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29 December 1944

December 1944


Eastern Front

Street fighting begins in Budapest


Papandreaou agrees to resign when a Regent is appointed

The Eagle, Volume 3, Number 35, Friday, December 29, 1944

Weekly newsletter published for employees of the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation Fort Worth Division containing work-related information, updates about employees, and other news.

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Weekly newsletter published for employees of the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation Fort Worth Division containing work-related information, updates about employees, and other news.

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San Antonio Register (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 48, Ed. 1 Friday, December 29, 1944

Weekly newspaper from San Antonio, Texas that includes local, state, and national news along with advertising.

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Panzer Strength of 1st SS Panzer Regiment on Dec. 29, 1944

Post by Wolfkin » 27 Dec 2002, 23:56

I hope someone can help me, I am trying to figure out what the Panzer Strength of 1st SS Panzer Regiment was on December 29-30, 1944 as they moved into the area East of Bastogne. I have some sources that state that the strength was "around 35 Panzers". I am trying to get numbers that are a bit more specific, as in numbers for PzKpfw IV and PzKpfw V.

Another source I have says that the 6th and 7th Kompanie each had around 8-10 PzKpfw IV and their strength was augmented with "individual Panthers" that were broken down along the way to La Gleize and had since been repaired. Apparently, a number of Panzers escaped destruction in the La Gleize-Stoumont area.

If anyone can give me some more specific numbers regarding the Panzer Strength of the 1st SS Panzer Regiment I would be greatly thankful. Thank you in advance!

Post by Timo » 28 Dec 2002, 02:33

That would be a problem Jon.

There's a big gap between the LSSAH strength report from 10 December 1944 and the next reports, except for the Tigers.

For 10.12.1944
Panzer IV: 34 (all combat ready)
Panzer V: 38 (37)
Panzer VI: 45 (15)

On 30.12.1944 501 had 32 Tigers left (combat readiness not clear)

For the Panzer V the next report after 10.12.1945 is from 07.01.1945
Panzer V: 18 (combat readiness not clear)

For the Panzer IV the next report after 10.12.1945 is from 15.01.1945
Panzer IV: 19 (16 combat ready)

29 December 1944 - History

Captain Alan A. Arlin's Diary

Arlin Mission No. 26

Assigned Target – Marshalling Yard, Bingen, Germany
Target Attacked – As Briefed.
Results – Fair.

Aircraft Number – M-7975-U (PFF)

Bomb Load – 38 100 lb. G.P. 2 Smoke.

Position in Formation – Division Lead.

Damage – Major Battle Damage, Flak. Gas Tank Punctures, Structural Damage.

Losses – Lt. Erickson and Crew. Ship No. E-7188-G

CA – Major Petersen, T. J.
Pilot – Capt. Arlin, A. A.
Co-P. – 2nd Lt. Buffalow, Billy W.
Nav. – Capt. Pickett, P. E.
Nav. – 1st Lt. Kozak, S. V.
Bomb. – 1st Lt. Baxter, M. V.
Mickey – 1st Lt. Meyers, T. E.
Eng. – T/Sgt. Chmielewski, R. J.
Radio – T/Sgt. Catterlin, R. W.
W. G. – S/Sgt. Hoffman, A. W.
W. G. – S/Sgt. Wilson, W. C.

The first mission we were briefed for this morning was one way over beyond Leipzig, an oil target. None of us felt very bad when it was scrubbed and called back for another briefing on this target just west of Frankfurt.

The weather all during the mission was really good for a change. Over England, it was 3/10 in patchy low cumulus, solid over the Channel, and breaking up to 5/10 in the target area. On the return to the base it was good enough to come in in formation and make a normal landing.

The assembly went O.K., and the first thing we knew we were at the I.P. From the I.P. on, things went kind of haywire. We were at quite a low altitude, and the flak all the way from the enemy lines was really in there scorching our tail feathers. They were firing visually and doing a darn good job. After the I.P., the flak changed from patchy to continual fire following us. Just before bombs were to be released, something went wrong with the C-1, and so Bax didn’t drop. After making a 360, we came in again on practically the same heading, and dropped the bombs. The strike was just a little short. From the target out to the lines, we kept meeting sporadic flak that was very accurate.

