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Today in World War II History—May 16, 1941

Bomb damage on James Street, Aston Newtown, Birmingham, 1940 (Imperial War Museum: D 4126)

Bomb damage on James Street, Aston Newtown, Birmingham, 1940 (Imperial War Museum: D 4126)

80 Years Ago—May 16, 1941: Blitz officially ends with Luftwaffe attacks on Birmingham and West Midlands; overall 43,000 British civilians have been killed in the Blitz.

Luftwaffe bombs RAF airfield at Habbaniya, the first German bombing mission in Iraq.