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Navy warship sunk by German sub in WWII finally located

Navy warship sunk by German sub in WWII finally locatedA private dive team has located the last U.S. Navy warship to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II, just a few miles (kilometers) off the coast of Maine. The sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 on April 23, 1945, was originally blamed on a boiler explosion. The patrol boat’s precise location remained a mystery — until now.



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WWII shipwreck discovered off Australian coast

WWII shipwreck discovered off Australian coastThe SS Iron Crown, an Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II, has been discovered.



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Remains of Missing WWII Pilot Returned Family in Utah

Remains of Missing WWII Pilot Returned Family in UtahThe remains of a World War II pilot who disappeared 74 years ago while flying a mission over Germany were returned to his family in Utah.



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Vatican to open secret archives of WWII pope in 2020

Vatican to open secret archives of WWII pope in 2020Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open the secret archives of the wartime pontiff Pius XII in March next year, which could shed light on why the Catholic Church failed to intervene more against the Holocaust. Researchers have long sought to examine the World War II-era archives for what they consider the lack of strong action by Pius XII (1939-1958) against the German Nazis over the massacre of Jews, an attitude denounced as a form of passive complicity. “I decided that the opening of the Vatican Archives for the pontificate of Pius XII would take place on March 2, 2020,” the pontiff said.



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Israeli leader pledges funds for museum for Jewish WWII vets

Israeli leader pledges funds for museum for Jewish WWII vetsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Sunday that his government would allocate the necessary funds to complete a long-promised museum honoring Jewish World War II veterans.



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Wreck of long-lost WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet found after 76 years, nearly 17,500 feet under water

Wreck of long-lost WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet found after 76 years, nearly 17,500 feet under waterFor 76 years, she lay on the ocean floor, a quiet tomb for 140 sailors who died the day she sank. Now, for the first time since then, humans have laid eyes on the Hornet.



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George HW Bush: WWII pilot, oilman, ambassador and founder of the United States' foremost political dynasty

George HW Bush: WWII pilot, oilman, ambassador and founder of the United States' foremost political dynastyGeorge Bush was an American patrician who brought great talents to the presidency and wrought great achievements, but never quite grasped the pitiless frivolity of US politics. Bush was elected to office in 1988 after eight years as vice president to his fellow Republican, Ronald Reagan. Where Reagan’s great achievement, in foreign affairs, was to perceive the weakness of the Soviet Union, to stand up to the Soviet leadership and eventually to reach agreements with the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bush inherited a world in which Communist regimes were already collapsing, in which the United States found itself, somewhat to its own surprise, as the only superpower.



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Russia's Putin visits site of decisive WWII battle in Kursk

Russia's Putin visits site of decisive WWII battle in KurskKURSK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday attended ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, in which the Red Army routed the Nazis.



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Twenty dead in WWII vintage plane crash in Switzerland

Twenty dead in WWII vintage plane crash in SwitzerlandTwenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said Sunday. “The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference. The 20 Minutes newspaper quoted a witness who was on the mountainside at the time of the crash.



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WWII vintage plane crashes into Swiss mountainside, 20 dead

WWII vintage plane crashes into Swiss mountainside, 20 deadTwenty people died when a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountain at the weekend, police said Sunday, as an investigation was launched into why the plane plummeted straight down at high speed. “The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference. The German-built Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, dating from 1939 and nicknamed “Iron Annie”, was a collectors’ aircraft.



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