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Today in World War II History—May 9, 1942

British Spitfire V fighter taking off from carrier USS Wasp for Malta, May 1942 (US Navy photo: 80-G-7083)

British Spitfire V fighter taking off from carrier USS Wasp for Malta, May 1942 (US Navy photo: 80-G-7083)

80 Years Ago—May 9, 1942: Turning point on Malta—61 RAF Spitfires are delivered by aircraft carriers HMS Eagle and USS Wasp; the Luftwaffe will be diverted to other theaters.

Off North Carolina, US Coast Guard cutter Icarus sinks U-352, rescuing 33, the first German POWs taken by any US forces in WWII.

New song in Top Ten: “Jersey Bounce.”

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