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This Day in WWII 3 May 1940 - 1945


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AllisonAircraftEngines-May1942.jpgAllison Engines Ad - May 1942

 

1940: War Office announces withdrawal from Namsos; Allies remain only in Narvik to stop the supply of iron ore to Germany.

 

1940: Destroyer Afridi sunk by German bombers off Norway.

 

1940: Hitler postpones X-Day to the 6th May due to bad weather.

 

RuthTerry1.jpg *Ruth Terry

 

1942: Off the northern coast of Norway, German destroyers sink the British cruiser Edinburgh which was escorting Convoy PQ-15.

 

1942: The Japanese make landings on Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.

 

BellTelephoneAd-May1943.jpg Bell Telephone Ad - May 1943

 

1942: The Japanese covering force at Tulagi, which consisted of the carrier Shoho and escorts leaves to act as cover for the Port Moresby landings.

 

1942: The submarine USS Spearfish (SS-190) evacuates 12 Army nurses from the Philippines.

 

RuthTerry2.jpg Ruth Terry

 

1943: The U.S. commander in Europe, Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews is killed in air crash in Iceland.

 

1943: The Russians report the 'smashing' of a German counter attack in the Kuban, to the South of Rostov.

 

1943: US troops take Mateur, less than 50 miles Northwest of Tunis.

 

RuthTerry3.jpg Ruth Terry

 

1944: The rationing of all meat, except for steak, is canceled. Supplies of pork and beef are judged to be sufficient for both military and civilian consumption.

 

1945: Typhoons and Tempests of 2nd TAF carry out devastating attacks on enemy shipping in the Baltic. Large numbers of flying boats and transport aircraft, attempting a massed evacuation to Norway, are also destroyed.

 

ChampionSparkPlugs-May1943.jpg Champion Spark Plugs Ad - May 1943

 

1945: German envoys meet Montgomery at his HQ on Lüneburg Heath, South of Hamburg to discuss peace. The envoys return to Donitz and recommend unconditional surrender of all forces facing the 21st Army Group. The German defence system in NW Germany is now in chaos as troops, civilians and refugees pour west to escape the Russian advance. General Wolz surrenders Hamburg to the British Second Army and declares Hamburg an open city. The U.S. Ninth Army makes contact with the Russians in the Wismar area. The U.S. Third Army crosses the river Inn, while the U.S. Seventh Army captures Innsbruck and reaches the Brenner Pass.

 

1945: The Russians make contact with the U.S. 9th Army in the Wismar area.

 

1945: SEAC announces the liberation of Rangoon in Burma.

 

RuthTerry4.jpg Ruth Terry

 

*Ruth Terry was born Ruth Mae McMahon in Benton Harbor, Michigan, on October 21st, 1920. She got her start in show business as a child when she would sing with the band in a dance hall where her father worked as a bouncer. She began entering amateur talent contests in the local area, and her beautiful singing voice resulted in her winning many of them. When she was in fourth grade her parents decided that she would embark on a professional singing career, and to that end took her out of school (her education continued with private teachers). She kept winning talent contests, and later became part of a vaudeville act called The Capps Family and Ruthie Mae. She eventually won a spot singing on a Chicago radio station, then she got her own 15-minute time slot on a station in South Bend, Indiana. At 12 years of age she won a contract to sing with a prestigious Chicago musical group, The Paul Ash Chicago Theater Orchestra. After that engagement she went to New York and got a job as a song plugger for composer Irving Berlin, who was a friend of her aunt's. She eventually got her own nightclub act--changing her name to Ruth Terry at the suggestion of gossip columnist Walter Winchell--and soon headed to Miami, where she was engaged to sing at several prestigious nightspots and hotels, and while there she was spotted by talent scouts from 20th Century-Fox. In 1937 she was playing in Chicago with bandleader Ted Lewis when Fox offered her a contract--and all this while she was barely 16 years old.

 

RuthTerry5.jpg Ruth Terry

 

She was brought to Hollywood by Fox and given diction and acting lessons, and the studio soon put her in her first picture, "International Settlement" (1938), although she only had one line. She stayed with Fox for two more years, until she was dropped in 1939. In 1940 she was signed by Howard Hughes, who eventually sold her contract to Republic Pictures. It was at Republic where she began making westerns, a genre in which she would spend a lot of time. She made westerns with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Robert Livingston, among others. Ruth Terry's most famous picture, and her signature song, was Republic's "Pistol Packin' Mama" (1943). Her other famous Republic credits include "The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine" (1943), "My Buddy" (1944), "Steppin' in Society" (1945), and "The Cheaters" (1945). Her contract with Republic ended in 1947, and she made only one other film, "Smoky River Serenade" (1947), for Columbia, before retiring. She soon married, for a second time, and she and her husband moved to Canada. The marriage ended in 1957, and she moved back to the US. In 1962, as a favor to a friend, she did a small part in a low-budget horror film, "Hand of Death" (1962). Ruth guest starred on a number of television shows in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Those shows were "The Donna Reed Show" (1958), "The Real McCoys" (1958), "77 Sunset Strip" (1959), "Maverick" (1960), and "Cheyenne" (1961). She met her second husband, John Ledbetter, and they were married January 29, 1966. Ruth has been retired ever since. Terry died on March 11, 2016 at the age of 95.

 

CamelCigaretteAd2-May1945.jpg Camel Cigarette Ad - May 1945

 
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