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Today in World War II History—Dec. 16, 1943

German pillbox on Monte Lungo, Italy, 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

German pillbox on Monte Lungo, Italy, 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 16, 1943: US Fifth Army takes Monte Lungo in Italy, almost encircling San Pietro, but third attack on San Pietro fails.

After mission to Berlin, RAF loses 29 Lancaster bombers in landings in England in the fog, the RAF’s worst losses to accidents of the war.