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Today in World War II History—May 5, 1943

US poster featuring the North American P-51B Mustang, WWII

US poster featuring the North American P-51B Mustang, WWII

75 Years Ago—May 5, 1943: In continuing attack on Allied North Atlantic convoy ONS-5, eleven Allied ships and one German U-boat are sunk.

Adm. Sir Charles Little is named Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief Expeditionary Force for Operation Overlord (D-day); he will be succeeded by Adm. Sir Bertram Ramsay in October.

Japanese launch offensive south of Yangtze River toward Chungking.

First flight of production-model North American P-51B Mustang (with a Packard-built Merlin engine), at Inglewood, CA.