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Today in World War II History—August 16, 1944

Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet being shot down by a US P-47 Thunderbolt, January 1945 (US Army Air Force)
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet being shot down by a US P-47 Thunderbolt, January 1945 (US Army Air Force)

75 Years Ago—August 16, 1944: US Eighth Air Force suffers first attack by Luftwaffe jet fighters (Messerschmitt Me 163s), has first loss to a jet, and also destroys a German jet for first time.

Organized Japanese resistance ends on the Burma-India border.

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