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Today in World War II History—February 10, 1941

RAF Short Stirling bomber N6101 of No 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, Apr 1942 (Imperial War Museum: TR 35)

RAF Short Stirling bomber N6101 of No 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, Apr 1942 (Imperial War Museum: TR 35)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 10, 1941: RAF Short Stirling heavy bombers are first used in combat, in a raid on Nazi-occupied Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

First British airborne mission: paratroops drop into Calabria, Italy, where they will destroy the Tragino Aqueduct.