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  1. United States Rubber Company Ad - June 1944 1940: 'If invaders come' leaflet is issued by Ministry of Information to all households. The British Jockey Club announces no more racing until further notice. 1940: The Germans invite the French to send a representative to discuss armistice terms as their troops reach River Loire, advance on Lyons, capture Strasbourg, Brest and Tours. Rommel takes Cherbourg. *Jeff Donnell 1940: More than 100 German bombers make raids over Britain. 1940: French ships seek refuge in British ports. Jeff Donnell 1941: Germany and Italy expel US consular officials in retaliation for American moves. 1941: The Russians order a black-out of all major cities and towns near the border. However, they still do not allow their troops to take up battle positions, in spite of information given by two German deserters of an imminent attack. Jeff Donnell 1942: Churchill and Roosevelt meet to discuss the number of conflicting offensive plans which might be launched against Germany in 1942. The main ones were 'Rutter', a 24-hour cross Channel raid on Dieppe. 'Sledgehammer' using six division to establish a lodgement on the French coast at Cherbourg and 'Jupiter' which called for a lodgement in northern Norway. Discussion were also had on the up and coming operation 'Gymnast', which was the proposed Anglo-American landing in French North Africa later in the year. 1942: Plans for the offensive in to the Caucasus are captured by the Russians when a staff officer from the 23rd Panzer Division is shot down. Against all order, he was carrying the plans on his person. 40th Panzer Corps commander, General Stumme and his chief of staff are immediately sacked and imprisoned on Hitlers express orders. No changes were made to the plan as although the Russians considered them authentic, they believed that it was only a subsidiary thrust and that the main objective was still Moscow, which suited the Germans. Jeff Donnell 1942: Rommel launches a surprise attack from the southeast against Tobruk. This throws the garrison into confusion which allows German troops to breach the outer defenses. 1943: RAF carries out a raid on the Schneider armaments works at Le Creusot. United States Rubber Company Ad - June 1945 1943: Goebbels declares Berlin to be Judenfrei (cleansed of Jews). 1944: A violent storm in the English Channel wrecks the U.S. Mulberry Harbor at St. Laurent (Omaha Beach). 20 allied divisions now oppose 16 German in Normandy. Jeff Donnell 1944: The Air Ministry release the first official details of the V1s (range 150 miles, speed 300-350 mph, 2,000lb bomb) as AA gunners start calling them 'Doodlebugs'. Lt. (jg) Alexander Vraciu signals six "Judy" kills, which he accomplished in less than eight minutes, despite a malfunctioning supercharger, during the now famed "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot". Note how the horizontal stabilizer of the Hellcat is being used as an impromptu table for his flight gear. When he landed, the Lexington's ordnancemen discovered that he had used a total of only 360 rounds of ammunition, which works out to less than a five-second burst per "kill." 1944: U.S. Navy carrier-based planes shatter the remaining Japanese carrier forces in the "Battle of the Marianas". Also known as the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot," Americans shoot down 402 Japanese planes while only losing 20. Lt. (jg) Alexander Vraciu in his Grumman F6F after the "Mission Beyond Darkness" during the Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 20, 1944), in which he was escorting bombers in an attack on the Japanese Mobile Fleet, he downed his 19th victim, making him the #1 Navy Ace by a considerable margin (a position he would hold for four months). 1945: The Australians are now in control of both sides of the Brunei Bay entrance. Jeff Donnell *A reliable featured player and occasional co-star, actress Jeff Donnell was born Jean Marie Donnell in a boy's reformatory in South Windham, Maine on July 10, 1921. The youngest of two daughters, her father (Howard) was a penologist and mother (Mildred) a schoolteacher. Raised in Maryland, she took piano and dance lessons while growing up. It was during her upbringing that she fixated on the popular "Mutt and Jeff" cartoon strip and gave herself the nickname "Jeff". Studying at one time at the Yale School of Drama and performing briefly in summer stock, Jeff met her first husband, Bill Anderson, a drama teacher from her old Boston alma mater Leland Powers Drama School, and quickly married him at the young age of 19. Together they started the Farragut Playhouse in Rye, New Hampshire. Almost immediately she was noticed in a play there by a Columbia Studios talent scout and was signed. Whisked to Los Angeles, Jeff made her first appearance in the war-era movie "My Sister Eileen" (1942) while husband Bill was hired on as a dialogue director. Hardly the chic, glamour girl type, Jeff possessed a perky, unpretentious, tomboyish quality that worked comfortably in unchallenging "B" escapism -- usually the breezy girlfriend or spirited bobbysoxer. Typical of her movie load at the time were the fun but innocuous "Doughboys