Our target was marshalling yards on a bend of the Rhine River just west of Frankfurt. A very good target, easy to pick up. It was discouraging to have to make the 360, but more so having missed the target on the second try. The first time, it was a malfunction of the sight, but there is no explanation why over half of our bombs fell short of the target. However, we did hit it with some.

The flak today was unusually accurate. At no time was it really heavy, but it was continual at short intervals all the time we were in enemy territory. The enemy must have all of that country immediately behind his lines salted with flak batteries with their best gunners on them.

No enemy fighters were encountered at any time throughout the mission. We had a few P-51s with us but it didn’t look like enough if we had been attacked by very many jerries. However, we made it in and out without any trouble.

The Low and High Squadrons left us when we made the 360 at the target, so we all came out alone. On crossing the lines with the High Squadron, Lt. Erickson’s ship caught fire and exploded a little later. It is believed the crew was able to bail out. It is hard to tell which side of the lines they landed on because they went down directly over the lines.

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29 December 1944 - History

[USS Franklin] was underway about 1,000 miles off Samar on 30 October [1944] when enemy bombers appeared, bent on a suicide mission. Three doggedly pursued Franklin, the first plummeting off her starboard side the second hitting the flight deck and crashing through to the gallery deck, showering destruction, killing 56 and wounding 60 the third discharging another near miss at Franklin before diving into the flight deck of the small carrier Belleau Wood. Both carriers retired to Ulithi for temporary repairs and Franklin proceeded to Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, arriving 28 November 1944 for repairs to her battle damage.
Robert Newton Orr Inducted into the Navy in California, attained the rank of Shipfitter 1st Class in the United States Navy Reserve. Was killed aboard ship on October 30, 1944 and is buried at sea. His name is listed on the Monument at Fort William McKinley, Manila, The Phillipines. He was awarded, posthumously, The Purple Heart and the Navy Marine Corps Medal.
USS Franklin Honor Roll Page 5: Robert N Orr SF1C Mar 19, 1945

U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
about Robert N Orr
Name: Robert N Orr
Religion: No Record 
Disposition: Buried at Sea by Administrative Decision 
Service Branch: Navy 
RANK: Shipfitter 1st Class 
Service number: 6337537 
World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
Name:    Robert N Orr
Inducted From:    California 
Rank:    Shipfitter First Class 
Combat Organization:    United States Navy Reserve 
Death Date:    Oct 30 1944 
Monument:    Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines 
Last Known Status:    Missing 
U.S. Awards:    Purple Heart Medal
Navy-Marine Corps Medal 

Robert N. Orr
Shipfitter, First Class, U.S. Navy
Service #:   6337537
United States Naval Reserve 
Entered the Service from: California
Died: 30-Oct-44
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines 
Awards: Navy-Marine Corps Medal, Purple Heart
Source: California Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard World War II Casualty List
ORR, Robert Newton, Shipfitter 1c, USNR.
Wife, Mrs. Kathryne Geneva Orr, 1039 Newport Ave., Long Beach.
U.S. WWII Military Personnel Missing In Action or Lost At Sea, 1941-1946
about Robert N Orr
Name: Robert N Orr
Date of Loss: 30 Oct 1944 0
Branch: U.S. Navy Reserves 
Rank: SF1 
Service Number: 6337537 
STATUS: Lost at Sea 

