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Today in World War II History—August 9, 1941

Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Roosevelt’s sons Franklin and Elliott aboard USS Augusta off Newfoundland, Aug 1941 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: NH 67201)

Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Roosevelt’s sons Franklin and Elliott aboard USS Augusta off Newfoundland, Aug 1941 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: NH 67201)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 9, 1941: Atlantic Conference begins—Roosevelt & Churchill meet at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, to craft the Atlantic Charter.

RAF ace Wing Commander Douglas Bader’s Spitfire collides with a German Messerschmitt 109 over France; Bader bails out, leaving behind one of his two artificial legs.