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Today in World War II History—Mar. 2, 1943

Bombing of a Japanese ship by a B-25 bomber of the US 3rd Bomb Group during the Battle of Bismarck Sea, 2-4 Mar 1943 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Bombing of a Japanese ship by a B-25 bomber of the US 3rd Bomb Group during the Battle of Bismarck Sea, 2-4 Mar 1943 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 2, 1943: In the Battle of the Bismarck Sea (March 2-5), US Fifth Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft sink all 8 transports in a Japanese convoy to Lae, New Guinea, and 4 of 8 escorting destroyers; US B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pioneer the use of skip-bombing.

Movie premiere of The Human Comedy, starring Mickey Rooney and Frank Morgan, also Robert Mitchum’s debut.