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Today in World War II History—Sept. 13, 1940 & 1945

Lt. Gen. Hatazo Adachi symbolically surrenders his sword to Australian Maj. Gen. H.C.H. Robertson at Wom Airstrip, New Guinea, 13 September 1945 (Australian War Memorial: 019296)

Lt. Gen. Hatazo Adachi symbolically surrenders his sword to Australian Maj. Gen. H.C.H. Robertson at Wom Airstrip, New Guinea, 13 September 1945 (Australian War Memorial: 019296)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 13, 1940: In Luftwaffe raid on London, a bomb hits Buckingham Palace, destroying the Royal Chapel.

Italians invade Egypt from Libya, aiming for the Suez Canal.

Over Chongqing, China, Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters score first air-to-air victories.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 13, 1945: Remaining Japanese forces in New Guinea surrender to Australians at Wewak.