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Today in World War II History—Sept. 15, 1942

Carrier USS Wasp after being torpedoed by Japanese sub I-19 off Guadalcanal, 15 Sep 1942 (US National Archives)

Carrier USS Wasp after being torpedoed by Japanese sub I-19 off Guadalcanal, 15 Sep 1942 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 15, 1942: Off Guadalcanal, Japanese sub I-19 damages carrier USS Wasp (scuttled by destroyer USS Lansdowne) and shoots the bow off destroyer USS O’Brien, which is repaired.

US forms Women’s Flying Training Detachment under Miss Jacqueline Cochran to train pilots, a precursor to the WASP program.

Jacqueline Cochran (center) with WASP trainees, WWII (US Air Force photo)

Jacqueline Cochran (center) with WASP trainees, WWII (US Air Force photo)