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Today in World War II History—August 1, 1941

Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber with early 1942 markings (US Navy photo)

Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber with early 1942 markings (US Navy photo)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 1, 1941: First flight of Grumman XTBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber.

US Naval Air Station at Midway Island is established.

US Naval Operating Base, Trinidad, is established, which will become a key base for South Atlantic convoys and antisubmarine warfare.