in Ireland" (1943), "What's Buzzin', Cousin?" (1943), "Nine Girls" (1944), "A Thousand and One Nights" (1945), "Carolina Blues" (1944) and "Eadie Was a Lady" (1945). She also enlivened a number of musical westerns that prominently featured Ken Curtis (Festus of "Gunsmoke"). Jeff Donnell On a rare occasion, Jeff found herself in "A" pictures, most notably the Bogart film noir classic "In a Lonely Place" (1950), but more often than not she played the obliging or supportive friend of the leading lady. Unable to break away from her established "B" ranking, she later tried a move to RKO Studios (1949) but fared no better or worse. She did make a successful move to TV in the early 50s and was seen in a number of comedy and dramatic parts. Long separated from and finally divorcing her first husband in 1953 (they had one son, Michael, and an adopted daughter, Sarah Jane), she married actor Aldo Ray, who was an up-and-rising film star at the time, in 1954 but the marriage crumbled within two years, beset by drinking problems. She also suffered a miscarriage during that marriage. Jeff went on to marry and divorce two more times. As the 1950s rolled on she earned steady work on TV bringing to life comedian George Gobel's often-mentioned wife Alice on the sitcom "The George Gobel Show" (1954) for four seasons. She also had the opportunity to play Gidget's mom in a couple of the popular lightweight movies of the early 1960s -- "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" (1961) and "Gidget Goes to Rome" (1963). She also appeared as "Cornelia," (Cornelia Fort), a flying instructor in "Tora, Tora, Tora" (1970). Most daytime fans will remember Jeff's long-running stint on the soap drama "General Hospital" (1963) as Stella Fields, the Quartermain housekeeper, which started in 1979 and lasted until her death in 1988. Dogged by ill health in later years (including a serious bout with Addison's disease), Jeff died peacefully of a heart attack in her sleep on April 11, 1988 at age 66. Her sudden absence from "General Hospital", on which she had a recurring role as the Quartermaines' housekeeper at the time of her death, was explained away by the writers as her character having won the lottery and quit her job. Mobilgas Ad - June 1945
  2. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 77F under clear skies. Excessive Heat Warning issued for today. Heat index of 100F - 115F. Partly sunny and hot. Storms likely later this afternoon and tonight, some may produce heavy rainfall over one inch, but will break the heat wave going into Tuesday, getting us back into the low 80's for the week. High of 95F today.
  3. Shell Research Ad - June 1943 1940: French Army in general retreat as German troops capture Le Mans and Cherbourg. The garrisons of Belfort, Metz and Dijon surrender. Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich to discuss French request for peace. General de Gaulle forms the French National Committee in London and vows to continue the war on the side of Britain, saying that 'France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war.' 1940: Churchill speaks to Commons: 'let us so bear ourselves that . . . men will still say, "This was their finest hour".' *Mara Corday 1940: German planes raid Thames Estuary and East Coast. 1940: Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich. Mara Corday 1941: British press give details of development of 'radio location' (radar) and its use in Battle of Britain. 1941: Free French troops occupy Damascus in Syria. Germany and Turkey sign a ten-year non-aggression pact. Mara Corday 1942: The British Eighth Army evacuates Sidi Rezegh and El Adem. 1942: Germans announce the killing of Heydrich's assassins, just two hours after ultimatum demanding information expired. German troops seize Fort Maxim Gorky in Sevastopol, digging out Russian naval infantry (in their black Sailor hats) with flame-throwers. Mara Corday 1943: Field Marshal Wavell is to become the Viceroy of India, with General Auchinleck becoming the C in C of India. A new East Asia Command is to be established. 1943: 'Radar' (Radio Detection and Ranging) becomes the official term for 'Radiolocation'. Shell Research Ad - June 1944 1944: The US First Army cuts off and isolates the German forces defending Cherbourg. 1944: The Eighth Army take Assisi. 1944: The British 2nd Division manages to advance 14 miles towards Imphal. Mara Corday 1945: Eisenhower arrives in Washington to a hero's welcome. 1945: British demobilization begins. Mara Corday 1945: Japanese resistance ends on Mindanao in the Philippines. 1945: The USAAF begins the fireblitzing of 58 smaller Japanese cities. 