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Today in World War II History—April 27, 1944

US soldiers practicing for D-day at Slapton Sands, Lyme Bay, England, 27 April 1944 (Library of Congress)

US soldiers practicing for D-day at Slapton Sands, Lyme Bay, England, 27 April 1944 (Library of Congress)

75 Years Ago—April 27, 1944: Countdown to D-day: in Exercise Tiger, a rehearsal for D-day, US 4th Infantry Division begins landing at Slapton Sands in Dorset, England.

US Ninth Air Force in England flies its first mission with Douglas A-20 Havoc light bombers.

Douglas A-20 Havocs over France, WWII (USAF photo)

Douglas A-20 Havocs over France, WWII (USAF photo)