Today in World War II History—August 17, 1943
80 Years Ago—Aug. 17, 1943: US Seventh Army takes Messina, and Allies secure Sicily, taking 160,000 POWs.
US Eighth Air Force sends 376 B-17 & B-24 bombers to Schweinfurt and Regensburg in Germany; 60 bombers are lost.
RAF sends 596 bombers to Peenemünde, Germany, bombing rocket installations for the first time.