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Today in World War II History—October 16, 1939 & 1944

Junkers Ju 88A over France, 1942 (German Federal Archives, Bild 101I-363-2258-11 / Rompel)

Junkers Ju 88A over France, 1942 (German Federal Archives, Bild 101I-363-2258-11 / Rompel)

80 Years Ago—October 16, 1939: First Luftwaffe attack of the war on Britain—German Ju 88s bomb British ships in the Firth of Forth and are engaged by RAF Spitfires.

Ships of the US Neutrality Patrol begin patrolling to 200 miles offshore from Newfoundland to Trinidad.

75 Years Ago—Oct. 16, 1944: In Germany, bread ration is cut to 7 ounces per week.