World War II

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Teen Killed in WWII Buried at Arlington

Cecil Harris' remains were recently found in France

(Newser) - A Tennessee teenager who was killed in World War II and lay in a shallow grave for 70 years finally got a proper burial yesterday at Arlington, reports the Tennessean . Army private Cecil Harris, who was killed in battle on Jan. 2, 1945, was laid to rest with full military... More »

WWII German U-Boat Found Just Off North Carolina

Nicaraguan-flagged wreck also found

(Newser) - Just 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina, two World War II wrecks lie underwater—one a member of a 24-ship American convoy, and one a German U-boat. US-led researchers recently discovered the Nicaragua-flagged freighter Bluefields and Germany's U-576, missing for some 70 years, just 240 yards apart,... More »

WWII Airman's Remains Found in New Guinea Jungle

Herbert 'Buddy' Young was shot down in his B-24 bomber in April 1944

(Newser) - Herbert "Buddy" Young's family says he was scheduled to come home after putting in 300 combat-mission hours when he subbed as co-pilot in a B-24 bomber called "Hot Garters" on April 10, 1944. The WWII plane was shot down over the jungles of Papua New Guinea, and... More »

Man Booker Prize Doesn't Go to an American

Australia's Richard Flanagan wins with WWII novel

(Newser) - This is the first year that American authors have been eligible for the prestigious Man Booker Prize , but their feared domination did not materialize: The prize has been won by Australian writer Richard Flanagan with The Narrow Road to the Deep North, set during the construction of the Burma Death... More »

Wreck of WWII 'Flying Coffin' Bomber Found in Italy

The aircraft appears to have lived up to its nickname

(Newser) - The World War II-era B-24 aircraft was so stiff, heavy, and hard to control that its American crews dubbed it the "flying coffin." Not only was its only exit hard to reach at the tail—leaving many trapped before being able to parachute out—but it was intended... More »

WWII Spies Subjected to 'Agent Fifi' Test

She was thought to be a myth

(Newser) - For British spies during World War II, one of the greatest challenges came from a colleague: one Agent Fifi, a beautiful woman tasked with getting trainee agents to leak their secrets. Fifi was long thought to be an urban legend, but newly opened documents from Britain's National Archives show... More »

WWII Vet Gets Purple Heart 70 Years Later

Plus, it was a surprise for Fred Zurbuchen

(Newser) - A World War II veteran was finally awarded a Purple Heart this week after earning it 70 years ago. When he was just 17, Fred Zurbuchen of Wisconsin enlisted and became a B-17 gunner in the Air Force. He got injured on his 10th mission, but fire destroyed his paperwork,... More »

Navy: Java Sea Wreck Is Grave of 700

USS Houston was lost in 1942 battle

(Newser) - More than 70 years after the heavy cruiser nicknamed the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast" was sunk by the Japanese, divers have confirmed that they have found its wreck. The USS Houston was found in the Java Sea; officials say there is oil seeping from the hull and... More »

Pope Meets Korean WWII Sex Slaves

Francis calls for peace on last day of Asian visit

(Newser) - Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia today by challenging Koreans—from the North and the South—to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula. In a poignant moment at the start... More »

Last Surviving Member of Enola Gay Crew Is Dead

Navigator 'Dutch' Van Kirk helped drop atomic bomb on Hiroshima

(Newser) - The crew of the Enola Gay bomber that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima is now only in the history books. The last surviving member, navigator Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, has died in an Atlanta retirement home at age 93, reports WXIA . Van Kirk was 24 when he helped... More »

Accused Nazi About to Be Extradited Dies in US

Philadelphia's Johann Breyer, 89, was a guard at Auschwitz

(Newser) - An 89-year-old Philly man suspected of Nazi war crimes died last night in a local hospital, the AP reports—the same day a judge issued an order to have him extradited to Germany. Former toolmaker Johann Breyer had been arrested in June, and German prosecutors wanted to try him for... More »

Sunken Nazi Sub Slumbers Off Louisiana Coast

And a camera captures incredible images of the German U-boat

(Newser) - Many never knew how close German U-boats came to US soil during World War II, but new high-def footage reveals several wrecks on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Ballard, known for discovering the Titanic, is now mapping some of these wrecks, including the SS Robert E. Lee... More »

Thousands of WWII War Crimes Records Unveiled

Holocaust Museum makes digital archive available to public

(Newser) - From Adolf Hitler down to the petty bureaucrats who staffed the Nazi death camps, thousands of perpetrators of World War II war crimes were eventually written up in vast reams of investigative files—files that now, for the first time, can be viewed in their entirety by the public. The... More »

Has Glenn Miller Mystery Been Solved?

'Perfect storm' led to 1944 crash, historian says

(Newser) - The Glenn Miller mystery is getting a fresh look nearly 70 years after the beloved bandleader disappeared over the English Channel in 1944 on his way to play a concert for US troops in Paris—and a historian says newly discovered documents help explain what happened to him. An episode... More »

WWII POW 'X-816' to Be Dug Up After Lawsuit

Family says the remains belong to Bud Kelder

(Newser) - An anonymous POW buried in an American war cemetery in the Philippines isn't "X-816," it's Bud Kelder, say family members who have finally won their fight to have the remains disinterred. The 26-year-old Army medic survived the Bataan Death March but died in a POW camp... More »

Normandy Invaded Again in Final D-Day Salute

1K paratroopers dropped on beach as 70th anniversary winds down

(Newser) - Nearly 1,000 paratroopers dropped out of the sky in Normandy today—but this time they did so in peace, instead of to wrest western France from the Nazis as they did during World War II. Drawing huge crowds who braved hot weather and lined the historic landing area at... More »

'Democracy's Beachhead': Vets, Leaders Honor D-Day

Obama in Normandy for 70th anniversary

(Newser) - World leaders joined thousands of veterans who stormed the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago today to commemorate D-Day. At Omaha Beach, the site of the bloodiest fighting, a US military band played while veterans from the 29th Infantry Division stood at attention at 6:30am, the precise moment Allied... More »

Last Original Navajo Code Talker Dies

Chester Nez helped create WWII code Japan couldn't crack

(Newser) - For the last of the group of Navajo men who created a code that confounded the Japanese in World War II, "baa hane' yée éí t'áá kódiíji' bíighah silíí"—"his life story ends here"—fellow Navajo veterans... More »

Churchill's Last Surviving Child Dies

Mary Soames passes just ahead of 70th anniversary of D-Day

(Newser) - Mary Soames, the last surviving child of British World War II leader Winston Churchill, has died. She was 91. "She was a distinguished writer and led a distinguished life, with her service in the war, and is part of that generation which is passing," her son, Nicholas Soames,... More »

How 50 Kids Were Saved From Hitler—by a US Couple

Meet Philly's Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus

(Newser) - They're a little like the American version of Oskar Schindler, but most probably haven't heard of Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus. Steven Pressman is out to change that with a new book called 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany,... More »

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