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Today in World War II History—Oct. 26, 1942

Damage to carrier USS Hornet’s signal bridge, Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 Oct 1942 (US Navy photo)

Damage to carrier USS Hornet’s signal bridge, Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 Oct 1942 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Oct. 26, 1942: At El Alamein, British take Kidney Ridge.

Center and Eastern Task Forces depart Britain for Torch landings in Oran and Algiers, Algeria.

In Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, Japanese carrier aircraft damage carrier USS Hornet (sinks the next day) and carrier USS Enterprise.

First American Red Cross Clubmobiles begin service to US troops in Britain.

“Sighted Sinkers—Sank Same” American Red Cross clubmobile serves coffee and donuts to US troops in Britain, WWII (American Air Museum in Britain)

“Sighted Sinkers—Sank Same” American Red Cross clubmobile serves coffee and donuts to US troops in Britain, WWII (American Air Museum in Britain)