The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 18.11.1944, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 18.11.1944, Blaðsíða 1
OUR FORCES — ALWAYS ALERT Vol. VII. ICELAND, Saturday, November 18, 1944. No 9. llllliniHHIIIHHIIIIUUIIHIIIHllllllHIIHIHIIIIII COMMENTS FROM THE ICELANDIC PRESS MCwGUNBLADID, Conservative, leading daily: "Almost at the city's very doorstep the heavy blow came to this little, defenseless vessel, its passengers and orew who were expeotedncmen- tarily to reaoh the harbor safely, as they had so often before...The incident itself - an att- ack on a defenseless vessel of a small neutral nation, Hie murder of innocent people - will br- ing home to Icelanders stillirore forcefully the barbarism which lies at the basis of such per- formances. Such lack of civilization oondemns itself." ALBYDUBLADID, Social Democratic daily« "The attack of the German submarine on the Godafoss close to our shores shows that....no thought is given the faot that a small vessel of a neutral nation is here involved, with nothing aboard but peaceful people and supplies for the nation, nor is any attention paid to the fact of our terri- torial waters being violated. Complete cruelty 'and lust for destruction is the highest comm- andment of the Nazi murderers." THJODVILJINH, Communist daily: "he had become so secure, we Icelanders. Vie thought actually 'that the war was over as far as we were concern- ed. The relatives of the seamen who before had lived in fear as to their safety all the while they were away had begun tohope that the danger was past....It was sheer barbarism whioh was at work here.Vfe know that the murderers in the Ger- man submarine who performed this contemptible feat are the same type of mankind as the Nazis in Franoe, Russia and elsewhere, who burn women and children to death in their homes. There will be no peace and security on earth until these butchers and their creed of Fascism are comple- tely eliminated and a»surance given that such barbarism may never arise in the world anew." NAZIS SHOW BARBARISM, DISREGARD FOR NEUTRALS IN SINKING OF GODAFOSS PVT. HARGROVE'S 1st. SGT. HEADS USO UNIT - 1 Cast of the Chill Wills show, newest USO tr- oupe to hit the island, are(seated) - Chill Wills, motion picture actor (MGM); Mickie Trout, comedienne, and (in rear, left to right) - Taylor trout, juggler; Lynne Arlen, vocalist; Therese Rudolph, dancer; and Bernie Dolen, acc- ordianist. (Photo by Signal Corps.) ICELAND, A NON-BELLIGERENT NATION OF SOKE 120,000 PEOPLE, REELED UNDER THE SHOCK OF WAR'S CRUEL BARBARISM LAST WEEK-END, AS ITS LARGEST PASSENGER VESSEL, THE 'GODAFOSS', WAS SUNK BY A NAZI TORPEDO ONLY TWO HOURS' SAILING FROM REYKJAVIK. THE ATTACK OCCURRED IN FAXAFLOI, AND THE SHIP WAS SUNK IN FOUR MINUTES' TIME. Twenty-four Icelanders died, 19 were rescued. The dead included ten of the vessel's 12 passengers, and 17 of the 31 crew members. Among passengers, the dead include the wife and son of a veteran of IBC service - Captain William G. Downey, here for more than two years with the Tenth Infantry, and now in the European Theater, after a tour of duty back in the States. His wife, the former Ellen Wagle of Reykja- vik, and their son, William, now three years old, had joined the cap- tain in the U.S., but while he is at the battlefront, they were return- ing home to Iceland to stay with her relatives. Both met death within two hours of the anticipated reunion with her family. In addition, the passenger roster of dead included an entire family wiped out - Dr. Fridgeir Olason, and his wife, Sigrun Briem, herself also anM.D., and their little children, ranging in age from five months to seven years. The young couple, pro- minent Reykjavik residents, had both continued graduate studies in medicine in Canada and the United States for the past four years, and Dr. Olason had only recently completed work for the Ph.D. degree at Harvard Medical School. Conflicting reports . began to reach Reykjavik Friday afternoon as to the reported torpedo at- tack on the Godafoss. although war-time censor- ship restrictions conceal full details of the event, Reykjavik papers on Saturday and Sunday were able to tell the connected story. It-was one in which an entire nation's sorrow colored every sentence. The anxious crowd at the docks, waiting for survivors, fathers and mothers and other kinsmen not knowing who aboard were dead or alive, was touchingly described, as hundreds stood in the rain throughout Friday evening and Saturday's early morning hours. Maj. Gen. William S. Key, Commanding General, IBC, in company with Iceland's Prime Minister, Fitting into the Tri- poli Theater as oomfor- tably as a pair of ach- ing GI feet into wool- lined bedroom slippers. Chill Wills brought his fast-moving USO show - "Trailing High" - to the Rook Wednesday nig- ht. After opening with a few jokes and a plug for MGM and his role aa the 1st Sgt. in "See Here,frivate Hargrove," Wills brought on Ther- ese Rudolph, blonde dan- cer, who shakes a "mean hoof." Nerfc came Bernie Dolen, singing "Oh, What A Beautiful iiorn- (Conlimicd on Page 1) (Continued on Page 2) PRINTED BY BASE ENGINEER

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