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Today in World War II History—Mar. 30, 1944

Peleliu Island under attack by aircraft of US Navy Task Force 58 (note F6F fighter in flight), 30 March 1944 (US National Museum of Naval Aviation)

Peleliu Island under attack by aircraft of US Navy Task Force 58 (note F6F fighter in flight), 30 March 1944 (US National Museum of Naval Aviation)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 30, 1944: RAF loses 96 of 795 bombers on raid on Nuremberg, Germany, its heaviest loss in the war, ending the RAF’s Battle of Berlin.

Japanese surround major British base of Imphal, India.

US Navy’s Task Force 58 with 11 carriers begins a 3-day air strike against the Caroline Islands in the Central Pacific; will destroy 150 Japanese aircraft at a cost of 20 US aircraft, and will sink over 40 ships and vessels.

RAF Lancaster bombers, 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

RAF Lancaster bombers, 1944 (Imperial War Museum)