75 Years Ago—Apr. 5, 1943: Germans arrest Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his brother-in-law, resistance member Hans von Dohnányi. US Twelfth Air Force begins Operation Flax to destroy German air transport to Tunisia, will destroy about 200 planes in the air and on the ground in next 3 weeks. Off Russell Island in the Pacific, destroyer… Read more »
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75 Years Ago—Apr. 4, 1943: Mrs. Thomas Sullivan christens destroyer USS The Sullivans in honor of her five sons killed in the sinking of light cruiser USS Juneau in November 1942. US II Corps takes Hill 369 near El Guettar, Tunisia, after a long battle. Twelve US & Filipino POWs escape from Davao Penal Colony… Read more »
75 Years Ago—Apr. 3, 1943: US troops land at Morobe Bay, New Guinea. German movie actor Conrad Veidt dies in Hollywood of a heart attack, age 50.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 2, 1943: War Production Board approves construction of “Little Big Inch” pipeline to take refined oil from Texas to northeast states. Off Portugal, sloop HMS Black Swan and corvette HMS Stonecrop sink U-124, the third most successful German U-boat with 48 ships sunk.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 1, 1943: In Tunisia, US II Corps falls back at Fondouk after heavy losses. US Army 2nd Ranger Battalion is activated at Camp Forrest, Tullahoma TN; three companies from this battalion will later climb the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on D-day.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 31, 1943: Oklahoma! opens at St. James Theatre on Broadway, the first musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 30, 1943: Britain suspends Arctic convoys to USSR due to heavy losses.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 29, 1943: US begins rationing fresh meat (28 ounces per week), cheese (4 ounces per week), butter, oils, and fats. (Read more: “Make It Do—Meat and Cheese Rationing in World War II” and “Make It Do—Rationing of Fats & Oils in World War II”)
75 Years Ago—Mar. 28, 1943: Montgomery’s British Eighth Army takes Mareth, Tunisia and 7000 German POWs. Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff dies in Beverly Hills, CA of melanoma, age 69, a new US citizen.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 27, 1943: In Tunisia, Germans delay British & New Zealanders at Tebaga Gap and retreat to Wadi Akarit. US defeats Japanese in naval battle of Komandorski Islands in Aleutians, the longest continuous gun battle in the history of the US Navy.