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Today in World War II History—November 1, 1939 & 1944

Heinkel 178 prototype, unknown date (US Air Force photo)

Heinkel 178 prototype, unknown date (US Air Force photo)

80 Years Ago—November 1, 1939: Aircraft designer Ernst Heinkel demonstrates the first jet aircraft, the He 178, to German military leaders, but they’re not impressed.

John Rockefeller installs ceremonial final rivet in US Rubber Company Building, the last building in Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Flight nurse Lt. Aleda Lutz of 802nd Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron in a C-47 in North Africa, 1943. Lt. Lutz was killed in a plane crash in France Nov. 1, 1944, one of 16 flight nurses killed in service. (US Army Medical Department, Office of Medical History)

Flight nurse Lt. Aleda Lutz of 802nd Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron in a C-47 in North Africa, 1943. Lt. Lutz was killed in a plane crash in France Nov. 1, 1944, one of 16 flight nurses killed in service. (US Army Medical Department, Office of Medical History)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 1, 1944: US C-47 medical air evacuation flight crashes in southern France—the crew, 15 patients, and flight nurse Aleda Lutz are killed.

F-13 reconnaissance plane flies over Tokyo, the first US aircraft over the city since the Doolittle Raid of April 1942.

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