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Today in World War II History—January 10, 1940 & 1945

Japanese bomb-carrying balloon reinflated at Moffett Field, CA after it had been shot down by a US Navy aircraft January 10, 1945 (US Army photo)

Japanese bomb-carrying balloon reinflated at Moffett Field, CA after it had been shot down by a US Navy aircraft January 10, 1945 (US Army photo)

80 Years Ago—January 10, 1940: A Luftwaffe officer mistakenly lands in Belgium carrying plans for the German invasion of the west scheduled to start on January 17; Germans are forced to make new plans.

75 Years Ago—Jan. 10, 1945: A Japanese balloon bomb is shot down by a US P-38 Lightning near Tule Lake Detention Center, an internment camp for Japanese-Americans in CA.