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Today in World War II History—August 18, 1944

Battle flag of submarine USS Rasher, WWII (US Navy photo)
Battle flag of submarine USS Rasher, WWII (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—August 18, 1944: Submarine USS Rasher sinks Japanese aircraft carrier Taiyo off Luzon in the Philippines as well as a troop transport, a cargo ship, and an oiler.

In southern France, US Task Force Butler under Brig. Gen. Frederic Butler strikes northwest, taking advantage of weak German resistance to make a rapid drive.