Today in World War II History—April 17, 1943
Monday, April 17, 2023 by Sarah Sundin
80 Years Ago—Apr. 17, 1943: US Eighth Air Force sends 107 B-17s to bomb the Focke-Wulf aircraft plant in Bremen, Germany; sixteen B-17s are lost, including ten in the 306th Bomb Group, the heaviest US loss so far.
In convoy HX-233 off Ireland, US Coast Guard cutter Spencer sinks German U-boat U-175; Spencer’s crewmen become the first US servicemen to board an enemy warship underway since the War of 1812.