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Today in World War II History—October 23, 1939 & 1944

Battleship Fuso or Yamashiro under US air attack in Philippine waters, 24 October 1944 (US Navy photo)

Battleship Fuso or Yamashiro under US air attack in Philippine waters, 24 October 1944 (US Navy photo)

80 Years Ago—October 23, 1939: US freighter City of Flint, captured by Germans, arrives at Murmansk, Russia.

Author Zane Grey dies in Altadena, CA, age 67.

75 Years Ago—Oct. 23, 1944: Battle of Leyte Gulf begins as Japanese fleet lures the US Third Fleet away from the landing beaches at Leyte in the Philippines.

In the Battle of Leyte Gulf, US submarines Darter and Dace sink Japanese heavy cruisers Atago and Maya.