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Today in World War II History—August 24, 1942

Bomb exploding on the flight deck of carrier USS Enterprise during Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 24 Aug 1942 (US National Archives: 80-G-17489)

Bomb exploding on the flight deck of carrier USS Enterprise during Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 24 Aug 1942 (US National Archives: 80-G-17489)

US poster, WWII

US poster, WWII

80 Years Ago—Aug. 24, 1942: In the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, aircraft from carrier USS Saratoga sink Japanese carrier Ryujo; Japanese carrier aircraft damage carrier USS Enterprise.

In one of the last cavalry charges in history, Italians successfully charge Soviets at Izbushensky, Russia.

US and Mexico agree to allow Mexican temporary farm workers in the US; 200,000 Mexican braceros will work in the US during war.

On Guadalcanal, F4F pilot Capt. Marion Carl shoots down 4 Japanese aircraft to become the first ace (5 victories) in US Marine Corps history.

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