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Today in World War II History—July 15, 1943

US DUKW carrying supplies in Porto Empedocle, Sicily (US Army Center of Military History)

US DUKW carrying supplies in Porto Empedocle, Sicily (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—July 15, 1943: US Seventh Army takes Agrigento and Porto Empedocle, Sicily.

Germans capture & execute most British Special Operatives in Paris.

Lt. Louis Zamperini (Unbroken) and Lt. Russell Phillips are rescued by Japanese after 45 days in a lifeboat; they will survive the war as POWs.

US Navy changes aircraft carrier designations: CV—large, CVL—light, CVE—escort (formerly auxiliary carriers), CVB—large Midway class.