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This Day in WWII 9 June 1940 - 1945


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cadillacadjune1943.jpg Cadillac Ad - June 1943

1940: German forces advancing South from the Somme capture Rouen on the Seine. The British 51st Highland Division and part of the French 10th Army withdraw towards St-Valery-en-Caux, hoping to be evacuated to England.

1941: Fire Service Council established in Britain, with 1,400 local brigades being merged in to 32 regional ones.

lynnmerrick.jpg *Lynn Merrick

1941: British advance 40 miles into southern Syria and the Lebanon capturing Tyre in the process.

1941: Italian casualties for May announced as 1,948 killed, 5,204 wounded and 27,292 missing.

lynnmerrick2.jpg Lynn Merrick

1942: Heydrich lies in state in Berlin. Himmler calls him, ‘a noble, honest and decent human being’.

1942: The Japanese high command announces that "The Midway Occupation operations have been temporarily postponed."

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1943: Tito is wounded during a German air attack.

1944: U.S. forces advancing from Utah Beach capture St. Mere-Eglise and cut the crucial road and rail links on the Cherbourg peninsula. Rommel puts all German forces in Normandy onto the defensive.

lynnmerrick4.jpg Lynn Merrick

1944: The RAF fly from French airfields for first time since 1940.

1944: The U.S. Fifth Army is now 50 miles Northwest of Rome.

lynnmerrick6.jpg Lynn Merrick

1944: The Russians launch a heavy assault on the Finnish forces in the Karelian Isthmus to the North of Leningrad, in an attempt to force them out of war.

1945: Japanese Premier Kantaro Suzuki announces Japan will fight to the very end rather than accept unconditional surrender.

lynnmerrick7.jpg Lynn Merrick

1945: The Japanese on Okinawa's Oroku peninsula are reported as trapped.

1945: Tokyo radio says that 4.93m Japanese have been displaced by the bombing in the last three months.

lynnmerrick5.jpg Lynn Merrick

*Lynn Merrick, born Marilyn Llewelling on November 19, 1919 was an actress from Fort Worth, Texas, and a B-Western heroine of the 1940s. In 1940, Merrick was one of thirteen women selected by the Motion Picture Publicists Association as a "Baby Star" ("Meet the Stars #2: Baby Stars" 1941) (as Marilyn Merrick), a selection process which was meant to highlight the most promising new film stars. This event where eight directors and eighteen former Wampas (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) stars act as judges in choosing 1941's crop of future stars. The chosen lucky thirteen were formally introduced at a coming-out party, known as the Frolic, an event covered by the media much like today's Academy Award ceremonies.

She was "Marilyn Merrick" during her earliest film work, but that was changed to "Lynn Merrick". Her first film work as "Marilyn Merrick" was in "'Til We Meet Again" (1940) and the last in "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" (1940). Perhaps she became Lynn at the time - or soon after - she connected with Republic Pictures.

lynnmerrick3.jpg Lynn Merrick

Merrick made the bulk of her films during the 1940's, starring in 22 feature films for Republic Pictures. Sixteen of those films were Don Barry westerns. Her first Barry film was "Two Gun Sheriff" (1941), and her last was "Fugitive from Sonora " (1943). She later worked for Columbia Pictures, where she starred in several films alongside actors Richard Dix, Chester Morris, and Warner Baxter, starting with the film "Dangerous Blondes" (1943) and ending in the film "I Love Trouble" (1948).

By 1947 she, for all practical purposes, had retired from acting. Her final film was actually in 1954, titled "Escape from Terror" starring and directed by Jackie Coogan. She had no known roles between 1947 and 1954, and none following 1954. During her career spanning 1940 to 1947, she starred in 45 films. She was married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to actor Conrad Nagel, and her second was to producer Robert Goelet Jr. She had no children. She died on March 25th, 2007, at her home in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Is dubbed "Zoom Girl" by the sailors in the torpedo shop at San Diego Naval Air Station during WWII.

First husband, Conrad Nagel was well over 20 years older than she when the couple married. Her second husband, Robert Goelet Jr. was a year younger. Both marriages ended in divorce. She had no children.

Attempted suicide with pills in March of 1950 but the incident, triggered by domestic troubles, appeared more of a cry for help.

When she and fortune heir Robert Goelet Jr. married in 1949, his countess mother, Donna Fernanda di Villa Rosa, the Princess Riabouchinsky of Florence, disinherited him.

Following her acting career, Merrick would go on to work in the fashion industry and serve as an executive field director for the Barbizon School of Modeling from 1967 to 1974. In later years she worked in sales at department stores in both California and Florida.

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