1945: Truman approves OPERATION DOWNFALL with the JCS predicting 200,000 US casualties. Mara Corday *Mara Corday was born Marilyn Joan Watts on January 3, 1930 in Santa Monica, California. She is a showgirl, model, actress, Playboy Playmate and a 1950s cult figure. Wanting a career in films, Mara Corday came to Hollywood while still in her teens and found work as a showgirl at the Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard. Her physical beauty brought jobs as a photographer's model that led to a bit part as a showgirl in the 1951 film "Two Tickets to Broadway". She signed on as a Universal International Pictures (UI) contract player where she met actor Clint Eastwood with whom she would remain lifelong friends. With UI, Corday was given small roles in various B-movies and television series. In 1954 on the set of Playgirl she met actor Richard Long. Following the death of Long's wife, the two began dating and married in 1957. Her roles were small until 1955 when she was cast opposite John Agar in "Tarantula", a Sci-Fi B-movie that proved a modest success. She had another successful co-starring role in that genre "The Black Scorpion" (1957) as well as in a number of Western films. Respected film critic Leonard Maltin said that Mara Corday had "more acting ability than she was permitted to exhibit." Mara Corday Mara Corday appeared as a pinup girl in numerous men's magazines during the 1950s and was the Playmate of the October 1958 issue of Playboy, together with famous model and showgirl Pat Sheehan. In 1956, she had a recurring role in the ABC television series "Combat Sergeant". From 1959 to early 1961, Corday worked exclusively doing guest spots on various television series. She then gave up her career to devote her time to raising a family. During her seventeen-year marriage to Richard Long she had three children. A few years after her husband's passing in 1974, Corday's friend Clint Eastwood offered her a chance to return to filmmaking with a role in his 1977 film "The Gauntlet". She acted with him again in "Sudden Impact" (1983), "Pink Cadillac" (1989), and in her last film, 1990s "The Rookie". TRIVIA: Measurements: 35-23-34 Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m) Mother of actress Valerie Long, Carey Long and Gregory Long. Shell Aviation Fuels Ad - June 1944
  4. Blues Brothers guitarist Matt “Guitar” Murphy has died, as Rolling Stone reports. RIP Matt.
  5. Donster

    Sunday

    Good morning and Happy Father's Day! 74F under clear skies with 92% humidity. Another humid an hot day in store. Partly cloudy, hot, and humid. Heat index of 100-110. Winds out of the Soutwest at 10-20 MPH. HIgh of 95F.
  6. Thompson Aircraft Products Ad - June 1944 1940: Liner Lancastria, with 3,000 British troops aboard, bombed and sunk at St. Nazaire, in North West France. 1940: German troops cross the Loire near Orleans. Petain orders French to stop fighting and sues for 'honourable' peace terms. Churchill broadcasts to the nation, saying the British will defend their island home and fight on until the curse of Hitler is removed. Unemployment in Britain falls 114,000 in May to new low of 767,000. *Mary Carlisle 1940: The USSR announces that Estonia and Latvia have agreed to the free passage of troops and to the formation of new governments. 1941: Rommel beats back the British attack at Sollum. 'Operation Battleaxe' fails with 1,000 British casualties and 100 tanks lost. Mary Carlisle 1942: The Eighth Army's withdrawal reaches the Egyptian frontier, leaving behind a garrison of some 30,000 troops at Tobruk, which is now again under siege. 1942: Yank a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication. Fisher Body Ad - June 1944 1943: The British battleships Valiant and Warspite are transferred from Scapa Flow to Oran and Alexandria in North Africa in preparation for Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily. Mary Carlisle 1944: General de Lattre de Tassigny's Free French land on Elba and complete its capture in just two days. 1944: German troops evacuate the island of Elba off the west coast of Italy. Mary Carlisle *Mary Carlisle was born February 3, 1912, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the standard prototype of the porcelain-pretty collegiate and starry-eyed romantic interest in a host of Depression-era films and although her name may not ring a bell to most, Mary Carlisle enjoyed a fairly solid decade in the cinematic limelight. The 5' 1", blue-eyed blonde was brought to Hollywood in 1916, at age 4, by her mother after her father passed away. The story goes that the attractive 14-year-old and her mother were having lunch at the Universal commissary when she was noticed by producer Carl Laemmle Jr. who immediately gave her a screen test. Her age was a hindering factor, however, and Mary instead completed her high school studies before moving into the acting arena. An uncle connected to MGM helped give the young hopeful her break into the movies as a singer/dancer a few years later. Mary started out typically as an extra and bit player in such films as "Madam Satan" (1930), "The Great Lover" (1931) and in "Grand Hotel" (1932) in which she played a honeymooner. The glamorous, vibrant beauty's career was given a build-up as a "Wampas Baby Star" in 1933 and soon she began finding work in films playing stylish, well-mannered young co-eds. Although she performed in a number of lightweight pictures such as "Night Court" (1932) with Anita Page, "Murder in the Private Car" (1934) starring Charles Ruggles and "It's in the Air" (1935) toplining Jack Benny, she is perhaps best remembered as a breezy co-star to Bing Crosby in three of his earlier, lightweight 30s musicals: "College Humor" (1933), "Double or Nothing" (1937) and "Dr. Rhythm" (1938). In the last