Today in World War II History—May 1, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—May 1, 1940: In Norway, German troops from Oslo and Bergen link, and the British evacuate Åndalsnes.
British pass union trade agreement allowing women to work in munitions factories.
75 Years Ago—May 1, 1945: Australian forces land at Tarakan off the coast of Borneo.
Leadership of Germany passes to Adm. Karl Dönitz after Hitler’s suicide the day before.
US Eighth Air Force flies first “Chow Hound” mission, dropping food and supplies to Dutch civilians.
Mexican Air Force arrives in Manila with P-47 fighters to fly for the Allies; the “Aztec Eagles” will fly 795 sorties and lose 7 pilots.