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Today in World War II History—Sept. 1, 1943

US Navy PBY Catalina used for antisubmarine patrols (US Navy photo)

US Navy PBY Catalina used for antisubmarine patrols (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 1, 1943: US Navy assumes aerial antisubmarine warfare responsibility in the Atlantic from the US Army Air Force.

Civil Air Patrol is relieved of antisubmarine duties; the civilian pilots had spotted 173 subs, 91 vessels in distress, and lifeboats carrying 363 survivors.

US 5th Ranger Battalion is activated at Camp Forrest, Tullahoma, TN; the 5th Rangers will land on Omaha Beach on D-day.