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Today in World War II History—July 15, 1942

Flight Lt. Brendan 'Paddy' Finucane, an Irishman who flew with the RAF, in the cockpit of his Spitfire at RAF Kenley, 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CH 3757)

Flight Lt. Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane, an Irishman who flew with the RAF, in the cockpit of his Spitfire at RAF Kenley, 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CH 3757)

80 Years Ago—July 15, 1942: Irish RAF Spitfire ace Brendan “Paddy” Finucane (32 victories) is killed in action over northern France.

Germans begin deportation of Dutch Jews to Auschwitz.

In Nazi-occupied France, Jews are banned from many public places, including theaters, libraries, parks, cafés, sporting events, and phone booths.

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