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Today in World War II History—Aug. 8, 1940 & 1945

Recruiting poster for pilots for the US Marine Corps, WWII

Recruiting poster for pilots for the US Marine Corps, WWII

80 Years Ago—Aug. 8, 1940: Luftwaffe intensifies bombing of British ports; 450 aircraft attack British convoy CW-9 off Sussex, the largest attack so far.

Romania signs an economic treaty with Germany, ceding most of its oil and grain production to Germany.

75 Years Ago—Aug. 8, 1945: Soviet Union declares war on Japan.

President Truman threatens further atomic destruction if Japan doesn’t surrender.

A US Marine Corps F6F Hellcat downs a Japanese fighter near Okinawa, the last of 2439 victories by USMC pilots in WWII.