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Today in World War II History—July 8, 1940 & 1945

Grounded Dutch submarine O-19, 8 July 1945 (US Navy photo)

Grounded Dutch submarine O-19, 8 July 1945 (US Navy photo)

80 Years Ago—July 8, 1940: Britain begins tea rationing (two ounces per person per week), which lasts until 1952.

75 Years Ago—July 8, 1945: Only international sub-to-sub rescue in history: USS Cod rescues crew of Dutch O-19 in the South China Sea.

US guard Clarence Bertucci machine-guns a tent of sleeping German POWs in Salina, Utah; 8 are killed; Bertucci is admitted to a mental institution.

One Response to “Today in World War II History—July 8, 1940 & 1945”

  1. Martin Allison

    Sarah, Another great trivia picture. I was aware that the English sent their Aircraft Carriers for use by the American Navy after the Battle of Midway for a short time and then later after Victory in Europe they returned to the Pacific. I appreciate your locating this US Navy to Dutch Navy information. My father-in-law was on a US Submarine the USS Plaice.