Today in U.S. Naval History: May 9

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USS Wasp (CV-7). (Courtesy of the Aviation History Office (OP05D2), 1980. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 9

1926 - LCDR Richard Byrd and Chief Machinist Mate Floyd Bennett make first flight over North Pole; both receive Congressional Medal of Honor.
1942 - USS Wasp in Mediterranean launches 47 Spitfire aircraft to help defend Malta

For more information on U.S. naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.
 

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