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This Day in WWII 26 October 1939 - 1943


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USArnyAirCorpAd-Oct1942.jpgU.S. Army Air Corps Recruitment Ad - October 1942

 

1939: Forced labor decree issued for Polish Jews aged 14 to 60.

 

1940: London has longest air raid to date as a Catholic orphanage is among the buildings hit. British claim 41 German planes shot down in the past week against 21 British. The total German losses over Britain since the war began are put at a staggering 2,762 against Britain's 780.

 

Frances%20Vorne1.jpg *Frances Vorne

 

1940: Ministry of Food subsidises fish and chip shops to encourage potato consumption.

 

1940: The Italians protest to the Greeks about their 'non-neutral' attitude towards Italy.

 

Frances%20Vorne2-Yank.jpg Frances Vorne - YANK Pin-up Girl - 23 February 1945

 

1942: 850 Jews are arrested in Norway.

 

1942: The Eighth Army begins re-grouping its divisions at El Alamein for the final breakout.

 

1942: Battle of Santa Cruz, with US forces attacking the large Japanese supporting fleet near Guadalcanal and shooting down 100 aircraft, damaging two carriers, a battleship and three cruisers. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Hornet is heavily damaged during the Battle of Santa Cruz. (WATCH JAPANESE NEWSREEL)

 

1942: The USS South Dakota knocks down twenty-six Japanese planes during the Battle of Santa Cruz, setting the record for the most enemy planes downed in one day.

 

Frances%20Vorne3.jpg Frances Vorne

 

1943: The RAF launches a heavy night raid against Stuttgart, while the US 8th Air Force, in its greatest effort to date, delivers a devastating daylight attack on Bremen.

 

1943: A hospital ship arrives in Liverpool with 790 wounded POW's aboard, repatriated from Germany.

 

USArnyAirCorpAd-Oct1943.jpg U.S. Army Air Corps Recruitment Ad - October 1943

 

1943: A feint landing on Choisseul in the Solomon's is conducted by US forces. Meanwhile Treasury Island is occupied.

 

1943: Emperor Hirohito states his country's situation is now "truly grave."

 

Frances%20Vorne4.jpg Frances Vorne

 

*Frances Vorne, a 19-year-old New York girl who calls herself "The Shape", wound up 1944 with perhaps the best claim to an honor publicity agents fight desperately over: the crown as Pin-Up Girl of the Year. First the Associated Press in a rare moment of relaxation gave her the title. By last week The Shape had received even more dazzling recognition as the circle of her admirers expanded to include at least one segment of British officialdom. The British Ministry of Information saw her photograph in the London Daily Mirror, immediately cabled the U.S. for permission to use it in stimulating the morale of Britain's Army & Navy.

 

The Highlight of her career seems to be "Pin-Up Girl of the Year 1945" chosen by the Associated Press. The only film work seems to be a "Movie NewsReels Swimsuit Revue" which also featured Maria Montez and other beautiful young popular girls. Movie NewsReels were shown along with feature films and cartoons at theaters this one was also sold in 8 or 16mm via mail-order advertising from the back of Popular Science and other magazines. Frances Vorne was marketed as the "Modern Venus" and Star of "Swim Suit Revue". Her last known work is the POLICE GAZETTE MAGAZINE cover June, 1947. Frances Vorne died on August 8, 1990, in New York.

 

USArnyAirCorpAd-Oct1944.jpg U.S. Army Air Corps Recruitment Ad - October 1944

 
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