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Today in World War II History—May 31, 1942

Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber with early 1942 markings (US Navy photo)

Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber with early 1942 markings (US Navy photo)

80 Years Ago—May 31, 1942: US Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bombers are first deployed in Pacific Theater: 6 are dispatched to Midway.

US War Stamp drive ends—the drive raised $7.25 million through sales in drugstores. (Read more: “World War II War Bonds”)

Japanese midget subs enter Sydney Harbor in Australia and sink accommodation vessel HMAS Kuttabul and damage Dutch sub K-IX; 3 midget subs are lost.

Japanese midget submarine raised from Sydney Harbor, Australia, the day after the attack, 1 Jun 1942 (Australian War Memorial: 060696)

Japanese midget submarine raised from Sydney Harbor, Australia, the day after the attack, 1 Jun 1942 (Australian War Memorial: 060696)

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