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Today in World War II History—May 29, 1942

Premiere of Yankee Doodle Dandy at New York's Hollywood Theatre; New York governor Al Smith and his wife are in the horse-drawn carriage, 29 May 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Premiere of Yankee Doodle Dandy at New York’s Hollywood Theatre; New York governor Al Smith and his wife are in the horse-drawn carriage, 29 May 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—May 29, 1942: First flight of the only Australian-produced aircraft of WWII, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-12 Boomerang fighter.

Actor John Barrymore dies of pneumonia in Los Angeles, age 60.

In New York City, special premiere of musical Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney as songwriter George M. Cohan, with tickets only available with purchase of a war bond.

Australian-built CAC Boomerang fighter Sinbad II of No. 5 (Tactical Reconnaissance) Squadron RAAF, Mareeba, Queensland 15 March 1944 (Australian War Museum: NEA0408)

Australian-built CAC Boomerang fighter Sinbad II of No. 5 (Tactical Reconnaissance) Squadron RAAF, Mareeba, Queensland 15 March 1944 (Australian War Museum: NEA0408)

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