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Today in World War II History—July 7, 1942

US Coast Guard PH-2 seaplane lands to rescue survivors from U-701 - Navy K-type airship overhead had located survivors and dropped raft and supplies. An Army A-29 had sunk U-701 on 7 July 1942 off Wilmington, NC. This rescue took place on 9 July 1942. (US Navy photo)

US Coast Guard PH-2 seaplane lands to rescue survivors from U-701 – Navy K-type airship overhead had located survivors and dropped raft and supplies. An Army A-29 had sunk U-701 on 7 July 1942 off Wilmington, NC. This rescue took place on 9 July 1942. (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—July 7, 1942: US Army Air Force opens Wideawake Field on Ascension Island, opening South Atlantic route for two-engine planes and some fighters (Read more: Of Terns and Planes).

In New Guinea, Australian troops begin march north over the Owen Stanley Range from Port Moresby toward Kokoda.

US Army Air Force sinks its first submarine off the US East Coast—an A-29 Hudson sinks U-701 off Wilmington, NC.