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Today in World War II History—Feb. 7, 1944

US 56th Evacuation Hospital after an air raid, 1944 (US Army Medical Department)

US 56th Evacuation Hospital after a similar air raid, 1944 (US Army Medical Department)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 7, 1944: US secures Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

At Anzio, Italy, US 95th Evacuation Hospital is accidentally bombed when a German fighter pilot jettisons bombs under Allied fighter attack; 28 hospital personnel and patients are killed, including 3 nurses and the first female American Red Cross worker to be killed in action in WWII; the German pilot is shot down and treated in the same hospital.

John Hersey’s best-selling novel A Bell for Adano is published; it will win the Pulitzer Prize.

One Response to “Today in World War II History—Feb. 7, 1944”

  1. KENNETH TANKERSLEY

    THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. THIS IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF MY UNCLE PFC PHILLIP OWEN COLEMAN US ARMY

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