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Today in World War II History—February 24, 1941

USS Bear in Antarctica, 1939 (US Navy photo: 1985.131.036)

USS Bear in Antarctica, 1939 (US Navy photo: 1985.131.036)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 24, 1941: RAF Avro Manchester medium bomber first flies in combat, in mission to Brest, France.

US Navy survey ship Bear and motor ship North Star arrive in Antarctica to evacuate remaining US personnel from Richard Byrd’s 1939-40 expedition.