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Today in World War II History—September 14, 1939 & 1944

American soldier receives gift from girl in southern France, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

US soldier T/Sgt. Joe Trdenic receives gift from girl in southern France, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 14, 1939: Off the Hebrides, U-39 attacks carrier HMS Ark Royal but misses and is sunk by British destroyers Faulknor, Foxhound, and Firedrake, the first U-boat sunk in WWII.

70 Years Ago—Sept. 14, 1944: Operation Dragoon, the Allied “Champagne Campaign” in southern France, concludes: 131,000 German POWs have been taken, 40% of Army Group G. Mutiny trial begins for 50 Port Chicago sailors at Treasure Island, CA. Hurricane kills 389 in New England, 7 in North Carolina, and sinks 2 US Coast Guard cutters.