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Today in World War II History—May 22, 1941

The harbor at Suda Bay, Crete, where two ships, hit by German bombers, burn themselves out, May 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 3039E)

The harbor at Suda Bay, Crete, where two ships, hit by German bombers, burn themselves out, May 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 3039E)

80 Years Ago—May 22, 1941: Luftwaffe attacks British fleet off Crete in history’s first major air-sea battle, sinking British light cruisers Gloucester and Fiji, and British destroyer Greyhound.