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Today in World War II History—30 May 1944

Army Rangers of the US 5th Ranger Battalion in an LCA landing craft about to board their troopship for D-day, Weymouth, England, 1 June 1944 (US National Archives)

Army Rangers of the US 5th Ranger Battalion in an LCA landing craft about to board their troopship for D-day, Weymouth, England, 1 June 1944 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—30 May 1944: Countdown to D-day: In England, the loading of assault forces for Operation Overlord (D-day) begins for Force U (Utah Beach).

Germany approves the summary execution of downed Allied airmen who strafed passenger trains or civilians (“Terrorflieger”).