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Today in World War II History—July 24, 1940 & 1945

Japanese cruiser Tone under air attack near Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945; photo taken by USS Shangri-La aircraft. (US National Archives: 80-G-490147)

Japanese cruiser Tone under air attack near Kure, Japan, 24 Jul 1945; photo taken by USS Shangri-La aircraft. (US National Archives: 80-G-490147)

80 Years Ago—July 24, 1940: Off Brittany, German torpedo boat S-27 sinks French liner Meknes, which is repatriating French soldiers from Britain to Vichy France (416/1277 killed).

75 Years Ago—July 24, 1945: US Task Force 38 carrier aircraft hit Japanese fleet at Kure, sinking battleship-carrier Hyuga and heavy cruiser Tone.