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Today in World War II History—Dec. 14, 1943

P-51D Mustangs of the US 357th Fighter Group, Leiston, England, 1944-45; P-51 in foreground in natural finish, P-51 in background in camouflage paint (US National Archives)

P-51D Mustangs of the US 357th Fighter Group, Leiston, England, 1944-45; P-51 in foreground in natural finish, P-51 in background in camouflage paint (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 14, 1943: Soviets begin winter offensive, take Cherkassy, Ukraine.

US Army Air Force decides to stop using camouflage paint on planes, with the exception of night fighters and transports, to increase speed and range.