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Today in World War II History—September 28, 1942

Australian soldier examines Japanese artillery shells abandoned at Ioribaiwa, New Guinea, Oct. 1942 (Australian War Memorial: 026832)

Australian soldier examines Japanese artillery shells abandoned at Ioribaiwa, New Guinea, Oct. 1942 (Australian War Memorial: 026832)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 28, 1942: Australians take Ioribaiwa in drive back up Kokoda Trail on New Guinea.

Today in World War II History—September 27, 1942

Painting of US Coast Guard personnel evacuating U.S. Marines from near Point Cruz on Guadalcanal under fire during the Second Battle of the Matanikau on Sept. 27, 1942 (public domain via US Coast Guard)

Painting of US Coast Guard personnel evacuating U.S. Marines from near Point Cruz on Guadalcanal under fire during the Second Battle of the Matanikau on Sept. 27, 1942 (public domain via US Coast Guard)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 27, 1942: During the withdrawal from Matanikau on Guadalcanal, Signalman 1C Douglas Munro uses his Higgins Boat to shield Marines at the cost of his life; Munro is the only US Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor ever.

US Liberty ship Stephen Hopkins sinks German auxiliary cruiser Stier off South Africa, but Stephen Hopkins sinks too; 15 US survivors make a 31-day lifeboat trip to Brazil; the only US ship to sink a German surface warship in WWII.

Glenn Miller and his orchestra perform together for the last time before Miller enters the US Army Air Force, at Central Theater, Passaic, NJ.

Glenn Miller, Billboard Magazine, 16 May 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Glenn Miller, Billboard Magazine, 16 May 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Today in World War II History—September 26, 1942

US poster, WWIIUS poster, 1943 (US Office of War Information O-520464)

US poster, 1943 (US Office of War Information O-520464)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 26, 1942: US War Labor Board issues directive for women to have equal pay for equal work (not implemented until April 1943).

King Christian X of Denmark’s brief reply to Hitler’s lengthy telegram on the king’s 72nd birthday causes the “Telegram Crisis,” in which Hitler will demand changes in the Danish government.

Auxiliary carrier USS Bogue is commissioned, Tacoma, WA.

New song in Top Ten: “Serenade in Blue.”

Auxiliary carrier USS Bogue (ACV-9) underway near Norfolk, VA, 20 June 1943 (US Navy photo: 80-G-71314)

Auxiliary carrier USS Bogue (ACV-9) underway near Norfolk, VA, 20 June 1943 (US Navy photo: 80-G-71314)

Today in World War II History—September 25, 1942

Girls from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, CA, train in marksmanship with the High School Victory Corps, 1942 (US National Archives: 196476)

Girls from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, CA, train in marksmanship with the High School Victory Corps, 1942 (US National Archives: 196476)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 25, 1942: Australians launch offensive toward Ioribaiwa on Kokoda Trail, New Guinea.

In first joint US-Canadian mission, US Eleventh Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force bomb Kiska in the Aleutians.

Camp Pendleton is officially established in California, the main Marine Corps facility on the West Coast.

US establishes High School Victory Corps for wartime training and service.

Today in World War II History—September 24, 1942

Gen. Franz Halder, 1938 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1970-052-08)

Gen. Franz Halder, 1938 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1970-052-08)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 24, 1942: Over Stalingrad, Soviet pilot Olga Yamschchikova becomes the first female pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft.

Hitler dismisses Gen. Franz Halder, Chief of Army General Staff, for criticizing policy; he is replaced by Gen. Kurt Zeitzler.

In occupied France, Germans intern 1400 US citizens ages 16-65, including 400 women, through September 26.

Today in World War II History—September 23, 1942

Portrait of René Blum, 1912, by Édouard Vuillard (public domain via Wikipedia)

Portrait of René Blum, 1912, by Édouard Vuillard (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 23, 1942: Brig. Gen. James Doolittle is named the new commander of the US Twelfth Air Force, which will go to North Africa.

US Marines launch an offensive on the Lunga perimeter on Guadalcanal to drive Japanese out of range of Henderson Field.

René Blum, founder of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and brother of former French prime minister Léon Blum, is deported to Auschwitz, where he will be killed, age 64.

US poster honoring Jimmy Doolittle, WWII

US poster honoring Jimmy Doolittle, WWII

Today in World War II History—September 22, 1942

Damaged buildings in southern Stalingrad, Russia, 23 Sep 1942 (German Federal Archive: Bild 169-0882)

Damaged buildings in southern Stalingrad, Russia, 23 Sep 1942 (German Federal Archive: Bild 169-0882)

US Army rank insignia for master sergeant, WWII

US Army rank insignia for master sergeant, WWII

80 Years Ago—Sept. 22, 1942: Germans split Soviet 62nd Army in Stalingrad and occupy the southern half of the city.

US Army raises grade of first sergeant to that of master sergeant and adds third “rocker” to chevron.

Today in World War II History—September 21, 1942

Boeing XB-29, 1942 (US Air Force photo)

Boeing XB-29, 1942 (US Air Force photo)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 21, 1942: British and Indian troops launch assault into the Arakan Peninsula in Burma.

First test flight of Boeing XB-29 Superfortress heavy bomber, Seattle, WA.

Today in World War II History—September 20, 1942

US poster, WWII

US poster, WWII

80 Years Ago—Sept. 20, 1942: As of this date, US production of Liberty ships exceeds sinkings of cargo ships.

Allied Combined Chiefs of Staff approve final plan for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa in November 1942.

British & Norwegian commandos destroy a hydroelectric plant at Glomfjord, Norway, cutting aluminum production at the plant.

Today in World War II History—September 19, 1942

British poster recruiting women for Fire Service, WWII

British poster recruiting women for Fire Service, WWII

80 Years Ago—Sept. 19, 1942: Britain expands Compulsory Fire Watch duty to women ages 20-45 with exemptions for pregnant women and mothers of children under 14.

Canada begins rationing gasoline—civilians receive 2.5 gallons per week.

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