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Today in World War II History—Sept. 18, 1943

Map of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Central Pacific (US Army Center of Military History)

Map of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Central Pacific (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 18, 1943: US opens Central Pacific offensive as US Seventh Air Force B-24 bombers and Navy Task Force 15 carrier aircraft begin bombing Tarawa, Makin, and Apemama in the Gilbert Islands.

Premiere of weekly radio show I Sustain the Wings on CBS with Capt. Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band.