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Today in World War II History—1 May 1944

B-24 Liberator of the 705th Bomb Squadron over Orly Airfield, Paris, May 14 1944 (US National Archives)

B-24 Liberator of the 705th Bomb Squadron over Orly Airfield, Paris, May 14 1944 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—May 1, 1944: Countdown to D-day: US Eighth Air Force flies first major pre-invasion bombing mission to marshaling yards and rail centers in the Pas de Calais and Normandy areas in preparation for D-day.

First Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference opens, with prime ministers of Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa in attendance.

Mackenzie King, Jan Smuts, Winston Churchill, Peter Fraser, and John Curtin at the first Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference, London, 1 May 1944 (Library and Archives Canada)

Mackenzie King, Jan Smuts, Winston Churchill, Peter Fraser, and John Curtin at the first Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference, London, 1 May 1944 (Library and Archives Canada)

2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—1 May 1944”

  1. Susan Newcomb

    I am learning so much by reading your daily posts! Thanks !!