picture mentioned she is the lovely focus of his song "My Heart Is Taking Lessons". Her participation in weightier material such as "Kind Lady" (1935), was often overshadowed by her even weightier co-stars - in this case Basil Rathbone and Aline MacMahon. Mary Carlisle Disappointed with the momentum of her career and her inability to extricate herself from the picture-pretty, paragon-of-virtue stereotype, Mary traveled and lived in to London for a time in the late 30s. Following her damsel-in-distress role in the horror opus "Dead Men Walk" (1943) with George Zucco and Dwight Frye, Mary retired from the screen prompted by her marriage to James Blakeley, a flying supervisor, the year before. The Beverly Hills couple had one son. Her husband, a former actor who also appeared in 30s musicals with Crosby as a dapper second lead (Two for Tonight (1935)), later became an important executive (producer, editor, etc) at Twentieth Century-Fox. In later years Mary managed an Elizabeth Arden Salon in Beverly Hills. Recently receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, her husband, who wrote an autobiography entitled "Wide-Eyed in Babylon" in 1974, passed away in 2007. Fisher Body Ad - June 1945
  7. Donster

    Wednesday

    I think so! I hid out in the "Babe Bunker™". Figured it was safe there. Not for the Babes. Just for me. Plus I had to give them added working hours to help pay for the project! Then negotiate with The Dude on their contract changes, compensation and benefits. After all these years he still wants 75% of their income.
  8. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 73F under clear skies. 93% humidity. Partly cloudy, hot, and humid today. Heat index of 100-105. Winds out of the South at 10-20 MPH, gusting higher. High of 95F.
  9. Parke Davis & Company Ad - June 1943 1940: French front cracking as the Germans break through in Champagne to Dijon, with units of 19th Panzer Korps reaching Besancon on the Swiss border. German forces, supported by heavy artillery and Stuka dive bombers, continue their assault against the Maginot Line on a broad front. The French government of Paul Reynaud resigns and is replaced by one led by Marshal Petain who immediately appoints Weygand as Minister of National Defense. 57,000 British troops are evacuated from Nantes and St. Nazaire. 1940: The Red Army occupies Latvia and Estonia. Tens of thousands of "hostile' natives and their families are rounded up and deported to NKVD prison camps around the Soviet Union. *Suzanne Ridgeway 1940: U-101 sinks the British merchant ship Wellington Star in the Bay of Biscay. 1940: The British submarine Grampus is sunk by four Italian torpedo boats off Syracuse, Sicily. Suzanne Ridgeway 1941: The US State Department orders the closing by the 10th July of all German consular offices and tourist agencies in the United States. Italians closed down on 19th June. 1941: British unemployment figures for May lowest yet at 243,656 out of work, 400,000 less than a year ago. 1941: The British attempt to continue their offensive, but suffer heavy tank losses to German 88mm Flak guns. Interwoven Socks Ad - June 1944 1942: After intense air attacks and Italian fleet sorties, the Gibraltar convoy reaches Malta, but the Alexandria convoy is forced back. During these attempts to reach Malta the losses between both convoys stand at the cruiser Hermione (sunk by U-205, South of Crete), five destroyers and 40 aircraft. 1942: Lieutenant General Ritchie gives General Norrie permission to withdraw XXX Corps past Tobruk and as far as Mersa Matruh to re-equip. General Gott's XIII is ordered to take up defensive positions on the Egyptian frontier. This left the city exposed to another siege, for which its defenses were inadequate, having been allowed to deteriorate during the winter. 1943: 93 out of 94 Japanese planes are destroyed during a massive attack on allied shipping round Guadalcanal. Suzanne Ridgeway/ 1944: The real flying bomb offensive on Britain begins as 95 V1's cross the coast before 6am and a total of 244 reaching England that day. The German press calls it the 'beginning of the day of vengeance'. 1944: The Eighth Army captures Foligno and Spoleto, east of Orvieto and approach Perugia. 1944: U.S. Marines repulse the Japanese counter-attacks on Saipan. Suzanne Ridgeway *Suzanne Ridgeway was born Ione D. Ahrens on January 27, 1918 in California. Suzanne appeared in approximately 115 films between 1933 and 1955, including "Gone With the Wind", "The Road To Morocco", "Citizen Kane" and "The Best Years Of Our Lives". She also appeared in a number of "Three Stooges" shorts, including "Loose Loot", "Tricky Dicks", "Rumpus in the Harem", "A Missed Fortune" and "A Merry Mix Up". Miss Ridgeway was 78 years old when she passed away on May 5, 1996 in Burbank, Los Angeles County, California. Frigidaire Ad - June 1945
  10. Donster

    Wednesday

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  11. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. 66F under clear skies and 90% humidity. Got a 1/2 inch of rain yesterday. Mostly sunny, hot, and humid today thru Monday. Heat index of 95F-100F. Winds out of the South at 10-20 MPH, with higher gusts. High this afternoon of 94F.
