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Today in World War II History—June 12, 1943

Map showing Pantelleria and the Pelagie Islands, including Lampedusa, in the Mediterranean (US Army Air Forces map)

Map showing Pantelleria and the Pelagie Islands, including Lampedusa, in the Mediterranean (US Army Air Forces map)

75 Years Ago—June 12, 1943: The island of Lampedusa near Sicily surrenders and British occupy the island, opening safe shipping from Gibraltar to Alexandria, Egypt, plus new airbases.