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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)

American soldier 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.