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Today in World War II History—July 23, 1943

Patch of US Navy Squadron VP-63, the Mad Cats

Patch of US Navy Squadron VP-63, the Mad Cats

75 Years Ago—July 23, 1943: Field Marshal Erwin Rommel assumes command of German Army Group E in Greece to defend against suspected Allied invasion.

First US naval air squadron to operate in the UK arrives in South Wales for antisubmarine duty over the Bay of Biscay—squadron VP-63 with PBY Catalinas, nicknamed the “Mad Cats” for their use of MAD (magnetic anomaly detection) gear to detect submarines.