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Today in World War II History—March 1, 1940 & 1945

Manila Bay in February 1945 (US National Archives)

Manila Bay in February 1945 (US National Archives)

80 Years Ago—March 1, 1940: France institutes rationing: meat sold only 3 days per week, chocolate is rationed, and pastries are banned.

Native Son by Richard Wright is published.

75 Years Ago—Mar. 1, 1945: Manila Bay opens as an Allied port.

First US fighter plane makes an emergency landing on an airstrip on Iwo Jima.

US Navy Task Force 58 begins pre-invasion air strikes against Okinawa and sinks 13 ships.