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Today in World War II History—August 19, 1941

Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, CO of No. 242 Squadron, seated on his Hawker Hurricane at Duxford, September 1940 (Imperial War Museum: CH 1406)

Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, CO of No. 242 Squadron, seated on his Hawker Hurricane at Duxford, September 1940 (Imperial War Museum: CH 1406)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 19, 1941: An RAF bomber, with permission of the Luftwaffe, drops a replacement prosthetic leg at St. Omer, France, for captured RAF pilot Douglas Bader.

Off Ireland, German U-boat U-201 sinks British passenger ship Aguila (153/168 killed, including 21 “Wrens”—Women’s Royal Naval Service—and one British nurse).