July 24, 1943: Labor problems threaten to paralyze mass transportation in Los Angeles. The Times says that 3,000 Los Angeles Railway workers have ended a 24-hour walkout while 2,500 Pacific Electric workers are scheduled to strike.
Marion “More Curves Than the Burma Road” Morgan and Billy Reed are at the Follies, 337 S. Main St.
P-38 pilots Maj. John W. Mitchell and Capt. Thomas G. Lanphier Jr. discuss sinking a Japanese destroyer — even though they weren’t carrying bombs. “The Navy never could figure out how our slugs sank her, but they did,” Lanphier said.
The pilots also said they set fire to a Japanese freighter by dropping their belly tanks on the ship and circling back to set the gas on fire with incendiary bullets.
And no, neither of them considers himself a hero, The Times says.
If those names sound familiar, perhaps it’s because Mitchell and Lanphier were on the April 1943 mission that shot down Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of the Pearl Harbor attack.