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Today in World War II History—January 21, 1940 & 1945

Carrier USS Ticonderoga burning after being hit by two kamikazes off Luzon, 21 Jan 1945 (US Navy photo)

Carrier USS Ticonderoga burning after being hit by two kamikazes off Luzon, 21 Jan 1945 (US Navy photo)

80 Years Ago—January 21, 1940: British light cruiser HMS Liverpool stops Japanese liner Asamu Maru off Japan and captures 21 Germans—12 naval reservists are detained, 9 civilians are released.

Off Scotland, German U-boat U-22 sinks destroyer HMS Exmouth (all 189 killed).

75 Years Ago—Jan. 21, 1945: Halsey’s US Third Fleet (Task Force 38) is attacked by kamikazes off Luzon while returning to Ulithi Atoll and carrier USS Ticonderoga is damaged (143 killed), but Task Force 38 aircraft sink 15 Japanese ships and destroy 104 aircraft.