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Today in World War II History—April 28, 1944

USS LST-289 after being damaged by German torpedo boats off Slapton Sands on 28 April 1944 (US National Archives, via US Naval History and Heritage Command)

USS LST-289 after being damaged by German torpedo boats off Slapton Sands on 28 April 1944 (US National Archives, via US Naval History and Heritage Command)

75 Years Ago—April 28, 1944: During Exercise Tiger D-Day practice off Slapton Sands in England, German torpedo boats sink two American tank landing ships (LST-507 and LST-531) and damage USS LST-289; 749 are killed; US 4th Infantry Division suffers greater losses in this disaster than on D-day.

Merrill’s Marauders (US) and Chinese troops under US Gen. Joseph Stilwell begin offensive toward Myitkyina, Burma.

Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell awarding a Silver Star to a Chinese soldier near Laban, northern Burma, 28 April 1944 (US Army photo)

Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell awarding a Silver Star to a Chinese soldier near Laban, northern Burma, 28 April 1944 (US Army photo)