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Today in World War II History—April 17, 1940 & 1945

US LCM carrying troops, Mindanao River, 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

US LCM carrying troops, Mindanao River, 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—April 17, 1940: Adm. Karl Dönitz withdraws U-boats from Norwegian waters to study torpedo failures.

Ocean liner RMS Queen Mary arrives in Australia to be refitted as a troopship.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 17, 1945: US Eighth Army lands on Mindanao in the Philippines at Malabang and Parang.