4 ½ MI. OF SPEEDWAY
PARIS, March 17.-(U.P.)-American Third Army troops
swept through Coblenz today and by evening had cleared at least
nine-tenths of the historic citadel of the Rhine.
Other units of Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's army raced up the Rhine valley southeast of Coblenz to the Name river, 33 miles from their take-off line on the Moselle.
Troops of Patton's 90th division struck into Boppard, seven miles south of Coblenz. A six-mile stretch of the west bank of the Rhine south of Boppard was seized.
Firt army troops seized control of 4 1/2 miles of the speed—way through the Rhine bridgehead bretween the areas of Ittenbach and Elallerbach. Almost a mile east of it, they broke into the village! Of Brunsberg and Huseheid, north of Hovel,
B-29s Leave 12
Jap Port Afire
Major Lowry, San Carlos,
Tells Devastation in
At least 12 square miles of docks, war factories and other buildings in the heart of Kobe, Japan's principal port, were a flaming inferno today after the biggest B-29 raid of the war.
Fires visible more than 100 miles at sea swept through the inflammable fifth largest city in Japan. More than 2500 tons of incendiary bombs were droppedby well over 300 Superfortresses in the pre-dawn raid.
-- - (In the Kobe- raid was Major Leon Lowry of San Carlos—veteran of fifty missions over Europe, who was quoted-in press dispatches from Guam as declaring "everything worked slick."
(The San Carlos flier reported light anti-aircraft fire and no fighter attacks. Maj. Lowry was on his third Pacific mission, and accompanied Capt. John
Miller of Baton Rouge, La., who declared there was no flak over Kobe, though he saw Jap night fighters aloft.)