Today in World War II History—August 19, 1942
80 Years Ago—Aug. 19, 1942: British & Canadians make disastrous raid on Dieppe, France; of 6100 soldiers, 1179 are killed & 2190 captured—mostly Canadians.
Forty-nine US Rangers participate in the Dieppe raid in the first combat by these commando troops.
RAF Mustang I fighter planes (P-51s) cover Dieppe raid—first victory by a Mustang.
Author Irène Némirovsky is killed in Auschwitz, age 30; her book Suite Française will be published posthumously.