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Today in World War II History—May 17, 1941

American pilots of No.71 “Eagle” Squadron rush to their Hurricanes at Kirton-in-Lindsey, 17 March 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CH 2401)

American pilots of No.71 “Eagle” Squadron rush to their Hurricanes at Kirton-in-Lindsey, 17 March 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CH 2401)

80 Years Ago—May 17, 1941: Pilot Officer Mike Kolendorski becomes the first US pilot volunteer with an RAF Eagle squadron to be killed in action.

British take the mountain fortress of Amba Alagi, the last Italian base in East Africa.