Alberta Juanita Lollar Pope

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record
Army Serial #  37732187
Name: Edward O Collins
Birth Year: 1925 
Race: White, citizen 
Nativity State or Country: Missouri 
State: Missouri 
County or City: Jasper 
Enlistment Date: 29 Jan 1944
Enlistment State: Kansas 
Enlistment City: Fort Levenworth 
Branch: No branch assignment 
Branch Code: No branch assignment 
Grade: Private 
Grade Code: Private 
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) 
Source: Civil Life 
Education: 2 years of high school 
Civil Occupation: Section Hand, Railway 
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 
Height: 00 
Weight: 000
World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946 Record
about Edward O Collins
Name: Edward O Collins
Race: White 
Report Date: 23 Feb 1945
Grade: Private First Class 
Grade Notes: Second Lieutenant or Nurse or Dietitian or Physical therapy aide or Private First Class or Ensign or Second Class, Seaman 
Service Branch: Army 
Arm or Service: Infantry 
Arm or Service Code: Infantry 
Organization Type: Branch Immaterial/Infantry Division Band/Dental Corps/Medical Department 
Parent Unit Type: Group/Regiment/Commands/System 
Area Served: European Theatre: Germany 
Status: Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated 
Edward Orr Collins
(November 24, 1925 - September 12, 2007)

Edward Orr Collins, 81 of Baxter Springs, KS passed from this life September 12, 2007 in Joplin, MO after a long illness.
Edward was born November 24, 1925 to the union of Mark Edward and Mary Eva(Orr) Collins Jackson.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents and two spouses in life Dorothy Louise and Edith Colleen. Survivors include 13 children Anna Canki husband Rudy Mark Collins wife Kristy Jay Rector Dale Rector Deana Scott Diane Russell Russell Rector Doug Rector wife Becky David Rector wife Kelly Marcy McCall husband Monty Brenda Bromley husband William John Leary wife Tiffany Rob Leary wife Jennifer. Two sisters Linda Sumner and Fern Crandell. Along with 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday September 14, 2007 at The First Assembly of God, Baxter Springs, KS, with Rev. Dallas Saturfield officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery. Family will receive friends Thursday from 7-8 pm at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Kansas.
Edward Orr Collins

Edward Orr Collins went home to Jesus Sept. 12, 2007.

Edward was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Joplin. He served in the Army during World War II and was a POW. He worked for St. John’s Hospital until retiring in 1998.

He married Dorothy Bradshaw Dec. 31, 1943. She passed away Oct. 6, 1986. He married Colleen Leary on Jan. 9, 1987. She passed away July 25, 2006.

Edward was a loving dad, grandpa and great-papa.

He leaves behind three children, Anna Canki, Mark Collins and Brenda Bromley five grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Lynda Sumner and Fern Crandell.

Services were held Sept. 14, at 1st Assembly of God in Baxter Springs, Kan.

Cards may be sent to the Collins Family, 6021 County Lane 271, Joplin, Mo., 64801.

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The History Behind 'When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts'

President Trump's Twitter page is displayed on a mobile phone. The social media company flagged one of his tweets about Minneapolis as "glorifying violence" and hid it from public view unless a user clicks on it. Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

President Trump's Twitter page is displayed on a mobile phone. The social media company flagged one of his tweets about Minneapolis as "glorifying violence" and hid it from public view unless a user clicks on it.

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Updated: 6:45 p.m. ET

President Trump told reporters Friday evening that he didn't know the racially charged history behind the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Trump tweeted the phrase Friday morning in reference to the clashes between protesters and police in Minneapolis following George Floyd's death. It dates back to the civil rights era and is known to have been invoked by a white police chief cracking down on protests and a segregationist politician.

Twitter took an unprecedented step in limiting the public's ability to view the president's tweet threatening shooting, saying it "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence." The tweet is hidden unless a user clicks to display it, and users cannot like or reply to it.

In 1967, Miami police Chief Walter Headley used the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" during hearings about crime in the Florida city, invoking angry reactions from civil rights leaders, according to a news report at the time.


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"He had a long history of bigotry against the black community," said professor Clarence Lusane of Howard University.

"The NAACP and other black organizations had for years complained about the treatment of the black community by Miami police. At this hearing, in discussing how he would deal with what he called crime and thugs and threats by young black people, he issued this statement that the reason Miami had not had any riots up to that point, was because of the message he had sent out that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' " Lusane said.

