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Today in World War II History—January 29, 1940 & 1945

British poster, WWII

British poster, WWII

80 Years Ago—January 29, 1940: German Luftwaffe attacks British shipping in the English Channel, sinking four ships.

75 Years Ago—Jan. 29, 1945: US Eighth Army lands in Subic Bay on Luzon and takes the San Marcelino airfields.

At Lunga Beach on Guadalcanal, US Coast Guard attack cargo ship Serpens explodes while depth charges are being loaded; 196 crewmen and 57 Army stevedores are killed, the greatest loss of life on a Coast Guard ship in the war.