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Today in World War II History—June 7, 1943

US poster urging more P-38 Lightning production, WWII

US poster urging more P-38 Lightning production, WWII

75 Years Ago—June 7, 1943: Australia begins butter rationing (1 lb/2 weeks).

Off Guadalcanal, US Thirteenth Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps, and Royal New Zealand Air Force planes shoot down 23 Japanese aircraft

Cover Reveal – The Sky Above Us

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin, February 2019 from Revell BooksToday, on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings, I’m pleased to reveal the cover for my upcoming D-Day novel The Sky Above Us, Book 2 in the Sunrise at Normandy series.

Today on 6/6, I’m giving away 6 books – the winner’s choice of The Sea Before Us (paperback), The Sea Before Us audiobook, or The Sky Above Us when it releases in February 2019.

The book is now available for pre-order at Amazon, and will be available on other sites soon. Pre-orders for the e-book and audiobook will be available at a later date.

Sunrise at Normandy Series

One fateful night drove three brothers apart.

One fateful day thrusts them together…D-Day.

The Sky Above Us

(Book 2, coming February 5, 2019)

Secrets as vast . . .

Love as unreachable . . .

As the sky above them.

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in late 1943. Determined to become an ace P-51 Mustang pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment and refreshments for the men of the 357th in the base Aeroclub and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can’t stay buried forever.

Return to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother faces the past—and the most fearsome battle of his life.

Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, enter the Rafflecopter below (US mailing addresses only please). Giveaway ends Sunday, June 10, 2018 at midnight Pacific Time. I’ll announce the six winners here on Monday, June 11, 2018 and by email.

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Today in World War II History—June 6, 1943

US pilots training to fly the North American A-36A Apache, Louisiana, 1943 (US Army Air Force photo)

US pilots training to fly the North American A-36A Apache, Louisiana, 1943 (US Army Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—June 6, 1943: North American A-36 Apache (fighter-bomber version of the P-51 Mustang) flies first combat mission in US Twelfth Air Force mission to Pantelleria in the Mediterranean.

Future actor Paul Newman enlists in US Navy, age 18.

Today in World War II History—June 5, 1943

Cpl. Irwin Goldstein sets switches on one of the ENIAC's function tables at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1946 (US Army photo)

Cpl. Irwin Goldstein sets switches on one of the ENIAC’s function tables at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1946 (US Army photo)

75 Years Ago—June 5, 1943: Aircraft from escort carrier USS Bogue sink German U-boat U-217 in the mid-Atlantic.

US Army signs contract with the University of Pennsylvania to develop the first all-electronic computer, ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer).

Auxiliary carrier USS Bogue (ACV-9) near Norfolk, VA, 20 June 1943 (US Navy photo)

Auxiliary carrier USS Bogue (ACV-9) near Norfolk, VA, 20 June 1943 (US Navy photo)

Today in World War II History—June 4, 1943

US poster for United China Relief, WWII

US poster for United China Relief, WWII

75 Years Ago—June 4, 1943: Luftwaffe bombs Gorky, Russia in first German strategic air raid against Soviet industrial centers.

Chinese launch assault against Japanese in the Hubei-Hunan region of China.

Today in World War II History—June 3, 1943

Soldier inspecting zoot suits at the Uline Arena, Washington DC, 1942 (Library of Congress)

Soldier inspecting zoot suits at the Uline Arena, Washington DC, 1942 (Library of Congress)

75 Years Ago—June 3, 1943: Zoot Suit Riots begin—US Navy sailors and Mexican-Americans scuffle in Los Angeles, as servicemen resent flamboyant “unpatriotic” clothing of Latino youth; over the next several days over 150 people will be injured.

French Committee for National Liberation formed in Algiers, Algeria, under joint leadership of former rivals Generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud.

Patent filed by American engineer Hurley Smith for the first plastic pocket protector.

Today in World War II History—June 2, 1943

Men of the US 99th Fighter Squadron (“Tuskegee Airmen”) and a P-40 fighter in North Africa, 1943 (US Air Force photo)

Men of the US 99th Fighter Squadron (“Tuskegee Airmen”) and a P-40 fighter in North Africa, 1943 (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—June 2, 1943: Combat debut of US 99th Fighter Squadron, the first African-American squadron (“Tuskegee Airmen”), in Twelfth Air Force mission from Tunisia to island of Pantelleria.

Today in World War II History—June 1, 1943

Publicity photo of Leslie Howard for Gone with the Wind, 1939 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Publicity photo of Leslie Howard for Gone with the Wind, 1939 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—June 1, 1943: British actor Leslie Howard (Gone With the Wind) is killed when a German Ju 88 shoots down his DC-3 airliner flying from Portugal to England.

Col. Florence Blanchfield becomes superintendent of the US Army Nurse Corps.

Frank Sinatra signs with Columbia Records as a solo artist.

Col. Florence Blanchfield, US Army Nurse Corps (US War Department photo)

Col. Florence Blanchfield, US Army Nurse Corps (US War Department photo)

Today in World War II History—May 31, 1943

Allied air raid on Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean, May-June 1943 (US Army Air Force photo)

Allied air raid on Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean, May-June 1943 (US Army Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—May 31, 1943: British ships begin naval bombardment of Pantelleria between Tunisia and Sicily, adding to the aerial bombardment started May 18.

Movie premiere of Cole Porter musical Du Barry Was a Lady, starring Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Virginia O’Brien, and Gene Kelly.

“Archie” comics first broadcast on radio.

Today in World War II History—May 30, 1943

Map of US Army operations on Attu in the Aleutians, May 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

Map of US Army operations on Attu in the Aleutians, May 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—May 30, 1943: US Army secures Attu in the Aleutians, 700 Americans and 2600 Japanese killed (only 29 surrender).

Dr. Josef Mengele, “the angel of death,” arrives at Auschwitz.

All-American Girls Baseball League begins first 108-game season with 4 teams (Rockford, Kenosha, Racine, South Bend).