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Today in World War II History—Dec. 9, 1942

Thurleigh Army Air Field becomes first RAF field to be turned over for US Army Air Forces use on Dec. 9, 1942; the US 306th Bombardment Group flew B-17s from Thurleigh (US Army Air Force photo)

Thurleigh Army Air Field becomes first RAF field to be turned over for US Army Air Forces use on Dec. 9, 1942; the US 306th Bombardment Group flew B-17s from Thurleigh (US Army Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 9, 1942: US Marines under Lt. Gen. Alexander Vandegrift turn over operations on Guadalcanal to US Army under Maj. Gen. Alexander Patch.

Thurleigh Army Airfield, home of the US 306th Bombardment Group, becomes the first British base officially turned over to the US Army Air Forces.