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Today in World War II History—April 19, 1941

Firefighters putting out a blaze in London after an air raid during The Blitz in 1941 (US National Archives: 541902)

Firefighters putting out a blaze in London after an air raid during The Blitz in 1941 (US National Archives: 541902)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 19, 1941: Luftwaffe sends 712 bombers to London, 449 killed, including 34 firemen, the largest single loss of firefighters in British history.

British women ages 20-30 are conscripted for war work; mothers of children under 14 are exempt.