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Today in World War II History—Aug. 18, 1943

Barrage balloon, Parris Island, SC, May 1942 (Source: US Library of Congress)

Barrage balloon, Parris Island, SC, May 1942 (Source: US Library of Congress)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 18, 1943: Luftwaffe chief of staff Hans Jeschonnek commits suicide after previous day’s RAF raid on Peenemünde and US Eighth Air Force raids on Schweinfurt and Regensburg.

Army Air Force barrage balloon battalions are inactivated in US.