Today in World War II History—April 7, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—April 7, 1940: Booker T. Washington becomes first African-American man to appear on a US postage stamp.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 7, 1945: The world’s largest battleship, Japan’s Yamato, on a suicide mission, is sunk by US Navy Task Force 58 planes off Okinawa (3055 killed).
US Third Army finds Nazi art and gold stash in salt mine in Merkers worth $500 million.
P-51 Mustang fighter planes based on Iwo Jima escort B-29 Superfortress bombers over Japan for the first time.