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Today in World War II History—April 18, 1944

Scraggy Hill at Imphal, India, April 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

Scraggy Hill at Imphal, India, April 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—April 18, 1944: Last air raid on London, the end of the “Little Blitz”; in the Little Blitz, on the eve of D-day, the German Luftwaffe lost over 500 aircraft, while the RAF lost only 8 aircraft.

Allies begin air supply to besieged British and Indian troops at Imphal, India.

Jerome Robbins’s ballet Fancy Free debuts at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the inspiration for the musical On the Town.