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Today in World War II History—April 17, 1944

Lockheed C-69 Constellation, 9 January 1943 (US Navy photo)

Lockheed C-69 Constellation, 9 January 1943 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—April 17, 1944: Countdown to D-day: Royal Navy & RAF Bomber Command begin laying mines in the English Channel in preparation for D-day.

Howard Hughes and Jack Frye fly a Lockheed Constellation from Burbank, CA to Washington, DC by in 6 hours and 57 minutes, a new cross-country record.