Headley was head of the police force for 20 years and referred to his "get tough" policy on crime during a 1967 news conference as a war on "young hoodlums, from 15 to 21, who have taken advantage of the civil rights campaign. . We don't mind being accused of police brutality."

According to Lusane, Headley may have borrowed the phrase from Eugene "Bull" Connor, who had been the notorious public safety commissioner in Birmingham, Ala. Connor was a segregationist who directed the use of police dogs and fire hoses against black demonstrators.

Miami police Chief Walter Headley, left, watches as the Rev. Theodore Gibson tells the Miami City Commission he believed Headley had used overly strong language in announcing his war on crime in December 1967. Jim Bourdier/AP hide caption

Miami police Chief Walter Headley, left, watches as the Rev. Theodore Gibson tells the Miami City Commission he believed Headley had used overly strong language in announcing his war on crime in December 1967.

The late 1960s saw major riots and uprisings in cities such as Detroit in response to police action against the black community.

Headley's use of the phrase is thought to have contributed to intensified race riots, including one of the most serious ones in Miami in 1980, when a black man, Arthur McDuffie, was beaten into a coma by up to a dozen white Dade County police officers after he ran a red light on his motorcycle. He later died from his injuries.

Segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace also used the phrase during the 1968 campaign.


Obama On George Floyd's Death And The 'Maddening' Normalcy Of Racism

Trump sought to clarify his comments Friday afternoon again on Twitter: "Looting leads to shooting, and that's why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night - or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot. I don't want this to happen, and that's what the expression put out last night means. It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement. It's very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. Honor the memory of George Floyd!"

The president took questions from the press Friday evening following a meeting with business leaders to discuss reopening the economy. When asked about his use of the phrase, Trump said he was unfamiliar with its history.

"I've heard that phrase for a long time. I don't know where it came from or where it originated," Trump said. "Frankly, it means when there's looting, people get shot and they die. And if you look at what happened last night and the night before, you see that, it's very common. And that's the way that's meant."

Trump said he had spoken with family members of Floyd.

"He was in tremendous pain, obviously, and couldn't breathe. It was very obvious to anybody that watched it," Trump said.

"It was a very, very sad thing for me to see that. We also know that most policemen, you see the great job they do they do a fantastic job. But this was a terrible insult to police and to policemen," the president said.

Trump had tweeted earlier this week that the FBI and Department of Justice are "well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd." The president said he asked for the investigation to be expedited.

Regardless of Trump's intended meaning in his comments about "looting" and "shooting," Lusane said the message is not one of reconciliation and healing.

"So often Trump has engaged in dog whistles," Lusane said. "But he also engages in blaring trumpets. And this is a pretty clear and very loud message that the response should not be let's try to address the justice issues that are involved here but let's be hard-line."

Necropolitics in the Amazon

As usual, the Amazon is on the frontlines of the war for the appropriation of the natural world. Most people when they hear ‘Amazon’, think only of Brazil. And while the situation in that country certainly is alarming, the battlefields of the Amazon region span northern Bolivia, various departments of Peru, several areas of Ecuador and southern Colombia and Venezuela. More

China officials knew of coronavirus in December, ordered cover-up, report says

Chinese scientists knew about the coronavirus and its deadly effects as early as December — but were ordered by government officials to suppress the evidence, according to a report.

In late December, several genomics companies tested samples from sick patients in Wuhan — the center of the coronavirus outbreak — and noticed alarming similarities between their illnesses and the 2002 SARS virus, the Sunday Times of London reported, citing Chinese business news site Caixin Global.

The researchers alerted Beijing of their findings — and on Jan. 3, received a gag order from China’s National Health Commission, with instructions to destroy the samples.

Rather than hunkering down to contain the virus, Wuhan officials went ahead with their annual potluck dinner for 40,000 families.

The alleged cover-up continued when representatives from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 8 visited Wuhan, where officials intentionally withheld information that hospital workers had been infected by patients — a telltale sign of contagion.

News of the virus’ highly contagious nature didn’t surface publicly until Jan. 20. Wuhan was locked down and a mass quarantine ordered three days later.


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