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This Day in WWII 5 November 1940 - 1944

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LockheedAd-Nov1942.jpgLockheed Aircraft Corp. Ad - Nov. 1942

 

1940: Armed merchant-cruiser Jervis Bay sunk by pocket-battleship Admiral Scheer in attack on Atlantic convoy.

 

1940: Roosevelt is elected as President of USA for an unprecedented third term with 54 percent of the popular vote. He defeats Republican Wendell L. Willke.

 

June%20Duprez1.jpg *June Duprez

 

1941: Japanese war plans agreed on at an imperial conference, with a deadline of December 1941. The US ambassador to Tokyo, Joseph C Grew, warns that war might come very suddenly.

 

1942: The British attack Rommel's rearguard, which is now almost 100 miles to west of El Alamein. A peace treaty is signed in Madagascar with the Vichy French.

 

June%20Duprez2.jpg June Duprez

 

1943: The US Fifth Army reaches the Sangro river in southern Italy.

 

1943: China's Wang Chingwei, Thailand's Wan Waithayakon, Manchukuo's Chang Chinghui, Burma's Adipadi Ba Maw, India's Subhas Chandra Bose, and the Philippines Jose Laurel attend the "Greater East Asia Family Conference" of November 5-6, 1943 in Tokyo. The Filipino delegate urges the Asian quislings to "extend all possible material and spiritual support to Japan."

 

1943: US Navy carrier planes cripple a Japanese Naval Squadron at Rabaul, forcing six cruisers (Atago, Maya, Chikuma, Mogami, Takao, and Suzuya) to withdraw North to Truk for repairs.

 

CamelCigaretteAd-Nov1942.jpg Camel Cigarette Ad - November 1942

 

1944: 174 Lancasters of No. 5 Group, RAF, breach the Dortmund-Ems Canal, one of Germanys main transport arteries.

 

1944: The German 4th Army recapture the town of Goldap in East Prussia.

 

June%20Duprez3.jpg June Duprez

 

1944: British forces land at Salonika, in Greece.

 

1944: U.S. planes pound the harbor at Manila in the Philippines and also destroy 249 Japanese aircraft.

 

June%20Duprez4.jpg June Duprez

 

*June was born in Teddington, England during an air raid on May 14, 1918. Her father, Fred Duprez, was an American vaudevillian who found stage and film work in England. She herself picked up an interest in performing and eventually joined the Coventry Repertory Company to gather the necessary stage experience. She made her film debut as an extra in 1935. June married at a young age and her career was initially encouraged by her first husband, a Harley Street doctor. But once she started flirting with stardom, he became increasingly envious and possessive and their marriage fell apart. True enough, her sultry and exotic appearances in such British films as "The Spy in Black" (1939), "Four Feathers" (1939) and, especially, Alexander Korda's "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940) made a star out of her and she was quickly ushered to Hollywood to capitalize on this newly-found fame. Although she stayed in America throughout WWII, both Korda and June's agent set her price too high -- at $50,000 per picture. This pretty much put her out of contention and she found herself working very little in the next few years. Her most notable American picture during that time was "None But the Lonely Heart" (1944) opposite Cary Grant. June subsequently left Hollywood in 1946 and discovered a few roles on the Broadway stage. She retired altogether when she married for a second time in 1948 to a well-to-do sportsman. They had two daughters but divorced in 1965. June lived in Rome for a time, then returned to London to live out the remainder of her life. She died on October 30, 1984 at age 66 following an extended illness.

 

LockheedAd-Nov1943.jpg Lockheed Aircraft Corp. Ad - Nov. 1943

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