Today in World War II History—December 11, 1941
Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Sarah Sundin
80 Years Ago—Dec. 11, 1941: Germany and Italy declare war on US; US reciprocates.
US Marines repulse Japanese landing at Wake in the only successful repulsion of an amphibious landing by shore defenders of the war.
Isolationist “America First” committee is disbanded; the group had tried to keep America out of the war.
John Gillespie Magee Jr., an American serving in the RCAF, is killed in a midair collision over Lincolnshire (age 19) shortly after writing his famous poem “High Flight.”