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Today in World War II History—Aug. 26, 1940 & 1945

Pilots of No.1 Squadron RCAF with a Hawker Hurricane at Prestwick, Scotland, 30 October 1940 (Imperial War Museum: CH 1733)

Pilots of No.1 Squadron RCAF with a Hawker Hurricane at Prestwick, Scotland, 30 October 1940 (Imperial War Museum: CH 1733)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 26, 1940: First Canadian fighter pilot in an RCAF squadron is killed in combat in the Battle of Britain.

Ireland (neutral) protests accidental German bombing of County Wexford.

75 Years Ago—Aug. 26, 1945: Soviets land on and take Matsuwa in the Kurile Islands; will take 63,000 Japanese POWs in Kuriles.