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Today in World War II History—February 17, 1941

Silver salvaged from wreck of SS Gairsoppa in 2011 (Sarah Sundin collection)

Silver salvaged from wreck of SS Gairsoppa in 2011 (Sarah Sundin collection)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 17, 1941: Off Ireland, German U-boat U-101 sinks British freighter Gairsoppa (85 killed) carrying 2800 bars of silver to fund the war (110 tons recovered in 2011).