  12. Electric Boat Company Ad - June 1944 1940: Roosevelt assures Reynaud that US aid will be redoubled. 1940: Germans take Verdun. German forces of the 7th Army cross Rhine and break into the Maginot Line above Strasbourg. Weygand refuses to surrender French Army on its own. 30,600 British and Canadian troops are evacuated from Cherbourg, Brest and St. Malo. 1940: New Russo-German frontier agreement announced. Greta Christensen 1940: The Red Army advances across the Lithuanian border. 1940: The Germans open Auschwitz concentration camp, officially to provide 100,000 labor force for I.G Farben factory. 1940: The Communist Party of Australia is declared as illegal. Jane Powell 1941: German formation commanders receive confirmation of the date and time that the attack on the Soviet Union will begin. This is to be 03:30 on the 22nd June 1941. German Panzer units begin to move up to their final jump-off positions. 1941: The British Army begins 'Operation Battleaxe' to relieve Australian held Tobruk and then advance towards Derna. However, they meet fierce counter attacks by the Afrika Korps and are unable to make any headway. Betty Yeaton 1942: U-552 (Kptlt. Topp) sinks 5 ships of Convoy HG-84 in the northern Atlantic. 1942: An Italian naval squadron intercepts the 'Harpoon' convoy and disables two British destroyers, as well as damaging the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Cairo, although the the Italians lost a destroyer in the process. Axis aircraft then attacked and sank 2 freighters, the tanker Kentucky and 1 destroyer. Another Italian naval squadron had sailed from Taranto to intercept 'Vigorous', which reversed course in the face of this threat. While it was doing this, German E-boats moved in and sank a destroyer and damaged a cruiser with torpedo's. At this point British torpedo aircraft from Malta attacked the Italian naval squadron, disabling a cruiser, which was later sunk by a British submarine. In the meantime 'Vigorous' turned towards Malta again, but further reports of the Italian naval squadron steaming south, forced another course reversal. German Stukas attacked the convoy at this point and damaged a cruiser and sank a destroyer. The Italian naval squadron moved now moved north, removing the threat to the 'Vigorous' convoy, but Admiral Vian commanding the 'Vigorous' convoy decided that he did not have enough ammunition left to resume his course to Malta and so continued back to Alexandria, during which U-205 sank the cruiser HMS Hermione south of Crete and Stukas sank another destroyer. However, as consolation, British aircraft did manage to torpedo the Italian Battleship Littorio, which spent the next two months under repair. Camel Cigarette Ad - June 1945 1942: Rommel launches an attack against Eighth Army's new defensive line, but is repulsed. However, General Norrie was worried that XXX Corps lacked sufficient tanks to defend this line for very long. 1942: Admiral Chester Nimitz is widely criticized in Washington for not pursuing and destroying the damaged Japanese fleet after the battle of Midway. Bettye Avery 1943: The German raider Michel sinks 2 ships off the west coast of Australia. 1944: Roosevelt outlines his plans for the post-war United Nations. 1944: The RAF launches heavy attacks (600 bombers) against Le Havre and Boulogne. Bettye Avery 1944: The second Finnish defensive zone is smashed by the Russians. 1944: USAAF B-29s from China pound the Yawata steel works in the first land based air attack on Japan. Maris Wrixon 1944: U.S. Marines meet strong opposition to their Saipan Island landing despite the heavy bombardment of the Marianas islands during past week. 3,000 US dead; 30,000 Japanese soldiers dead; 22,000 civilians commit suicide--Causes the downfall of Tojo. 1945: B-29's begin destruction of 60 mid-sized cities in Japan, killing roughly 250,000. U.S. Treasury Ad - June 1945
  13. Donster

    Wednesday

    Well we are having the existing shower ripped out and replaced. New commode, the one that is in there will go to the bathroom downstairs to replace the one there. It is older and not a high-rise commode. The one from upstairs is. Replacing the flooring in the master bath too.
