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Today in World War II History—June 28, 1943

Avro Lancaster bombers of RAF No.44 Squadron, 1942 (Imperial War Museum: TR 197)

Avro Lancaster bombers of RAF No.44 Squadron, 1942 (Imperial War Museum: TR 197)

75 Years Ago—June 28, 1943: Royal Air Force bombs Cologne, Germany, heavily damaging the cathedral and ending the Battle of the Ruhr—total of 872 British bombers lost.

Today in World War II History—June 27, 1943

Flag used by the Free French in WWII, with the Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the French Resistance (public domain via Wikipedia)

Flag used by the Free French in WWII, with the Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the French Resistance (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—June 27, 1943: French Resistance attacks Ateliers des Fives locomotive works at Lille.

P-38 Lightning fighter plane crashes on Huntington Beach in CA, killing 4 children.

Today in World War II History—June 26, 1943

Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, 1944 (Imperial War Museum: TR 2625)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, 1944 (Imperial War Museum: TR 2625)

75 Years Ago—June 26, 1943: Allied commanders choose Normandy over Pas de Calais for invasion of France in 1944, and appoint Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory to prepare air plans for D-day.

Map of Operation Overlord area, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

Map of Operation Overlord area, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

Today in World War II History—June 25, 1943

Bob Hope on USO tour, 1944 (US Army photo)

Bob Hope on USO tour, 1944 (US Army photo)

75 Years Ago—June 25, 1943: Bob Hope begins first major USO tour; he will spend 11 weeks in England, North Africa, and Sicily.

Flight nurse school at Bowman Field, Kentucky named Army Air Force School of Air Evacuation.

Today in World War II History—June 24, 1943

Subhash Chandra Bose and Hideki Tojo, Tokyo, Japan, 10 Jun 1943 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Subhash Chandra Bose and Hideki Tojo, Tokyo, Japan, 10 Jun 1943 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—June 24, 1943: US Lt. Col. W.R. Lovelace makes record parachute jump from 42,200 feet.

From Japan, Subhash Chandra Bose, leader of Indian National Army, implores Indians to turn against British.

Movie premiere of Stage Door Canteen, with an all-star cast.

Today in World War II History—June 23, 1943

GIs hand-carry paintings in Neuschwanstein Castle under the supervision of Captain James Rorimer. (US National Archives)

GIs hand-carry paintings in Neuschwanstein Castle under the supervision of Captain James Rorimer. (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—June 23, 1943: Nazis liquidate all Jewish ghettos in Galicia region of Poland and deport 400,000 to concentration camps.

President Roosevelt establishes American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas (“Monuments Men”) or The Roberts Commission.

Coal strike in Appalachia is settled; President Roosevelt warns if the miners strike again, they will be drafted and forced to work.

Today in World War II History—June 22, 1943

75 Years Ago—June 22, 1943: In Detroit race riot, 24 blacks and 10 whites are killed, 600 wounded (75% of the wounded are black); governor requests federal troops.

Movie premiere of So Proudly We Hail, about nurses on Bataan, starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, and Veronica Lake.

A New Contract – Three More World War II Novels!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed another contract with Revell Books for three more World War II novels! These stories will be a bit different for me, as they will each stand completely alone, not as part of a series.

Inspired by real people and stories, each novel will feature Americans living in Nazi Germany or Nazi-occupied Europe, and each will be filled with romance and danger as the characters face harrowing conditions and ethical dilemmas.

I’m looking forward to a fresh direction while exploring new aspects of World War II. I can’t wait to share more about these stories as their publication dates approach. The books are scheduled to release in spring 2021, spring 2022, and spring 2023.

Thank you to my agent, Rachel Kent with Books & Such Literary Management, and to the entire team at Revell for giving me a chance to tell these stories. And extra thanks to all of you who have read my books and supported my writing habit. I can’t do it without you!

Today in World War II History—June 21, 1943

US airfield at Segi Point, New Georgia, 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

US airfield at Segi Point, New Georgia, 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—June 21, 1943: Germans capture many French resistance leaders, including Jean Moulin, who will be executed.

US Marines land unopposed at Segi Point, New Georgia in the Solomon Islands.

Detroit race riot begins between whites and blacks, over white resentment of blacks advancing in factory jobs and rumors on both sides of attacks on women and children.

Today in World War II History—June 20, 1943

Bernard Montgomery, Archibald Wavell, Claude Auchinleck, 1946 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-38)

Bernard Montgomery, Archibald Wavell, Claude Auchinleck, 1946 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-38)

75 Years Ago—June 20, 1943: British Gen. Sir Claude Auchinleck succeeds Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell as Commander-in-Chief of India.

New Quebec/Chubb Crater (now called Pingualuit Crater) is discovered in northern Québec by a US Army Air Force plane on a meteorological flight, 3 kilometers in diameter.

Pingualuit Crater in Québec, 2007 (NASA photo)

Pingualuit Crater in Québec, 2007 (NASA photo)