Today in World War II History—August 5, 1943
80 Years Ago—Aug. 5, 1943: British Eighth Army takes Catania, Sicily.
US Army secures Munda Field on New Georgia, to become a major airfield in the South Pacific, putting all the Solomon Islands in range of fighters.
US establishes WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) by combining Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron and Women’s Flying Training Detachment, under Miss Jacqueline Cochran.