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Today in World War II History—Jan. 11, 1944

B-17G of the 94th Bomb Group at Bury St. Edmunds, England, showing damage sustained over Brunswick Germany, 11 January 1944 (USAF Historical Research Agency)

B-17G of the 94th Bomb Group at Bury St. Edmunds, England, showing damage sustained over Brunswick Germany, 11 January 1944 (USAF Historical Research Agency)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 11, 1944: In the US Eighth Air Force raid on Brunswick, the 94th Bomb Group makes a rare second run on the target and receives the Distinguished Unit Citation.

Col. James Howard of the US 354th Fighter Group shoots downs 8 German Me 110 fighters and earns one of only six Medals of Honor awarded to Army Air Force fighter pilots in WWII, also becomes the first P-51 Mustang ace in the European Theater.

TBF Avenger aircraft from escort carrier USS Block Island severely damage German U-boat U-758 with the first use of forward-firing rockets by the US Navy.

Rocket attack on German submarine U-758 by TBF Avengers from USS Block Island northeast of the Azores, 11 Jan 1944 (US Navy photo)

Rocket attack on German submarine U-758 by TBF Avengers from USS Block Island northeast of the Azores, 11 Jan 1944 (US Navy photo)

One response to “Today in World War II History—Jan. 11, 1944”

  1. Daniel Brensinger says:

    My Dad,
    Lt.Col. Joe Brensinger was the pilot of a
    B-17 flying missions over Germany & Nazi occupied Europe. He was awarded 4 DFC’s among many other medals; he was always my hero. Thanks for the pic.

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