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Today in World War II History—29 May 1944

USS Block Island (CVE-21) off Norfolk, VA, 15 Oct 1943, with 9 FM-1 Wildcats and 12 TBF-1C Avengers (US Navy photo)

USS Block Island (CVE-21) off Norfolk, VA, 15 Oct 1943, with 9 FM-1 Wildcats and 12 TBF-1C Avengers (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—29 May 1944: Off Canary Islands, German U-boat U-549 sinks escort carrier USS Block Island, the only US carrier sunk in the Atlantic (6 killed); US destroyer escorts Ahrens and Eugene E. Elmore sink U-549 in return.

First tank battle is fought in the Southwest Pacific, on Biak Island off New Guinea (US defeats Japanese).

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