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Today in World War II History—Aug. 11, 1942

Hedy Lamarr publicity photo for the film The Heavenly Body, 1944 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Hedy Lamarr publicity photo for the film The Heavenly Body, 1944 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 11, 1942: In Allied “Pedestal” convoy to Malta, carrier HMS Eagle is sunk by German U-boat U-73.

US War Production Board orders entire crop of wine grapes be made into raisins for the military.

Actress Hedy Lamarr applies for a patent for a frequency-hopping system to prevent interception and jamming of radio communications; although not used in WWII, the technology made cellular phones possible.

HMS Eagle listing in the Mediterranean Sea, 11 Aug 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

HMS Eagle listing in the Mediterranean Sea, 11 Aug 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

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