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Today in World War II History—Aug. 18, 1942

75 Years Ago—Aug. 18, 1942: Japanese land at Basabua near Gona, New Guinea, undetected.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 17, 1942

Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, USMC, Carlson's Raiders, after the Makin Island Raid, August 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, USMC, Carlson’s Raiders, after the Makin Island Raid, August 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 17, 1942: US Eighth Air Force flies first official bombing mission: 12 B-17s of 97th Bomb Group hit marshalling yards in Rouen, France.

“Carlson’s Raiders”: 221 US Marines conduct two-day raid on Makin in the Gilbert Islands to destroy a radio station; first amphibious landing from subs.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 16, 1942

Patch of the US 101st Airborne Division

Patch of the US 101st Airborne Division

75 Years Ago—Aug. 16, 1942: US airfield on Guadalcanal is named Henderson Field after Midway hero Maj. Lofton Henderson.

German bombers conduct first major air raid on Stalingrad.

US 101st Airborne Division activated at Camp Claiborne, LA under Maj. Gen. William Lee.

Battleship USS Alabama is commissioned at Norfolk, VA.

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

Tanker Ohio from Pedestal convoy in Grand Harbour, Malta, 15 August 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Tanker Ohio from Pedestal convoy in Grand Harbour, Malta, 15 August 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 15, 1942: Allied “Pedestal” convoy arrives in Malta—only 5 of 14 cargo ships have survived persistent attack by air and sea (including damaged British tanker Ohio lashed to two British destroyers), but enough supplies arrive to maintain the island.

US 82nd Airborne Division organized from 82nd Infantry Division, becoming US’s first airborne division, under Maj. Gen. Matthew Ridgway, at Camp Claiborne, LA.

Patch of the US 82nd Airborne Division

Patch of the US 82nd Airborne Division

Today in World War II History—Aug. 14, 1942

US poster, WWII75 Years Ago—Aug. 14, 1942: Two P-38 Lightnings of US 1st Fighter Group shoot down a German Fw 200 Condor bomber off Iceland—first US claim against the Luftwaffe.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 13, 1942

Gen. Bernard Montgomery, WWII (US Department of Defense photo)

Gen. Bernard Montgomery, WWII (US Department of Defense photo)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 13, 1942: Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery assumes command of British Eighth Army in Egypt.

Japanese secure Buna-Kokoda Trail on New Guinea.

US Army forms Manhattan Engineering District for secret atomic research.

Movie premiere of Disney’s Bambi at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 12, 1942

Clark Gable and a B-17 with the US Eighth Air Force in England, 1943 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Clark Gable and a B-17 with the US Eighth Air Force in England, 1943 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 12, 1942: First Moscow Conference opens: Churchill and Stalin meet for the first time, discuss opening a second front.

Light cruiser USS Cleveland performs successful test of VT proximity-fuzed antiaircraft shells in Chesapeake Bay.

Actor Clark Gable enlists in US Army Air Force.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 11, 1942

Hedy Lamarr publicity photo for the film The Heavenly Body, 1944 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Hedy Lamarr publicity photo for the film The Heavenly Body, 1944 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 11, 1942: In Allied “Pedestal” convoy to Malta, carrier HMS Eagle is sunk by German U-boat U-73.

US War Production Board orders entire crop of wine grapes be made into raisins for the military.

Actress Hedy Lamarr applies for a patent for a frequency-hopping system to prevent interception and jamming of radio communications; although not used in WWII, the technology made cellular phones possible.

HMS Eagle listing in the Mediterranean Sea, 11 Aug 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

HMS Eagle listing in the Mediterranean Sea, 11 Aug 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

Today in World War II History—Aug. 10, 1942

Soviet naval infantry signal troops setting up communication wires, Stalingrad, Russia, 1 Aug 1942 (Russian International News Agency)

Soviet naval infantry signal troops setting up communication wires, Stalingrad, Russia, 1 Aug 1942 (Russian International News Agency)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 10, 1942: Germans cross the Don River and enter outskirts of Stalingrad.

Germans begin deportation of 40,000 Jews from Lvov ghetto over the next 12 days.

Kaiser Richmond Field Hospital opens for employees of Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, CA.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 9, 1942

Heavy cruiser USS Quincy illuminated by Japanese searchlights during Battle of Savo Island, 9 Aug 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Heavy cruiser USS Quincy illuminated by Japanese searchlights during Battle of Savo Island, 9 Aug 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 9, 1942: German Army Group A takes Maikop oil fields in Caucasus, but finds them mostly destroyed by the Soviets.

In the Battle of Savo Island off Guadalcanal, Japanese ships sink Australian heavy cruiser Canberra and US heavy cruisers Astoria, Quincy, and Vincennes; over 1000 killed in one of the US Navy’s worst defeats ever.

British jail Gandhi and Nehru in India; riots break out which disrupt transportation.

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