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Today in World War II History—Aug. 17, 1942

Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, USMC, Carlson's Raiders, after the Makin Island Raid, August 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, USMC, Carlson’s Raiders, after the Makin Island Raid, August 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 17, 1942: US Eighth Air Force flies first official bombing mission: 12 B-17s of 97th Bomb Group hit marshalling yards in Rouen, France.

“Carlson’s Raiders”: 221 US Marines conduct two-day raid on Makin in the Gilbert Islands to destroy a radio station; first amphibious landing from subs.