A Gripping Account of 54 War Correspondents K.I.A. in WWII 1940-1945 by Doral Chenoweth


Chapter X
Enqlish Correspondents

Newspapers and radio outlets of the British Empire accredited a number of correspondents to the United States Forces operating in the European and Mediterranean theaters. War coverage activities during World War 11 had one center of operations: Fleet Street in London. The individual newspapers of England and Reuters ("The Leading World News Agency") served the world news appetite from this vantage point. Reuters reported the first landings on Normandy to Fleet Street by carrier pigeon. From that time on Reuters and the entire English press contributed voluminously to the world's free press operations. Many English newspapermen died in combat while serving as war correspondents. However, only seven of them were actually accredited to the United States War Department. One Belgian subject, Rene Janiaux, was killed in the ETO in April, 1945 while representing Le People.

Contained herein: (I) A. A. Thorpe, representing the London Exchange Telegraph, died under German crossfire while aboard a British torpedo boat in the English Clrannel in June, 1944. (2) William Stringer, Texas-born Reuters correspondent, was killed with the advanced American troops in a forward zone in France in August, 1944. (3 ) W. .T. Makin, representing Kemsley newspapers and the London Daily Sketch, died in Augrust, 1944 of battle wounds received in France. He was a widely known traveler, lecturer, and writer. (4) Major Phillip Henry Lawless, a Great British sportsman and sports writer, died from shrapnel wounds received at Aachen in March, 1945. (5) Guy Byam-Corstalens, British Broadcasting Corp. war reporter, was shot down with an American B-L7 Berlin force in Februdyy, 1945. (6) lan Fyfe, representing the London Daily Mirror was comparatively new to Fleet Street. He fought to be among the D-Day correspondents in Normandy and died with British glider troops in that first wave into France on June 6, 1944. He had been tabbed as a possible future great. (7) W. C. Rippon, editor of the Peterborough Advertiser weekly, died in the ETO in an automobile accident while visiting Allied troops on the western front in March, 1945. (B) Rene Janiaux, as mentioned above, represented Le Peop1e in Brussels and died in the ETO in Apri1, 1945.

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