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This Day in WWII 15 December 1939 - 1945 *1938


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BoeingAd-Dec1942.jpgBoeing Ad - December 1942


1939: A fifth British division arrives in France.


1939: The Uruguayan government gives the Admiral of the Graf Spee 36 hours to leave harbour.


Dolores%20Donlon1.jpg **Dolores Donlon


1941: British retreat in Malaya and Burma's southern most tip. Artillery battle rages at Hong Kong.


1941: US Secretary of the Navy tells Congress that 2,729 were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


1941: First Japanese merchant ship sunk by a U.S. submarine.


Dolores%20Donlon2.jpg Dolores Donlon


1943: Great Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union all break off diplomatic relations with the Yugoslav government in exile and recognize Tito's Communist Popular Liberation Committee as the Yugoslav government to be.


1943: The war crimes trial at Kharkov of the four captured Germans opens with all plead the defendants pleading guilty. One of the defendants says that more than 30,000 Russians were exterminated at Kiev.


1943: US troops land on New Britain near Cape Gloucester, to the South West of Rabaul.


Dolores%20Donlon3.jpg Dolores Donlon


1944: Army Air Force Band leader and trombonist Glenn Miller boarded a single-engine C-64 Norseman in England for a flight to France, where he was to make arrangements for a Christmas broadcast. The plane never reached France and no trace of it or its occupants was ever found. Iowa-born Glenn Miller became a professional musician after graduating from high school. By the time he volunteered for military service in 1942, the Glenn Miller Orchestra was world famous and had appeared in two motion pictures. Miller persuaded the U.S. Army to accept his service to "put a little more spring into the feet of our marching men and a little more joy into their hearts." For the next 18 months, Miller's 50-member band stayed busy with morale-building concerts and radio broadcasts. No cause has ever been established for the loss of Miller's aircraft, but the Norseman did not have de-icing equipment on board and it is likely that icy weather forced the plane down in the English Channel. Another theory is that his plane was lost due to RAF bombers dumping unused bombs from higher altitude returning aborted mission over Germany.


BoeingAd-Dec1943.jpg Boeing Ad - December 1943


1944: The Chinese finally take Bhamo itself in northern Burma after the Japanese evacuate at night.


1944: The 19th Indian Division meets the British 36th Infantry Division at Indaw, making the first connected front in Burma.


Dolores%20Donlon4.jpg Dolores Donlon


1944: A U.S. task force lands on Mindoro Island in the western Philippines without loss.


1944: A third Japanese prison ship is mistakenly sunk by US planes off the Philippines, with less than half of POWs surviving, to be recaptured.


Dolores%20Donlon5.jpg Dolores Donlon


1945: The Permanent Headquarters for UN are to be established in the USA.


1945: MacArthur orders the end of Shinto as official religion of Japan.


*1938: Washington sends its fourth note to Berlin demanding amnesty for Jews.


Dolores%20Donlon6.jpg Dolores Donlon


**Exceptional, voluptuous blonde, a former New York model, who came to Hollywood in the 40s providing set decoration (sometimes billed as Pat Van Iver) before progressing to featured roles.


Dolores Donlon was born Patricia Vaniver on September 19, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). According to sources, graduated from "a French convent" before embarking on her career as a model and actress. After being elected "Queen of the New York Press Photographer's Ball" in 1945, soon after her arrival in New York City, she worked as a model for $500 a week, under the name of Pat Van Iver. By the end of the year, her pin-up photograph is voted by more than 300,000 GI's as the "picture of the year." Eight years later, her pin-up (by Stew Sawyer) is named as the best cheesecake shot of 1953, by United Press. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the August 1957 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Peter Gowland. She had a number of film and television roles in the 1950s and early 1960s.


Some of the pictures in which Ms. Donlon was featured during this time include "The Long Wait" (1954), "Security Risk" (1954), "Flight to Hong Kong" (1956), and "Nude Odyssey" (1961). She also appeared on countless television shows. Standouts are "Maverick", "I Love Lucy", "77 Sunset Strip", and the "Walter Winchell Files". Ms. Donlon also continued to model and therein started some trouble.


Dolores%20Donlon7.jpg Dolores Donlon


In October 1954, Donlon was sued by agent Walter Thornton for $120,000 in damages in Los Angeles, under the charge of not satisfying the terms of a contract he claimed was signed in 1945.


In June of 1960, while on location in Papeete, the actress suffered from minor heat stroke as she worked in 120-degree temperatures for the Italian-French co-produced film "Odissea Nuda", a.k.a. "Naked Odyssey" (1961).


After marrying New York Philharmonic violinist Robert de Pasquale, with whom she was expecting a baby in May of 1963, she moved to New York City and apparently retired from the big and small screens.


She was the third Hollywood wife of talent agent Victor Orsatti, whom she married in 1949 (all three of Orsatti's marriages ended in divorce)


She later divorced dePasquale and married Fernando Mendez.


Donlon died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 30, 2012, at the age of 92.



Measurements: 36-23-33, (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 6" (1.67 m)


Robert de Pasquale (November 1962 - ?)

Victor M. Orsatti (1954 - ?) (divorced)

BoeingAd-Dec1944.jpg Boeing Ad - December 1944

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