“Queen Elizabeth Comes Up The Clyde,” US Army painting by Byron Thomas, depicting troopship HMT Queen Elizabeth bringing US troops to England during WWII (US Army Center of Military History)
75 Years Ago—Dec. 1, 1943: First use of US P-51 Mustang fighter planes in Europe, as US Ninth Air Force P-51s fly a sweep over France.
Mussolini orders arrest of all Jews in Italy, but Italians shelter many.
Troopship HMT Queen Elizabeth disembarks US 2nd Ranger Battalion and US 357th Fighter Group at Greenock, Scotland.
US flag on Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Nov 1943 (US Marine Corps photo)
75 Years Ago—Nov. 30, 1943: US takes unoccupied Abaiang and Marakei Atolls north of Tarawa in Gilberts.
Mignano Gap in Italy, WWII (US Army Center of Military History)
75 Years Ago—Nov. 29, 1943: US VI Corps launches assault north of Mignano Gap in Italy.
Essex-class carrier USS Hornet (CV-12) is commissioned at Newport News, VA; now a museum ship in Alameda, CA.
Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill at the Tehran Conference (US Library of Congress)
75 Years Ago—Nov. 28, 1943: US Marines secure Tarawa Atoll.
Eureka Conference begins in Tehran, Iran: Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin will agree to a spring 1944 invasion of western Europe and a Soviet declaration of war on Japan after Germany’s defeat.
US Sixth Army (Southwest Pacific) establishes Alamo Scouts, an elite volunteer team to reconnoiter behind enemy lines.
Patch of the Alamo Scouts, US Sixth Army, WWII
Jaime Nichols has her life in control. Her apartment is stark white, her friends are kept at just the right distance, and her job as a defense attorney fulfills her need for justice. And she’s about to tie up the last loose ends in her life by pressing charges against the man who abused her as a child. However, this decision throws her life into disarray.
Chandler Bolton enjoys his work helping military members readjust to civilian life, but a series of threatening phone calls makes him question his work. When he and his therapy dog are asked to help a young abuse victim, he and Jaime cross paths. And the danger builds.
Delayed Justice is another exciting legal thriller from Cara Putman! Once again, one of her novels seems to have anticipated current headlines, and Jaime’s story gives us great insight into victims of abuse and the troubles they face when seeking justice. Jaime and Chandler are intriguing and well matched, and their romance is tender and realistic. With plenty of twists and turns, the story kept me flipping pages. Another winner!
Boeing B-29 Superfortress (US Air Force photo)
75 Years Ago—Nov. 27, 1943: Brig. Gen. Kenneth Wolfe assumes command of new US Twentieth Bomber Command at Salina, KS, the first unit with B-29 Superfortress bombers.
US initiates accelerated landing craft program to meet needs of upcoming invasion of Europe (Operation Overlord, D-day).
Messerschmitt Me 262A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force (US Air Force photo)
75 Years Ago—Nov. 26, 1943: Hitler observes Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter aircraft and insists it be developed as a “blitz bomber.”
Marines defeat Japanese in Battle of Piva Forks on Bougainville.
Off Algeria, Luftwaffe sinks British troop transport HMT Rohna with Hs 293 glide bomb; 1149/1755 US soldiers & British crew are killed.
Movie premiere of musical Girl Crazy, starring Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland.
Thanksgiving menu from escort carrier USS Wake Island, 25 Nov 1943 (US Navy)
75 Years Ago—Nov. 25, 1943: US celebrates Thanksgiving.
Australians take Sattelberg, New Guinea.
Battle of Cape St. George: US Destroyer Squadron 23 under Capt. Arleigh Burke sinks 3 Japanese destroyers (Onami, Yugiri, Makinami) in the last naval battle in the Solomons.
Colossus Computer is first tested in Birmingham, England, the world’s first all-electric computer.
US poster, 1943, honoring Dorie Miller, recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions at Pearl Harbor
75 Years Ago—Nov. 24, 1943: Escort carrier USS Liscome Bay is sunk by Japanese submarine I-175 off Makin in Gilbert Islands; 644 killed, including African-American Pearl Harbor hero Doris “Dorie” Miller.
US Marines fighting on Betio, Tarawa Atoll, Nov 1943 (US National Archives)
75 Years Ago—Nov. 23, 1943: US Marines secures Betio in Tarawa Atoll.
French Expeditionary Corps under Gen. Alphonse Juin arrives in Italy.
Philadelphia Phillies owner William Cox is banned from baseball for betting on his own team.