Marshal Nikolai Vatutin 70 Years Ago—Apr. 15, 1944: Marshal Nikolai Vatutin, commander of Soviet Voronezh Front, dies after being wounded in ambush by Ukrainian insurgents on February 28.
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70 Years Ago—Apr. 14, 1944: At Bombay, India, British ammunition ship Fort Stikineexplodes, killing 1300, and destroying 27 ships. Chinese launch offensive across border into Burma.
70 Years Ago—Apr. 13, 1944: Movie premiere in Hollywood of the documentary Memphis Belle, directed by William Wyler, about the famous B-17 Flying Fortress’s 25th mission.
70 Years Ago—Apr. 12, 1944: Germans begin evacuating the Crimea. King Vittorio Emanuele of Italy transfers most powers to his son Prince Umberto but retains the throne.
70 Years Ago—Apr. 11, 1944: Due to increasing instances of sabotage in factories by the French, the German SS orders public execution as the penalty for sabotage.
70 Years Ago—Apr. 10, 1944: Soviets & Partisans take Odessa, Ukraine.
70 Years Ago—Apr. 9, 1944: Japanese surround 155,000 British/Indian troops in Imphal, India.
70 Years Ago—Apr. 8, 1944: Over New Guinea, Capt. Richard Bong of the US Fifth Air Force surpasses Eddie Rickenbacker’s 26 victories in WWI to become the top US ace. New songs in Top Ten: “Long Ago and Far Away” from the movie Cover Girl.
70 Years Ago—Apr. 7, 1944: Slovakian Jews Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler escape from Auschwitz, will write public report.
70 Years Ago—Apr. 6, 1944: Japanese besiege 3500 British/Indian troops in Kohima, India. Movie premiere of Cover Girl with Gene Kelly & Rita Hayworth; Oscar winner for orchestration for Carmen Dragon (of Antioch CA).