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Today in World War II History—September 16, 1942

U-156 and U-507 with survivors of RMS Laconia in the Atlantic Ocean, 15 Sep 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia; picture taken by Oblt. z. S. Leopold Schuhmacher)

U-156 and U-507 with survivors of RMS Laconia in the Atlantic Ocean, 15 Sep 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia; picture taken by Oblt. z. S. Leopold Schuhmacher)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 16, 1942: Japanese drive on Port Moresby, New Guinea, halts at Ioribaiwa Ridge.

Laconia Incident: US B-24 Liberator bomber attacks German U-boat U-156 while it’s rescuing survivors from the sinking of British troop transport Laconia, primarily Italian POWs.

Bob Hope flies to Anchorage for his first USO tour, entertaining US troops in Alaska and the Aleutians.

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