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Today in World War II History—Mar. 17, 1942

Australian Prime Minister John Curtin greeting Douglas MacArthur as the US general arrives in Sydney, Australia by air, 1940s (US Army Center for Military History)

Australian Prime Minister John Curtin greeting Douglas MacArthur as the US general arrives in Sydney, Australia by air, 1940s (US Army Center for Military History)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 17, 1942: Britain begins rationing fuel and electricity, bans central heating during the summer.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur is flown by B-17 from Mindanao to Australia.