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Today in World War II History—June 26, 1943

Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, 1944 (Imperial War Museum: TR 2625)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, 1944 (Imperial War Museum: TR 2625)

75 Years Ago—June 26, 1943: Allied commanders choose Normandy over Pas de Calais for invasion of France in 1944, and appoint Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory to prepare air plans for D-day.

Map of Operation Overlord area, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

Map of Operation Overlord area, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)