Today in World War II History—May 21, 1941
Friday, May 21, 2021 by Sarah Sundin
80 Years Ago—May 21, 1941: Neutral US freighter Robin Moor is sunk by German U-boat U-69 in the South Atlantic, the first US ship sunk in the Atlantic in WWII; the crew survives but spends over 2 weeks in lifeboats.
Germans attempt amphibious landings on Crete but are stopped by the Royal Navy.
In tests in Louisiana, the US Navy chooses a bow-ramp version of the Higgins boat to go into production as the Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP).