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Today in World War II History—18 May 1944

Polish soldiers inside the ruins of the Monte Cassino monastery, Italy, 18 May 1944 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Polish soldiers inside the ruins of the Monte Cassino monastery, Italy, 18 May 1944 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—18 May 1944: Polish troops take Monte Cassino and the abbey; British take Cassino town.

First air evacuation from Myitkyina Airfield in Burma: Japanese planes strafe the C-47 cargo planes on the ground, many are wounded, but two flight nurses are unharmed.

US secures Manus—the Admiralty Islands in the Pacific are now in Allied hands.