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Today in World War II History—August 17, 1942

Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, USMC, Carlson's Raiders, after the Makin Island Raid, August 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: 80-G-11727)

Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, USMC, Carlson’s Raiders, after the Makin Island Raid, August 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: 80-G-11727)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 17, 1942: US Eighth Air Force flies its first official bombing mission: 12 B-17s of the 97th Bomb Group hit marshalling yards in Rouen, France.

“Carlson’s Raiders”: 221 US Marines conduct two-day raid on Makin Island in Gilberts to destroy a radio station; the first US amphibious landing from submarines.

Future president Richard Nixon enlists in the US Navy.

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