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Today in World War II History—May 13, 1943

Axis prisoners of war at Mateur, Tunisia, 9 May 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

Axis prisoners of war at Mateur, Tunisia, 9 May 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—May 13, 1943: Official surrender of Axis forces to the Allies in Tunisia, placing all of North Africa in Allied hands.

Four new bomb groups begin operations with the US Eighth Air Force in England, doubling strength (94th, 95th, 96th, and 351st Bombardment Groups with B-17s).

B-17 Hell’s Angels of the 303rd Bombardment Group is the first heavy bomber in the US Eighth Air Force to complete a 25-mission tour (not the first complete crew to complete a tour).

Danish resistance damages railway at Tønder.

Emblem of the US 94th Bombardment Group

Emblem of the US 94th Bombardment Group

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