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Today in World War II History—June 3, 1944

No. 4 Squadron RAAF pilots posing in front of Boomerang aircraft, Nadzab, New Guinea, 5 Oct 1943 (Australian War Memorial)

No. 4 Squadron RAAF pilots posing in front of Boomerang aircraft, Nadzab, New Guinea, 5 Oct 1943 (Australian War Memorial)

75 Years Ago—June 3, 1944: Countdown to D-day: Loading of all troops for D-day is complete; Force U (bound for Utah Beach) departs ports in Devon for Normandy.

Germans declare Rome an open city and evacuate as the Allies advance.

Last major air combat by Royal Australian Air Force in WWII as Australian fighters shoot down nine Japanese planes off New Guinea.