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Today in World War II History—February 20, 1945

Man of US 9th Marines with flamethrower, Motoyama Airfield Number 2, Iwo Jima, Feb 1945 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

Man of US 9th Marines with flamethrower, Motoyama Airfield Number 2, Iwo Jima, Feb 1945 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

75 Years Ago—February 20, 1945: US Marines take Motoyama Airfield 1 on Iwo Jima; on February 26 the first Marine OY-1 Sentinel observation aircraft will arrive to conduct artillery spotting, on March 2 the first cargo planes will land, and on March 4 the first B-29 will make an emergency landing there.