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Today in World War II History—July 27, 1943

Flight nurse 2nd Lt. Ruth Gardiner (US Air Force photo)

Flight nurse 2nd Lt. Ruth Gardiner (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—July 27, 1943: Hamburg Firestorm: 722 RAF bombers create firestorm in Hamburg that kills 42,000.

In the Aleutians, Japanese abandon Kiska without a fight; the final troops are evacuated 7/28 under cover of fog.

Flight nurse Lt. Ruth Gardiner (805th MAETS) is killed in a plane crash in Naknek, Alaska; the first US Army nurse to die in WWII; Army general hospital in Chicago named after her in July 1944.

RAF Lancaster bomber over Hamburg, Germany, January 30/31, 1943 (Imperial War Museum: C-3371)

RAF Lancaster bomber over Hamburg, Germany, January 30/31, 1943 (Imperial War Museum: C-3371)