Today in World War II History—October 24, 1939 & 1944
80 Years Ago—October 24, 1939: Benny Goodman records “Let’s Dance.”
75 Years Ago—Oct. 24, 1944: Fifty black sailors are convicted of mutiny in the controversial Port Chicago case; after only 80 minutes deliberation, all 50 men are given 15-year sentences (Read more: “The Port Chicago Disaster—The Mutiny Trial”).
Off Formosa, sub USS Tang sinks a ship in a Japanese convoy, having sunk 5 ships with only 9 torpedoes, but Tang is then sunk by her own torpedo (74 killed, but 9 survive as POWs including captain Lt. Cdr. Richard O’Kane, who will receive the Medal of Honor).
In Battle of Leyte Gulf, Japanese aircraft attack US shipping at Leyte; US carrier aircraft shoot down 257 Japanese planes and sink Japanese battleship Musashi.