Today in World War II History—February 23, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—February 23, 1940: Britain announces wool shortage due to enthusiastic knitters knitting for the troops.
Woody Guthrie writes “This Land Is Your Land.”
75 Years Ago—Feb. 23, 1945: US Marines capture Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima and raise flag; immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.
Troops of US 11th Airborne liberate 2147 POWs at Los Baños, Luzon.
In Arctic convoy RA-64, US freighter Henry Bacon shoots down 3 Luftwaffe Ju 88 bombers, a Liberty ship record, but is sunk in turn—the last Allied ship lost to German aircraft in the war.