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Today in World War II History—June 26, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 26, 1944: Republican convention opens in Chicago. Thomas Dewey of New York will be nominated for president, with John Bricker of Ohio as his running mate.

Today in World War II History—June 25, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 25, 1944: US Eighth Air Force flies first “Zebra” mission. B-17s drop supplies and arms to French resistance fighters.

Today in World War II History—June 23, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 23, 1944: US Eighth Air Force establishes Project Aphrodite, which will attempt to use remote control to guide unmanned, war-weary planes loaded with bombs at targets.

Today in World War II History—June 22, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 22, 1944: President Roosevelt signs GI Bill of Rights. Soviets launch Bagration offensive in Byelorussia, which will lead to the heaviest German losses in the war.

Today in World War II History—June 21, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 21, 1944: US Eighth Air Force flies first “shuttle” mission to USSR. B-17s leave bases in UK, bomb targets in eastern Europe, and land at Poltava. That night the Luftwaffe bombs Poltava, destroying 44 of 72 B-17s.