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Today in World War II History—May 6, 1942

Surrender of American troops at Corregidor, Philippine Islands, 6 May 1942

Surrender of American troops at Corregidor, Philippine Islands, 6 May 1942

75 Years Ago—May 6, 1942: US Maj. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright surrenders on Corregidor, the unconditional surrender of all US and Filipino troops in the Philippines, 13,000 POWs.

US Gen. Joseph Stilwell sets off on foot from Burma toward India with 100 military personnel and civilians.

US Army Air Force impresses all but 200 civilian DC-3s into military service, to be converted to C-47 cargo planes.

First American Red Cross Service Club opens in the UK, at Northern Counties Hotel in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain of US Air Transport Command, 1940s (US Air Force photo)

Douglas C-47 Skytrain of US Air Transport Command, 1940s (US Air Force photo)