Today in World War II History

70 Years Ago—February 12, 1940: British minesweeper HMS Gleaner sinks German U-boat U-33, capturing Enigmas code machine rotors. Movie premiere of The Grapes of Wrath, starring Henry Fonda.

65 Years Ago—February 12, 1945: B-29 Superfortresses of the US 21st Bomber Command begin pre-invasion bombing of Iwo Jima.