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This Day in WWII 18 August 1940 - 1944


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MobilgasAd-August1943.jpgMobilGas Ad - August 1943

 

1940: Further heavy raids by Luftwaffe on southeast England and southern London. Major damage is done to RAF airfields and fighter commands control system. British claim 144 Germans shot down, later revised to 67 with RAF losses of 33 planes lost but eight pilots safe.

 

1940: The last of the British rearguard in British Somaliland slip away in darkness, race into Berbera and embark on the morning. British bombers attack Italian units at Laferug and the airfield at Addis Abeba. Italian aircraft attack Berbera, but there are no more military targets.

 

Dusty%20Anderson1.jpg *Dusty Anderson

 

1941: Russians withdraw across the Dnieper River, allowing the 1st Panzer Group to establish a bridgehead across the river at Zaporozhe, in the Ukraine.

 

1942: Alexander replaces Auchinleck as C-in-C of the Middle East. Montgomery's appointment officially announced.

 

Dusty%20Anderson-Yank.jpg Dusty Anderson - YANK Pinup Girl - October 27, 1944

 

1942: Japan sends a crack army to Guadalcanal to repulse the U.S. Marines fighting there.

 

1943: Portugal, invoking her 1373 alliance with Great Britain, agrees to allow Allied forces the use of the Azores Islands for naval and air bases.

 

Dusty%20Anderson3.jpg Dusty Anderson

 

1943: A U.S. cruiser and destroyer force shells Gioia, Taura and Palmi on the coast of Italy.

 

1944: Allied air forces fly 3,057 sorties against the Falaise pocket.

 

Dusty%20Anderson4.jpg Dusty Anderson

 

1944: The German Seventh Army moves across the Orme but 18,000 prisoners are taken. The Germans begin the evacuations of their troops stationed near the Spanish border and the Gulf of Biscay.

 

1944: The Red Army recaptures Sandomir in Galicia.

 

Dusty%20Anderson5.jpg Dusty Anderson

 

1944: A Japanese escort carrier is sunk by a U.S. submarine off northwestern Luzon, Philippine Is. A Japanese cruiser is sunk by a U.S. submarine east of Samar, Philippine Is.

 

Dusty%20Anderson6.jpg Dusty Anderson

*Ruth Edwin Anderson was born on December 17, 1918 in Toledo, Ohio. She began her career as a model, working for Fashion Czar/Modeling agent Harry S. Conover, who renames her Dusty sometime in the early 1940's. She made her motion picture debut in a minor role as one of the cover girls in the 1944 Columbia Pictures production of "Cover Girl" starring Rita Hayworth, and again appeared with Hayworth in "Tonight and Every Night" (1945). Over the next three years Anderson appeared in another eight films, usually in secondary roles, including a stint in the music Western "Singing on the Trail" (1946), where she performs Hayworth's pièce de résistance "Put the Blame on Mame".

During World War II she was one of a number of actresses who became a pin-up girl, appearing in the October 27, 1944 issue of the United States Military's YANK magazine. Her first husband, Charles Mathieu, was a U. S. Marine Corps Captain when she married him. (1941 - 1945) (divorced)

Dusty Anderson married Romanian-born director Jean Negulesco in 1946 and retired from acting. Four years later, her final screen work was an uncredited role in one of her husband's films. The couple eventually left their Beverly Hills digs and moved to the Spanish Island of Majorca. After retiring from pictures, she became an avid painter; she had many showings of her works of art. She had two adopted daughters, Gaby and Tina, both fathered by Negulesco. Dusty remained married to Negulesco until his death in 1993.

StudebakerAd-August1945.jpg Studebaker Ad - August 1945

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