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Today in World War II History—Aug. 16, 1943

Messina, Sicily, WWII (US Army Center of Military History)

Messina, Sicily, WWII (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 16, 1943: As US and British forces converge on Messina, Sicily, US artillery first fires at Italian mainland.

US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers fly final mission in Southwest Pacific; US P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly first mission in Southwest Pacific.