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February 23, 1942

US B-17 Flying Fortress "Swamp Ghost" undergoing restoration at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum (Photo: Sarah Sundin, 7 Nov 2016)

US B-17 Flying Fortress “Swamp Ghost” undergoing restoration at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum (Photo: Sarah Sundin, 7 Nov 2016)

US Army Air Forces patch, WWII

US Army Air Forces patch, WWII

80 Years Ago—Feb. 23, 1942: US Fifth Air Force B-17s based in Townsville, Australia, make first attack on Rabaul; one crash-lands in New Guinea swamp—Swamp Ghost now in Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor.

Japanese sub I-17 fires at Bankline Oil Refinery at Ellwood near Santa Barbara CA; little damage; first attack on US mainland in the war.

US Army Air Forces approves “winged star” emblem in shape of a V for victory.

“Japanese submarine attacks coast of California” by Junidhi Mikuriya, before 1945 (public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

“Japanese submarine attacks coast of California” by Junidhi Mikuriya, before 1945 (public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

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