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Today in World War II History—Aug. 15, 1942

Tanker Ohio from Pedestal convoy in Grand Harbour, Malta, 15 August 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Tanker Ohio from Pedestal convoy in Grand Harbour, Malta, 15 August 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 15, 1942: Allied “Pedestal” convoy arrives in Malta—only 5 of 14 cargo ships have survived persistent attack by air and sea (including damaged British tanker Ohio lashed to two British destroyers), but enough supplies arrive to maintain the island.

US 82nd Airborne Division organized from 82nd Infantry Division, becoming US’s first airborne division, under Maj. Gen. Matthew Ridgway, at Camp Claiborne, LA.

Patch of the US 82nd Airborne Division

Patch of the US 82nd Airborne Division