Today in World War II History—May 11, 1942
80 Years Ago—May 11, 1942: Off Mersa Matruh, Egypt, Luftwaffe sinks British destroyers Kipling and Lively, and damages British destroyer Jackal (scuttled 5/12).
Troopship HMT Queen Mary embarks from New York, the first time any ship has carried more than 10,000 passengers (9880 troops, 875 crew). Read more about the Queen Mary during World War II and see photos from my tour: “The Sky Above Us—Tour of the Queen Mary.”
US authorizes Air Medal, awarded retroactively to September 1939.