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Today in World War II History—June 21, 1944

B-17s en route to Poltava, USSR, June 1944 (US Air Force photo)

B-17s en route to Poltava, USSR, June 1944 (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—June 21, 1944: US Eighth Air Force flies first shuttle mission to USSR; B-17 bombers leave bases in England, bomb targets in Germany, and land at Poltava. That night the Luftwaffe bombs Poltava, destroying 47 of 72 B-17s.