XP-80A Gray Ghost (USAF Photo)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 8, 1944: First flight of Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star jet fighter at Muroc Army Air Base, CA, but it won’t be ready for combat until the war is over.
Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson officially replaces Gen. Dwight Eisenhower as Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean.
The Sky Above Us is coming February 5, 2019! My publisher, Revell Books, and I have put together a fun package of goodies for everyone who pre-orders a copy and enters by February 4, 2019! You can pre-order at your local bookstore or online (find links here).
As my thank-you to you for pre-ordering The Sky Above Us (Book 2 in the Sunrise at Normandy Series), you will receive:
- The Sky Above Us key chain made by Aleigha Israel of Literary Treasures! (ONLY for the first 100 people who enter! So don’t wait! UPDATE: the first 100 are gone, but we’ve ordered another 50! They won’t last long though!)
- A downloadable photo of Adler Paxton’s P-51B Mustang, Texas Eagle, decked out in invasion stripes for D-day and “autographed” by Adler himself!
- A downloadable map showing the sites in the Sunrise at Normandy series.
- A sampler of the first chapter of The Sky Above Us!
- A signed customized bookplate
To receive your goodies, pre-order your copy of The Sky Above Us—or find your confirmation number if you’ve already done so! Then contact me at email@example.com with the following information (you can copy & paste this list into your email):
- Mailing address:
- Where did you pre-order The Sky Above Us?
- Order confirmation number:
- Would you like bookmarks? How many?
- Would you like signed bookplates? To whom would you like them autographed?
Note: key chain available for US mailing addresses only. I reserve the right to restrict quantities of bookmarks mailed to addresses outside the US.
Offer ends February 4, 2019, so don’t wait! By pre-ordering, you’ll receive the book first—and you create interest in bookstores that helps the book succeed.
US Douglas C-47 transport plane taking off near Man Wing, Burma (US Army Center of Military History)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 7, 1944: French resistance sabotages electricity supply in Tulle.
In Second Arakan Campaign in Burma, RAF & US Tenth Air Force begin air supply to isolated West African troops.
Former First Lady Lou Henry Hoover dies of a heart attack, age 69.
US poster, WWII
75 Years Ago—Jan. 6, 1944: Soviets cross Polish border near Olevsk.
Maj. Gen. James Doolittle assumes command of US Eighth Air Force in England.
B-17G Flying Fortress Shoo Shoo Baby of the 91st Bomb Group (USAF Museum)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 5, 1944: In the US Eighth Air Force in England, the 91st Bomb Group becomes the first group to complete 100 missions.
Gregorio Diamare and the ecclesiastical authorities of Monte Cassino abbey giving German Luftwaffe troops permission to remove artwork to Germany, 4 Jan 1944 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-729-0005-25)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 4, 1944: Church authorities at the Abbey of Monte Cassino give Luftwaffe permission to remove artwork to Germany.
Mussolini’s Fascist government in northern Italy seizes Jewish assets and forbids Jews from owning land or stock.
Future Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche becomes the first African-American officer in the US State Department, appointed to a post in the Near East and African Section.
Senior staff of the US 7th Marines on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 10 Jan 1944. (US Marine Corps photo)
Top US Marine ace, Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, is shot down in his F4U by a Japanese Zero near Rabaul, but he survives the war as a POW.
In the Solomons, US launches offensive on New Britain from Cape Gloucester.
US LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank) at Saidor, New Guinea 2 January 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 2, 1944: US Sixth Army lands at Saidor, New Guinea, finds little opposition, takes harbor and airfield, cutting off 12,000 troops of Japanese 18th Army.
Gen. Bernard Montgomery arrives in England to take command of Allied 21 Army Group for D-day.
US Marine Corps recruiting poster, WWII
75 Years Ago—Jan. 1, 1944: Gen. Alexander Vandegrift replaces Gen. Thomas Holcomb as commandant of the US Marine Corps.
US penny production switched from steel to an alloy of copper and brass from salvaged shell casings.
Poster for the US Victory Book Campaign
75 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1943: US Marines secure crucial airfield at Cape Gloucester, New Britain in the Solomons.
Victory Book Campaign closes due to inefficiency of program and to the publication of the Armed Services Editions books; had collected 17 million books and distributed 11 million.
Fletcher-class destroyer USS Cassin Young is commissioned at San Pedro, CA (currently a museum ship in Boston). [See pictures of the USS Cassin Young in my three-part blog series: Destroyer Tour]
Sarah Sundin by the 5-inch gun mount on destroyer USS Cassin Young, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, July 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)