Sept. 11, 1944
The American 3rd and 7th Armies linked up to form an unbroken front, trapping the few Germans who had not yet retreated to Germany. The invasion from the South of France linked up with Normandy Invasion troops near Dijon, France.
Stories about the Siegfried Line, the defense in depth on the German border, were now surfacing.
For the first time in weeks the Nazi Luftwaffe rose in large numbers to oppose Allied bombers. It was estimated that the Germans lost 130 planes. Training hours for German replacement pilots was reduced due to fuel shortages and the shrinking safe zones, and Allied bombers and escort pilots had more than withering flak to deal with.
Soviet troops were at least one country away from Germany's eastern border, but it was still hoped that the eastern wall could be breached by summer's end.
Seven more German political leaders were executed as the blood purge continued in the wake of the assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler.
In local news former Cal Poly football and basketball coach Lt. Howard R. O'Daniels reported for duty at the Navy Pre-Flight school in Athens, Georgia. He had served overseas for the last year where he had also been the athletic officer for his unit.
Sgt. Henry A. Evans of Morro Bay was reported missing in action since Aug. 8 in France.
A Page 8 article said that F.F. Palmaymesa reported to San Luis Obispo police that a bag holding 400 pennies was stolen from a car.
Also on that page was a large self-congratulatory ad from the Conference of Alcoholic Beverage Industries Inc. It took credit for their efforts to support a synthetic rubber industry after Japan overran Sumatra and blocked access to natural rubber supplies.
An excerpt from the ad read: "To aid in the achievement of this wartime miracle, America's beverage distillers stopped making whiskey nearly two years ago and produced nothing but industrial alcohol. They are fully aware of the inconveniences you faced during the 22 months when not a drop of whiskey was made in this country."
Sept. 12, 1944
American naval and air forces were focused on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. At least 89 cargo ships and small craft were sunk. An invasion of those islands was anticipated to fulfill Gen. Douglas MacArthur's promise to return.
The 29th American submarine lost in the Pacific Ocean was reported, the Gudgeon had held a presidential unit citation for sinking 19 Japanese ships.
Reich oil reserves were bombed, and again the German Air Force defended in large numbers. Preliminary reports said that some jet-propelled fighters were used by the Germans but that none had reached the bomber formations. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a warning to the people of the Rhineland and industrial Ruhr that those areas "very soon may become a theater of war."
The next day he would order troops to secure a nearby deep water port, either Antwerp or Rotterdam and to assault the Ruhr basin, a center of manufacturing. The port was needed to bring supply ships closer to the battle front.
President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in Quebec to map out Pacific war strategy and final destruction of the Reich.
Film and radio star Red Skelton put on a special show for 14-year-old George Weathers back in June when he was in town for a War Bond appearance. The boy was in low spirits after suffering an injury in a ball game and having his leg amputated when the red-haired comic visited Weathers at the San Luis Sanitarium.
In September, Skelton was back in the area for a show at Camp Roberts. The comic hitchhiked from Camp Roberts to San Luis Obispo to check on the boy. When he was told that Weathers was at the Obispo Theater, Skelton went downtown to say hello. The comic shook hands with a crowd in the lobby while Skelton inquired about the boy's health and well-being, then hitchhiked back to Camp Roberts.
A Chamber of Commerce post-war planning dinner was sold out at the Elks Club.
FBI agent Bill South conducted a class for San Luis Obispo police about narcotics. Future classes would include judo, fingerprinting and plaster of Paris casts.