Soldier Kills Civilian in Tragedy at Airport Checkpoint

Dec. 15, 1941, Tuttle

Dec. 15, 1941, Comics
Terrific artwork from the incredible Milton Caniff.


Dec. 15, 1941: A group of soldiers was stopping motorists on Sepulveda Boulevard near the airport to strip off blue cellophane that had been illegally put over the headlights in the new wartime blackout.  Dr. Harry Brandel, assuming that the soldiers were hitchhiking, ignored the order to stop and Private Eugene I. Tuttle, 19, fired what he said was a warning shot. The bullet struck the car, killing Brandel’s wife, Adele. The case was turned over to military authorities and The Times never published anything further about the resolution of matter.

Hedda Hopper writes a Hollywood version of the “Yes, Virginia” Christmas column, which was an old chestnut 60 years ago.

Jimmie Fidler says: A few minutes after war was declared, Rosalind Russell and Linda Darnell led a daylong parade of screen stars who volunteered their services to the Women’s Emergency Corps of Beverly Hills.

Dec. 15, 1941, Headlights

Dec. 15, 1941, Friendly Fire

Dec. 15, 1941, Friendly Fire

Dec. 15, 1941, Hedda Hopper

Dec. 15, 1941, Jimmie Fidler

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About lmharnisch

I work at the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to Soldier Kills Civilian in Tragedy at Airport Checkpoint

  1. Rotter says:

    Here is an obit on a person who might be Eugene I. Tuttles’ wife. If it is, Eugene passed away in 1989.
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ivpressonline/obituary.aspx?n=cordelia-j-hensley-tuttle&pid=138464795

  2. Eve says:

    Omigod, Arnold Stang goes on a killing rampage!

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