Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Memoriam, World War II

Carole Lombard was born October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She starred in such films as Twentieth Century (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941). Carole Lombard traveled to her home state of Indiana for a war bond rally. She was killed when the plane she was returning home on crashed on January 16, 1942.

Leslie Howard was born April 3, 1893 in London, England. He starred in such films as The Scarlet Pimpernal (1934), The Petrified Forest (1936) and Gone With The Wind (1939). When World War II began, he returned to England and served with British Intelligence. On June 1, 1943, Leslie Howard was flying to Bristol, U.K. from Lisbon, Portugal on a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines/ BOAC Flight 777. The airplane was shot down by a German Junkers Ju 88 over the Bay of Biscary.

Glenn Miller was born on March 1, 1904 in Clarinda, Iowa. He was an American jazz musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1942, Miller's signature recordings include In The Mood, American Patrol, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Tuxedo Junction, Little Brown Jug and Moonlight Serenade. On December 15, 1944 he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France, his plane disappeared in bad weather. His body has never been found.

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