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Today in World War II History—August 12, 1944

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (US Navy photo)
Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—August 12, 1944: Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (brother of the future president) is killed in a top-secret Aphrodite mission from England, in which planes loaded with bombs are guided by remote control to the target after the pilots bail out.

First PLUTO (Pipeline under the Ocean) becomes operational, taking fuel from Isle of Wight, England to Cherbourg, France.

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