History In The Headlines

Category: World War II

Akutan Zero

The Akutan Zero: How a Captured Japanese Fighter Plane Helped Win World War II

While the Battle of Midway raged, Allied fighters in the Aleutian Islands quietly captured a Japanese fighter plane that helped them win World War II.

Angels of Bataan

The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor: 70 Years Later

After the Bataan Peninsula fell in April 1942, a group of Army and Navy nurses continued to perform their duties while imprisoned in a Japanese camp.

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Missing World War II Ace Located After 71 Years

British researchers have found the final resting place of Derek Allen, a Royal Air Force pilot who went missing in 1940.

Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen: 5 Fascinating Facts

Find out more about the distinguished all-black unit portrayed in the new movie “Red Tails.”

Pearl Harbor

5 Facts About Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona

Explore little-known facts about the “date which will live in infamy.”

Japanese-American Veterans of World War II

Unlikely World War II Soldiers Awarded Nation’s Highest Honor

Nearly 70 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II, Japanese-American soldiers receive the country’s highest civilian honor.

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Last of Polish Pilots Who Defended England During Battle of Britain Dies

A World War II flier thought to have been the last surviving Polish veteran of the Battle of Britain died last week at 97.

National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum Commemorates 70 Years Since Pearl Harbor

Find out more about the museum and how you could win free passes to an upcoming conference and a stay in New Orleans.

SS Gairsoppa Shipwreck

Silver-Laden World War II Shipwreck Discovered

SS Gairsoppa sank while carrying a fortune in silver, estimated to be worth $210 million in today’s dollars.

Albert Brown

Albert Brown, Oldest U.S. Survivor of Bataan March, Dies at 105

Told he wouldn’t live past 50, the oldest known American survivor of the brutal Bataan Death March during World War II, died Sunday at 105.

Berlin Wall

Reflecting on the Berlin Wall, 50 Years After Its Construction

An expert on the Berlin Wall answers questions about its history as the 50th anniversary of its construction approaches.

Nancy Wake

World War II Resistance Heroine, Savior of Thousands, Dies at 98

Nancy Wake, who fled Australia to see the world at 16, ended up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list for her leading role in the French resistance.

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Japan Pledges to Find Remains of Iwo Jima Dead

Japan has vowed to locate the remains of an estimated 12,000 troops still missing since the Battle of Iwo Jima.