List of Famous people who died in 1942

Bruce Kingsbury

First Name Bruce
Last Name Kingsbury
Born on January 8, 1918
Died on August 29, 1942 (aged 24)
Born in Australia, Victoria

Bruce Steel Kingsbury, VC was an Australian soldier of the Second World War. Serving initially in the Middle East, he later gained renown for his actions during the Battle of Isurava, one of many battles forming the Kokoda Track Campaign in the south-east of the island of New Guinea, then part of the Australian Territory of Papua. His bravery during the battle was recognised with the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. The first serviceman to receive the VC for actions on Australian territory, Kingsbury was a member of the 2/14th Infantry Battalion.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

First Name Lucy
Last Name Montgomery
Born on November 30, 1874
Died on April 24, 1942 (aged 67)

Lucy Maud Montgomery, published as L. M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. The book was an immediate success. Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following.

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Wilbur Scoville

Wilbur Lincoln Scoville
First Name Wilbur
Last Name Scoville
Born on January 22, 1865
Died on March 10, 1942 (aged 77)

Wilbur Lincoln Scoville was an American pharmacist best known for his creation of the "Scoville Organoleptic Test", now standardized as the Scoville scale.

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Helga Estby

First Name Helga
Born on May 30, 1860
Died on April 20, 1942 (aged 81)

Helga Estby was an American suffragist most noted for her walk across the United States during 1896.

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George M. Cohan

George Michael Cohan
First Name George
Last Name Cohan
Died on November 5, 1942

George Michael Cohan was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and theatrical producer.

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Prince George, Duke of Kent

George Edward Alexander Edmund
First Name Prince
Last Name Kent
Born on December 20, 1902
Died on August 25, 1942 (aged 39)

Prince George, Duke of Kent, was a member of the British royal family, the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary. He was the younger brother of Edward VIII and George VI.

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Reinhard Heydrich

Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich
First Name Reinhard
Last Name Heydrich
Born on March 7, 1904
Died on June 4, 1942 (aged 38)

Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich was a high-ranking German SS and police official during the Nazi era and a main architect of the Holocaust. He was chief of the Reich Main Security Office. He was also Stellvertretender Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia. He served as president of the International Criminal Police Commission and chaired the January 1942 Wannsee Conference which formalised plans for the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question"—the deportation and genocide of all Jews in German-occupied Europe.

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Bruno Schulz

First Name Bruno
Last Name Schulz
Born on July 12, 1892
Died on November 19, 1942 (aged 50)

Bruno Schulz was a Polish Jewish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher. He is regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century. In 1938, he was awarded the Polish Academy of Literature's prestigious Golden Laurel award. Several of Schulz's works were lost in the Holocaust, including short stories from the early 1940s and his final, unfinished novel The Messiah. Schulz was shot and killed by a German Nazi, a Gestapo officer, in 1942 while walking back home toward Drohobycz Ghetto with a loaf of bread.

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Carole Lombard

Jane Alice Peters
First Name Carole
Last Name Lombard
Born on October 6, 1908
Died on January 16, 1942 (aged 33)
Height 163 cm | 5'4

Carole Lombard was an American actress, particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in screwball comedies. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Lombard 23rd on its list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

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Douglas Albert Munro

First Name Douglas
Last Name Munro
Born on October 11, 1919
Died on September 27, 1942 (aged 22)

Douglas Albert Munro was a United States Coast Guardsman who was posthumously decorated with the Medal of Honor for an act of "extraordinary heroism" during World War II. He is the only person to have received the medal for actions performed during service in the Coast Guard.

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