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   GO3  June 19 in military history:

1778 - Washington's troops leave Valley Forge
1864 - CSS Alabama is sunk by USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg
1865 - Slaves in Texas are freed by Union forces
1937 - Franco's Nationalists capture Bilbao from the Republicans
1944 - "Marianas Turkey Shoot" - Battle of the Philippine Sea: The battle was the last major "carrier-versus-carrier" engagements between American and Japanese naval forces. The aerial part of the battle was nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by American aviators for the severely disproportional loss ratio inflicted upon Japanese aircraft by American pilots and anti-aircraft gunners. Although at the time the battle appeared to be a missed opportunity to destroy the Japanese fleet, the Imperial Japanese Navy had lost the bulk of its carrier air strength and would never recover. By the end of the battle, the Japanese had lost three carriers and 426 aircraft; the US lost around 70 planes. Painting: Hellcats of VF 16 from Task Force 58 during the Marianas Turkey Shoot.
1944 - French troops free Elba from the Nazis
1947 - An F-80 becomes the first plane to exceed 600 mph
1948 - USSR blocks access to West-Berlin: Berlin Blockade begins

   June 19 at 01:53 EST .

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