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Today in World War II History—29 May 1944

USS Block Island (CVE-21) off Norfolk, VA, 15 Oct 1943, with 9 FM-1 Wildcats and 12 TBF-1C Avengers (US Navy photo)

USS Block Island (CVE-21) off Norfolk, VA, 15 Oct 1943, with 9 FM-1 Wildcats and 12 TBF-1C Avengers (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—29 May 1944: Off Canary Islands, German U-boat U-549 sinks escort carrier USS Block Island, the only US carrier sunk in the Atlantic (6 killed); US destroyer escorts Ahrens and Eugene E. Elmore sink U-549 in return.

First tank battle is fought in the Southwest Pacific, on Biak Island off New Guinea (US defeats Japanese).

One Response to “Today in World War II History—29 May 1944”

  1. Kay Enderlin

    I’m so grateful to our Navy seaman and seawomen. They were so brave to fight for our country. So that we can have our freedom.