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Today in World War II History—October 20, 1941

USS Hornet (CV-8), late 1941 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: NH 81313)

USS Hornet (CV-8), late 1941 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: NH 81313)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 20, 1941: Carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) is commissioned under Capt. Marc Mitscher.

Germans massacre 2324 Serbian men and boys in Kragujevac in response to partisan killing of ten Germans.

French resistance assassinates Col. Karl Hotz, German commander in Nantes.