  14. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 64F with a few clouds. Morning storms likely. Humid. High of 79F.
  15. Texaco Ad - June 1943 1940: Germans enter Paris as Rommel's 7th Panzer Division takes Le Havre. The French government leaves Tours for Bordeaux. Army Group C, with 24 divisions, prepares to cross the upper Rhine to attack the Maginot Line in Alsace. All remaining British troops in France are ordered to return to England. 1940: Spanish troops enter Tangier. British troops capture Fort Capuzzo and Maddalena, destroy the fixed guns and emplacements and then retire back to Egypt. *Myrna Dell 1941: President Roosevelt orders the freezing of all German and Italian assets, as well as those of occupied countries. 1941: The RAF begins fighter sweeps over Northern France. Myrna Dell 1941: Croatia joins the Tripartite Pact. 1941: Hitler meets with his top generals to discuss matters concerning the upcoming campaign against the Soviet Union. The 'Lucy' spy ring passes information to the Soviet Union, detailing the start date for a German attack as the 22nd June. Myrna Dell 1942: Air Marshal Harris is recognized for his achievements with the recent 1,000 bomber raids with a knight-hood. 1942: German troops of the 16th Regiment of the 22nd Airlanding Division take Fort Stalin in Sevastopol. North American Aviation Ad - June 1944 1942: Auchinleck tells Ritchie that Tobruk must be held, a fact that Churchill reiterates to him. The Eighth Army now holds a line directly in front of Tobruk, running from the coast to Acroma, then southeast to El Adem and then directly south to Bir El Gobi. 1942: The first axis attacks are made against the 'Harpoon' and 'Vigorous' convoys. 'Harpoon' loses a freighter and receives damage to a cruiser from an axis air attack off the Tunisian coast. 'Harpoons' escorting aircraft carriers turn back at this point. In the late afternoon, the 'Vigorous' convoy passes out of air cover range and promptly losses two freighters to axis air attacks. Another freighter is forced to return to Alexandria as it is deemed to slow. Myrna Dell 1943: RAF Coastal Command begins daily patrols over the Bay of Biscay with aircraft equipped with new detection devices to locate and destroy German U-boats leaving and entering their bases on the French coast. 1943: A German report shows that 100,000 cases of typhus were reported on the Russian front during 1942, with a fatality rate of 15%. Myrna Dell 1944: His Majesty the King and de Gaulle visit the Normandy front (separately). Carentan is finally in U.S. hands after a week's fighting in Normandy. 1944: The allies take Orvieto, 65 miles Northwest of Rome. Myrna Dell *Marilyn Adele Dunlap was born on March 5, 1924 (for her stage name she took her nickname, Myrna, and shortened her middle name, Adele, to "Dell", which she used as her last name) in Los Angeles, California. She started her career as a showgirl in the famous Earl Carroll Revue in New York, and made her film debut in "A Night at Earl Carroll's" (1940). Signed by MGM, she appeared in "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941), but MGM didn't pick up her option and she returned to Earl Carroll's. She soon was appearing at the Billy Rose Nightclub, then spent a season in the "George White's Scandals" revue. However, the taste of Hollywood never left her, and she went back in 1943 and appeared in a string of westerns with such cowboy icons as Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson. She had a small part in the classic "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), and shortly afterward signed a contract with RKO Pictures. RKO kept her busy, putting her in more than 20 films over the next few years, even appearing with future US President Ronald Reagan in the 1949 comedy "The Girl from Jones Beach" (1949). She gave a good performance in an atypical role as the ambitious, murderous daughter of a powerful rancher in the offbeat western "The Bushwhackers" (1952). She worked steadily over the years, not only in films but on TV as well, and had a recurring role in the Dan Duryea adventure series "China Smith" (1952). At one point she wrote a gossip column, "Hollywood: Then and Now". Myrna Dell died from natural causes on February 11, 2011 at her studio apartment one month shy of her 87th birthday. Mobilgas Ad - June 1945
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