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Today in World War II History—Sept. 4, 1942

US Army rank insignia for technician third class, WWII

US Army rank insignia for technician third class, WWII

75 Years Ago—Sept. 4, 1942: US Marines secure Savo Island off Guadalcanal.

US Army adds “T” to chevrons for technician third, fourth, and fifth class.

Movie premiere of Orchestra Wives, starring Glenn Miller and his orchestra.

Today in World War II History—Sept. 3, 1942

Patch of the US Fifth Air Force

Patch of the US Fifth Air Force

75 Years Ago—Sept. 3, 1942: US Fifth Air Force reactivated (formerly Far East Air Force) under Lt. Gen. George Kenney in Brisbane, Australia, for US forces in Australia and New Guinea.

First US cargo flight to Guadalcanal (Navy R4Ds).

Today in World War II History—Sept. 2, 1942

German bomb exploding near HMS Ashanti, HMS Wheatland, and HMS Eskimo, escorting Allied convoy PQ-18, Sep 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

German bomb exploding near HMS Ashanti, HMS Wheatland, and HMS Eskimo, escorting Allied convoy PQ-18, Sep 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 2, 1942: Convoy PQ-18 departs Scotland for USSR, the first Arctic convoy with an escort carrier, HMS Avenger, and the first since the PQ-17 disaster; 13/40 ships will be lost.

Today in World War II History—Sept. 1, 1942

Japanese-American children playing with scale model of their home at Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, CA, 11 Sep 1942 (US National Archives)

Japanese-American children playing with scale model of their home at Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, CA, 11 Sep 1942 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 1, 1942: In Egypt, Montgomery lures Rommel’s tanks into soft sand between Alam Halfa and Ruweisat Ridges and then attacks.

In Egypt, Luftwaffe fighter pilot Hans Marseille shoots down 17 RAF fighters in 3 missions.

Federal judge in California upholds detention of Japanese-Americans.

German Army Group A reaches the Black Sea in the Caucasus and takes port of Anapa.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 31, 1942

Australian troops at Milne Bay, New Guinea, shortly after the unsuccessful Japanese invasion attempt, 1 Oct 1942 (Australian War Memorial)

Australian troops at Milne Bay, New Guinea, shortly after the unsuccessful Japanese invasion attempt, 1 Oct 1942 (Australian War Memorial)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 31, 1942: Australians launch offensive against the Japanese at Milne Bay, New Guinea.

Canada requires unemployed men and women to take war work.

Book Beat – Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Many Sparrows by Lori BentonIn 1774, Clare Inglesby is furious at her husband for leading their young family into the dangerous frontier of Ohio-Kentucky. Then Clare’s worst fears come to pass – Shawnees murder her husband and take her four-year-old son Jacob captive, and Clare goes into labor.

Frontiersman Jeremiah Ring discovers Clare, helps her deliver her baby girl, and promises to help her find her son. As an adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah has the knowledge and connections to help Clare – but he soon finds his loyalties torn and his affections divided.

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is a beautiful tale. Clare’s desperate longing to be reunited with her son gives the story a poignant pull as she learns to trust God and release her beloved boy into His hands. Jeremiah is a compelling hero, strong and faithful and wise, but with an underlying sadness that draws you in. The lives of both the settlers and the Shawnees are rendered with such compassion and realism that the clashes between them are even more harrowing. Many Sparrows is an exquisite novel that stays with you long after the last page is turned. Savor it.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 30, 1942

US 54th Fighter Squadron P-38s, Adak, Alaska, 1942 (US Army Air Forces photo)

US 54th Fighter Squadron P-38s, Adak, Alaska, 1942 (US Army Air Forces photo)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 30, 1942: Battle of Alam Halfa Ridge begins near El Alamein as German troops under Rommel attempt to outflank the British.

US Army lands unopposed on Adak in Aleutians to build air and naval bases.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 29, 1942

Papuan carriers evacuate Australian casualties near Isurava, 30 Aug 1942 (Australian War Memorial)

Papuan carriers evacuate Australian casualties near Isurava, 30 Aug 1942 (Australian War Memorial)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 29, 1942: In New Guinea, Japanese break through “Gap” at Isurava on way to Port Moresby.

Australia begins sugar rationing, 1 pound per week.

New song in Top Ten: “At Last.”

Today in World War II History—Aug. 28, 1942

Poster commemorating capture of U-94 by HMCS Oakville, 28 Aug 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Poster commemorating capture of U-94 by HMCS Oakville, 28 Aug 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 28, 1942: Japanese daylight attempt to reinforce Guadalcanal fails due to US air attack; they turn to nighttime missions, dubbed the “Tokyo Express” by the Americans.

First school for WAVES officers opens at Smith College in Northampton, MA (USS Northampton); 125 women are commissioned in “fast-track” one-month course.

Off Haiti, US PBY Catalina and Canadian corvette Oakville capture German sub U-94, but sub sinks; this loss will lead the Germans to withdraw Type VII U-boats from Caribbean and Gulf.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 27, 1942

Battleship USS Iowa ready for launching, New York Navy Yard, NY, Aug 1942 (US National Archives)

Battleship USS Iowa ready for launching, New York Navy Yard, NY, Aug 1942 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 27, 1942: In Portuguese East Africa, Japanese and British exchange 1000 interned Allies for Japanese diplomats, supplies, and Red Cross parcels for Allied POWs.

Battleship USS Iowa is launched, New York Navy Yard, NY (currently a museum ship in Long Beach, CA).

Movie premiere of drama Somewhere I’ll Find You, starring Lana Turner & Clark Gable, his last film before enlisting.