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Today in World War II History—December 12, 1939 & 1944

Maj. Richard Bong with his Medal of Honor, Dec 1944 (US Army Air Force photo)

Maj. Richard Bong with his Medal of Honor, Dec 1944 (US Army Air Force photo)

80 Years Ago—December 12, 1939: Battle of Tolvaajärvi begins—Finns will repulse Soviet attack.

Actor Douglas Fairbanks dies in Denver, CO, age 56.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 12, 1944: British launch Third Arakan Campaign toward Akyab, Burma.

At the Queensbury All-Services Club in London, Maj. Glenn Miller gives his final performance and makes his final recording.

Fighter pilot Maj. Richard Bong of the US Fifth Air Force receives the Medal of Honor for his 38th victory.