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Today in World War II History—January 5, 1941

Australian troops rushing through the streets of Bardia, Libya, 4 Jan 1941 (Australian War Memorial: 006083)

Australian troops rushing through the streets of Bardia, Libya, 4 Jan 1941 (Australian War Memorial: 006083)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 5, 1941: Australians capture Bardia in Libya, taking 45,000 Italian POWs.

Record-breaking British pilot Amy Johnson, who navigated solo from Britain to Australia, is killed when the trainer plane she’s ferrying crashes into the Thames Estuary.

British aviatrix Amy Johnson, 1930 (British government photo)

British aviatrix Amy Johnson, 1930 (British government photo)