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Today in World War II History—June 14, 1943

Cover of Ladies’ Home Journal for the “United We Stand” campaign, 4 July 1942

Cover of Ladies’ Home Journal for the “United We Stand” campaign, 4 July 1942

75 Years Ago—June 14, 1943: US Supreme Court rules students can’t be forced to say Pledge of Allegiance.

US B-17 bomber crash near Mackay, Australia kills 40 in Australia’s worst air disaster of war.

Today in World War II History—June 13, 1943

75 Years Ago—June 13, 1943: Japanese end campaign in central China after heavy losses.

Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest III (great-grandson of Confederate general) is killed in US Eighth Air Force raid on Kiel, Germany, the first US general killed in the war in Europe.

Today in World War II History—June 12, 1943

Map showing Pantelleria and the Pelagie Islands, including Lampedusa, in the Mediterranean (US Army Air Forces map)

Map showing Pantelleria and the Pelagie Islands, including Lampedusa, in the Mediterranean (US Army Air Forces map)

75 Years Ago—June 12, 1943: The island of Lampedusa near Sicily surrenders and British occupy the island, opening safe shipping from Gibraltar to Alexandria, Egypt, plus new airbases.

The Sky Above Us Cover Reveal Giveaway Winners

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin, February 2019 from Revell BooksThank you for joining me for the cover reveal for The Sky Above Us, Book 2 in the Sunrise at Normandy series, coming from Revell February 5, 2019. I gave 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.

And the winners are…

Victoria La Pere

Terri Wangard

Debra Patton

Ginger (Faith Baptist)

Connie Saunders

Grace Schmidt

I’ll contact you by email, so watch your inbox!

Today in World War II History—June 11, 1943

Troops of Britain’s Duke of Wellington’s Regiment advancing on Pantelleria, 17 Jun 1943 (Imperial War Museum)

Troops of Britain’s Duke of Wellington’s Regiment advancing on Pantelleria, 17 Jun 1943 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—June 11, 1943: British land unopposed on the island of Pantelleria between Tunisia and Sicily; Italian forces formally surrender the island six hours later.

Chinese regain all territory in Hunan and Hubei Provinces, driving out the Japanese.

Today in World War II History—June 10, 1943

B-17 Flying Fortress bomber of the US 94th Bombardment Group bombing Focke-Wulf aircraft factory, Marienburg, Germany, 9 October 1943 (US National Archives)

B-17 Flying Fortress bomber of the US 94th Bombardment Group bombing Focke-Wulf aircraft factory, Marienburg, Germany, 9 October 1943 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—June 10, 1943: US and Britain begin Combined Bomber Offensive (“Pointblank”) against Germany; priorities for bombing targets are submarine yards, aircraft factories, ball bearings, and oil.

President Roosevelt signs bill allowing taxes to be deducted from paychecks.

Laszlo Biro, a Hungarian-Jewish refugee living in Argentina, files US patent for the first commercial ballpoint pen.

Today in World War II History—June 9, 1943

US Navy pilot Lt. George H.W. Bush, WWII (US Navy photo)

US Navy pilot Lt. George H.W. Bush, WWII (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—June 9, 1943: US 11th Naval District declares Los Angeles off-limits to servicemen, ending the Zoot Suit Riots (attacks by servicemen on Mexican-Americans).

Future president George H.W. Bush commissioned as an ensign in the US Naval Reserves, age 18, the youngest US naval aviator in history.

Today in World War II History—June 8, 1943

US poster for the Victory Home campaign, WWII

US poster for the Victory Home campaign, WWII

75 Years Ago—June 8, 1943: US begins the “Victory Home” campaign to encourage rationing, scrap collection, and other patriotic wartime activities.

Los Angeles City Council bans wearing of zoot suits favored by Mexican-Americans in effort to stop Zoot Suit Riots (attacks by servicemen on Latino youths).

Japanese battleship Mutsu is sunk in accidental explosion at Hiroshima, Japan, 1121 killed.

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

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