Category Archive: World War II week by week

May 11

Dance regulations wanted in San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

Headlines from the April 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune.

High spirited young men heading off to war didn’t always make the best neighbors. From May 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune Citizens Demand Action of Policing of Dance The San Luis Obispo city council last night acting on a request contained in a petition signed by 36 citizens, arranged with civilian and army authorities that the Saturday …

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Apr 28

Dodging Death in Stormy San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

April 14, 1943 Telegram-Tribune documents an attempted escape from Alcatraz Prison.

Obispan Dodges Death As Bolt Hits Pillow One San Luis Obispo man escaped death by the bare margin of a whim during the heavy electrical storm her Tuesday night. If Andrew Chessmar, 1841 Slack street hadn’t decided to leave the comfort of the davenport in his living room to read in a nearby chair, he …

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Apr 25

Allies drive Axis armies across North Africa, map shows how far

TWENTY SIX HUNDRED MILES is the total distance British and American armies have driven across north Africa to effect their juncture in central Tunisia and bottle up the Axis forces. The drives may be compared with a like distance on the lower map of the United States. (Telephoto)

When journalism works right readers come away with a better understanding of the story. Sometimes all it takes is a well thought out concept and graphic to illustrate it. I have seen the lines moving across North Africa outlining the battles but never had a grasp on how vast the distances were. Imagine driving to …

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Apr 21

Elwyn Righetti flight instructor

Photo provided by the Army Air Force published in the Telegram-Tribune of Elwyn Righetti March 27, 1943.

MAJOR ELWIN G. RIGHETTI, 27, commanding officer of the 46th squadron of single-engine advanced trainers, outlines a formation to Captain W.J. O’Donnell, at the new Central Instructor’s School at Randolph Field, Texas. Major Righetti, who received his commission as major last November after three years in the U.S. Army Air Forces, is in charge of …

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Apr 15

Second escapee caught, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune from May 31, 1943.

The other man to escape from the new San Luis Obispo County Jail atop the new courthouse was caught. James W. Webb had been at large since November 27, 1942 and he was captured in Sacramento. He was hiding out in a house with a rifle, shotgun and a large amount of jewelry.

Apr 08

Rommel flees, World War II week by week

Rommel flees North Africa in this edition of the Telegram-Tribune from March 29, 1943.

Shoppers to stampeded into butcher shops across country as meet rationing took hold. Some sold out as early as 10 a.m. Saturday. Rommel fled North Africa as British and American troops closed in on Tunis. Air attacks on Germany were stepping up, air generals claimed that bombing alone could win the war.

Mar 18

The comics page goes to war, World War II week by week

May 4, 1943 Telegram-Tribune comic page, many with World War II themes.

The war even found its way onto the comics pages. Three strips, Was Tubs, Boots and Her Buddies and Joe Palooka featured airplanes. Even escapist fare like Alley Oop had the caveman looking for rubber, now being rationed. Side Glances criticized dancing lessons for being a waste of shoe leather another rationed item. Our Boarding …

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Mar 10

Mining Chrome, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune headlines about the war and rationing from Feb. 24, 1943.

Of the 20 headlined stories and briefs on the front page Feb. 24, 1943 only three were not related to the war, wartime rationing and production. Camp Roberts awarded two contracts for housing and a third was launched a week ago. Dorm units, temporary dwelling units and a trailer park site would add 495 units …

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Mar 03

Victory in Guadalcanal, World War II week by week

Victory at Guadalcanal was the headline in the Feb. 9, Telegram-Tribune.

In my effort to get back on track after our microfilm machine was repaired a major milestone was overlooked, the Feb. 9, 1943 edition of the Telegram-Tribune the new in a banner headline. America had taken Guadalcanal, their first land victory in the Pacific Theater. The Japanese Army had evacuated and only a few stragglers …

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Feb 24

Prisoner of War, Rationing and Kasserine Pass, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune headlines from Feb. 17, 1943.

Feb. 17, 1943 Former Cal Poly student and basketball letterman Lt. Charles A. Cook Jr. was taken prisoner of war by Germany. The 1940 graduate was flying in bombers as a flight officer with the Royal Air Force and had completed about 36 operational sorties over enemy territory. He sent a letter from the prison …

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