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Today in World War II History—Sept. 2, 1942

German bomb exploding near HMS Ashanti, HMS Wheatland, and HMS Eskimo, escorting Allied convoy PQ-18, Sep 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

German bomb exploding near HMS Ashanti, HMS Wheatland, and HMS Eskimo, escorting Allied convoy PQ-18, Sep 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 2, 1942: Convoy PQ-18 departs Scotland for USSR, the first Arctic convoy with an escort carrier, HMS Avenger, and the first since the PQ-17 disaster; 13/40 ships will be lost.