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Today in World War II History—Aug. 20, 1942

US Marine Corps (and maybe Navy) Grumman F4F-4 Wildcats at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, 1942 (US Navy photo)

US Marine Corps (and maybe Navy) Grumman F4F-4 Wildcats at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, 1942 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 20, 1942: “Cactus Air Force” arrives at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal: 31 US Marine F4F-4s and SBD-3s.

US Twelfth Air Force activated at Bolling Field, DC, under Lt. Col. Roger Browne, designated to go to North Africa.

Dim-out regulations issued on US West Coast.

Patch of the US Twelfth Air Force

Patch of the US Twelfth Air Force