Today in World War II History—March 26, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—March 26, 1940: In Canadian election, Mackenzie King retains position as prime minister.
First flight of Curtiss C-46 Commando cargo plane in St. Louis, MO.
US commercial airlines complete a year of flying without a fatal accident or a serious injury.
75 Years Ago—March 26, 1945: The Battle of Iwo Jima officially ends: in the campaign, 5400 US and 20,000 Japanese troops were killed—and only 216 POWs taken; Adm. Chester Nimitz will say, “Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”
US Eighth Army lands on Cebu in the Philippines.
US Tenth Army lands on Kerama Islands 15 miles west of Okinawa to build an artillery base; seizes 350 suicide torpedo boats.
David Lloyd George, British prime minister during WWI, dies at age 83.