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Today in World War II History—Mar. 15, 1944

Pre-invasion Bombing of Pointe du Hoc by US Ninth Air Force A-20 light bombers, spring 1944. (US Army Center for Military History)

Pre-invasion Bombing of Pointe du Hoc by US Ninth Air Force A-20 light bombers, spring 1944. (US Army Center for Military History)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 15, 1944: Countdown to D-day: US Ninth Air Force in England begins pre-invasion tactical missions for Operation Overlord (D-day).

Second Allied aerial attack destroys town of Cassino, Italy in largest massed tactical air raid yet: 1200 tons of bombs plus 200,000 rounds of artillery.

Town of Cassino during Allied bombing, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

Town of Cassino during Allied bombing, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)