Sept. 17, 1943: The German army was being driven back in Italy, though after the war it would be learned that there weren't enough Americans on the way to aggressively follow up advances.
The United States had to juggle planning for a future invasion in France and actions in the Pacific. Italy would be difficult terrain to make advances.
President Roosevelt revealed that 53 heavy bombers had been lost in an attack on the Ploesti oil fields in Romania.
"More than 500 of our finest men are missing," the president said.
The air raids, while not decisive as the air generals had argued, did force the Germans to divert resources to air defense.
The bombing raids would put pressure on the crucial Axis fuel supply, but at a high cost. The gasoline shortage would restrict training for pilots and movement of mechanized infantry by the Germans.
The day before, the paper ran a comical photo on the classified page. The news service, NEA, provided feature photographs that often had more to do with what a photographer could set up rather than a real candid moment. It was a commentary on a shortage of diapers using the cliche man-in-a-barrel visual.