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Today in World War II History—March 16, 1940 & 1945

P-51D Mustangs of the US 47th Fighter Squadron on Iwo Jima prepare for raid on Chichi Jima, Mar 15, 1945; Mt. Suribachi in background (US Army Air Force photo)

P-51D Mustangs of the US 47th Fighter Squadron on Iwo Jima prepare for raid on Chichi Jima, Mar 15, 1945; Mt. Suribachi in background (US Army Air Force photo)

80 Years Ago—March 16, 1940: Luftwaffe bombs Scapa Flow, and the first British civilian is killed (James Isbister, age 27).

75 Years Ago—Mar. 16, 1945: Soviets launch offensive toward Vienna.

Air base opens on Iwo Jima for P-47 and P-51 fighter planes to escort B-29 bombers.