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Today in World War II History—May 15, 1941

Gloster E.28/39, the first British aircraft to fly with a turbojet engine, Farnborough, Sqn Ldr J Moloney, c. 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CH14832A)

Gloster E.28/39, the first British aircraft to fly with a turbojet engine, Farnborough, Sqn Ldr J Moloney, c. 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CH14832A)

80 Years Ago—May 15, 1941: Gloster-Whittle E28/39 jet engine designed by RAF’s Frank Whittle powers an aircraft in flight for the first time.

British recapture Halfaya Pass on Egyptian-Libyan border from the Germans.

Joe DiMaggio begins his record 56-game hitting streak for the New York Yankees.