Latest World War II News

Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway

Oct. 20, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway. Vulcan Inc. director of undersea operations Rob Kraft said a review of sonar...

Italian experts defuse WWII bomb in northern city

Oct. 20, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities evacuated 4,000 people from the center of the northern city of Bolzano on Sunday to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction. Three experts defused the 500-pound American bomb during a three-hour operation that also forced 60,000 people to stay in their homes...

Deep-sea explorers find Japanese ship that sank during WWII

Oct. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway...

Funeral set for Alabama seaman killed in Pearl Harbor attack

Oct. 18, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A funeral is being held for an Alabama seaman killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 80 years ago. New outlets report the graveside service is planned for Johnnie Cornelius Laurie of Bessemer. He was a 25-year-old Navy mess attendant aboard the battleship Oklahoma when...

Marines correct ID of second man who raised flag at Iwo Jima

Oct. 17, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Marine Corps on Thursday corrected the identity of a second man in the iconic photograph of U.S. forces raising an American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. After questions were raised by private historians who studied photos and film of the event, it determined that one of...

French court refuses to surrender US art dealer to Poland

Oct. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A lawyer for a New York art dealer said Monday his client is back in the United States after a French court ruled against surrendering him to Poland. Jean-Jacques Neuer said the Court of Appeals in Paris turned down Poland's request for the return of Alexander Khochinskiy. Khochinskiy was...

George Clooney calls Trump's quip on Kurds 'pretty shocking'

Oct. 10, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — George Clooney said on Thursday he was appalled U.S. President Donald Trump partly justified the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria by stating Kurds "didn't help us with Normandy" during World War II. The politically active Hollywood actor, director and producer told a business...

2 Polish soldiers killed while trying to defuse explosives

Oct. 8, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities in southern Poland say two skilled army soldiers have been killed and four have been injured while trying to defuse World War II explosives recently found in the forest near the town of Kuznia Raciborska. Alina Kucharzewska, the spokeswoman for provincial governor in...

Japan reopens exhibit shut over 'comfort woman' statue

Oct. 8, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese exhibit dedicated to censored art reopened Tuesday after being forced to close because of threats over a statue symbolizing World War II Korean "comfort women" sexually abused by Japanese soldiers. The exhibit, part of the Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, features a "comfort...

B-17 crash raises questions about vintage plane safety

Oct. 4, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

The roar of its four engines, the plexiglass nose, the bristling machine guns — for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts, few thrills compare with that of a flight aboard aircraft like the B-17 Flying Fortress, the World War II bomber that helped smash the Nazi war machine. "It made you feel like you...