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Today in World War II History—June 5, 1942

Japanese carrier Hiryu burning, photographed by a plane from Japanese carrier Hosho, 5 Jun 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

Japanese carrier Hiryu burning, photographed by a plane from Japanese carrier Hosho, 5 Jun 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

75 Years Ago—June 5, 1942: In the Battle of Midway, Japanese scuttle carriers Akagi and Hiryu, which had been damaged by aircraft from carrier USS Enterprise the day before.

British Eighth Army attacks German forces in “The Cauldron” at Gazala, Libya, but is driven back.