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Today in World War II History—Feb. 17, 1943

US 31st Fighter Group at Thélepte Airfield, Tunisia, 1943 (US Air Force photo)

US 31st Fighter Group at Thélepte Airfield, Tunisia, 1943 (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 17, 1943: In Tunisia, US evacuates Fériana & Thélepte Airfields; Germans occupy the airfields and the towns of Sbeïtla and Kasserine.

Baseball player Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees enlists in the US Army.

Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16) is commissioned at Quincy, MA.

Newly commissioned carrier USS Lexington in the icy waters of Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 17 Feb 1943 (US Navy photo)

Newly commissioned carrier USS Lexington in the icy waters of Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 17 Feb 1943 (US Navy photo)

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