These are some highlights from the News Journal on June 10, 1943:
• ‘US Warplanes Pound Sicilian Airfield, City’
”(AP) — Shattering new assaults on Italy’s ‘Gibraltar’ at Pantelleria and a British commando attack on Lampedusa island were announced by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s headquarters today, while in London the belief persisted that momentous operations were imminent.”
• ‘Heavy Casualties At Front Would Lower Odds On Family Men’
“WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft-age father’s chances of being inducted into the armed forces before next year appeared today to be about 17 out of 100. Farmer fathers generally will be deferred for occupational reasons.”
• ‘Truck Pulling USO Trailer Becomes Lost Near Wilmington’
“A truck pulling a USO trailer, which became lost from two other trucks near Wilmington early Thursday, was finally located at Lancaster when the truck ran out of gas, the Wilmington State Highway Patrol said. The three truck drivers stopped between Wilmington and Clarksville to sleep a short time and then started on, coming to Wilmington where two of them stopped for breakfast. The other truck disappeared.
“The USO trailers are being moved from Atlanta, Ga. to New York City. The same driver became lost in Cincinnati and again at Clarksville when he failed to make the right turn in the village, Sheriff J.E. Hodson said.”
• Wilmington Business and Professional Women’s Club met at the General Denver including Miss Blanche Gregory, president, and Miss Mildred Pennington, public affairs chairman; and new officers Mrs. Mary Munger, president; Mrs. Beatrice Hale, vice president; Miss Mae McKay, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Ruth Skimming, recording secretary; and Miss Essie Shepler, treasurer. They were installed by Past President Mrs. Ruby Sperry.
• Wilmington College Class of 1943 presented three one-act plays in “A Dramatic Evening” including “Our Town” with Mack Jones of Wilmington as Pa Kirby and Phoebe Hudson of Wilmington as Ma Kirby. In “He Said and She Said”, “Miss Emily Hiatt of Wilmington was excellent as the ‘snake in the grass’ with the proper degree of polite nastiness.”
• Model Cleaners, led by the hitting of Virgil Hamilton and Dale Beckett and hitting/pitching of Jimmy Hughes, defeated Irwin Auger Bit 6-3 in summer baseball as the Gene McNeil and Earl Griffith had two hits each for the Bits.