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February 24, 1942

US Navy TBD-1 Devastator bomber over Wake Island during American attack, 24 Feb 1942 (US National Archives: 80-CF-1071-1)

US Navy TBD-1 Devastator bomber over Wake Island during American attack, 24 Feb 1942 (US National Archives: 80-CF-1071-1)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 24, 1942: Soviet sub ShCh-213 sinks Bulgarian passenger ship Struma; 766 Jewish refugees die after having been refused admission to Palestine and Turkey.

Canada orders removal of all Japanese-Canadians from the west coast to inland communities; 22,000 will be sent to internment or labor camps with the husbands often separated from their families.

USS Enterprise group strikes Wake Island, sinking two Japanese guard boats.

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