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Today in World War II History—May 31, 1942

Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber with early 1942 markings (US Navy photo)

Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber with early 1942 markings (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—May 31, 1942: US Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bombers are first deployed in Pacific Theater: 6 are dispatched to Midway.

US War Stamp drive ends, raised $7.25 million through drugstores.

Japanese midget subs enter Sydney Harbor and sink accommodation vessel HMAS Kuttabul and damage Dutch sub K-IX; 3 midget subs are lost.

Japanese midget submarine raised from Sydney Harbor, Australia, the day after the attack, 1 Jun 1942 (Australian War Memorial)

Japanese midget submarine raised from Sydney Harbor, Australia, the day after the attack, 1 Jun 1942 (Australian War Memorial)