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Today in World War II History—Jan. 21, 1944

Air Marshal Sir Roderick Hill is shown the wreckage of a German Junkers Ju 188 bomber shot down by the RAF over Essex on the night of 21 March 1944 (Imperial War Museum CH 12537)

Air Marshal Sir Roderick Hill is shown the wreckage of a German Junkers Ju 188 bomber shot down by the RAF over Essex on the night of 21 March 1944 (Imperial War Museum CH 12537)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 21, 1944: The “Little Blitz” begins (Operation Steinbock), a renewed German air offensive on England: 447 German bombers attack London at night, the largest air raid since July 1942.

In Italy, Allied ships bombard Civitavecchia to deceive Germans about the next day’s landings at Anzio.

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