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Today in World War II History—Aug. 25, 1942

The Duke of Kent shakes hands with a BOAC pilot as he boards a Liberator of Ferry Command, Prestwick, Scotland, 1941-43. (Imperial War Museum)

The Duke of Kent shakes hands with a BOAC pilot as he boards a Liberator of Ferry Command, Prestwick, Scotland, 1941-43. (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 25, 1942: RAF officer Prince George, Duke of Kent, brother of King George VI, is killed in a plane crash in Scotland, age 39, the first death of a member of the Royal family in military service in 450 years.

Japanese land at Milne Bay on Papua New Guinea.

2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—Aug. 25, 1942”

  1. David Petree

    My father was a Navy Corpman with the Marines. He was at the ending of Marine involvement at Guadalcanal, then the invasions of Guam and Okinawa

    • Sarah Sundin

      Wow. My grandfather was also a Navy corpsman in the Pacific. He said half the men in his unit were sent to Iwo Jima – he was in the half that wasn’t. I’m selfishly grateful for that.