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Today in World War II History—27 May 1944

US LSTs and LVT(A)s unloading at Biak, May 1944 (US Center of Military History)

US LSTs and LVT(A)s unloading at Biak, May 1944 (US Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—27 May 1944: Countdown to D-day: at night, the German Luftwaffe bombs Portland and Weymouth harbors, where Allied D-day forces are assembling; destroyer USS McCook is lightly damaged, but is repaired in time for D-day.

US 41st Infantry Division lands on Biak Island in Geelvink Bay of New Guinea and faces heavy resistance.