On January 16, 1942 actress Carole Lombard died in a plane crash. Flying overseas to entertain the troops, Lombard was the first celebrity casualty of WWII. Carole Lombard appeared in many screwball comedies and had that unusual combination of comic timing and sex appeal. She was married to Clark Gable at the time of her death and some say he never quite got over his loss. One of my favorite Lombard movies was To Be Or Not To Be, co-starring Jack Benny (later remade with Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft); the film was released shortly after she died.