of 1% of the total state registration, the party shall not be qualified for the primary and deemed abandoned.

Army Sikorsky helicopter makes bow as mail carrier and shipboard scout

Flies letters from Capitol steps to airport on air mail anniversary, operates successfully from deck of moving tanker

Corsairs top Zeros, Navy says

Russell Islands and Guadalcanal reports show Vought F4U outmaneuvers and outfights famed Jap Zeros

Coal stoppage spurs demand for strike bill

Gore denounces Lewis in his demand for action

General takes over Hawaiian Command

Union security granted by WLB to AFL group

Action taken over protest that closed shop is established

No comic stripes yet, but–
There’s a new column now in Congressional Record

And it’s costing taxpayers $3,000 to reprint a 50-year-old speech on ‘silver money’

Willkie mysterious on 1944 candidacy

Shipyards set mark with 175 boats in May

Almost two million deadweight tons produced; goal to be beaten